Welcome Rebecca Sievers!

Rebecca Sievers

Rebecca Sievers

UW-Green Bay and the Division of Outreach and Adult Access is happy to welcome Rebecca Sievers as its new Director of Summer Camps and Conferences. In her new role at UW-Green Bay, Rebecca will oversee the Division’s Summer Camps program which includes camps in Music, Art, Grandparents’ University and several “Reality Science Camps” including Aviation, Video Game Programming, Robotics, Wilderness Training and others. She will also advise the University’s Learning in Retirement program.

Rebecca is an Appleton native, earning her bachelor’s degree in Communication from St. Norbert College and her master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Rebecca comes to UW-Green Bay from the University of Iowa where she served as the Coordinator of Leadership and Service.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys volunteering as a local youth basketball and volleyball coach, participating in CrossFit and cheering on the Packers and the Badgers!

Messages of welcome can be sent to Rebecca at sieversr@uwgb.edu.


Register Now for Summer and Fall Classes

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley


I know that we are just beginning to enjoy spring, but have you thought about taking a summer class? Taking a summer course is a great way to get one step closer to graduation!  Please talk with your advisor and take a look at the schedule of classes to find your best options.

You are also probably planning out your fall semester. With the schedule of classes published and fall enrollment underway, make sure you’ve run your ideas pass your advisor. It’s a wonderful way to ensure that you have the right classes picked out to keep moving forward.

You will also want to note that we have new section numbers for online classes. All online classes are now identified by section 0800.  As part of the Interdisciplinary Studies and Integrative Leadership Studies majors, you are part of the reserved seats for online students.  Make sure you register as early as you can to ensure that you get the classes you want.

We only have a few more weeks until the end of the term, so I will wish you the best on your finals!



A Time to Reflect…

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Happy Spring! March brings us the mid-point of the semester and an opportunity for reflection.  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!


ADP Welcomes New Design, Marketing and Media Specialist, Donna Mleziva

Donna Mleziva 2UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access is proud to announce the hiring of UW-Green Bay alumna, Donna Mleziva, ’06, as the Division’s new Design, Marketing and Media Specialist. This position became available when long-time designer Dan Moore, ’00, left that post to accept an appointment as UW-Green Bay’s new Campus Photographer and Videographer.

Hailing from nearby Luxemburg, Donna is a 2006 graduate of UW-Green Bay, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and the Arts, with a Graphic Design and Photography emphasis and a minor in Art. Donna returns to her alma mater with ten years of experience as a graphic designer, designing print work, developing and managing websites and serving as a photographer. Donna comes to UW-Green Bay most recently from the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay where she serves as a Graphic Design and Sales Specialist with The Compass, the official Diocesan news publication. Prior to that she served as a Communications Specialist at UW Oshkosh for seven years where she earned several awards and accolades for her design work, including:

UW Oshkosh Website, Platinum Hermes Creative Award, 2014
Undergraduate Recruitment Campaign, Platinum MarCom Award, 2012
Engage Magazine, Gold MarCom Award, 2012
American Marketing Association, Higher Ed. Team Marketer of the Year, 2011
UWO Everywhere You Go!, Best Mobile App, Gold Hermes Creative Award, 2011
And MANY more!

“I absolutely love working on a college campus,” says Donna. “I enjoy the academic environment and am excited to work with Outreach and the rest of campus to create design work that will help communicate the university’s mission in the community. Also, as an alum I have always had a soft spot for UW-Green Bay. I’m looking forward to coming home!”

Donna Mleziva 1Donna and her fiance’, Alex, are busy planning a November wedding and are happy to move closer to family and friends. When Donna is not deep in wedding planning and designing award-winning creative, she is involved in community band as a flutist and is also a runner, having just registered for the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon.

Donna’s first day at UW-Green Bay will be Tuesday, February 16. Notes of congratulations can be sent to her at mlezivad@uwgb.edu.

ADP Students Kuettel and Vanden Boomen Recipients of Spring, ’16 Hoppe Scholarships!

Adult Degree students, Amanda Kuettel and Mary Vanden Boomen, are recipients of the spring, 2016 Patricia L. Hoppe Scholarships. UW-Green Bay, with the generous support of the family of former Adult Degree student, Patricia Hoppe, is proud to make these scholarships available to adult learners who strive to earn their bachelor’s degree through the Adult Degree Program while working, supporting families and balancing the demands of busy adult learners.

Amanda Kuettel

Amanda Kuettel

Amanda Kuettel is pursuing her Bachelor of Applied Studies degree in Integrative Leadership Studies with an Area of Emphasis in Human Development. Amanda describes herself as a 28 year old mom of three and works nights as a respiratory therapist while she pursues her degree online at UW-Green Bay. Amanda’s goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant.

“My passion is health care,” says Amanda. “My goal is to explore its many avenues to help people by using the skills I acquire through my education and my experience in the field. I appreciate the opportunity through UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program to complete my degree while keeping up with my responsibilities as a mom and a health care professional. I especially appreciate this scholarship and want to thank the family of Patricia Hoppe for helping to make my dreams a reality!”

Mary Vanden Boomen Feb 2016

Mary Vanden Boomen

Mary Vanden Boomen is pursuing her Bachelor of Applied Studies degree in Integrative Leadership Studies with a Self-Directed Area of Emphasis focusing on health care patient advocacy. Mary is a native of Green Bay and has been married to her husband, Glen, for 25 years. Mary and Glen have two children. Mary holds an associate degree in Agribusiness from NWTC. She started her college journey at UW-Green Bay in 1985, but ran out of funding. She then returned to her education until 1990 when she married and started her family.

Mary is a Patient Financial Advocate at Bellin Health, but has worked for other providers in the Green Bay area doing medical billing. Mary’s goal after earning her degree is to work in Patient Advocacy.

“I have been a caregiver my entire life; caring for family members with Multiple Sclerosis, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Kidney Failure/Transplantation,” says Mary. “I have been on the receiving end of such wonderful support and guidance. With my healthcare provider experience I feel I can make a difference for another family or individual facing life-changing illness or injury. I am very grateful and honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the Patricia Hoppe Scholarship.”

The Patricia L. Hoppe Scholarship is offered by the family and friends of Trish Hoppe. Trish was a vivacious and wonderful woman, but cancer took Trish’s life before she could complete her degree. Before she passed away, Trish expressed her desire to help other adult students in the Adult Degree Program achieve their educational and career goals. It is in the spirit of this wish that the Hoppe Scholarship is awarded to UWGB Adult Degree students every semester.

UW-Green Bay is proud to work together with the family and friends of Trish Hoppe and of all our generous scholarship benefactors to make this and others scholarships possible for adult and distance learners at UW-Green Bay.

Welcome, and Welcome Back!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Our spring semester has officially begun! I hope you have enjoyed your first week of classes and that you have logged into D2L to ensure a successful beginning!  More adults continue to choose the Adult Degree Program at UW-Green Bay as their next step in their future.  We are thrilled to welcome them aboard.

For those new to the program, or new to social media, don’t forget to stay connected on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. We try and keep these up to date without overwhelming your posts.  But it is a fun way to stay in touch and share things about our program and our campus.  I tweet for Adult Degree – I have to admit, I’m not great at it, but getting better!

You can click on any of the links shown at the lower-left portion in this newsletter to connect with us. I promise to provide pertinent and hopefully entertaining tweets.

I don’t know about you, but I hope spring is right around the corner! I had to submit this before any updates between groundhogs and shadows, so my fingers are still crossed for an early spring!


New Adult Degree Alumni Receive Diplomas in 92nd Grad Ceremony

ADP Grads Dec. 2015The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 2015 winter commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus.

This ceremony honored almost 450 new graduates, including 59 from the Adult Degree Program, who completed/will complete their programs of study in December or at the end of the interim session in January.

ADP graduates receiving B.A. and B.A.S. degrees in Integrative Leadership Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies are listed below by home county. Students receiving their degrees with academic honors are indicated by *cum laude, **magna cum laude and ***summa cum laude.
Integrative Leadership StudiesBrown County — Tonya Fronk, De Pere; Cayla Botz, Adeyemi Cole, Michael Dreckschmidt*, Angela Gardebrecht*, Patrick Heaney, Thomas McCarey***, Kathleen Mickle***, Zachery Nimke*, Amber Prien, Leslie Schisel, Green Bay; and Hattie Liebman*, Suamico;
Calumet — Dale Passehl***, Appleton; Carole Schubert, Kiel; and Alexander Lewandowski, Menasha;
Chippewa — Carrie Hoff**, Cadott; and Michele Pederson, Eau Claire;
Columbia — Katie Stiemke, Arlington;
Dane — Chanel Clark, Madison;
Door — William Isings, Sturgeon Bay;
Forest — Penny McLaughlin*, Wabeno;
Jefferson — Mark Kasten, Lake Mills;
Manitowoc — Rosanne Bonlander, and Patrick Hamoy, Manitowoc; and Shannon Leonhard, Jennifer Lisowe***, and Marjorie Olson, Two Rivers;
Marathon — Katinna Brice, and Sarah Verber**, Wausau;
Marinette — Adam Walker**, Marinette;
Milwaukee — Eric Lemmer, Milwaukee;
Monroe — Laissa Hassan, Tomah;
Oconto — Dean Meyer Sr, Oconto;
Oneida — Amanda Cook*, Harshaw;
Outagamie — Brenda Halfman, Seymour;
Portage — Melinda Ziesman, Mosinee; and Leah Rose***, Stevens Point;
Taylor — Loretta Walsh*, Medford;
Vilas — Jessica Riedy, Eagle River;
Washington — Andrew Darwitz, Oakdale;
Waukesha — Jeffrey Podjasek, Pewaukee;
Waushara — Jessica Hargrave, Berlin; and Tad Masaros, Fremont;
Winnebago — Emily Penning, Oshkosh;
Wood — Joseph Durham, Wisconsin Rapids; and
Other State(s) — Joelle Fockler, Martinez, Calif.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Barron County — Shanon Breed**, Rice Lake;
Cheryl Weaver***, De Pere; Deanna Ashmann***, Cayla Botz, Jennifer Hoffman***, and Aerick Jackson, Green Bay;
— Jamie Guensburg*, Rothschild;
Oconto — Kayla Coopman, Abrams;
Price — Marlene Wurm, Park Falls; and Taylor Grech*, Phillips;
Shawano — Gary Olsen*** and Kristin Welch, Gresham;
Waukesha — Kari Konkol, Waukesha;
Winnebago — Michael Johnson Jr., Appleton.

Happy New Year!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Welcome to 2016! I hope you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends and are taking some time to decompress!  There is still time to get to those last-minute applications and registrations.  And if you haven’t touched base with your advisor, please make your appointment now.  Our advisors’ time is filling up fast, and we want to be able to provide you with the information you need.

Classes will be starting shortly. Don’t forget about Preview Week, where you have the opportunity to log in to your classes the week before they start.  However, remember not all of our instructors participate in Preview Week, so if you can’t get in, no worries.  It just means that the instructor is still working on the class and it will open on the first day of the semester.

We are sharing photos of our mid-year commencement and graduation breakfast. It was a wonderful event and we are always so excited to share these wonderful images!  It’s a great way to motivate you for the semester and help you envision your own successful walk across the stage.

Best of luck to you in this new semester!


Happy Holidays!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

The end of 2015 is almost here; I’m not sure that I am ready for it! Make sure you are ready, because spring semester will be here before you know it! Right now, all of you are gearing up for those final papers and exams. But make sure that you take a moment and check in with your advisor to make sure you are set up for spring, 2016!

To those of you who are completing your last semester with us, we say congratulations! I look forward to seeing you at commencement and at the ceremony we will be hosting in your honor. This is truly a time for celebrating and I hope that you can join us. We are so proud to have you as UW-Green Bay alumni. Remember, if you want to continue to receive this newsletter and keep in touch with the Adult Degree Program, please sign up with an alternate e-mail address or send your e-mail to Eric Craver at cravere@uwgb.edu.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your holiday celebrations and find a bit of time to relax. On behalf of everyone at UW-Green Bay and the Adult Degree Program, Happy Holidays and the best to you and yours for the New Year!


Meet Dan Terrio: Working, Serving and Dancing in the Green Bay Community!

Eric Craver, UWGB Outreach and Adult Access

Dan Terrio

Dan Terrio

Sitting down to talk with Dan Terrio, ’12 and ‘14, UW-Green Bay Adult Degree graduate and local community powerhouse, I immediately wondered how I would keep up with him during the interview. Ten minutes later I wondered how on earth I could hope to keep up with him at all.

Dan, who currently serves as a Learning Facilitator for new employees with Humana in Green Bay, has spent his entire professional career – and indeed, his life – in service of others. Among other duties with Humana, he is responsible for educating Humana Employees about Humana Vitality, the company’s corporate wellness program. Prior to joining the Humana family, he served as the Youth Development Manager with the Greater Green Bay Chamber and served in various other professional and volunteer roles, all primarily within the greater Green Bay area.

Small beginnings, big dreams

Dan lives and has spent most of his life here in Green Bay. He is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians and spent his early years living on the tribal reservation. Dan’s earliest memories are of a family tradition steeped in service. His grandmother was the tribe’s very first nurse and she spent her life championing the effort to bring health care to the tribe. Also, his aunt is the tribe’s longest-serving council member and his father is an EMT. As a teenager he started working with an organization called United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) which is the oldest and largest Native American youth organization in the United States. At 18 years old, Dan moved to Washington D.C. to serve as co-president for UNITY and he still contributes time and energy to that organization. However, long before he left the reservation, Dan experienced an event that would change his life forever.

Tragedy, recovery and the American Red Cross

At 13 years old, Dan and many members of his family were in a terrible automobile DAN TERRIO vantrainaccident when the van in which they were traveling was hit by a train. He, his mother and his brother were ejected from the vehicle. Dan lay at the roadside, motionless and in shock, as he watched the van burst into flames. He received five units of blood that day from the American Red Cross, an organization that would be a part of his life from that point forward. He sustained several injuries, but the most serious was a shattered knee, ending hopes of a school career in athletics. However, not willing to sit on the sidelines, he was walking within three months and, after several surgeries, rededicated himself to involvement in theater, public service and education.

Finding his way to UW-Green Bay – TWICE

Dan Terrio May 2014When asked why he decided to go back to school, his response is straight from the adult learner playbook. “Up to the point of making the decision to enroll at UWGB I had attended six different schools and I needed to focus,” said Dan. “UW-Green Bay transferred in my existing credits and helped me to earn my degree in one year.” Dan enrolled in UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Self-Directed Emphasis focusing on Communication and Public Relations. “My advisors were great and they helped make the transition back to college seamless,” said Dan. “I earned my degree completely online and I loved it!” But once he finished his undergraduate studies, he knew that he needed to continue. Dan went on to complete his Master of Science degree at UW-Green Bay in Leadership in Teaching and Learning. “I wasn’t sure where I would pursue my master’s degree. I narrowed it down to UW-Green Bay and UW Oshkosh. I chose UWGB because of the program’s focus on service and learning across generations. UW-Green Bay’s program was flexible and featured a lot of online communication which helped me to tailor the program to my needs.”

The Red Cross again and “Dancing With Our Stars”

If you had asked Dan a year ago if he would be dancing competitively, he may have given you a funny look. Rebuilt knee aside, his life is so busy that the idea of dedicating the time and energy required for a dance competition was not even on his radar. Dan Terrio dance3However, when the American Red Cross came to him and asked him to join Green Bay area celebrities and others in Dancing With Our Stars, he knew that he could not say no. “I want to give back to the Red Cross,” Dan says in a serious tone. “I want to prove the doctors wrong who told my parents that I would never walk normally again. In preparation for this event I changed my diet. I work out twice per day and I dance two hours per week.”

Modeled after the immensely popular ABC television series, “Dancing with the Stars,” Dancing With Our Stars is a fundraiser for the American Red Cross and features several leaders within the community being paired with professional dancers. This event will take place at the KI Center in downtown Green Bay on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise money for the Red Cross in support of its many programs designed to help members of our community in times of emergency. “Ever since my accident I have served the Red Cross and I saw Dancing With Our Stars as a wonderful opportunity to help support the program and to have fun!” “But it’s not just dancing,” Dan added. “This involves fundraising, event planning and much more. It’s like another full-time job.” Anyone who wishes to learn more about Dan and support Dancing With Our Stars can visit his website to make a contribution. Learn more and follow Dan’s progress on Facebook.

Even at Dan Terrio’s young age, he has accomplished much – recovering from a devastating injury, becoming active in his community, starting his own company, speaking around the country, finishing two college degrees and firmly establishing himself as a leader in the Green Bay community and beyond. When asked how he has accomplished all of this and still has the energy for more, his face lights up. “It’s fun! But you have to enjoy the journey!”