UW-Green Bay Alumna Laurie Butz Receives ATHENA Leadership Award


Congratulations to Laurie Butz ’91, President and CEO of Capital Credit Union on winning the ATHENA Leadership Award! Sponsored by Bergstrom Automotive, this award is given to a woman who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence. This individual contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the Fox Cities community and actively assists others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.

Butz has held senior leadership roles in HR, Organizational Development, Training, Sales Administration, Investments, and Insurance Services for profit and not for profit organizations including Community First Credit Union – Appleton Wisconsin, Alta Resources, United Health Care and Associated Bank. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and earned a three-year designation as Certified Chief Executive (CCE) through CUES. She is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt through Juran Institute. Most recently, UW Oshkosh, where she was an adjunct faculty member for over 10 years, selected Butz as the 2022 Beta Gamma Sigma honoree to recognize her achievements in business and exemplify her pursuit of wisdom. In November of 2022 she was also appointed to the Advisory Board of the Business College at UWGB. Her commitment to community has been demonstrated through Board Chair, and or Personnel Chair roles for YMCA of the Fox Cities and United Way Fox Cities, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley, as well as through management oversight of the Fox Cities Marathon.

Laurie will receive this award at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce’s Celebrate Fox Cities Dinner on January 26.

UW-Green Bay Alumna Wendy Wimmer’s Debut Collection Receives National Attention

UW-Green Bay alumna Wendy Wimmer (English, 1997) has received national attention for her newly published debut short story collection ENTRY LEVEL: STORIES. The collection received a starred Kirkus Review and a favorable feature in Publisher’s Weekly, as well as being lauded by literary news site The Millions as one of the most anticipated releases of the second half of 2022.

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Kirkus writes of the collection, “Wimmer is a strong writer and fills the pages with elegant, evocative phrasing (“We said words of respect in our native languages, which between the eight of us totaled fourteen gods and six words meaning ‘grace’ ”). Her tone is often wry (“Evelyn thought of her bed like a trapdoor spider, capturing the interest and monetary resources of her romantic partners”), and even the book’s most sardonic narrators balance their misanthropy with a touch of curiosity. The stories vary in length and format but retain a clear aesthetic sense throughout, making it easy to imagine that the characters from “Flarby” and “Intersomnolence” might someday cross paths. The work educates without being didactic; readers learn about Wisconsin bingo regulations and Waardenburg syndrome in “INGOB” and the properties of sphagnum moss in “The Bog King,” with the bits of trivia blending seamlessly into the tales.”

The Washington Post featured Wimmer’s collection in it’s feature “10 Award-Winning Short Story Collections Worth Reading” on October 17, 2022. It said, “If punchy first sentences are to your taste, Wendy Wimmer’s “Entry Level” (Autumn House Fiction Prize) is the book for you. “When Mary Ellen’s left breast grew back on its own during our Saturday dinner break, we had confirmation that something weird was happening.” Many intros seem designed to startle; several stories enter fantastical terrain. In the delightful “Texts from Beyond,” a company purportedly helps people send messages to deceased relatives. Equally affecting are stories more rooted in the real, where Wimmer gets closer to character and emotion, such as “Billet-Doux,” told via unsent letters addressed to celebrities, random people, inanimate objects, a recurring guy on the BART and the protagonist herself.”

The collection was also featured in the October 24 issue of People Magazine as a Best New Books selection, next to Colleen Hoover’s IT STARTS WITH US. Of Wimmer’s book, the reviewers stated “This gleefully subversive debut presents 15 weird, wild and wonderful stories of everyday folk surviving in a world gone haywire… ENTRY LEVEL, like its title story, is strange magic indeed.”

After launching the book at Green Bay’s own The Lion’s Mouth Bookstore on October 6th, Wimmer embarked on a West Coast book tour, including stops in Denver, Salt Lake City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Las Vegas, with future events in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, New York, Seattle and Kenosha.


UW-Green Bay Alumnus Recognized as one of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Latino Leaders

In a 5-part series, Madison365 shines a statewide spotlight on the dedicated leaders of Wisconsin’s Latino communities. These are richly diverse communities with roots that represent a massive geographic area. The people they highlight are elected leaders, business leaders and community leaders, doing difficult, important work, often in the face of discrimination and literally generations of oppression.

Juan Corpus ’03 , was recognized in part 2 of their series (Wisconsin’s 46 Most Influential Latino Leaders, Part 2 | Madison365) is senior culture and engagement professional at Humana in Green Bay, a role he’s held since May 2021 after a career at the company including many roles over the past 23 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay in 2003.

UW-Green Bay alumnus Sam Klietz is chief client and sales officer at Juvare






Long before he was the chief client and sales officer at Juvare, Sam Klietz was marching the halls of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as an open-minded scholar. Klietz credits the university for instilling a love of learning along with his commitment to camaraderie, the values that have driven Klietz’s success at Juvare and beyond.

Klietz, working alongside his colleagues at Juvare, has helped communities and organizations across the country use state-of-the-art technology to empower emergency preparedness and response to protect people, property, and brands. This was very much reflected when Juvare was implemented in hospitals across the country to help control COVID-19. Using Juvare tech to regulate vaccine administration as well as contact tracing and case management, health care providers were able to promptly manage vaccinations and quarantines.

Sam is a great representation of the prestige that surrounds the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Throughout his career, he has shown what it means to fully embrace Green Bay’s values. Sam graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology.

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‘Timing is Everything’ insists UW-Green Bay Psychology graduate Lorenzo Lones

“Timing is everything.”

You may call that phrase cliché. Lorzeno Lones calls it truth. The 2016 Universiity of Wisconsin-Green Bay Psychology graduate is currently a Neuroscience Ph.D. student at Washing University in St. Louis were he’s on a lab rotation, including the lab of Erik Herzog, Ph.D. studying “how cells in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN) communicate to each other to generate circadian rhythms.”

Here’s the thing… it wasn’t that long ago when the 16-year old Lozeno Lones hit a “rebellious” stage, left his grandparents in Chicago in hopes of a “less-0dsicplined” lifestyle. He moved to Green Bay to live with his brother. And instead of a life on easy street, he new road led to unforeseen roadblocks’ culture shock, isolation and depression.


So how did he get from there to here? From few friends and failing grades to an honor student and the pride of UW-Green Bay Psychology?

Timing. “It’s everything,” he argues. in fact, the current research he and his mentor are conducting in the lab, can prove it!

Lones can tell you his tory better than it can be told. And he tells it really, really well in his PSITalk of a few weeks ago. PSI Talks are 8- to 10- minute engaging and thought-provoking presentations that link psychology concepts to life. His presentation is on YouTube. Watch it here.


UW-Green Bay alumna provides purrrfect comfort, delicious drinks and cat cuddles

Elizabeth-Feldhousen-at-cat-cafe-orange-cat-1200-819x1024Imagine relaxing in a comfortable chair after a long day. Sipping a delicious beverage and taking in the calm atmosphere around you as you nuzzle a warm, furry feline purring on your lap. The Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary and Cat Cafe, owned by UW-Green Bay alumna Elizabeth Feldhausen ’15, gives the Green Bay community the opportunity to experience it all.

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Seeking Alumni Association Board Members

11148423_10154224107748455_5732399118435293425_oYour Alumni Association Board of Directors is seeking four members for the 2017-2020 term, beginning July 2017. The Board meets every other month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday. The Board is involved with shaping the direction of the Association, works to raise money for student scholarships, and plans and executes alumni events. If interested in being considered, email Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at moodyk@uwgb.edu by Friday, March 31.