August is “Make a Will” month, so we asked an expert for some advice to share. Alumnus, Greg Babcock ’03 an attorney with Wanezek, Jaekels, Daul & Babcock, S.C. provided the following article and it’s definitely worth the read!
“I talk to people nearly every week who tell me that they have wanted to get a will and other estate documents completed for a long time, but for whatever reason they have continued to put it off. I explain to these people the risks of dying without a will or becoming incompetent while they are alive without power of attorneys. When they hear what could happen if they don’t have a will or power of attorneys in place, that is usually all the motivation that a person needs to get these documents completed today. Usually most people want and need a basic estate plan with a will and health care/financial power of attorneys. Your Will may address issues such as who the beneficiaries of your estate will be, who will administer the estate should you pass away (i.e. the personal representative), and who will be guardian for your children. In your will, you may also provide charitable giving to individuals and/or organizations. This is a great opportunity for people to give back to those people or organizations that had a large impact on their lives. Sometimes people may want or need a revocable or irrevocable trust depending on their circumstances. If you die without a will, you risk that your estate will pass to your heirs according to state law. You might not like that outcome. You also risk that the state will appoint a guardian for your minor children, a person you might not have chosen or wanted as guardian for your children. If you do not have a power of attorney for your health and finances, should you become incompetent, you can not have a person act on your behalf without a court order usually obtained through a guardianship proceeding. A guardianship proceeding can be time intensive, costly, and you are at the mercy of the court’s decision as to who is appointed your guardian.”
Greg Babcock ’03 is an attorney for Wanezek, Jaekels, Daul & Babcock in Green Bay.
It’s never too early to start planning for how you can be a part of welcoming our freshmen to UWGB this coming fall! First-year students will move in to campus housing on Sunday, September 2, 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Volunteers should arrive to the Community Center/Office of Residence Life by 8:00 a.m. This year we will also have the assistance of student leaders on move-in day.
Traditionally, faculty, staff and alumni have been on site to assist our new students as they move to campus and take one of their first steps towards completing their education. As you know, this is can be a stressful time for both the student and family/friends who may be assisting them. In the past, our Phoenix families have been very appreciative and relieved to arrive on campus to find conveniently located information tables, staff directing traffic and others awaiting to help tote boxes and bags into the buildings.
The Office of Residence Life is asking that you be one of the volunteers who will both welcome and assist our students with their physical move into student housing. This small gift of your time and energy could have a significant impact on our students’ engagement and retention. If interested, please complete this short Qualtrics form.
On the contact page where it asks for UWGB email address, please list your email address and under the University Address, please list Alumni Relations.
Thank you, in advance, for putting Phoenix first!
Did you graduate with a four year degree from UW-Green Bay and your son or daughter is a new freshman or transfer student for the 2018-2019 school year?
Each year, the Alumni Association awards a $2,000 scholarship for a new legacy freshman or transfer student. Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, the Alumni Association will also award 15 – $500 scholarships to this group of students. See the application criteria for specific details and how to apply.
Submit application and question responses to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018
Questions? Contact Alumni Relations at (920) 465-2226 or email@example.com.
Alumni ID Cards are now available online at the Phoenix Bookstore for $15. The lime green Alumni Swag bags that come with your ID card purchase are while supplies last. Get yours today!
Join UW System alumni at a Career Fair and Networking Event promoting fantastic job opportunities in Brown County and the NEW North. The day starts with a career fair featuring up to 50 great companies and organizations looking for the best and brightest. There will then be a networking social allowing you an opportunity to connect with fellow alumni from your University or a chance to meet UW System alumni with similar work experiences in your field. The event concludes with a panel on Big Data and how it affects all of us in and out of our workplaces. The following Big Data panelists will share their experiences:
Kartik Ravel, Fujitsu Consulting
Randy Kostichka, Express Scripts
Todd Thiel, Secura Insurance
Elaine Stephens, Breakthrough Fuel
Eric Christenson, Schneider
Daniel VandenBrink, Thyssen Krupp
Gaurav Bansal, UW-Green Bay
This is a relevant conversation you do not want to miss!
Tuesday, May 22
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Career Fair
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Networking Social
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Big Data Panel
Cost: $10 for UW System alumni and $20 plus fees for non UW System alumni
These companies are attending the Career Fair:
Caravel Autism Health
Diocese of Green Bay
H.J. Martin & Son
Homes for Independent Living
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Modern Woodmen of America
Nicolet National Bank
Rohde Brothers, Inc.
The Tribute Companies
WEC Energy Group
Wis. Dept. of Corrections
Wisconsin Early Autism Project
For questions, contact UWGB Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-465-2226.
We have some awesome news to share with you! Our 38th Annual Golf Outing is filled with 38 foursomes! We are so excited that everyone is coming. If you still want to participate or help in different way, we still have opportunities for you to donate, sponsor and/or volunteer.
Contact Kari Moody at email@example.com or (920) 465-2226 by May 31st if interested in donating, sponsoring or volunteering.
Have you heard the news? The UW System Board of Regents approved the proposal by President Cross to realign the UW Colleges with UW System four-year universities. Under this plan, UW-Marinette, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan will join UW-Green Bay effective July 1, 2018. To learn more, check out the initiative’s webpage.
Also, check out these events where you can learn more and connect with Chancellor Miller, alumni and friends. There is no cost to attend.
Marinette – Register here
Mon., April 30: UW-Marinette, Marinette, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Manitowoc – Register here
Tues., May 8: UW-Manitowoc, Manitowoc, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.