Senior Resource Fair Coming Up

The Spring Senior Resource Fair is set for Wednesday, April 9 from 3:00-5:30 in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union. All Seniors are encouraged to come to the fair to take advantage of several services:
 
Purchase you cap and gown
Order a class ring
Pick up Commencement tickets
Pick up honors cords and stoles
Free cap and gown portrait sittings
Discounts on announcements
Discounts on diploma frames
 
To learn more, call the Office of Student Life at (920) 465-2720 or check it out online at: www.uwgb.edu/commencement

Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction April 30

UW-Green Bay is proud to support a chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda – a national academic honor society created especially for returning adult learners. The UWGB chapter will induct its newest members at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 in the Phoenix Rooms of the UWGB Student Union.

For more information on Alpha Sigma Lambda, eligibility for membership, or on the upcoming induction ceremony, call (920) 465-2423.

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.

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!

December Graduates: Join us for Breakfast!!

The Adult Degree Program is hosting a Graduation Reception/Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14th in the University Union’s Phoenix Room and we hope you will join us. This is a special event just for our graduates and their families. Come join us for breakfast with members of the Adult Degree faculty and staff, as well as Chancellor Tom Harden and other members of the University’s leadership. There will be plenty of time for you to enjoy this morning event and still get to the Weidner Center in time for Commencement.  We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to celebrating with you and your guests – at Commencement and at the Graduation Breakfast.

Invitations have already been mailed out to those who have applied to graduate in December. Please complete your RSVP card and return it to us today!

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.

Student Convocation and Family Welcome a HUGE Success!!

By: Stephanie Murphy, Academic AdvisorStephanie Murphy

It certainly wasn’t all about the food, but for attendees of the Adult Degree Program’s “New Student Convocation and Family Welcome”, a free lunch and cheesecake dessert wasn’t a bad way to kick off the new school year.

With family and friends on hand to enjoy the festivities, some of ADP’s newest students received an introduction to UW-Green Bay and Adult Degree Program faculty and staff at the third annual event held Saturday, Sept. 14. University Chancellor Thomas Harden and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Julia Wallace presented students with certificates of recognition and offered a few words of advice for students taking the dive back into higher education. Attendees also had the chance to listen to the insights and experiences of recent alumna Kate Hanley, who graduated in Spring 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Human Development, as well as UWGB Alumni Association President Donna Sheedy and UWGB Alumni Relations Director Kari Moody.

Prior to the luncheon, students and their families had the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops. Students met with staff from the Cofrin Library and the UWGB Writing Center to learn about resources available to them, while their families enjoyed a range of topics including the impact returning to college has on families, career advice, nutrition, photography, and fitness (plus a handful of family-friendly activities for the kids – who doesn’t like coloring?) To view a slideshow of photos from the day, click on:

     http://www.flickr.com/photos/87888974@N03/sets/72157635688036933/.

Here is what a few students had to say about the day:

“I was so emotional all day – so inspiring, motivational, and supportive.  I loved it!”

“Outstanding – I felt very welcome and at home.”

“Everyone was very personable and offered genuine interest in everyone here.”

“Great guest speakers!”

“The library and writing resource workshops were very helpful.”

“The writing resources were very informative and I’m sure will be very helpful in the future.”

NEW! “Managing Conflict in the Workplace” Series!

 

Conflict Management in the Workplace Series

Conflict Management in the Workplace Series

Join the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access and the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay, for a series of workshops focused on helping participants develop skills to constructively manage conflict in the work environment. Choose one workshop or attend all five. To learn more about the series, click on http://www.titletown.org/events/conflict-resolution-series. Read about each of the five workshops and register online. The cost is only $25 per session or $125 for the entire series and includes either a continental breakfast or box lunch. Come join us!

New Student Convocation and Family Welcome

2012 Adult Degree Convocation

2012 Adult Degree Convocation

If you are a new student in the Adult Degree Program, you won’t want to miss the New Student Convocation and Family Welcome on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in MAC Hall. This event features valuable workshops, a luncheon, our induction ceremony, a campus tour, and will formally mark your entry into the University. For more information or to register online, please click here.

Register Now for “New Student Convocation and Family Welcome!”

Christina TrombleyBy Christina Trombley, Adult Degree Program Director

When you are a new student on campus, everything can become complicated and confusing pretty quickly. It’s no different for online students. Processes and expectations need to be introduced and explained. That is why we strongly encourage all of our new students to attend the New Student Convocation and Family Welcome! 

The New Student Convocation and Family Welcome will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and all students who began or are returning to the Adult Degree Program in January, May, or Septermber of 2013 are encouraged to bring their family and attend this important event. Convocation includes workshops, a luncheon. and our special Convocation Ceremony. The day is designed to provide you with the information, connections, and resources necessary to help make your time at UW-Green Bay successful and to help relieve any “first day” jitters.” We even have a craft and coloring area for children. No babysitter necessary!

We want new students to understand the journey you are starting. Convocation formally inducts you into the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and provides a tangible start to your education. It’s a great way to celebrate your decision and welcome you as a student. It is also a great way to involve your family or others who will be supporting your efforts as a college student.

I hope you’ll join us at the New Student Convocation and Family Welcome. To view a full schedule of the day or to register online, click here. Or, you can call (920) 465-2423 and ask to speak with Micky for more information. See you in September!