“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
                                                                                                ThedaCare

“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
                                                                                              KI

“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!

JULY
  4          Independence Day observed – Campus Closed
18          Four-Week 2 classes end
21          Four-Week 3 classes begin

AUGUST
  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

Click on http://www.uwgb.edu/registrar/calendar/registration/summer14.asp for more information on Summer class start and end dates, as well as important information regarding course Add, Drop, and Withdrawal deadlines.

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!

SPRING 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

SUMMER GRADUATES

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

Happy Graduation!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley, Director
Adult Degree Progam

May means commencement here at UW-Green Bay, and like the past few years, we have a lot of our Interdisciplinary Studies majors graduating this month.  It is such an exciting time of year; we look forward to seeing so many of our students at both our celebration breakfast and at graduation.  I hope to be able to congratulate you in person! 

Although it may be the end to journey for some of you, for others it is just another step forward.  Summer session begins at the end of the month and we still have classes with available seats.  For some of you, this may just be beginning – we continue to receive many applications for the fall!  If you haven’t spoken with your advisor for your summer and/or fall enrollments, please schedule a time now.  Between summer and fall orientations and regular advising, our advisors’ schedules book up quickly. 

And a final word to all of our graduates – congratulations on this milestone.   You have earned this and we are so grateful that we could be a part of it.  As an alum, you can still keep up with this program; just make sure we have your current email. On behalf of Pat, Lynn, Arlene, Stephanie, Linda, Annie, Forrest, Krista, Mike, Jenny, Jesse, Justin, Rob, Adam, Micky, Nathan, Heather, and Eric, we wish you all the best!

Girl Scouts Announces Essay and Video Contest Spotlighting Kindness

Lee Snodgrass
Communications Director
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) in partnership with Leadership Green Bay are offering a video and essay contest. As a continuation of the March Finding Kind documentary screening, girls and young women are asked to show through images and words how self-responsibility and a commitment to standing up to bullying behaviors can lead to a kinder, more vibrant community for all.

The essay contest is open to girls ages 10-12, and the video contest is open to girls and women ages 13 and above. Judges will select first, second and third place winners from each age bracket who will receive prizes and be honored at a Kindness Celebration Gala on May 21 at St. Norbert College. Honorees and gala attendees will watch the winning videos and hear the essay contest winners. Keynote speaker Ann Czarnik-Neimeyer, Assistant Director of St. Norbert College’s Cassandra Voss Center will address issues of female relational aggression, confidence, female empowerment, and how kindness factors into it all.

Contest and gala information can be found on the GSNWGL website at: http://www.gsnwgl.org/things-to-do/events/finding-kind.

Hoppe Scholarship Awarded to Angela Black

Angela Black

Angela Black

The Adult Degree Program is proud to announce that senior, Angela Black, x’15, is the recipient of the Spring, 2014 Patricia L. Hoppe Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded in the fall and the spring on behalf of the family and friends of Patricia Hoppe, who was a student in the Adult Degree (then called “Extended Degree”) Program. Trish Hoppe was a vivacious and wonderful woman who was a tremendously good student in the program. Cancer took Trish’s life before she could complete her degree. But, before she passed away, she expressed her desire to help other students in the Adult Degree Program achieve their educational and career goals. This scholarship honors Trish’s memory and represents our effort to carry out her wish to support deserving students as they reach for their goals.

Angela is a resident of Menominee, MI and is raising three children, ages 17, 10, and 5. Angela and her family moved to the area in the summer of 2013 from California, where she had been attending school at Cal State-Fullerton. Angela is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Area of Emphasis in Human Development.

“I chose UW-Green Bay and the Adult Degree Program because it is more affordable than other schools I researched. Also, the availability of online classes makes the program much more convenient for me to complete at home,” Angela said.

“I would like to thank the family and friends of Patricia Hoppe for offering this scholarship and for selecting me as this semester’s recipient. These funds will help me to curtail the cost of going to school and will ease my stress as I balance the finances that I need for my family and for my education. The generosity of the Hoppe family is felt in my family and I appreciate this scholarship from the bottom of my heart!”

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Initiates Newest Class

The UW-Green Bay chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society, welcomed its newest class of initiates in ceremonies taking place on November 18, 2013 on the UW-Green Bay campus.

Established in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has very high academic standards, electing from the upper 7.5% of students who have reached the final period of their junior year, and the upper 10% of senior students, as well as outstanding graduate students, alumni, faculty, and academic staff. Phi Kappa Phi’s motto is “Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity.”

The Adult Degree Program is very proud of the following Interdisciplinary Studies students who were initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Class of 2013:

Thea Ahrenholtz, DePere, WI
Jessica Boyd, Gresham, WI
Patricia Danek, Green Bay, WI
Jessica Dinka, Neenah, WI
Denise Gidlof, Neenah, WI
Shirley Haese, Menasha, WI
Ashley Hull, Mountain, WI
Jeannie John, Appleton, WI
Katey Johnson, Green Bay, WI
Ronald Kottnitz, Green Bay, WI
Melanie Lovato, Green Bay, WI
Jolie Meyer, Manitowoc, WI
Sarah Rabideau, Peshtigo, WI
Valerie Swanson, Crandon, WI
Ryan Wondergem, Manitowoc, WI
Amanda Young, Rhinelander, WI

In addition to these students, Outreach’s own Eric Craver was also initiated with nine other UW-Green Bay faculty and staff.

Congratulations to the newest class of Phi Kappa Phi initiates!

UWGB’s Adult Degree Program – The Perfect Choice for Me!

Scott Holder Dec 2013Scott Holder, Class of 2013

I chose to go back to school approximately two years ago after a job loss. When I was deciding what and where I wanted to study, it became obvious, through talking with the wonderful Academic Advisors at  UW-Green Bay, that the Adult Degree Program was the perfect choice for me.

The Interdisciplinary approach to learning synthesizes the characteristics of multiple academic disciplines while enhancing the student’s lifelong learning skills. The Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum is somewhat time-consuming (as it is a four-year degree) and requires a collaborative team effort between teachers and students.

Through the Interdisciplinary Studies major I learned to demonstrate many essential skills that are desired by potential employers and other universities. This program has helped me to solidify my abilities in critical and creative thinking, effective communication, problem solving, and decision making through the use of interdisciplinary learning techniques.

A key theme of this major is how multi-disciplinary knowledge can be used to benefit other people. This program and the Interdisciplinary Studies major has provided me with a multi-disciplinary academic knowledge-base as well as the ability to apply this knowledge to research and policy work to benefit others. The Interdisciplinary Studies major has given me the tools to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world problems in order to find real-world solutions.

In line with UWGB’s theme of “360 Degrees of Learning”, I can confidently say that because of my education at UW-Green Bay, I am prepared to be successful in whatever profession I find myself in. The Adult Degree Program at UWGB is a great choice for the adult learner looking to complete their degree. Deciding to back to school was a big decision and seemed intimidating at the time, but it was the perfect choice for me!

Scott Holder will be graduating in December with his Bachelor of Arts degree and a Self-Directed Area of Emphasis. Scott lives in Manitowoc.