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Habitat for Humanity Service Learning Trip Needs Your Help

May 7th, 2014

DSC01384For many alumni, a Habitat for Humanity service learning trip over winter or spring break was one of the most memorable experiences of their college career. Perhaps there are some alums who would now like to help other students have that life-changing experience. Ten UWGB students have been invited to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to Bicol, Philippines in August 2014 to build homes and hope for families there. Adviser and Dean of Enrollment Services Mike Stearney will accompany the students. The UWGB team will be joined by teams of college students from Japan and the Philippines on this special multi-national project. Sixty student volunteers will work near Naga City to build a community of homes for rural families impacted by poverty and Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon last November damaged or destroyed more than a million homes in the Philippines. Rebuilding lives will continue well into the coming years, but the path forward for families starts with a home. The students need partners to make this happen. Each student needs to raise approximately $1,700 to cover their trip expenses. If you can help, please consider making a donation to

Help Brian Sutton Finance ‘Searching for Romeo’

May 7th, 2014

brian sutton by searching for romeo posterA play by UWGB English faculty member Brian Sutton is headed for New York City—and Prof. Sutton is seeking your help in financing the production. Sutton’s musical comedy Searching for Romeo, which premiered with a sold-out run and standing ovations in July 2012 at UWGB’s Jean Weidner Theatre, has been named an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre’s 2014 Next Link Project. In the past decade, former New York Theatre Festival shows have been performed in 24 countries and on Broadway, winning awards such as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical. Searching for Romeo will receive a professional production with five performances this coming July at a 42nd Street theatre.

Although the festival itself provides substantial financial support, Searching for Romeo has an additional budget of almost $75,000. Tax-deductible donations toward defraying production costs may be made through the UW-Green Bay Foundation by clicking on or by going to the Searching for Romeo website at and clicking on “Donate.” The website also contains a wealth of additional information about the play, including recordings of songs from the play and photos from the 2012 production on the UWGB campus.

Featuring… YOU. More great news about our alumni and friends

May 7th, 2014

In case you’ve missed it, take a look at the photo gallery from our 2014 Alumni Awards

What was it like to be an international student in the 80s? (Ahmad) Faisal Alias shares his memories

Young alum (he will graduate in May) Bussiere thanks his teachers for a great start to his science career

Go Green: Paul Linzmeyer ’78 receives Alumni Earth Caretaker Award

Why this nature-based 4K partnership is a win-win for community-campus

March 28 – A Full Spectrum Sampler, UWGB Music Faculty Concert,

March 18th, 2014

Music Faculty

Like a box of sweets, the UWGB Faculty Ensemble will provide an irresistible collection of tasty musical treats on Friday, March 28 at 7 pm at the Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay.

While their name implies the embodiment of a collection of artists performing together en masse, the UWGB Faculty Ensemble members have such a wide range of capability, in so many different musical niches that their shows are more like a talent revue. At their upcoming Sturgeon Bay concert, you can expect to hear “musical compositions that span history from the 16th century to current Broadway pops,” says vocalist Sarah Meredith Livingston.

The ensemble artists are drawn from current UWGB music faculty and alumni that include: Abigail Mace, piano; Courtney Sherman, soprano; Sarah Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano; Adam Gaines, trumpet; Eric Hansen, clarinet and Chris Salerno, jazz vocalist/piano. They will be joined by David Robertson, baritone, former music teacher at Sturgeon Bay high school and UWGB alum, now teaching in Algoma. Together, their individual interests and musical specialties permit them to provide audience members with a delightful and diverse sampling that ranges from classical and jazz to contemporary original works.

The University of Wisconsin Green Bay Faculty Chamber Ensemble plans to perform a delightful repertoire that will include:

Toccata in D major, BWV 912, J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Abigail Mace, piano

Suite in D, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Adam Gaines, trumpet with Abigail Mace, piano

Premiere Sonata, Francois Devienne (1759-1803)
Eric Hansen, clarinet with Abigail Mace, piano

Solo De Concours, Andre Messager (1853-1929)
Dobru noc, Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Reingestimmt die Saiten from Ziguenermelodien
Sarah Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano with Abigail Mace, piano

“Song to the Moon” (Mesicku na nebi hlubokem) from Rusalka, Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Courtney Sherman, soprano with Abigail Mace, piano

The Prayer Duet, David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis (Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1999)
Sarah Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano and David Robertson, baritone with Abigail Mace, piano

“Tell Me on a Sunday” from Song and Dance, Andrew Lloyd Webber
“My Funny Valentine” from Babes in Arms, Rodgers and Hart
“Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber
“I Could Have Danced all Night” from My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe
Courtney Sherman, soprano with Abigail Mace, piano

Prince of Peace Church is located at 1756 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. Children, music students and students of all ages are admitted free to Door Concerts, Inc. events. Single ticket prices for adults are $10. For more information or reservations please email or call 920.493.0517. Immediately following the concert there will be a meet-the-artist informal talk and reception with refreshments in the meeting area of the hall. Students and children are especially encouraged to ask questions. Learn more about the performing artists and Door Concerts, Inc.’s superb quality musical events at affordable prices with a visit to their Website:

UW-Green Bay announces recipients of ‘Distinguished,’ ‘Recent’ alumni awards

February 21st, 2014

2alumni award winners past presentThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize five meritorious graduates of the institution at the 2014 Alumni Association Awards Night on Thursday evening, May 1.

This year’s honorees are Craig Dickman, Class of 1982, Constance Downs ’96, and Bob Pyle, ’83, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award; and JoAnn Miller ’01 and Crystal Osman ’08, recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. For more information on each of the 2014 recipients, click here.

The annual program spotlights UW-Green Bay alumni who have made special contributions to the University, their communities and professions. The ceremony takes place in the Grand Foyer of 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. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office at (920) 465-2074 or

Two Special Offers to Alumni from the Weidner Center

February 21st, 2014

Bear-HuntWe’re Going on a Bear Hunt — Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Special offer for UW-Green Bay Alumni: Buy one child ticket; get one adult ticket for half price. Use the special promo code “HUNT.”

Michael Rosen’s award-winning book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage. Join the intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear, as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy-grass, the splashy-splashy river and the thick oozy-squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises!


The Reduced Shakespeare Company – The Complete World of Sports (abridged) ‑Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Special offer for UW-Green Bay Alumni: Buy one ticket and bring a guest for half price. Use the special promo code “COMEDY.”

From the earliest cavemen playing “Neanderthal in the Middle” to your own kid’s soccer practice, the entire history of athletic competition will be regurgitated in a Tour de France of physical theater, at a level of sophistication and pathos that only the Reduced Shakespeare Company can muster. It’ll be a marathon of madness and mayhem.

Tickets are available at, by visiting Ticket Star at the Resch Center or University Ticketing Services in the University Union. Not valid on previously purchased tickets, processing fees may apply. 

March 8 – Women’s Basketball Alumni Weekend

February 21st, 2014

greenbay_color_insignia_athleticsJoin Green Bay women’s basketball alumni on Saturday, March 8 to celebrate Green Bay Women’s Basketball Alumni Weekend! Bring your family and cheer on the Phoenix women as they battle the Detroit Titans! For tickets, visit Ticket Star or order by phone at 920-465-2625.

10:00 a.m.:  ALUMNI GAME @ The Kress Events Center (free admission)

1:00 p.m.  Green Bay vs Detroit @ The Kress Events Center

Help Wanted – Alumni Association Board Members

February 21st, 2014

Your AlumHelp Wantedni Association Board is seeking board members. This is a great way to reconnect with the University and give back to your alma mater. 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

Alumni Phone-A-Thon

February 21st, 2014

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Phone-A-Thon students have recently begun calling for the spring semester to update alumni records and raise funds for the University. This group of seventeen students enjoys connecting with alumniPhone-A-Thon and learning about the history of campus while raising vital funds for the Annual Fund and receiving valuable work experience. The Annual Fund supports academic programs and scholarships, and last year, in part thanks to alumni support through the Phone-A-Thon, 47 students received $60,000 in scholarships! This year, the callers’ goal is to surpass last year’s total of approximately $110,000.

If you receive a phone call from the Alumni Phone-A-Thon, and do not feel comfortable providing information over the telephone, please know you can update your contact information on the alumni website and you can give a gift via mail or online. Thank you in advance for your time and your support of your alma mater!