Internships Matter!

Lynn Brandt, '00

Lynn Brandt

With the sluggish economy and loss of jobs, many people have taken the opportunity to change careers. However simply returning to school and earning a degree is not the only step to take to achieve this. Education and experience equals employment! Internships and volunteer experiences make you more attractive in the job market. They allow you to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections in the field. Internships are also a way to get your feet wet and find out if a specific field is something you could see yourself doing as a full-time job.

A recent web survey was conducted by Gallup (2014) of nearly 30,000 U.S. adults who completed a bachelor’s degree. According to this survey, graduates who reported participating in an internship felt more prepared for life after college. The ability to take what is learned in the classroom and apply it in the “real world” allows students to gain invaluable experience that will help shape their career.

In the Adult Degree Program, we pride ourselves on providing the best service possible for students who are pursuing either an Interdisciplinary Studies or Integrative Leadership Studies major. One of those services is offering a top-notch internship experience. Internships may be completed during the fall, spring or summer semester. Unpaid internships may be easier to get but may also pose problems if making money is necessary. This may deter students from doing an internship which may put you at a disadvantage when hoping to get a full-time job.

Whether you complete a paid or unpaid internship, doing a great job and going above and beyond what your internship site requires will make a great impression. At the very least, this can provide a great reference letter and may even potentially lead to a potential job offer.

For more information on completing an internship through the Adult Degree Program, please contact Lynn Brandt, Career Counseling and Internship Coordinator, at brandtl@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2907.

August Can Only Mean One Thing….

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Hi There!

Welcome to Football Season!  As a Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers, August is a very special month!  Our beloved team is back to practice and gearing up for their pre-season games.  We have a lot to be excited about with our partnership this year!  We will be highlight our veteran students again this year during a regular season game, holding special events at Lambeau, and our faculty sang the Star Spangled Banner during the Annual Shareholder’s Meeting.

We love our Pack, but don’t forget that this month is the perfect time to ensure you are set for the start of fall semester.  Books can be ordered and shipped, registration is still open, and your advisor would like to hear from you.  It’s not a bad idea to just check in to ensure you are all set for that first day of classes!

Enjoy these last few days of summer; September 2 will be here before you know it!  In the meantime, Go Pack and Go Phoenix!

Christina

The Phoenix Bookstore and Your Fall, 2015 Textbooks

It’s time to order books for your fall classes!! Remember that the staff at The Phoenix Bookstore is available to assist in the purchase of your fall textbooks. Adult Degree Students should not that you can order your books using one of four options.   

This information is provided courtesy of The Phoenix Bookstore. Questions about any of these options should be directed to the Bookstore at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323.

Option 1- Purchase your textbooks in person at The Phoenix Bookstore beginning August 17, 2015. 

Payment options:  Cash, Check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, Pass Points and SIS

Simply bring your schedule to the store and the staff will help you find the correct books.  NOTE:  SIS payment option REQUIRES your student ID.  If you are in need of an ID, you may purchase one at the University Ticketing and Information booth located outside the store before your purchase.

Option 2 – Order on-line (see directions below) and pick up your books at the store August 24 – September 5.  This is a FREE service. 

Payment options:  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, SIS

Log on to your SIS account for directions to access The Phoenix Bookstore website via your SIS account (and see link provided below.)  Click on “order books” located under the student links section found on the left hand side of the page.  Highlight the term.  Click “Order Books”.  This will take you to The Phoenix Bookstore website.  The required and recommended books for the classes in which you are enrolled will be displayed.  Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each class and add to your cart.  Note:  “Required” and “Optional” notations are listed under the items.  Packages are listed on the top picture and each individual part found in the package is displayed underneath.  You only need ONE type-the full package or needed parts.  When all materials are selected, click the shopping cart.  Continue through the checkout.  Click the “Pickup Order” button located to the far left.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully submitted the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation.  For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2015.  An additional week will be granted for dropped classes.  A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition.  SIS payments are due by 4:30 pm September 9, 2015.  If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323.  Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Directions to directly access The Phoenix Bookstore websitewww.THEphoenixbookstore.com

Once you enter the website, www.THEphoenixbookstore.com click “Textbooks” on the top menu bar.  Select the correct term, department and SECTION of your class.  The section is very important!  Click “Add Course”.  Repeat these steps until all the classes from your schedule are entered.  Once your current course list is complete, click “Get Course Materials”.  The required and recommended books for the requested classes will be displayed.   Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each class and add to your cart.  Note:  “Required” and “Optional” notations are listed under the items.  Packages are listed on the top picture and each individual part found in the package is displayed underneath.  You only need ONE type-the full package or needed parts.  When all materials are selected, click the shopping cart.  Continue through the checkout.  Click the “Pickup Order” button located to the left.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully submitted the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation.  For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2015.  An additional week will be granted for dropped classes.  A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition.  SIS payments are due by 4:30 pm September 9, 2015.    If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323.  Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Option 3 – Order on-line (see directions below), have the books charged to a credit card and shipped to you.  Shipping fees of $6.99 for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item will apply. 

Payment options:  VISA, MasterCard and Discover

Log on to your SIS account for directions to access The Phoenix Bookstore website via your SIS account (and see link provided below.)    Click on “order books” located under the student links section found on the left hand side of the page. Highlight the term.  Click “Order Books”.  This will take you to The Phoenix Bookstore website.  The required and recommended books for the classes in which you are enrolled will be displayed. Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each class and add to your cart.  Note:  “Required” and “Optional” notations are listed under the items.  Packages are listed on the top picture and each individual part found in the package is displayed underneath.  You only need ONE type-the full package or needed parts.  When all materials are selected, click the shopping cart.  Continue through the checkout.  Click the “Ship Order” button on the left.  Verify the shipping address shown is accurate.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully submitted the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation.  For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2015.  An additional week will be granted for dropped classes.  A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition.  If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323.  Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Directions to directly access The Phoenix Bookstore websitewww.THEphoenixbookstore.com

Once you enter the website, www.THEphoenixbookstore.com click “Textbooks” on the top menu bar.  Select the correct term, department and SECTION of your class.  The section is very important!  Click “Add Course”.  Repeat these steps until all the classes from your schedule are entered.  Once your current course list is complete, click “Get Course Materials”.  Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each class and add to your cart.  Note:  “Required” and “Optional” notations are listed under the items.  Packages are listed on the top picture and each individual part found in the package is displayed underneath.  You only need ONE type-the full package or needed parts.  When all materials are selected, click the shopping cart.  Continue through the checkout.  Click the “Ship Order” button.  Verify the shipping address shown is accurate.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully submitted the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation.  For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2015.  An additional week will be granted for dropped classes.  A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition.  If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323.  Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Option 4 – Order on-line (see directions below) before August 21, 2015, have the books charged to your SIS account and shipped to you.  Shipping fees of $6.99 for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item will apply.  This is a special option the bookstore offers exclusively to Adult Degree Program students. 

Payment option:  SIS

Log on to your SIS account for directions to access The Phoenix Bookstore website via your SIS account (and see link provided below.)  Click on “order books” located under the student links section found on the left hand side of the page. Highlight the term.  Click “Order Books”.  This will take you to The Phoenix Bookstore website.  Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each class and add to your cart.  Note:  “Required” and “Optional” notations are listed under the items.  Packages are listed on the top picture and each individual part found in the package is displayed underneath.  You only need ONE type-the full package or needed parts.  When all materials are selected, click the shopping cart.  Continue through the checkout.  Click the “Pick Up Order” button.  Do this even though you would like the books shipped.  This is the only way to access the SIS payment option and have the books shipped.  Under the payment option, select SIS.   Enter the last nine digits of your student ID as the SIS number.  In the comments box type, “I am an Adult Degree student.  Please charge my SIS account and ship this order to____ (ENTER YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS)”.  The Phoenix Bookstore will confirm you are part of the program, charge your SIS account for the cost of the books plus the shipping, and ship your books.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully submitted the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation.  For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2015.  An additional week will be granted for dropped classes.  A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition.  SIS payments are due by 4:30 pm September 9, 2015.    If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323.  Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Directions to directly access The Phoenix Bookstore websitewww.THEphoenixbookstore.com

Once you enter the website, www.THEphoenixbookstore.com click “Textbooks” on the top menu bar.  Select the correct term, department and SECTION of your class.  The section is very important!  Click “Add Course”.  Repeat these steps until all the classes from your schedule are entered.  Once your current course list in the right hand box is complete, click “Get Course Materials”.  Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each class and add to your cart.  Note:  “Required” and “Optional” notations are listed under the items.  Packages are listed on the top picture and each individual part found in the package is displayed underneath.  You only need ONE type-the full package or needed parts.  When all materials are selected, click the shopping cart.  Continue through the checkout.  On the top left, click the “Pick Up Order” button.  Do this even though you would like the books shipped.  This is the only way to access the SIS payment option and have the books shipped.  Under the payment option, select SIS.   Enter the last nine digits of your student ID as the SIS number.  In the comments box type, “I am an Adult Degree student.  Please charge my SIS account and ship this order to ____ (ENTER YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS HERE)”.  The Phoenix Bookstore will confirm you are part of the program, charge your SIS account for the cost of the books plus the shipping, and ship your books.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully placed the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation.  For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2015.  An additional week will be granted for dropped classes.  A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition.  SIS payments are due by 4:30 pm September 9, 2015.    If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323.  Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

It’s All in the Advising…

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Whether you are using this summer to take a much needed break or are taking classes to graduate just a bit sooner, it is a great time to touch base with your advisor to ensure that you are prepared for the fall semester. Courses are beginning to fill and close up, so this important planning step can help alleviate any potential challenges.

I’m not sure if you have seen the commercials from some of the other local higher educational institutions, but they have been promoting their “high-touch” advising for students – as if it is a new strategy for working with adults. Here at the Adult Degree Program, we have always believed that building a relationship between advisors and students is one of the most important steps to your success.

From the earliest questions our admissions advisors receive when students are considering our program to those regarding graduation, our advisors really listen to your educational goals to guide you in making the best possible decisions regarding your major, area of emphasis, and classes.

I have received many emails and phone calls that speak to the quality of the advising we provide, and I am so proud to work with such a dedicated team.  So, if you haven’t spoken or emailed Annie, Arlene, Forrest, Jenny, Krista, Linda, Lynn, or Stephanie lately, what are you waiting for?

Happy Summer!

Christina

Important Summer Dates

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

AUGUST
  8  Packers Family Night – Stop by the UWGB Booth!
20  Alumni Business Reception – Ameriprise Auto and Home
22  New Student Convocation and Family Welcome 

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!

Christina

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. (www.denehellman.com.)

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 brodyj@uwgb.edu.

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!!

Steve