July 15 Phoenix Forum: How to Foster a True Love of Lifelong Learning

Join us on Thursday, July 15 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the next Phoenix Forum virtual speaker event, How to Foster a True Love of Lifelong Learning, and learn from focused and passionate UW-Green Bay’s experts.

Learning shouldn’t end after graduation. In fact, one of the most valuable skills you can take from college is the ability to acquire knowledge and grow on your own. In this panel discussion, Kelli Strickland, Chuck Rybak, and Ryan Martin will discuss approaches to lifelong learning rooted in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. From continuing to read after college, to engaging with the performing arts, to harnessing the power of your brain’s natural motivation to learn, the speakers will offer concrete strategies on how your education can continue even when you’re no longer in school.

The presenters will speak on the following lifelong learning topics:
      • Chuck: “Books as meditation: Why you should keep reading after college.
      • Kelli: “The Arts As Escapism, Unifier and Provocateur.”
      • Ryan: Curiosity as an Exploration Bonus: Our Built-in Desire to Know Stuff

Once registered, you will be emailed a link to the event.

UW-Green Bay Nursing Students Step to Front Lines

UW-Green Bay Nursing student, Precious Yang draws up the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to immunize a patient at the Lakeshore Community Health Center in Manitowoc on Friday, March 26, 2021. Observing the nursing student, left, Christine Vandenhouten, chair of Nursing & Health Studies at UW-Green Bay.

Nursing students at UW-Green Bay were enlisted to help rollout the state’s COVID-19 vaccination effort at 13 sites in Northeast Wisconsin. With the leadership of Professor Chris Vandenhouten and nursing faculty, nursing students have provided more than 700 hours vaccinating and educating at COVID vaccination sites in February and March alone. Additionally, nursing faculty have contributed 77 hours toward vaccination efforts during this period. Students were eligible for academic credit for their participation, as well as real-world experience.

• The UW System offered $500 tuition credits to nursing students who provided 16 hours of work in vaccine and rapid testing clinics at the state’s 13 universities, allowing an opportunity for the more than 4,000 nursing students statewide to
receive real-world experience during a time when traditional clinical experiences were limited because of the virus.

• UW-Green Bay hosted one of the state’s COVID-19 surge-testing sites—a partnership between the UW System’s 13 universities and the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.

• Prevea Health partnered with UW-Green Bay to launch four community COVID-19 vaccine clinics at its campuses in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan. As of mid-May, more than 105,000 vaccinations had been  administered at the University campuses.

UW-Green Bay Majors by College

Austin E. Cofrin School of Business (CSB)

AAS-Business Interest
Actuary Science
Business Administration
Executive Impact MBA
Human Resource Management
International Business
International Studies
Managerial Accounting
Managerial Systems
Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Master of Science in Data Science
Master of Science in Management
Personal Financial Planning

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS)

AAS–Arts and Humanities Interest
American Indian Studies
Analysis Synthesis
Arts and Visual Design
Arts Management
Associate of Arts
Bachelor of General Studies
Communication Action (became Communication and the Arts)
Communication and the Arts
Communication Processes
Communication Sciences
Corporate Communication
Democracy and Justice Studies
Design Arts
English: Literature and Language
Environmental Planning
Environmental Policy and Planning
First Nation Studies
French and Francophone Studies
French: Literature and Language
German: Literature and Language
Global Studies
Growth and Development
Human Adaptability
Human Development
Humanism and Cultural Change (became Humanistic Studies)
Humanistic Studies
Individual Major
Information and Computing Science
Information Sciences
Integrated Leadership Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Arts
Master of Science in Administrative Science
Modern Languages
Modernization Processes (became Social Change & Development)
Music / Applied Music
Organizational Leadership
Personal Concentration
Political Science
Population Dynamics
Public Administration
Public and Environmental Administration
Regional Analysis
Social Change and Development (now DJS)
Social Gerontology
Spanish: Literature and Language
Theatre and Dance
University Without Walls
Urban Analysis (became Urban Studies)
Urban and Studies
Urban Studies
Visual Arts
Women and Gender Studies
Women and Gender Studies
Writing and Applied Arts

College of Health, Education, and Social Welfare (CHESW)

AAS-Health/Ed/Soc Wel Interest
Bachelor of Social Work
BSN Nurse 1-2-1
Elementary Education
First Nation Education doctorate
Health Information Management Technology
Master of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching & Learning
Master of Science in Community Human Services
Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Systems
Master of Social Work
Medical Techonology
Secondary Education
Social Work
Traditional Nursing

College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET)

AAS-Sci/Engineer/Tech Interest
Computer Science
Earth Science
Ecosystems Analysis
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Technology
Environmental Control
Environmental Science
Human Biology
Master in Environmental Arts and Sciences
Master of Science
Master of Science in Athletic Training
Master of Science in Biotechnology
Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy
Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health
Master of Science in Sustainable Management Systems
Masters in Environmental Studies
Mechanical Engineering
Natural and Applied Sciences
Nutritional Sciences
Science and Environmental Change
Water Science

Master of Athletic Training receives accreditation

Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay College of Science, Engineering and Technology and their Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program on their recent accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  

“This is a very important achievement for the UW-Green Bay MAT,” said Program Chair William Gear, “Accreditation from the CAATE allows graduates of the MAT to sit for the certification exam administered through the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC). The Green Bay region provides a multitude of clinical education experiences for our students that prepare them for employment in a variety of healthcare settings.” 

Athletic trainers, or AT’s, are multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. They treat a range of patients and work in a variety of settings such as the performing arts, the military, professional sports, and in clinics and hospitals. 

Athletic trainers are an important piece to athletes staying safe while playing sports. Research shows that student athletes at schools with an athletic trainer sustain fewer injuries than athletes at schools without athletic trainers. Having athletic trainers on staff also improves the rate of early detection of dehydration, head injuries, and other sports-related health issues.  

At UW-Green Bay, motivated students can earn an accredited MAT degree in only two years. In addition, the Greater Green Bay area is a sports-rich community, offering a wealth of clinical opportunities. Students can gain experience from a range of professional, minor league, collegiate and high school sports franchises or market-leading medical systems.  

To become an athletic trainer, candidates must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. To practice as an athletic trainer in Wisconsin, the student must also be licensed by the state.  

Learn more about the Master of Athletic Training program at UW-Green Bay



Class Notes 2021



Daniel Timm ’77 Managerial Systems major. Daniel is serving as President of Wisconsin Health and Physical Education, 2020-2022.


David Lutze ’09 Elementary Education major with a minor in English. Owner/Captain of Playin’ Hooky Sportfishing Charters. “I have worked in the charter fishing industry for the past 14 years and I finally decided to go into business for myself. I am still employed as a third-grade teacher in the Denmark School District.”

Holly (Melander) Rutter ’09 Communication major. Marketing Communications Specialist at Catalpa Health.


Brittany Forseth ’14 Human Biology major with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. Brittany is currently working for Walgreens as a Market Pharmacist and is part of the vaccine team helping with clinics in long-term care facilities providing COVID-19 vaccines.

Kristin (Buhler) Reuter ’11 Biology major with a double minor in Human Biology and Secondary Education. Owner of Kristin Reuter Photography.



Frederick Heide ’74 Humanistic Studies major. Artistic Advisor/Co-Founder of Northern Sky Theater. After 37 years on the core faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Francisco, Fred retired last spring from his position as full professor of clinical psychology and moved back to Door County, WI. He continues to serve as adjunct professor at CSPP while writing shows and performing at Northern Sky Theater in Door County, which he co-founded in 1990.


Thomas Valley ’81 Human Adaptability major. Thomas received his PA assistant Master’s degree at The University of Nebraska in 1990. From there, he received his PhD at The University of Dorchester in 1996. Thomas is now retired from the Air Force (1990) and Mayo Clinic (2016).


Scott Vanevenhoven ’97 Environmental Science major with a minor in Chemistry. Lab Manager at US Venture Inc.


Andrew Hopkins ’01 Human Biology major. Owner of Hopkins Orthopedic Consulting.

Christopher Hagerty ‘03 Communication major. Special Education Teacher at Unified School District of Antigo.

Jarrod Schumacher ’05 Information Sciences major. Lead Cloud Architect at Humana.

Mai Sing Follett ’08 Human Biology major. Registered Dietitian at Sunny Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Michael Lund Ziegler ’09 Music major with a minor in Secondary Education. Director of Education at The Fine Arts Association.


Jessica (Knox) Motyl-Szary ’10 Human Development major with a minor in Mathematics. Technical Sales Engineer at Nelnet Campus Commerce.

Christopher Ledvina ’12 English major with a minor in Secondary Education. Cooperative Education Coordinator at Lakeland University.

Katherine (Kierstyn) Rastocan ’13 Business Administration major with a minor in Theater. Sales Operations Analyst at Sysco.

Kayla Coopman ’16 Interdisciplinary Studies major. Community Sourcing Strategist at Hospital Sisters Health System.

Tiffany Raven ’17 Psychology major with a minor in Public Administration. Crisis worker in Marinette County, “Three year anniversary of joining Marinette County!”


Marissa Lung ’20 Communication major. Marissa recently started a new position as a Psychiatric PAR at Bellin Health.



Karie Clement ’90 Business Administration major with a minor in French & Francophone Studies. Senior Compensation Analyst at Children’s Wisconsin Hospital.

Janell Schroeder ’92 Bachelor of Social Work. Executive Director at the Rhinelander Housing Authority.

Bridget Derge ’98 Communication major with a minor in Information Science. Assistant Director of Admissions at The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Nathan Rusch ’99 double major in Biology and Environmental Science. Second Assistant Superintendent at Rocky River Golf Club.


Carrie Maas ’04 Social Change & Development major with a minor in Business Administration. Regional Manager of Customer Relations for The Boeing Company.

Eric Ryer ’04 double major in Environmental Policy & Planning and Public Administration with a double minor in Environmental Science and Geography. Eric returned to UW-Green Bay for his Masters in Science & Policy, graduating in 2006. City Administrator for the town of Cedarburg.

Tiffany Schulte ’05 Communication Processes major with a minor in Business Administration. Human Resource Generalist at Kraemer Brothers.

Laura Markley ’07 Interdisciplinary Studies major with a minor in Human Development. Special Education Teacher-EBD in the School District of Janesville.

Erin Sigler ’07 English major with a minor in Secondary Education. Laboratory Support Services Specialist at Exact Sciences Laboratories.

Mary Frank-Arlt ’08 double major in Business Administration and Psychology. Mary was recently promoted to Director of Content Management & Studio Production at Kohler Co.


Kyle Pingel ’12 Theatre major with a minor in Communication & the Arts.  Costume Productions Coordinator at Illinois Wesleyan University. During the summers, Kyle is the Costume Shop Manager at Peninsula Players Theatre, in Door County, WI since 2013. Since Graduating, he’s also worked with costumes and wigs in Chicago at the following theaters: Goodman, Steppenwolf, Paramount (Aurora), and Marriott Theatre (Lincolnshire). Currently, Kyle is designing wigs and makeup for select shows for Royal Caribbean Cruises. He also styles and sell wigs for drag performers around the country.

Ashley Jones ’13 Public Administration major with a minor in Political Science. Ashley recently began a new position as the Grant Writer for the Belling Health Foundation.

Martha Mofyasandt ’14 Nursing major. Martha recently began a new position as a Nurse Practitioner with Vault Health.


Matthew Kersting ’20 Psychology major with a minor in Human Development. Matt recently began a new position as a Graduate Research Assistant with the University of California- Riverside where he is also pursuing his PhD in Developmental Psychology.

Liesl Sigourney ’20 Business Administration major with a minor in Dance. Liesl recently began a new position as a Human Resources Assistant with Worzalla Inc.

Garrett Spencer ’20 Design Arts major with a minor in Business Administration. Garrett recently began a new position as a Promotional Marketing Assistant with High Stakes Management.



Jeanne Lillich ’91 History major with a minor in Humanistic Studies. High School Social Studies Teacher with Oneida Nation School System.

Shannon Alberts ’99 Human Development major with a minor in Psychology. and Environmental Science. President/Owner of Security Luebke Roofing.


Jennifer Klein ’04 Double major in Biology and Environmental Science. Land Management Coordinator/Tech Support with Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, Inc.

Jody Samz ’04 Business Administration major with a minor in Economics. Director of Safety, HR, and Insurance with P and S Investment Company.

Heather Hagen ’07 Social work major. Employment Services Assistant Director with Developmental Disabilities Resource Center of Arvada.

Thomas Cooper ’08 Political Science major with a minor in Public Administration. Healthcare Sales Manager with Saleytics.

Katie Von Holzen ’09 Psychology major with a double minor in German and Human Development. Lecturer with TU Dortmund University.


Adrian Ritchie ’13 Business Administration major with a minor in Communications.  Solutions Manager for NBC Universal, Inc. Adrian also started her own business, Still Company, which sells hats and clothing with the mission to create space for mental health.

Ashley Garza ’19 Business Administration major.  Financial Analyst with Schneider.

Krynn Hanold ’19 Double major in English and Writing and Applied Arts with a minor in Humanities.  Krynn recently began a new position as a Publicity Assistant with Bloomsbury Publishing.

Elke Van der Werff ’19 Political Science major with a minor in Public Administration.  Elke recently began a new position as a Customer Care Agent for Jewelers Mutual Group.


Tawny Stammen ’20 Health Information Management and Technology major. Tawny recently began a new position as a Health Information Exchange Operations Coordinator with UW Health.

See ViXai Thao ’20 Master of Social Work. See recently began a new position as a School Social Worker with the Manitowoc Public School District.



James Green ’75 Communication and the Arts major. He was a Commerical Art Teacher and retired in 2015.


Melissa Karolak ’89 Social Change and Development major. Management Consulting Manager for Accenture Columbus Innovation Hub.


Gregg Tank ’91 History major. General Manager/Partner of S&L Motors.

James Stockman ’96 Human Biology major. After nearly 30 years of service, Fred retired from the U.S. Navy in April. He now works as the Senior Naval Science Instructor at Benjamin Russell High School.

Melissa Palfery ’98 Public Administration major with a minor in Spanish & Latin American Studies. Registered Nurse at Piedmont Healthcare. In 2020, she won The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurse.


Michelle Eis ’06 Environmental Policy & Planning major. Community Program Specialist with USDA Rural Development.

Heather Hagen ’07 Social Work major. Assistant Director of Employment Services at Developmental Disabilities Resource Center in Arvada, CO. She won APSE’s 2021 Wendy M. Wood Emerging Leader Award.


Lara Carrier ’15 Human Biology major. Inpatient Pharmacy Technician at Bellin Memorial Hospital.

Samantha Lauersdorf ’15 Design Arts major. Samantha recently joined Kohler Co. as a Project Coordinator.


Karli Beck ’20 Business Administration major. Team Lead at Schneider National.



David Engelstad ’87 English and Humanistic Studies major. Technical Services Analyst with CUNA Mutual Group. He is also a published author with Sylphan Media Group.

40th Annual UW-Green Bay Scholarship Golf Outing

The need is real. The time is now. UW-Green Bay has honed their mission, focused on providing an education to all who seek to be taught. Our University is growing rapidly and serving more students with significant financial need. Over the past 40 years, the UW-Green Bay Scholarship Golf Outing has played a role in supporting students financially with over $300,000 in alumni scholarships to more than 200 students. Now, as UW-Green Bay welcomes more students with substantial financial need, it’s time we continue the rise and support these students in a more meaningful way.

Join us for the 40th Annual UW-Green Bay Scholarship Golf Outing to benefit today’s UW-Green Bay students. As a Phoenix, we’ve been making sparks fly since we left UW-Green Bay and we should share that success with students following in our footsteps. UW-Green Bay alumni are known as resilient problem-solvers, fearless dreamers and kind caregivers. Let’s inspire these students with our compassionate, caring financial support. The need is real. The time is now.

We are returning to Brown County and new this year, all golfers are entered into ALL big-ticket raffles on the course, the Hole-in-One contest for $1 million and, for a chance to win one of several cash prizes between $100 and $500 throughout the day.

Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start: 10:00 a.m.
Lunch, raffles and prizes on the course
Fees: $200 per golfer or $800 per foursome
Inc1udes: 18-holes of golf, power cart, bag breakfast, lunch on the course, swag bag, two beverage tickets—a great value for a great cause! And again, all golfers are entered to win cash and big-ticket prizes throughout the Outing! The day also includes a bucket raffle, silent auction and cash prize for the foursome with the lowest score.


The UW-Green Bay Scholarship Golf Outing is open to the general public. We welcome all to attend and will pair single golfers with others to fill out a foursome.

40th Annual UW-Green Bay Scholarship Golf Outing Registration Link