Welcome (and welcome back) to UW-Green Bay!

Dr. Donna Ritch Associate Dean

Dr. Donna Ritch
Associate Dean

This is an exciting time for UW-Green Bay, with many changes that have taken place over the summer and more that are upcoming. Most notably, the university undertook a major restructuring of its current “two colleges” model. As of July 1, all academic majors became aligned in FOUR distinct colleges. The four divisions will be: The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Science and Technology; the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare; and the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. This new organizational structure will not only allow UW-Green Bay to better serve its students, but will also position the university for future growth and help with our ability to be more responsive to state and regional needs.

So… How does this change impact the Adult Degree Program and – more specifically – you? The most important thing to know from all of this change is that the Integrative Leadership Studies major that you are pursuing, the academic advising that you receive and the services available to you are all the same. Your path to your degree remains completely unchanged. However, while the degree and the services supporting it are undisturbed, the “Adult Degree Program” as a self-supporting entity will no longer exist. The ILS degree and all support services will simply be delivered out of different areas of the university.

For many of you, this may seem like a big change. For others, you may be brand new and have not attended UW-Green Bay under the “old” model. Regardless of whether you are in your last semester or first, you chose wisely when you decided to come to UW-Green Bay to pursue your degree online. Our amazing faculty and outstanding advisors and staff are here to support you in that goal of finishing that degree – online and on your time!

Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Marketing and University Communication if you have questions on any of the changes described here. You can also contact your advisor anytime!

Have a great semester!

Hello and Farewell…

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

We have closed out another successful semester and, just like you, the end of the semester is very busy time for all of us. We held our graduation breakfast for the Integrative Leadership Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies majors and their families who are finishing their journey with us this month or at the end of summer. This event was followed by Commencement for a record-breaking number of UW-Green Bay graduates. I hope you enjoy the photos of these events found in this month’s newsletter.

We are welcoming many new students 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 in your education.

So, we said hello to a lot of new friends just as we are bidding farewell to our old friends. Best of luck to all of the new graduates!

Have a great summer!


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!