Important Summer Dates

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these important summer 2015 dates:

15 Deadline to apply for ADP scholarships
22 4-Week (Session2), 6-Week, and 8-Week summer sessions start
28 4-Week (Session2), 6-Week, and 8-Week summer sessions last day to drop

  1 Special Student Registration for Fall 2015
20 4-Week (Session 3) starts
26 4-Week (Session 3) last day to drop


Click here for more information on summer start and end dates, as well as important information regarding course Add, Drop, and Withdrawal deadlines.

Click here to view the University’s Master Events Calendar.

Welcome New ADP Students!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

This May we celebrated one of our largest graduating classes ever, watching over 100 Adult Degree students become new alumni of UW-Green Bay.  It was a wonderful celebration, kicked off by a great chance to celebrate together at our bi-annual breakfast for graduates and their families.  What a great way to mark the accomplishments of our students!

But there is no resting on our laurels.  Summer semester is open and classes have started!  We welcomed over 60 new students into the Integrative Leadership Studies program.  With so many new students starting in the summer, there were many orientation sessions to be scheduled and held; advisors and recruiters were very busy reaching out to potential and current students, making sure that students had everything needed to begin or continue in their education.

So, we said hello to a lot of new friends just as we were bidding farewell to our old friends.  Check out the rest of this issue of The Flame for stories and photos from the spring graduation ceremony and graduation breakfast.

Have a great summer!


ADP Alumna and Author, Dene Hellman, Tells Stories of Pain, Joy and Survival

Dene Hellman

Dene Hellman

Each adult student throughout the history of UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program has a story of challenges and successes that is uniquely their own. However, very few of these stories are as well-chronicled as that of Nadine “Dene” Hellman, class of ’93. Hellman, now 86 years old, lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is the author of four books, including two collections of poetry written with her daughter, Annie O’Dell.

Dene was born in 1929 and grew up in Baxter, Iowa, the daughter of a painter and a schoolteacher – two professions that would impact the rest of her life. From a very early point in her life Dene knew that she wanted to write, feeding off the inspiration of female World War II correspondents in hopes of studying journalism. However, her more traditional parents had other plans, wishing than she would, instead, complete her two-year teaching certification at Iowa State Teachers’ College (now the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls, IA. She did complete the certification program and married (the last woman in her graduating class to do so) a school teacher at 21 years of age. This marriage lasted until 1965 and in 1967 she married Werner Hellman, a Holocaust survivor. This marriage, which lasted until Werner’s death in 2001, showed to her the depths of her own strength and courage.

One example of that strength came after the couple moved to Baraboo, WI where Werner accepted a job as an engineer working on the Duncan Yo-Yo. In the fall of 1982 Dene opened the local newspaper and saw an ad promoting UW-Green Bay’s Extended Degree Program, a degree program for adult learners who wanted to complete a bachelor’s degree. Dene contacted the university immediately and started taking Saturday classes in the spring of 1983.

During Dene’s second semester at UW-Green Bay she took a course from Dr. Peter Kellogg, Associate Professor Emeritus of Humanistic Studies and longtime instructor in the Adult Degree Program. She wrote a paper for that class which greatly impressed Dr. Kellogg, causing him to encourage her to “turn this paper into a book.” Years later, with the encouragement of Dr. Kellogg and with the stories of her husband’s tragic experience in Nazi-controlled Germany and his life thereafter, this paper written at UW-Green Bay became the inspiration for her book, The People Under the House: A Case of Survival. Dene graduated from UW-Green Bay in May, 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies with an Emphasis in the Social Sciences. Dene was 63 years old.

In addition to her writing, Dene spent years as an activist with the women’s rights movement in America. For several years she chaired a Coalition on the Status of Women, one of the earliest groups to address women’s problems in rural areas. (

Dene is still in touch with the University. Her books, The People Under the House: A Case of Survival and The Ninety-Ninth Reunion (both printed by Second Wind Publishing) are available from the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library. To learn more about Dene and her amazing life or to purchase her books, please visit her website.

Jesse Brody to Leave UW-Green Bay

Jesse Brody

Jesse Brody

UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program is sad to report that Jesse Brody, a Recruiter for the program, will be leaving his position at the University to pursue an opportunity with Fleet Farm’s corporate office as a Corporate Recruiter.

“I am looking forward to this new challenge,” says Jesse. “I have worked for Fleet Farm in the past and have always been impressed with their business model, as well as the way that they engage their customers and associates. It is really a tremendous opportunity and I am very excited .”

Jesse has been recruiting students and actively promoting the Adult Degree Program for three years, coming to us after several years as a Senior Enrollment Counselor with the University of Phoenix. However, Jesse’s impact on the University and the Adult Degree Program far exceeds the important service that he has given working with individuals who are interested in going back to college to complete their degree. “Jesse has built relationships with several of our Wisconsin Technical College partners, including a new and growing relationship with Western Technical College in La Crosse,” said Christina Trombley, Interim Dean of Outreach and Adult Access. “Throughout his time at UW-Green Bay, Jesse has been a steady presence at the many career fairs, student fairs and corporate events we attend. We are sad to see him leave us but wish him all the very best.”

“The thing I will miss most about my experience at UW-Green Bay will be the people I have met,” said Jesse. “I have made amazing friends among the UWGB faculty and staff whom I have met, and I know these friendships will go with me as I take on a new adventure. Also, the strength and courage that our adult students have shown has encouraged and inspired me. The commitment that these people have to their future, their families and their communities is amazing. It’s nothing short of heroic!” Strong praise from a man who, in addition to working at UW-Green Bay, is also a husband and father of four AND serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Freedom Fire Department.

Jesse’s last day in the office will be Friday, May 8. Please feel free to send well-wishes and notes of congratulations to

Happy Spring!!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley, Interim Dean
Outreach and Adult Access

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather (or at least it is lovely now as I am writing this.) One of the many joys of living in Wisconsin is that first beautiful spring day, when you can feel summer right around the corner. May also brings the end of another semester, signifying the approaching graduation for nearly 100 of our students.

Just like you, the end of the semester is very busy time for all of us in the Adult Degree Program. We are planning our graduation breakfast for the Integrative Leadership Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies majors who are finishing their journey with us this month or at the end of summer. I really hope you will join us! It’s a fantastic event and such a wonderful celebration of your accomplishment.

We are also welcoming several new faces this summer. With so many new students starting in the summer, there were many orientation sessions to be scheduled and held; advisors and recruiters are very busy reaching out to potential and current students, making sure that you have everything you need to begin or continue your education.

So, we said hello to a lot of new friends just as we bid farewell to so many familiar ones. Whether you are leaving us, just starting the journey or taking a well-earned break to enjoy your summer, I hope that you will stay in touch.

Have a great summer!

Endings and Beginnings

Steve VandenAvond

Steve VandenAvond

Dr. Steve VandenAvond, Dean
Outreach and Adult Access

It is with a genuine mix of emotions that I let you know that I am the leaving the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  In the last issue of the ADP Newsletter you were updated that I will be serving as the Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement at Northern Michigan University.  I leave with mixed emotions because although I will be pursuing a new and exciting opportunity, I leave behind colleagues and students who I value greatly.  The Adult Degree Program and the Division of Outreach and Adult Access in which it resides is positioned extremely well to meet the changing landscape of higher education and to the changing needs of adult, online, and non-traditional students.  The Division is fully staffed with dedicated, intelligent, compassionate people who understand the needs of adult learners.  As higher education continues to evolve and change, I couldn’t be more optimistic that there are many more good things to come for students in the Adult Degree Program, the Division of Outreach and Adult Access, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  My optimism is even greater given that the Director of the Adult Degree Program, Christina Trombley, will be taking over the leadership of the Division of Outreach and Adult Access; you are in good hands.

I congratulate you for your commitment to lifelong learning and I wish all of you nothing but success in your educational and professional careers and in your personal lives.  Please stay in touch with your friends at UW-Green Bay.  Go Phoenix!!



Nominate a Professor Who Impacted Your Learning at UWGB!!

Do you have a professor who has made a significant impact on your learning here at UW-Green Bay? If so, consider nominating him or her for a brand new STUDENT NOMINATED TEACHING AWARD!

The process is easy. Just click on to fill out a nomination form and hit submit at the bottom of the form.

To learn more about the award and selection criteria click on full announcement.

* Nominations must be received by Friday, March 27, 2015. *

Questions? Contact Dana Mallett in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at or call (920) 465-2410.

Don’t put off getting help for tech issues

Nathan Kraftcheck

Nathan Kraftcheck

Have technical problems and you’re not sure where to go? A great place to start is the UW-Green Bay Help Desk. The Help Desk staff is equipped to handle most questions related to software, D2L, and general computer-related issues. The Help Desk can be reached at (920) 465-2309 Monday through Thursday, 8:00am – 8:00pm, and 8:00am – 4:30pm on Fridays. You can also contact them via email at

If you’d prefer to investigate solutions to possible problems on your own time, a wealth of resources have been made available to you in the UW-Green Bay knowledgebase, UKnowIT. UKnowIT has self-help articles for many campus resources like SiS, D2L, Kaltura, Microsoft Office, and other teaching and learning software.

Student Resource Links:

Search the Knowledgebase (UKnowIT)
Green Bay One Stop Shop (GBOSS)
Student Information System (SIS)
Outlook Web Access (OWA)
Office 365


Time to File your FAFSA for 2015-16

If you haven’t already done so, you can file the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) now by going on-line to (this is the ONLY site you should use to file the FAFSA).  You must file the FAFSA each year that you want to be considered for aid. Make sure UW-Green Bay is listed (school code of 003899) and we will receive your aid application once it is processed.

Once you file, be sure to watch your UW-Green Bay email account as well as your regular mail for any information that may be needed.  If the Financial Aid Office requests information, it is important to respond because we will not be able to continue working with your aid application until it is complete.  We anticipate beginning to award aid for the 2015-16 aid year in April.

If you are planning to take summer classes and you would like to receive aid, please remember the following:

  • For most students, summer aid will be based on the 2015-16 FAFSA
  • 6 credits in summer is considered half time for financial aid purposes
  • Aid received in summer is likely to impact the amount available the rest of the year
  • A one page summer aid application will be available in mid-March on the financial aid website at

Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.  You can email us at or call us at (920) 465-2075.

Spring Break is Coming

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Happy Spring!  It is going to be spring, right?  I’m sure that by now, like all students everywhere, you are looking forward to taking a breather during spring break.  It is such a great time to take a moment and assess how you are doing; plus, it gives you some time to play catch-up if needed.

It’s hard to believe, but we are busy working on getting everything ready for the Fall semester.  The schedule should be out soon.  Give your advisor a call or set up an appointment to discuss what you want to take.  Make sure that you are set to register for your courses as soon as registration opens.

And if you are graduating this semester, then this is a great time to review that you have done everything needed to prepare for graduation.  If you are unsure, check in with your advisor and review the checklist.  And if you are graduating, I hope that you are planning to participate in commencement.  There is nothing like walking across the stage to accept your diploma – I guarantee it.

Make sure that you also take a moment or two to just relax over break.  With everything you have going on, taking a much needed break is a great way to rejuvenate for the second half of the semester.

Happy Spring Break!