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

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.

You are my Heroes…

Dr. Catherine Henze

Dr. Catherine Henze

Every time I teach an Adult Degree class, I am impressed by one thing: you, the Adult Degree students.  You deal with full-time work, which is sometimes impossibly challenging, but always time-consuming.  With children, who sometimes need extra care, but always a lot of care.  With homes, that sometimes fall apart and catch on fire and flood.  With your own health, that sometimes isn’t the greatest, and always takes time and energy to maintain.   And with community service, parents, extended families, second jobs…  and school.  Somehow, and I’m not always sure how, you manage to engage with your classes and your peers and your teachers.  You don’t complain (and sometimes you also don’t sleep), but you keep moving forward toward your degrees.  For that, you are my heroes.

I know it takes hard work.  Personally, the most difficult thing I ever did was finish school after a sixteen-year absence  (My mom, who finished school at age 54, was my role model.)  Worries about the impact on my family evaporated when my daughter, who was nine when I returned, wrote on her college application, “Because my Mom went back to school, I know that anything I really want to do, I can achieve.”  That was priceless to hear.

Congratulations to the graduates (and I look forward to shaking your hands, as well as seeing you at breakfast with your families).  But I also offer congratulations to all of you for being in school one more day.  You truly are my heroes.

ADP Student Wins Alumni Association Grand Prize

Bob Provost

Bob Provost

We are happy to share that Adult Degree student Bob Provost x’14 was the winner of a $2,000 grand prize offered in a raffle by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Bob started with the Adult Degree Program as a displaced worker. With an expected graduation date of Fall 2014, Bob is earning his Bachelor of Applied Studies degree with an emphasis in Leadership in Public Service. Bob also holds an associate degree in Accounting from Fox Valley Technical College.

Time to Reflect…

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Who knew that winter could last so long?  I’m sure that by now, like all students everywhere, dreams of spring break are beginning to take on more importance!  With record-breaking cold, certainly we need our thoughts of sun, sand, and warm breezes! 

We are coming up on our mid-way point in the semester.  If you are new to our program, this is a good time to stop and take a moment to reflect on how your classes are going, make sure that your time management skills are working, and celebrate that you have made it to the half-way mark.  If you have been in the program for a while, then you know it’s a great time to just grab a few days to relax. 

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.

In the meantime, I have to believe that spring is near and that the length of this winter will be nothing but a distant memory!

Happy Spring Break!

Important Tax Information!

The University of Wisconsin System has contracted with a third-party vendor, UAS, to provide the 1098T tax document through the website: www.getmydocument.comUAS sent several reminder emails during the month of January which were sent to your UWGB campus email address from 1098@eforms.uwsa.edu and contained a link to the “Get My Document” website. Click on the link in the email to view and print your 2013 1098T document.  The 1098T contains important tax information regarding qualified tuition and related educational expenses which may be needed to complete your tax return. UW-Green Bay reports amounts billed in Box 2 of the form. The amount shown in Box 2 may represent an amount other than the amount actually paid during the tax year. Your 2013 1098T will contain charges (less waivers) and scholarships/grants applied to your student account between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Keep in mind that Spring 2013 charges were applied in December 2012 and were included on last year’s 1098T. 

For additional information regarding this process, click on the following link: http://www.uwgb.edu/bursar/TaxInfo/index.html.

For help accessing or printing your 1098T online, contact UAS at (800) 756-4311.

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!”

Meet Arlene Torres – UWGB’s New Advisor and Recruiter in Southeast Wisconsin

Arlene Torres

Arlene Torres

The Adult Degree Program is happy to introduce the newest member of our team, Arlene Torres, who will serve students as an advisor and recruiter in Southeast Wisconsin, with offices on the campuses of Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College. Arlene comes to us with a great deal of experience in serving adult students, most recently working at Manpower Group in Milwaukee and at the University of Phoenix. 

Arlene originally hails from Las Cruces, New Mexico. At age 10, she and her family moved to Wisconsin where she experienced her first snow and below freezing temperatures. Arlene earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Global Studies at Ripon College, where she ran Cross Country and ended up travelling abroad to Seville, Spain in 2007. The experience abroad helped Arlene become fluent in Spanish and allowed her to travel all over Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Morocco. Arlene graduated from Ripon College in 2008 and then moved to Madison where she served as an IT recruiter at TEKsystems.

One year later, Arlene moved to Milwaukee where she served as an academic advisor at the University of Phoenix, Milwaukee campus. She continued her own studies at the University of Phoenix, completing her Master of Business Administration degree in 2013. “As an adult learner myself, I feel that I can help empower students by relating to them and helping them find the strength to make a change,” Arlene said. “As an advisor, mentor, and student advocate at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, I look forward to working with adult students as they continue to reach their personal and professional goals and make a difference within their communities.”

Arlene and her one-year old daughter, Amadi, currently live in Milwaukee.

Cold Enough for Ya’??

Wow!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

What a winter it has been so far!  I know that most of you get to enjoy attending classes in the warmth and comfort of your own homes. But for those of you who take some classes on campus (and for those of us who work on campus), we are eternally grateful for the person who decided that we needed underground tunnels.  When your job or classes take you from building to building in these temperatures, you are indeed appreciative of this engineering feat. 

Classes have started and we are having a banner year.  We have had 167 applicants for the spring semester, an increase over the past two spring semesters.   All of these new students emphasize the popularity of our Interdisciplinary Studies Major. 

To help build community as our student population keeps growing, look for some new ways to connect in the virtual world.  We are building a LinkedIn page for students and alumni, we have our Facebook page, and I have started tweeting.  You can click on any of the links in the 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! 

Christina

Important Dates in Spring 2014

Please note several spring dates which should find their way onto your radar – and into your date book! Please be aware of these important dates and contact your advisor with questions.

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY!                            April 1 (No… Seriously…)   ;-)

Psi Chi Photo Contest Deadline       April 4

Fall Registration Begins                    April 7

Senior Resource Fair                         April 9

AAUW Scholarship Appl. Deadline   April 19

Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction         April 30

Spring Classes End                            May 9

Last Day of Final Exams                     May 16

ADP Commencement Breakfast        May 17

UWGB Commencement                      May 17

ADP Scholarship Appl. Deadline       June 15

For information on other important dates – including ADD and DROP deadlines – see the spring Registration Calendar at http://www.uwgb.edu/registrar/calendar/spring14.asp. View the Academic Calendar at http://www.uwgb.edu/registrar/calendar/academic.asp for additional important dates.