It’s Not Exactly Training Camp, but…

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley


We are so excited to be the Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers and what better time to celebrate this announcement than August! August is a great month for preparation, whether you are an Adult Degree student or a champion football player.

For instance, both will spend a lot of time this month gearing up for the upcoming season (or semester!) Ordering books, scheduling classes, meeting with your advisor is on par with studying plays, going to training camp, and meeting with your coaches. Our partnership goes a lot further though. Keep up to date with all of the special events this partnership will bring, including a tribute to our UW-Green Bay veterans and their families at a game this fall. All of these will be highlighted in our newsletters.

If you haven’t met with your coach (OK, advisor) yet, be sure to get on the schedule. Classes are filling up fast. Here’s to a winning season for both you and our beloved Green Bay Packers.

See you in September!

Christina Trombley, Director
Adult Degree Program

UWGB Adult Degree to Partner with Green Bay Packers

packersGAfter decades of sharing a community, a name, and a reputation for excellence, UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers will be sharing much more this year through a new partnership forged between Outreach and Adult Access and the Packers organization. The partnership provides access to advertising opportunities with the Packers in both print and online media, and grants the University full access to the team’s logos and team marks.

“This new partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for Outreach and the Adult Degree Program and the entire University to more fully connect with the Green Bay community and to get the word out to adult and distance learners about learning opportunities at UW-Green Bay,” said Steve VandenAvond, Associate Provost for Outreach and Adult Access.

Entire campus can share in partnership prestige

While Outreach was the architect for the agreement, this partnership bears far-reaching opportunities for the whole University community.

“The entire University will have access to the Packers’ logos and team marks for approved use,” said Sue Bodilly, Director of Marketing. “With appropriate approval from the Packers, any area of the University can use the Packers logo and the moniker, ‘Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers’ on marketing and promotional materials.”

Anyone in a UW-Green Bay capacity that wishes to use the Packers’ team marks should contact Sue Bodilly, who will go through the appropriate channels with the Packers. (This includes letterhead, electronic messaging, social messaging, print materials, etc.) The University will also join with the Packers to promote several events, such as a community-wide “UW-Green Bay Day” to be held in the Lambeau Field Atrium, date, time and a call for campus participation, TBD.

Our Advisors ROCK!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley


Whether you are using this summer to take a much needed break or take classes to move your graduation date up, it still is a great time to touch base with your advisors to ensure that you are prepared for fall.  Courses are beginning to fill and close, 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 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 an advisor and students is one of the most important steps to the student’s success.  Our advisors are here to not only help you select courses, but also understand your goals and challenges to make the best decisions when it comes to your education.

I get numerous emails and tributes to the quality of our advising staff and our recent survey ranked the advising services as the most awesome part of the services we provide.  Well, they may not have said awesome, but you get the point.

So, if you haven’t spoken or emailed Annie, Arlene, Forrest, Justin, Krista, Linda, Lynn, Mike or Stephanie lately, what are you waiting for? 

Happy Summer!


“She Believed she COULD, so she DID…”

Heather Tucker

Heather Tucker

Of the roughly 1,000 new UW-Green Bay graduates to turn their tassel last month, perhaps none were more excited to have completed this leg of the journey than Heather Tucker.

Hailing originally from Wabeno in Northcentral Wisconsin, Heather now lives in Appleton with her 11-year-old daughter, Cassidy. After a long journey which involved balancing school, work, and family, Heather’s path at UW-Green Bay reached a milestone May 17 with graduation ceremonies. However, while her challenges were great, so was her resolve to finish her degree. As the crown of her mortar board proudly reads, “She believed she could, so she did.”

Heather Tucker May 14 1When asked how she made the decision to pursue her degree at UW-Green Bay, her answer was very simple and very Heather – “I knew that I wanted to complete my degree – so I did! I knew that I wanted a reputable university and I needed a program that would understand and be flexible with my busy schedule. So I went online and found UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program. After speaking with an advisor, I knew that I had the right program for me.”

Heather’s progress toward her bachelor’s degree started with completing her associate degree at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Then, in 2010, her journey brought her to UW-Green Bay – a path which included classes taken online, on Saturdays, and in the evening. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Area of Emphasis in Environmental Policy Studies, reflecting her strong commitment to environmental responsibility and stewardship. Heather’s degree was augmented with a Certificate in Environmental Sustainability and Business through the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI).

During Heather’s final semester in the program she completed an Environmental Sustainability internship at Pierce Manufacturing in Neenah. During this experience, Heather assisted in environmental awareness and safety training as well as giving presentations and providing general environmental orientation on conflict minerals and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) storm-water discharge. She was also responsible for planning and logistics for the first annual Sustainability and Wellness Fair and assisted in compliance for Federal VOC (paint) emissions.

Heather Tucker May 14 5“I would like to acknowledge several individuals who have contributed to the success of this experience,” Tucker said. “First of all, my family, who has endured many late dinners, limited vacations, and a tired mother and partner. Working full-time, being a full-time student, and also doing an internship while trying to keep a household running is no small feat! Also, I would like to thank my advisors, John Arendt, Lynn Brandt, and Forrest Brooks. They were all instrumental in making my path a smooth and successful one. Finally, I would like to thank Shari Klika and Pierce Manufacturing for giving me the opportunity to prove my worth and for sharing their experience and knowledge in my short time with their company. The relationships and opportunities I experienced there will be treasured for a lifetime.”

Local employers give high praise for Adult Degree Grads and job prospects

Several local employers are speaking up to share their opinions about the quality of their employees and interns from UW-Green Bay and the Adult Degree Program. WIth so many employers from private industry as well as from the public and non-profit sectors chiming in, we just had to share what they had to say!


“ThedaCare has enjoyed a long relationship with UW-Green Bay and we have always been very happy with the skilled, quality graduates who have pursued careers with our company.”
                                                                                              – Kathy Birling
                                                                                                Employment Specialist

“KI has worked with many UW-Green Bay graduates over the course of our partnership and we value the advantage of helping our employees to earn their degrees through UWGB as well as the University’s Adult Degree Program. We look forward to watching that partnership grow in hiring graduates and interns from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.”
                                                                                            – Sue Neuzil
                                                                                              Human Resources Generalist

“Students from UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program are coming to Golden House fully prepared and excited to learn at the next level. We have experienced excellent communication with both students and staff at the University. We are thrilled to have such a positive partnership with UW-Green Bay and specifically the Adult Degree Program.”
                                                                                            - Dina Borremans
                                                                                              Outreach Manager
                                                                                              Golden House of Green Bay

“Brown County United Way is proud to be associated with UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program. By working with older adult UWGB interns and graduates, United Way provides a positive learning and working environment for mature, skilled professionals.”
                                                                                            - Lisa Clark
                                                                                              2-1-1 Call Center Manager
                                                                                              Brown County United Way

“Associated Bank has had great success with the placement of UW-Green Bay graduates. These graduates know what they want out of a career and company, and are eager to learn and grow within their career. They also take pride in the City of Green Bay.”
                                                                                           – Amy Jo Derenne
                                                                                             Talent Acquisition Consultant
                                                                                             Associated Bank

“At Humana, we are impressed by the engagement of students who are graduates of the Adult Degree Program from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Whether they are enrolled in the program while working at Humana, or are recent graduates, they bring new innovative ideas to the forefront. It’s always exciting to see candidates, who use their education to benefit them in the workplace, apply for open positions at Humana.”
                                                                                           – Christine Ness
                                                                                             Strategic Consultant
                                                                                             Humana Service Operations

Important Summer Dates

Don’t forget to pay attention to these important summer dates!

  1          Six-Week and 10-Week classes end
2          Annual ADP Summer Meeting
15          Four-Week 3 and Eight-Week classes end
15          Official end of Summer 2014 Academic Term
23          New Student Convocation and Family Welcome

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

Welcome Summer!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Now that you have finals, and papers, and deadlines (oh, my!) behind you, I hope you can find some time to kick back, relax and enjoy summer!  It sure did take its sweet time in getting here!   

Just like you, the end of the semester is very busy time for all of us in the Adult Degree Program.  We held our graduation breakfast for the Interdisciplinary Studies majors who graduated in May or will be finishing this summer.  It is always such a joy to be able to congratulate all of our students on earning their degrees. 

We also welcomed over 60 new students into the Interdisciplinary Studies program this summer.  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 wonderful graduation ceremony photos in the “Cool Stuff” section of this newsletter. 

Have a great summer!


Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Student Honor Society Inducts New Members

The UW-Green Bay Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Academic Honor Society inducted 62 new members at ceremonies held on Wednesday, April 30. Our congratulations to the new inductees!

Randall Robert Anderson New Holstein WI
Amy Jo Anderson Green Bay WI
Collin Taylor Andrews Green Bay WI
Deanna Kaye Ashmann Green Bay WI
Erika Svea Balza Luxemburg WI
Shanon Joan Breed Rice Lake WI
Dylan Thomas Brinkman Waukesha WI
Lee Matthew Chamberlain Suamico WI
Jennifer Rae Christensen Suring WI
Eric Michael Defferding Hortonville WI
Amy Marie Delchambre Green Bay WI
Cory M Eirich Daytona Beach FL
Rhonda Lee Elliott Appleton WI
Katie Lynn Engebose Luxemburg WI
Jennifer Ann Fameree Brussels WI
Timothy Joseph Faust De Pere WI
Laura Elizabeth Fenendael Pulaski WI
Erika Ellen Fretto Green Bay WI
Kimberly Joy Gehrig Franklin WI
Timothy Francis Gerdmann Tomahawk WI
Connie Rae Gudowicz Armstrong Creek WI
Theresa Anne Guelcher Minocqua WI
Shirley Lynn Haese Menasha WI
Holly Sue Hajny Green Bay WI
Ryan M Hill Montfort WI
Carrie J Hoff Cadott WI
Katey M Johnson Green Bay WI
Michele Lyn Knaack Land O Lakes WI
Ronald R Kottnitz Green Bay WI
Travis Spencer Lane Green Bay WI
Stacy Lynne Leo Seymour WI
Patricia Darlene Limburg Green Bay WI
Ashley A Lukes Green Bay WI
Clare A Lundstrom De Pere WI
Jessica L Mendez Green Bay WI
Cory Joseph Miller Manitowoc WI
Jacqualyn Joyce Monge Eagle River WI
Sharon A Nett Hilbert WI
Rhonda K Pamperin Green Bay WI
John-Paul W Parmentier Green Bay WI
Cassandra Jean Penchoff Sturgeon Bay WI
Cathy Natalie Peterson Woodruff WI
Bob Provost Neenah WI
Katie Marie Quintanilla Elkhorn WI
Andrea Marie Ritchie Kronenwetter WI
Mark R. Salmon Suamico WI
Carol Siewert Madison WI
Portia Kayanthos Skenandore-Wheelock Green Bay WI
Charlie George Smith Suamico WI
Christin Elaine Strong White Lake WI
Valerie Anne Swanson Crandon WI
Courtney Trofka Neenah WI
Lorie Ann VanDonsel Forsyth MT
Sarah K Verber Wausau WI
Adam D Walker Marinette WI
David Jerome Wanie Green Bay WI
Wanda L Wayman Lac du Flambeau WI
June F Wenzel New London WI
Brenda L Wiegert Green Bay WI
Jennifer Lynn Wilson Green Bay WI
Terry Woldt Phillips WI
Jessica Lee Wuestenhagen Howards Grove WI

Spring and Summer 2014 ADP Graduates

We are proud to present the following soon-to-be alumni of UW-Green Bay and the Adult Degree Program. All of these students will be awarded their degrees either in May or August and many of them will be participating in May’s Commencement exercises scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. in the Kress Events Center on the UW-Green Bay campus.

We are proud and excited to congratulate the following graduates!


Randall Anderson New Holstein WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Nicole Aude Luxemburg WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Zachariah Becker Medford WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Casey Beilke Green Bay WI Bachelor of Arts
Danielle Boex Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Jacqueline Boure Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Jessica Boyd Gresham WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Kelly Brault Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Brenda Castaneda Bakersfield CA Bachelor of Arts
Shannon Cleven De Pere WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Nathan Conoley Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Michael Conrad Green Bay WI Bachelor of Arts
Amy Delchambre Green Bay WI Bachelor of Arts
Susan Emanuelson Bentonville AR Bachelor of Arts
Deborah Falkowski Denmark WI Bachelor of Arts
Erika Fretto Green Bay WI Bachelor of Arts
Timothy Gerdmann Tomahawk WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Lisa Giebler Porterfield WI Bachelor of Arts
Kari Graff Manitowoc WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Theresa Guelcher Minocqua WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Brooke Hafs Denmark WI Bachelor of Arts
Joy Hart Buda TX Bachelor of Applied Studies
Cindy Hartley Freedom WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Ryan Herald Oconto WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Mike Higgins Green Bay WI Bachelor of Arts
Eric Jackson Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Christine Jirovetz Appleton WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Jessica Johnson Marinette WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Katey Johnson Green Bay WI Bachelor of Arts
Brooke Kazik De Pere WI Bachelor of Arts
Kevin Kelleher Appleton WI Bachelor of Arts
Michele Knaack Land O Lakes WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Emily Komosa Lac du Flambeau WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Karen Kubitz Schofield WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Brenda LaMalfa Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Ashley Lackey Wausau WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Jenny McGilligan Pewaukee WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Barbara Mitchell Woodruff WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Jeffrey Mueller Sheboygan Falls WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Nicholas Neuville De Pere WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Romaine Quinn Rice Lake WI Bachelor of Arts
Kelly Raber Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Kristi Rector Neenah WI Bachelor of Arts
Stephen Rosera Greenville WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Patrick Runge Sheboygan WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Mark Salmon Suamico WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Audelina Sanchez New London WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Trina Schuyler Oneida WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Michael Sladky Weston WI Bachelor of Arts
Noel Snyder Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Stephanie Staples Green Bay WI Bachelor of Arts
Michelle Stauber-Soik Sheboygan WI Bachelor of Arts
Rudolph Steffen Barneveld WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Ryan Szprejda De Pere WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Heather Tucker Appleton WI Bachelor of Arts
Nicole VanCuyk Kimberly WI Bachelor of Arts
Aaron Vogels De Pere WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Melissa Walker Marinette WI Bachelor of Arts
Mary Wallenfang Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Andre Walls Wauwatosa WI Bachelor of Arts
Ryan Wondergem Manitowoc WI Bachelor of Arts
James Wright Green Bay WI Bachelor of Arts
Heather Writz Weston WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Amanda Young Rhinelander WI Bachelor of Arts
Nicole Zilles Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies


Erika Balza Luxemburg WI Bachelor of Arts
Brooke Baus Greenville WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Benjamin Bliese Wausau WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Kristine Blum Green Bay WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Rebecca Bohn Manitowoc WI Bachelor of Arts
Joanne Brezsko Denver CO Bachelor of Arts
Amy Ernest Park Falls WI Bachelor of Arts
Carina French De Pere WI Bachelor of Arts
Roxanne Hall Brown Deer WI Bachelor of Arts
Amanda Hoffmann Kimberly WI Bachelor of Arts
Amanda Hougas Watertown MA Bachelor of Arts
Levi Koski Howard WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Megan Malcore New Franken WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Jolie Meyer Manitowoc WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Jared Post Denmark WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Crystal Prescher Amherst Jct WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Jessica Rutta Plover WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Elizabeth Skenandore Oneida WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Diane Strong Crandon WI Bachelor of Arts
Valerie Swanson Crandon WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Patricia Waupoose Green Bay WI Bachelor of Arts
Jason Weber Appleton WI Bachelor of Applied Studies
Danielle Wheeler Neenah WI Bachelor of Arts
Jessica Wuestenhagen Howards Grove WI Bachelor of Applied Studies

Faculty Advice on Prepping for Finals

Dr. Jennifer Lanter

Dr. Jennifer Lanter

It is often the case that students find studying to be the most difficult part of any exam. Maybe it is the overwhelming amount of material that will be covered on the exam or the thought that the covered material is not very interesting to you. Or perhaps learning the material does not come easy to you. Even if one of these is the case, there are some very practical tips that students can follow to use available study time most effectively. Here are some ideas that might help you as you study:

1.) Organizing your notes for a class will help reduce the load put on your memory, leaving you more cognitive “space” to retain the material presented.

2.) Do not just highlight and re-read course material. Taking the time to elaborate on, describe, and test yourself on the material will provide you with a deeper processing of the material (which then results in better memory)!

3.) Associate what you are learning with things you already know. Often current knowledge can provide excellent retrieval cues for newly learned material.

4.) Avoid the “illusion of learning.” Familiarity with the material does not equal comprehension and understanding of material.

5.) Take breaks while studying. Your brain needs time to consolidate the information you are learning!

6.) Distribute your studying across multiple study sessions. It can be difficult to maintain close attention through a long study session, and studying after a break gives you feedback about what you already know.

By taking the time to organize your thoughts, your material, and your study space you will be better rested and better prepared to suceed on your exams. Good luck and good studying!

Dr. Lanter is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Director of the UWGB Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning