Monthly Archives: June 2008

William Laatsch appointed interim provost at UW-Green Bay

William LaatschProf. William Laatsch (Urban and Regional Studies), the University’s longest-serving faculty member, has been named interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Laatsch, steps in upon the departure of Sue K. Hammersmith, who will assume the presidency of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota on July 1. Read more.

Keep those Zehms contributions coming

Karl ZehmsPlease join other alumni, friends, and accounting firms that have paid tribute to the man who masterfully and intensively instructed and mentored accounting and business students at UW-Green Bay. Earnings generated from the scholarship endowment fund will provide annual scholarships of at least $1,500 to be awarded by the scholarship selection committee of the accounting program. Read more about the Karl Zehms Accounting Scholarship Endowment. For more information or to donate, contact Dan Spielmann at

Hey Northwoods, here we come!

Alumni in the Northwoods, spread the word — UWGB courses are now available at Nicolet College. By offering these classes in Rhinelander, UW-Green Bay has made the path from the Northwoods down to Green Bay – and from the associate degree to the bachelor’s degree – one that is easier and more convenient for adult students. Read more.

We’re 25,000 strong!

Yes, we have 25,000 reasons to celebrate. Our alumni base is now 25,000 strong! We didn’t have the time to profile all 25,000, but check out this sample of 25 alumni excelling in their chosen professions… Check out the website that highlights our proud history (you may find your photo among our commencement archive.)

For more, May commencement news.

Campus remembers Donald J. Long and Dorothy Blair

Donald J. Long, a local business leader known for his volunteer work on behalf of UW-Green Bay, died recently. He served as an officer and board member for the University’s Founders Association and the University Village Housing Inc. board. And of course, Donald Long Hall, was named for him. Read more.

Campus received word of the passing of philanthropist and friend of the University, Dorothy Blair, who died May 20 after a short illness. Mrs. Blair and her late husband, John P. Blair, were devoted friends of the University of Wisconsin and its Green Bay campus. Their generosity is visible on the landscape — the bronze “Doe with Fawns” sculpture by renowned wildlife artists William and David Turner is located at the Nicolet Entrance. Also, in October 2003, Mrs. Blair announced a $1.5 million gift with the family foundation to create this institution’s first endowed chair, the John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication today held by Prof. Timothy Meyer. It was and is the largest single academic gift to UW-Green Bay not related to facilities.