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. (

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.

Outreach celebrates the Pack with “Terracegate” parties


Packer Terracegate 12You have heard of “tailgating” for Packers games? Well, the staff of Outreach and Adult Access is taking that idea out onto our terrace and cheering on the Packers – UWGB style!

Aside from just having fun, our hope is to show our Packers pride to the rest of the University and to encourage and invite others to celebrate our partnership with the Packers in new and creative ways.

Packer Terracegate 8The “Terracegate” concept shares the same elements as traditional tailgate parties – good food, friends, games and plenty of Packers spirit.

Our first Terracegate party took place last Friday as we cheered the Pack on to victory over divisional rival Chicago. Our next party is on Thursday, Oct. 2, when we hope to make it 2-for-2 with a Packers win over the Minnesota Vikings!

Check out the fun pics below!

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We have a new name: Integrative Leadership Studies!

Dr. Wilson-Doenges

Dr. Wilson-Doenges

Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Chair
Integrative Leadership Studies Program

During the 2013 – 2014 academic year, the Interdisciplinary Studies Executive Committee (Faculty Members: Catherine Henze [Chair], Phil Clampitt, Greg Davis, Sara Detweiler, Warren Johnson, William Lepley, Chuck Rybak, and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges) held a number of intense meetings about the current name of the program. One major reason for the discussion was feedback from current students and our graduates about the marketability of the current name. After numerous discussions it became clear that the “Interdisciplinary Studies” name did not express the wonderful degree that we are offering.

By the end of year, the committee decided that the name, Integrative Leadership Studies, was one that better resonated with employers and reflected our programmatic aims. The term “integrative” reflects our interdisciplinary focus while “leadership” mirrors the aspirations of most of our students. And the word “studies” resonates with our academic traditions.

Our hope is that the name change will increase the value of your degree, enhance your job prospects, and help you advance in your career. In the section below, we’ve tried to answer the most frequent questions you might have about the change. If you have other concerns, please talk to your academic advisor.

Why was the decision made?

We received a great deal of feedback from current students and graduates that the current name (Interdisciplinary Studies) did not accurately and fully reflect the nature of this degree. We also wanted a name that would better resonate with current and prospective employers.

How was the decision made?

The discussions of this issue within the IST Faculty Executive Committee started in September of 2013 and extended throughout the academic year. The decision process involved the following steps:

  1. Identification of key attributes of any potential names (e.g. resonates and is reflective)
  2. Development of a list of possible names (12 plus variants on the names)
  3. Analysis of pros/cons of the alternatives
  4. Selection of the name (e.g. voting by Executive Committee members)

What will not change?

About 95% of the classes will stay essentially the same. Over time we expect subtle shifts to create links to the Integrative Leadership Studies orientation. The instructors will stay the same.

What will change?

  • The marketing of the program. This has already started and early reports suggest that new name does indeed resonate more quickly with prospective students.
  • The first-year seminar (IST 106) and the capstone course (IST 400). These will more fully reflect the leadership studies orientation and will be renamed ILS 198 and ILS 499.
  • The number of students. The new marketing approach should increase the attractiveness of the program.

How will this change benefit the university?

  • It should attract more students.
  • It will enhance the program’s reputation in the community.
  • There will be more financial security for the program and university.

Will this change my area of emphasis?


What will it say on my transcript?

All students who enroll starting in the Fall of 2014 will have the title Integrative Leadership Studies as their major.

I signed up under the “Interdisciplinary Studies” name. Will my degree change?

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2014 will have the title Interdisciplinary Studies as their major.  If a student would like to change to the Integrative Leadership Studies title, they should consult with their academic advisor to make that change.

When will the change go into effect?

Fall 2014.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Contact your academic advisor or you can always contact me, Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Chairperson of the Integrative Leadership Studies Executive Committee, at (920) 465-2479. I can also be reached via e-mail at

“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.

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

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: