Here at UW-Green Bay we are familiar with the mission of providing interdisciplinary, problem-focused educational experiences that prepare students to think critically and address complex issues in the world. What happens after they gain all that wonderful knowledge? The day they’ve all waited for: COMMENCEMENT (a.k.a. graduation day)! Behind this glorious day and all the preparation that it entails is the University Services Program Associate within the Office of the Provost, Jan Snyder.
Jan has the wonderful position of planning commencement and coordinating all the activities that go along with it. In addition to this, Jan serves as the University Staff Committee chair and has served on numerous other campus committees. Jan has been an employee at UW-GB for over 20 years, and has over 35 total years in office and administrative support. She has been employed in the departments of Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Education, Humanities, and many more.
When asked to tell us about herself, Jan explained that:
“I grew up in southwest Iowa, the middle of 5 children. I was a serious student, but also active in sports and music. I played softball from the time I was 9 until I was 26, played volleyball from junior high until I was 40, played tennis (singles), and liked to run (short distances). I played the clarinet, oboe, and string bass in junior high and high school. I was active in band, orchestra, jazz band, and was a majorette during football season. I twirled baton for about 10 years, including a fire baton at football games and the school talent show. After we started a family, I was very active at our church for many years, helping with the AWANA kids program, teaching Sunday school and children’s church, directing the crafts program for vacation Bible school, and being known as the ‘snack lady’ for the middle and high school youth program.”
Jan is described as organized, driven and sensitive. Her interests when not planning for campus ceremonies include family, walking, exercising, flower and plant gardening, cross country skiing, and traveling.