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 http://tinyurl.com/uwgbsnta2015 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 mallettd@uwgb.edu 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 helpdesk@uwgb.edu.

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 www.fafsa.gov (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 http://www.uwgb.edu/financial-aid/forms/summer.asp

Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.  You can email us at financialaid@uwgb.edu 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!



“Spring” 2015 is here!

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!  We are welcoming almost 150 new students to the Integrative Leadership Studies major.  It’s great to see our program continue to grow.

For those new to the program, or new to social media, don’t forget to stay connected on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages (links shown at the bottom left portion of this newsletter).  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!

I don’t know about you, but I hope spring is right around the corner!


Kim Hakenjos wins Spring 2015 Hoppe Scholarship

Kim Hakenjos Pic Jan 2015

Kim Hakenjos

The Adult Degree Program is proud to announce the recipient of the Spring 2015 Patricia L. Hoppe ScholarshipKim Hakenjos of Black Creek was selected for the award from a pool of extremely deserving candidates. She is a senior Integrative Leadership Studies major with a Self-Directed Area of Emphasis.

Kim’s advisor, Lynn Brandt, ’00, says, “Kim is an excellent student. Her dedication and commitment to completing her degree was evident the first time we met. I am looking forward to watching her cross that stage!” And Kim is clearly pleased with the support she is receiving from UW-Green Bay. “Lynn (Brandt) is truly a remarkable advisor. We met at FVTC, which is close to my home, and she really listened to me. I walked out of that appointment feeling that I can DO this! I totally love school!”

Kim started her college career at UW-Green Bay in 2001, but left the University so she and her husband could devote themselves to raising their son as well as several high-risk foster children. Since then she went on to complete college coursework at numerous other campuses, including UW-Fox Valley. It took losing her job last summer to finally bring Kim back to UWGB to complete her degree. Currently she works part-time at two different churches and her husband drives school bus, so this scholarship is helping the Hakenjos family to cover Kim’s college expenses.

Besides being a college student and holding down two jobs, Kim is also a grandmother of a four-year old girl and five-month old baby boy, which means she is very busy and doesn’t have time to attend college in the classroom. “Online classes were hard for me at first,” said Kim. “But I caught on quickly and I had a lot of help and support from the University. Being able to take classes online makes all of this possible. Otherwise, I simply couldn’t do it.”

Important Spring Dates

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

  6 Fall 2015 Course Registration Begins
21 Annual Packers Steak Fry
30 Schneider National Alumni Reception

  8 Last Day of Classes
16 ADP Graduate/Family Breakfast
16 Commencement
23-15 Memorial Day Recess – CAMPUS CLOSED

Click here for more information on spring 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.

Happy New Year!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Welcome to 2015! 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 course registrations, so be sure to sign up for spring classes.  Also, if you have not 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 that 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.

Take a peek inside for pictures of our mid-year commencement and graduation breakfast. It will be 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 the new semester!


Happy Holidays!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

You have almost finished the 2014 fall semester with just a few short weeks to go. I am sure that many of you are already planning for your spring semester.  Of course, all of you are gearing up for those final papers and exams.  I don’t know about you, but this semester has flown by.

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 Graduation Breakfast we will be hosting in your honor that morning.  This is truly a time for celebrating and I hope that you can join us.  We are so proud to have you as our newest 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 send your preferred email address to Eric Craver at cravere@uwgb.edu.

There is still time to register for those returning in spring, so if you haven’t met with your advisor, make an appointment today. Registration for all students will open in our online classes in a day or two.

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