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2015 UW-Green Bay Alumni Awards

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize a total of five meritorious graduates of the institution at the 2015 Alumni Association Awards Night on Friday evening, Oct. 16. The program is part of the annual, two-day Alumni Days celebration, which this year coincides with UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary.

The list of honorees begins with Mark King, class of 1981, Barbara Nick ’83 and Jack Potts ’71, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. Additionally, Andy Rosendahl, ’07 and Kelly Ruh ’01 will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.

The annual awards spotlight UW-Green Bay alumni who have made special contributions to the University, their communities and professions.

The ceremony takes place in the Grand Foyer and on stage at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay.

The event is open to the public. It begins with a 5 p.m. social and includes dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the program. The cost is $35 per person. To purchase tickets, please visit Alumni Awards Dinner. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office at (920) 465-2226 or

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Mark King_29154Mark King is a 1981 Business Administration graduate of UW-Green Bay. As President of adidas Group North America, King oversees adidas and Reebok in the U.S. and Canada and is responsible for driving the brand strategy and direction for the worldwide company’s North American operations. King began his current role in June 2014 after 34 years with TaylorMade. King’s celebrity status within the golf industry derived from making TaylorMade the No. 1 brand on the PGA tour and boosting sales from $300 million to $1 billion annually. He was named golf executive of the year within two years of being named president in 1999, at age 40. He has been profiled in PGA Magazine, Fortune and the Harvard Business Review, among others. He was inducted into UW-Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2011 the UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. added King to its board of directors.Barb Nick 2015

Barbara A. Nick received her bachelor’s degree in Communication and the Arts in 1983. Since December 2014, she has served as President and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, which provides wholesale electricity to more than 40 member cooperatives and municipalities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Nationwide, she’s one of only a few female chief executives in her industry. Nick joined Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (now Integrys Energy Group) in 1981 as a technical writer. At WPS, she rose through the ranks to become senior VP of energy delivery and customer service. She was president of the Upper Peninsula Power Co. subsidiary, and by 2014, when she concluded her career at Integrys, she was president of its Minnesota Energy Resources and Michigan Gas Utilities corporations. Nick is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Potts head shot 7-2015Dr. Jack Potts graduated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Humanism and Cultural Change. He received his medical degree in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and has been a practicing psychiatrist for 36 years, primarily in the state of Arizona. Throughout his career, Potts became active in various issues involving forensic psychiatry including working on insanity and competency legislation, human rights activities, and pro bono service to many. He taught both law and social work at Arizona State University, and served for a decade as chief of the Forensic Services Unit for the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County before returning to private practice in 2002. He is a past president of his state’s American Psychiatric Association affiliate.

Outstanding Recent AlumniAndy

Andy Rosendahl graduated in 2007 with a Public Administration degree and began work as a neighborhood development specialist for the City of Green Bay. Since 2013, he has served as the Chief of Staff for Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. Rosendahl has been president of the Astor Neighborhood Association, VP of the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay and a board member of Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity and the Bay Area Community Council. , and co-chair of its Self-Sufficiency Committee. In 2014 he received the community’s Inky Meng Resident Leadership Award for volunteer service to others.

KellyRuhKelly Ruh graduated in 2001 with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. She is the controller for PDQ Manufacturing Inc., based in De Pere, widely known for its service and industry-leading advances in touchless car wash technology. Ruh started as a staff accountant, spent time as a CFO at a local non-profit, and returned as controller of PDQ at age 32. She recently completed her MBA with a focus on international business. An active volunteer, she serves as an officer of the Brown County Trust for Historic Preservation and the Brown County Republican Party and as a coach for the Junior Achievement Business Marathon. She is a former president of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.



Honorary Alumni Award

suzy-ron-pfeiferRonald and Suzy Pfeifer are longtime friends of, and advocates for, UW-Green Bay. Ron was recently named Associate Chancellor for External Affairs at UW-Green Bay. He came to UWGB from Schneider National Inc., where he worked as Associate General Counsel since 2013 following a 28-year career as an employment-law attorney with Godfrey & Kahn. In 2012, the Pfeifers endowed a Phuture Phoenix Scholarship to help students at Green Bay East High School involved in the Institute for the Fine Arts to attend UW-Green Bay. They are active supporters of Phoenix Athletics. Ron has served on the board of directors for both the Phoenix Fund and the former Fast Break Club, and for the University’s Founders Association philanthropic organization. Suzy Pfeifer, recently retired as Director of Marketing and Fund Development for Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc., was employed by UW-Green Bay as Director of Major Gifts in the early 2000s. She is a past member of the Council of Trustees.

2015 Tuition Raffle Winners

Each year the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association hosts a Tuition Raffle. The raffle generates funds to support the Association’s scholarships for students following in the footsteps of our wonderful alumni.  This year’s winners:

Brianna Fischer, Sheboygan, WI: $1,000
Ashley Monfils, Green Bay, WI: $1,000
Emily Weitz, Pine River, WI: $2,000

Congratulations Brianna, Ashley and Emily! Now…study hard and make us proud!

Register today for the 35th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing

GolfSponsored by the UWGB Alumni Association and Willems Marketing and Events

Come out for a fun, relaxed day of golf and support students following in your footsteps at UWGB. The outing includes a putting contest, 18 holes of golf with power cart, lunch, raffle, hole events, hors d’oeuvres reception and more. Team play will use a four-person scramble format. Prizes will be awarded to the low gross team and handicap team.

Date: Friday, June 12
Location: Royal Scot Golf Course in New Franken

Schedule of Events
8 a.m.: Registration and Putting Contest
9 a.m.: Shotgun Start (four-person scramble format)
2 p.m.: Hors d’oeuvres Reception/Social
2:30 p.m.: Awards, Raffle and Door Prizes

For preferred pricing, please register by Friday, May 29 at Registration closes Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Help Wanted – Alumni Association Board Members

Picture1Your Alumni Association Board is seeking five board members for the 2015 – 2018 term. Do you want to be a part of the driving force behind your Alumni Association? This is where it’s done! Join your highly professional, highly respected, diverse Alumni Association Board to make things happen. The board meets bimonthly on the third Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The UWGB Alumni Association engages our alumni and friends to build lifelong relationships that advance the continuing success of the University. To forward this mission, the Alumni Association Board strives to be diverse in careers, graduation years and gender.

If you would like more information, or are interested in being considered, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at 920-465-2226 or via email at by April 30.

We Need Your Creativity – 3rd Edition Phoenix PRIDE Shirt!

Get in on the creative end of the Phoenix PRIDE Shirt tradition. It doesn’t matter what field you graduated in, if you have an idea, we want to know about it!

Each year, a collectible, limited edition T-shirt that reflects UWGB spirit is created. Proceeds SUPPORT student scholarships.

The design choice is by popular electronic vote in September, to be unveiled at Alumni Days. A photo will be taken of all alumni in attendance wearing the 2015 Phoenix PRIDE Shirt. Because it’s UWGB’s 50th Anniversary, the shirt colors will represent a decade of graduates (i.e., forest green for 1970s grads, yellow for 1980s grads, etc.).

The winning designer receives a $50 gift card from The Phoenix Bookstore, admittance for two at 2015 Alumni Days, and a year of fame…being known as the awesome 3rd Edition Phoenix PRIDE Shirt Designer!

There are very few design restrictions:
One color, front- or back-only design (shirts will be printed in five colors to represent each decade of graduates)
Include a reference to UWGB/UW-Green Bay
Design should be relatable to UWGB alumni
Submit artwork in a pdf file format by Aug. 25 to

An official logo is not required in the design, but can be requested by contacting Sue Bodilly,

Alumni volunteers needed

10269361_10152572824773455_3488575763427221541_nCare to share your time and talent representing UW-Green Bay and our alumni? We currently have needs for the following events, boards and committees.

  • 50th Anniversary Alumni Subcommittee: Looking for alumni to help plan ways for alumni to celebrated UWGB’s 50th Anniversary which will take place in the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Admissions Volunteers (now through May 14): Looking for alumni to call transfer students and freshmen on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. To learn more or sign up, email Assistant Director of Recruitment Jen Jones at
  • Alumni Board Committees: Looking for alumni to serve on the following committees – Scholarships, Outreach, Recognition, Fundraising, and Board Development.
  • Alumni Mentor: Looking for alumni of all backgrounds and professional experiences who wish to mentor undergraduate students regarding personal and professional growth and development.
  • Cellcom Marathon Water Station: Looking for alumni to volunteer at our water station in the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon on Sunday, May 17. This is a volunteer opportunity you don’t want to miss! It’s so much fun! Volunteers typically start at 7 a.m. and are done by 10 a.m. To sign up to volunteer, visit Cellcom volunteer. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Degener at
  • Commencement Receiving Line: Looking for alumni to congratulate and welcome our newest graduates to the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association by volunteering for the Commencement receiving line. It is easy and fun! All you have to do is arrive at the Kress Events Center by 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, claim your FREE Phoenix PRIDE Shirt and stand in line with fellow alums to cheer on UWGB’s Spring 2015 graduating class.If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at 920-465-2226 or