New Student Convocation & Family Welcome a huge success!

Convocation 2014One of our favorite and most successful events of the year is our New Student Convocation and Family Welcome – and this year’s event was no exception! This event, which took place Aug. 23, welcomed almost 100 participants and served as an introduction to students who are new to the Adult Degree Program and to their families who support them on the journey. The program consisted of valuable workshops for students and families, followed by a luncheon and convocation ceremony that formally welcomed new students into the UW-Green Bay family. There were even coloring books for the kids to help them understand that mom or dad will be going back to school! View some fun photos for the day online at

While descriptions of the event are nice, nothing communicates the value of Convocation better than comments from the students themselves. Said one student, “Thank you, I enjoyed It!  I was so appreciative for the opportunity to close the gap of disconnection and to connect with other students like me. The workshops were very informative.” Another student said, “As a transfer student I was pleased at how pleasant and educational the New Student Convocation was. The speakers were the best I have heard and shared useful information to make adjustment to the program requirements less stressful.”

Welcome and Welcome Back to UW-Green Bay!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

The start of the 2014-2015 school year brings plenty of new surprises and exciting opportunities. First off, the University welcomed its sixth Chancellor, Dr. Gary Miller, to UW-Green Bay on Aug. 1. You can learn more about Chancellor Miller at It’s an exciting time to be a Phoenix and we look forward to Chancellor Miller’s leadership and vision for the upcoming year.

Football season is in high gear, as is our new partnership with the Green Bay Packers. Look for our signs and videos on the big screen at Lambeau and for our recognition on their websites. And keep an eye on this newsletter as we bring you coverage of all the special events. Of special note is the upcoming “UW-Green Bay Day” taking place Saturday, Nov. 15 in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Event times and activities will be announced soon, but mark your calendars and plan to come with your families and friends to celebrate UW-Green Bay at Lambeau Field!

Finally, we have one of the biggest starting classes that we have seen. Plenty of new students are starting out with the Adult Degree Program as Integrative Leadership Studies majors. Welcome to all of our new students! We are so happy that you have chosen UW-Green Bay and the Adult Degree Program. It’s going to be a fantastic year!


It’s Not Exactly Training Camp, but…

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley


We are so excited to be the Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers and what better time to celebrate this announcement than August! August is a great month for preparation, whether you are an Adult Degree student or a champion football player.

For instance, both will spend a lot of time this month gearing up for the upcoming season (or semester!) Ordering books, scheduling classes, meeting with your advisor is on par with studying plays, going to training camp, and meeting with your coaches. Our partnership goes a lot further though. Keep up to date with all of the special events this partnership will bring, including a tribute to our UW-Green Bay veterans and their families at a game this fall. All of these will be highlighted in our newsletters.

If you haven’t met with your coach (OK, advisor) yet, be sure to get on the schedule. Classes are filling up fast. Here’s to a winning season for both you and our beloved Green Bay Packers.

See you in September!

Christina Trombley, Director
Adult Degree Program

“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.

Welcome Summer!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Now that you have finals, and papers, and deadlines (oh, my!) behind you, I hope you can find some time to kick back, relax and enjoy summer!  It sure did take its sweet time in getting here!   

Just like you, the end of the semester is very busy time for all of us in the Adult Degree Program.  We held our graduation breakfast for the Interdisciplinary Studies majors who graduated in May or will be finishing this summer.  It is always such a joy to be able to congratulate all of our students on earning their degrees. 

We also welcomed over 60 new students into the Interdisciplinary Studies program this summer.  With so many new students starting in the summer, there were many orientation sessions to be scheduled and held; advisors and recruiters were very busy reaching out to potential and current students, making sure that students had everything needed to begin or continue in their education.

So, we said hello to a lot of new friends just as we were bidding farewell to our old friends.  Check out the wonderful graduation ceremony photos in the “Cool Stuff” section of this newsletter. 

Have a great summer!


Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Student Honor Society Inducts New Members

The UW-Green Bay Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Academic Honor Society inducted 62 new members at ceremonies held on Wednesday, April 30. Our congratulations to the new inductees!

Randall Robert Anderson New Holstein WI
Amy Jo Anderson Green Bay WI
Collin Taylor Andrews Green Bay WI
Deanna Kaye Ashmann Green Bay WI
Erika Svea Balza Luxemburg WI
Shanon Joan Breed Rice Lake WI
Dylan Thomas Brinkman Waukesha WI
Lee Matthew Chamberlain Suamico WI
Jennifer Rae Christensen Suring WI
Eric Michael Defferding Hortonville WI
Amy Marie Delchambre Green Bay WI
Cory M Eirich Daytona Beach FL
Rhonda Lee Elliott Appleton WI
Katie Lynn Engebose Luxemburg WI
Jennifer Ann Fameree Brussels WI
Timothy Joseph Faust De Pere WI
Laura Elizabeth Fenendael Pulaski WI
Erika Ellen Fretto Green Bay WI
Kimberly Joy Gehrig Franklin WI
Timothy Francis Gerdmann Tomahawk WI
Connie Rae Gudowicz Armstrong Creek WI
Theresa Anne Guelcher Minocqua WI
Shirley Lynn Haese Menasha WI
Holly Sue Hajny Green Bay WI
Ryan M Hill Montfort WI
Carrie J Hoff Cadott WI
Katey M Johnson Green Bay WI
Michele Lyn Knaack Land O Lakes WI
Ronald R Kottnitz Green Bay WI
Travis Spencer Lane Green Bay WI
Stacy Lynne Leo Seymour WI
Patricia Darlene Limburg Green Bay WI
Ashley A Lukes Green Bay WI
Clare A Lundstrom De Pere WI
Jessica L Mendez Green Bay WI
Cory Joseph Miller Manitowoc WI
Jacqualyn Joyce Monge Eagle River WI
Sharon A Nett Hilbert WI
Rhonda K Pamperin Green Bay WI
John-Paul W Parmentier Green Bay WI
Cassandra Jean Penchoff Sturgeon Bay WI
Cathy Natalie Peterson Woodruff WI
Bob Provost Neenah WI
Katie Marie Quintanilla Elkhorn WI
Andrea Marie Ritchie Kronenwetter WI
Mark R. Salmon Suamico WI
Carol Siewert Madison WI
Portia Kayanthos Skenandore-Wheelock Green Bay WI
Charlie George Smith Suamico WI
Christin Elaine Strong White Lake WI
Valerie Anne Swanson Crandon WI
Courtney Trofka Neenah WI
Lorie Ann VanDonsel Forsyth MT
Sarah K Verber Wausau WI
Adam D Walker Marinette WI
David Jerome Wanie Green Bay WI
Wanda L Wayman Lac du Flambeau WI
June F Wenzel New London WI
Brenda L Wiegert Green Bay WI
Jennifer Lynn Wilson Green Bay WI
Terry Woldt Phillips WI
Jessica Lee Wuestenhagen Howards Grove WI

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