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.

Adult Degree Program Forges Partnerships with WCTC, MATC

Eric CraverBy: Eric Craver, Director of External Relations

Is the Adult Degree Program now setting up shop in Southeast Wisconsin? Well, not exactly… However, with new levels of partnership being established with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), residents of Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties will be seeing much more of UW-Green Bay and learning how they can transfer to UWGB and continue their education fully online. Faculty, staff, and students will celebrate these stronger partnerships at “Signing Ceremonies” taking place on Wednesday, October 9, at both the WCTC and MATC campuses.

The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree focuses exclusively on Technical College graduates with an applied associate degree. Graduates with these degrees are eligible to pursue our BAS degree by transferring in 60 credits, starting at UWGB as a junior, and finishing the degree fully online. We know, however, that this is not news to many of you as you yourselves in many cases are pursuing the BAS degree. The reason why these expanded partnerships are so special is due to the fact that we have full-time advising and recruiting staff permanently located on some of these campuses, just like we do at WCTC and MATC. Similar Signing Ceremonies and “partnership launches” have taken place in the past at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, and Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

The strength of the BAS degree option lies not only in the ease of access and clear path toward the degree, but also in the power of the Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) major itself. As many of you have learned in IST 106, Adult Learning Seminar, the IST major is anchored in the pedagogical principles of critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. These are skills that employers demand and – along with the Technical College associate degree – constitute a powerful set of credentials going into the job market.

UW-Green Bay values the top-drawer education that Wisconsin residents have earned at its high-quality Technical College campuses. UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program puts these values into action through the BAS degree and through these budding new partnerships.

Welcome from UWGB Provost, Julia Wallace!

Provost Julia WallaceBy: Dr. Julia Wallace, Provost
UW-Green Bay

Welcome! Or welcome back to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay! Another academic year is getting underway and we are very pleased to have you with us – working toward that glorious goal of receiving your degree and becoming a UW-Green Bay alum. Whether you are approaching the coming semster as a full-time or part-time student, the experiences you will have during this semester will connect you to the very finest of faculty, the very best advisors, and the highest degree of academic quality available. Over one-third of UW-Green Bay’s faculty choose to teach in the Adult Degree Program, either as part of the regular load or as an overload. This is strong testimony of their desire to provide you access to a great learning experience as well as the university’s interest in ensuring your classes are being taught by the nation’s best faculty. Also – mark your calendar for Saturday, September 14, for the “New Student Convocation and Family Welcome.” If you are a student who started the program this past January or during the summer, or if you are just starting with us in the fall, this brief program will be important for you and your family. Come join us!

In the meantime, as you begin this semester, enjoy your learning experience and know that we are here for you. We thrive on your success. Best wishes for this academic year and Go Phoenix!

From the Director – On the Power of Partnerships

Christina Trombley

By: Christina Trombley, Director, UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program

Hello! 

In today’s world, collaborations aren’t just preferred, they’re necessary.  Time, money, and other resources are stretched, so working together offers benefits that cannot be attained independently.  A perfect example of this is our partnerships with several campuses of the Wisconsin Technical College System . 

We recognize and value the education that students receive through the Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges.  That is why we offer the Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Students who have earned an applied associate degree through any one of Wisconsin’s Technical College campuses can transfer a minimum of 60 credits to UW-Green Bay and continue their educational journey here as a junior with only 60 credits remaining.

We also have dedicated staff located full-time on several technical college campuses.  Justin Maki, Admission and Academic Advisor, is located at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau and serves other campuses in Central and North Central Wisconsin, including Nicolet College in Rhinelander and Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids..  Also, Rob Tracy, Academic Advisor, serves our students in the Fox Valley area and is located at the Bordini Center at Fox Valley Technical College. 

Finally, we have just welcomed Jon Koch, Admission and Academic Advisor, to our team! Jon will be serving students in the Milwaukee area with offices located at Milwaukee Area Teachnical College and Waukesha County Technical College.  You can learn more about Jon inside this issue of the newsletter.  We are excited to serve technical college students who want to continue their education toward a University of Wisconsin bachelor’s degree.  It’s a collaboration that benefits all of our organizations, our students, and the State of Wisconsin - proving once again the power of partnerships!

May Commencement Sets Record for Undergraduate Degree Candidates

Eric CraverBy: Eric Craver, Director of External Relations

May Commencement, 2013 served as a milestone for its 930 newest graduates – 93 of which graduated with their degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies through the Adult Degree Program at UW-Green Bay. This figure also stands as a milestone for the University as it broke the record for the most undergraduate degrees conferred in the history of the institution at a single commencemnt ceremony. And once again, the Adult Degree Program and the Interdisciplinary Studies major ranked 2nd highest of every major on campus in terms of degrees awarded, second only to Business Administration with 118 degrees conferred.

Of the 93 IST majors elegible to receive degrees at Commencement Ceremonies which took place on Saturday, May 18, 55 ADP students donned cap and gown to walk across the stage. Take a look at a few memories taken from that day with a photo collage of Adult Degree grads as they became some of the newest members of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

We are so proud of our graduates and hope that you will stay in touch!

“360° of Learning” Temperature Check

By: Chris Sampson, Director of University Communication

360° Temperature Check
Six months in, new brand finds success promoting traditional UW-Green Bay strengths

The University of Wisconsin’s 360° of Learning branding initiative appears to be heating up. Heading out on a steady course. Off to an all-around promising start.

Forgive the metaphor mash-up, but when you pair the number 360 and the word “degrees” it is hard to resist.

The new phrase can suggest charting a course in the compass and navigational sense. It can describe a full pirouette to take in all that is around you. It can suggest being surrounded (by all things good and educational, of course). It can also be heard as temperature, although it would have taken an entire week of Green Bay weather this chilly spring to reach 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don McCartney, a veteran faculty member in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and a respected consultant and teacher of marketing, says it can be any or all of the above, and that’s good.

“Brand language needs to be repeated time after time to gain recognition, but then the risk becomes that your target market tunes it out as it becomes familiar,” says McCartney. “The fact that 360° lends itself to variation is a positive. You’re saying the same thing, but keeping it fresh.”

He describes himself as a fan — “360° of Learning is a great brand because it explains interdisciplinarity” — and says the University followed a solid process in conducting research and reaching out to various constituencies.

“It was important as an institution that we do this,” McCartney adds. “Some might have wondered why — ‘We’re UW-Green Bay… Isn’t that our brand?’ — but with all the competition today,  that no longer works. I’m not sure parents and families and students knew what we stood for. Or maybe they associated us with ‘Eco U’ even though they wanted to major in accounting. It will take time, but the new brand is a step in the right direction.”

360° of Learning in action

Visit UW-Green Bay and you’ll see 360° promotional pennants hanging from light standards along the main entrance roads.  Inside the academic buildings are the usual array of signage and event posters, even rugs that (in the Outreach offices) that feature references to 360° of this or 360° of that. University publications, recruiting material, web pages and this magazine carry the new brand’s graphic signatures.

When the brand debuted just before Thanksgiving, the Cofrin Library launched an online effort to get 360 UWGB students, faculty, staff and alumni to share their favorites in a “360° of Books” promotion. Adult Degree jumped in with a “360° of Perspective” gallery of submitted images reflecting all-around learning. The Kress Events Center promoted a “360° of Fitness” campaign.

The academic program in Music immediately organized a new concert series, 360° Thursdays, that coupled performances and dialogue. The idea was to engage campus and community audiences with new perspectives on musical styles, history and meaning.

In the College of Professional Studies, Dean Sue Mattison says 360° of Learning is best exemplified by the fact students traditionally have been surrounded by learning opportunities on campus and in the community.

“All of the programs in Professional Studies embody 360° in this way,” she says. “The programs and the people in them have close relationships with the community, however we may define community.”

Education faculty, pre-service teachers and graduate students connect with local schools and educators, Mattison notes. Social Work faculty members interact with social service providers in the community, while their students provide more than 40,000 hours of unpaid internships across a range of organizations.  Faculty members in the Nursing program work with their educational counterparts across the UW System as well as with multiple clinical sites, and students complete clinical time in various health care settings. In the Cofrin School of Business, faculty members create numerous connections with community business partners, and student internships are popular.  The NEW Partnership provides training for social workers and foster parents, and the Institute for Learning Partnership provides professional development for teachers with a goal of enhancing student learning. 

Praise, and skepticism

Scott Furlong, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, believes most faculty members tend to feel the 360 ° of Learning brand rings true, that they can work with it. That’s his personal view, too.

“I can envision a commercial with a student at the center with supportive faculty and staff in every direction, each offering something different or from a slightly different perspective,” Furlong says.  “And I also think it can convey effectively that we put problems at the center. For me, it works.”

For others… well… college faculty members can be doggedly independent.

“There are always people who don’t want to be branded,” Furlong says. “They simply don’t think it’s possible to reduce all we do in a four-year education to a pithy four-word phrase.”

Some have told him the metaphor doesn’t work because 360° can also suggest “going around in circles,” or that you’re winding up right back at your starting point.

According to Sue Bodilly, the University’s director of marketing, that’s OK. Some of these late adapters (or never adapters, perhaps) are individuals who are nonetheless committed to UW-Green Bay’s special mission. They remain enthusiastic about the institution’s academic cornerstones of problem-focused learning and interdisciplinary education.

They’re carrying out the essence of the brand, and always have — even if the only time they might say “360” is if they’re describing a car spin on an icy road.

“On balance, the reception has been very good,” Bodilly says. “People seemed to appreciate that this would be a better way to describe what UW-Green Bay is all about. It also helped that the 60-second video and first TV spots were engaging, high-energy and, ultimately, award-winning.

“You’re always going to have people who will sign on immediately to a new tag line or brand language, especially if they believe it can better market their programs. Others are going to hang back.”

Admissions staff optimistic

Pam Harvey-Jacobs and Jennifer Jones are full-out supporters. They say they are delighted that UW-Green Bay finally has a brand promise that is sharpened by market research, shaped by self-analysis of what the University does best and can consistently deliver, and comes wrapped in an appealing package.

Harvey-Jacobs is the University’s longtime director of admissions. Jones, the assistant director, supervises the advisers, Student Ambassadors and tour guides who are front line in introducing prospects and their families to UW-Green Bay.

“We’ve waited for this for a very long time,” says Harvey-Jacobs. “This has always been a great place, but it wasn’t easy to describe the advantages of our academic approach here in a succinct and consistent way.”

Jones, like Harvey-Jacobs a UW-Green Bay graduate herself, leaves no doubt she loves interdisciplinarity in practice. But the word?

“It always felt clunky — the word itself was clunky — especially with the first-generation students and families that have always been at least half our target audience,” Jones says. “360° gives us a much better platform to start the conversation. We’re seeing that already.”

Harvey-Jacobs says the best way to describe problem-focused, interdisciplinary education has always been to relate examples of individual student success stories and the projects, research and study tracks they might not have experienced elsewhere, at least as undergraduates. She’ll still share those examples, but believes they’ll have more impact and will better hang together on the 360° of Learning hook.

“That message is going to resonate,” Harvey-Jacobs says. “It will benefit from going through a few recruiting cycles and getting more families and school counselors familiar with it.”

Adds Jones, “It used to be that if you asked 100 different people who work here what’s special about the University, you might get 100 different answers. Now, I believe, the faculty and staff and those who already believe in UW-Green Bay are going to be that much more effective if they’re relating these common strengths in the same way.”

Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction 2013

The Gamma Beta Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Academic Honor Society is proud to announce the recent induction of 50 new members into the Society on May 1. Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society which celebrates the scholarship and leadership of adult students in higher education. Though this society is housed within the Adult Degree Program, membership is open to adult learners across all academic disciplines at UW-Green Bay.

Photo slideshow of the 2013 Alpha Sigma Lambda induction ceremony.