The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor e-mailed the following message from Chancellor Miller to faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
Dear Campus Community,
Remember the awe and wonder that washed over you the first time you set foot on a college campus? Elementary school students from across the region will share that feeling this Thursday and Friday when 1,500 fifth graders transcend on the UW-Green Bay campus for their Phuture Phoenix field trip. What an energizing two days it will be!
The University’s signature college introduction program partners with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. The Phuture Phoenix program has hosted more than 15,000 students since it began in 2003.
Students and their mentors will visit classrooms, residence halls, the Cofrin Library, the Kress Events Center and other parts of campus during the tour days. Students will work alongside students and faculty in labs, art studios and other academic spaces. Numerous UW-Green Bay faculty members have special planned activities for students and teachers alike.
None of this would be possible without the enthusiastic support of more than 250 UW-Green Bay students who are serving as role models and group leaders for the day and 90-plus faculty members who are participating. To those who are volunteering, THANK YOU for sharing your pride and passion for education and our university.
As a member of the Phoenix family, I hope you’ll do what you can to make each and every visitor feel welcome. Something little can make a lasting impression—a smile, a wave, a hello or a high five can go a long way. And don’t forget to proudly wear your Phoenix gear this week, another simple way to show our visitors how proud you are to be a part of this family.
Please join me in welcoming these wonderful young people to our campus. They are full of promise and possibilities. They are our future!
Gary L. Miller