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Professional Studies Faculty and Staff Recognized at January Convocation

Several long time, dedicated faculty and staff within the College of Professional Studies were recognized for their length of service and contributions to the University at the Mid-Year Convocation program on January 23, 2013. 

Recognized for celebrating their milestone anniversaries were:

40 Years of Service: Mary Baranek, Dean’s Assistant for the College of Professional Studies

30 Years of Service: Sylvia “Mimi” Kubsch, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

10 Years of Service: Meir Russ, Professor, Cofrin School of Business  

10 Years of Service: Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

Recognized with Emeritus Status were:

Judy Martin, retired Professor, Professional Program in Social Work

Michael Marinetti, retired Assistant Dean and Director of Research and Graduate Studies, College of Professional Studies

Francine Tompkins, past Chair, Professional Program in Education

Thank you for the many contributions and years of service from these caring and talented individuals!


New – Professional Studies Fall 2012 Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the many accomplishments and highlights from 2011-12 within the College of Professional Studies – Fall 2012 Newsletter (PDF).

Phuture Phoenix’s Jeremy Wildenberg – Keynote for 2012 Veteran’s Reception

This year’s guest speaker for the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception to honor all who have served and are serving is veteran, student, and instructor, Jeremy Wildenberg.   He currently serves as UWGB’s  Phuture Phoenix Grant Program Coordinator and is responsible for overseeing the new after school tutoring, parent education, and ACT preparation pilot programs.   Before his work began with Phuture Phoenix, he served 14 years in the military as a Command Language Program Manager, linguist and intelligence analyst.   He is currently seeking licensure in UWGB’s award-winning Professional Program in Education, and is also enrolled in Master’s level classes. He teaches Arabic for UWGB via the University of Wisconsin’s Collaborative Language Program, and also teaches Russian for St. Norbert College.    Thank you, Jeremy for your service to your country, and to our university and community!

Join the reception and listen to Jeremy’s story on Friday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union.   Donations will be accepted by Vets 4 Vets for Military Care Packages.

UWGB Education Students Attend Diversity Conference

UWGB Education students at the April 26 CREATE Conference

More than 20 UW-Green Bay Education students attended the CREATE (Culturally Responsive Education for All Training and Enhancement) Conference April 26th which focused on bridging gaps amongst diverse PK-12  student populations and was sponsored by CESA 6. The conference gave students the opportunity to grow and strengthen their cultural competencies as well as build practical skills for reaching diverse learners inside the classroom. The students heard from national speakers and participated in active breakout workshops.

This opportunity was made possibly through scholarships from the UWGB Professional Program in Education as well as the Institute for Learning Partnership. Congratulations to these Education students and their faculty advisor Kim Desotell.    The students will be recognized at Education’s Celebration of Achievement on May 9th.

Professional Program in Education Celebrates Achievements on May 9th

Celebration of Achievement for the Professional Program in Education and alumni will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center.   The event will recognize and celebrate the Regents Award for Teaching Excellence which was awarded to the program in 2011, the Regents Award for Diversity which was awarded to the Center for First Nations Studies, and recognize Education students who will receive scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.   The event will also be introducing a new series of Outstanding Education Alumni Awards for graduates of the Professional Program in Education which will subsequently be awarded annually.    

 The 2012 Education Alumni Award Recipients:

Excellence in Education – Jamie L. Froh BS ’09, MS’11

Outstanding Teaching – Marcy Levine PDC ’00, MS ‘03

Leadership and Service – Julie A. Brilli BA ‘87

Leadership and Service – Janice L. Haven BS ‘98

Outstanding New Graduate – Benjamin Markowski BS ’08, MS’10

Outstanding Student Teaching – Stacy TeStroote BS ‘12

Outstanding Pre-Service Teacher – Carolyn C. Bicoy BS ‘12


UW- Green Bay Education Alumni Earn Golden Apples for Teaching

Glance through the credentials of the annual Golden Apple Award recipients, and there’s a good chance you’ll see UW-Green Bay — again and again.    University alumni traditionally have been well represented among those receiving the prestigious teaching accolades, and 2012 was no exception. Of the honorees in seven categories, three have UW-Green Bay ties — either they graduated from the University or came back to boost their already impressive teaching cred with additional certification.

“I think it’s a great honor,” said Tim Kaufman, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Education. “Something that we strive for is to produce excellent teachers — and when they get recognition for their excellence, that’s one of the highest tributes we can get as a program.”

The distinguished list of 2012 award winners includes relatively recent grads Vanessa Moran ’07, a third-grade teacher at Howard-Suamico’s Meadowbrook Elementary School; and Chris Hendricks ’05, who teaches fifth grade at Glenbrook Elementary School in Pulaski. Rounding out the group is Nancie Brennan, a graduate of the Professional Development Certificate program, a unique, individualized program for license renewal. The teachers were recognized for excellent teaching, as well as innovation — two critical elements of UW-Green Bay’s education experience.

“We’re always trying to push the envelope as far as innovation,” Kaufman said, “and produce future teachers that think outside the box.”

Encouraging that innovation starts quickly for UW-Green Bay education students, who say getting in the classroom early and often is a key part of their success. The real-world experience is unparalleled in its value, Hendricks said.

Chris Hendricks ’05

I was in the classrooms right away, in my first semester,” said Hendricks, who also ran cross-country for the University. “From the time I got in until the time I graduated, I was in the classroom with some really excellent teachers.”   Hendricks’ experience parallels that of fellow honoree Vanessa Moran, a 2007 grad who will welcome her own student teacher for the first time this fall.

“From the honor of being nominated … to the complete and utter shock of wining the Golden Apple, every step along this journey can be traced back to my time at UWGB,” Moran said. “The high-quality classroom instruction coupled with the invaluable experiences in the field helped to mold me into the educator I am today.”

Vanessa Moran ’07

The Golden Apple Awards, a program of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, has been recognizing greater Green Bay’s outstanding teachers for nearly two decades. Each recipient receives a cash award of $2,000 and is profiled in the Green Bay Press-Gazette and on WLUK, Fox 11 news. A banquet and awards ceremony, held this year on Wednesday, April 18, is televised live on Fox 11.

 UW-Green Bay’s award-winners say they’re grateful for the experience and recognition. But they’re also thinking about what’s next — how best to serve students, both today and into the future.

“To know that I am not only touching the lives of my students, but also (my student teacher’s) future students, is something I do not take lightly,” Moran said. “In fact, as much as I enjoy teaching elementary school, I would like nothing more than to one day join the ranks of the professors at my alma mater.”

Golden grads
2012 Golden Apple winners with UW-Green Bay ties:
— Vanessa Moran ’07, third grade, Meadowbrook Elementary School, Howard-Suamico School District
— Chris Hendricks ’05, fifth grade, Glenbrook Middle School, Pulaski School District
— Nancie Brennan, Professional Development Certificate graduate, grades seven and eight Reading/Language Arts, Edison Middle School, Green Bay School District