Category Archives: Alumni Spotlight

Feature February – Adam Halfmann

Adam Halfmann 2Name and Grad Year: Adam Halfmann ’07
Major: Communications
Minor: Corporate Communications
Favorite Professor(s): Phil Clampitt and Tim Meyer
Current Employment: Green Bay Phoenix Athletics
Hobbies: Photography
Volunteer Interests: Special Spaces Green Bay
First career position after graduating? Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for Green Bay Phoenix Athletics. Adam is now the Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Promotions for Green Bay Phoenix Athletics.
Favorite memories of UWGB? Making it into Phil Clampitt’s Hall of Fame for his “Cases” project. Winning the Student Employee of the Year award.
What one word comes to mind when you think of UWGB? Family
Favorite spots on campus? Phoenix Sports Center, MAC Winter Garden, GAC Lab project rooms.

Feature February: Alumni Couple, Bob and Jeanne Cramer

Color Run 2013 005Name and Grad Year: Bob and Jeanne Cramer ’73. They both graduated May 27th 1973. Bob’s birthday was May 28th, they were married June 2nd, and Jeanne’s birthday was June 4th. You can imagine what a busy few weeks they had!
Major: Human Growth and Development
Favorite Professor: Carol Richter
Current Employment: Jeanne retired from St. Jude School and Bob from Procter and Gamble. In their retirement, they enjoy watching their grandsons after school three days a week and during the summer. Their grandsons are the light of their lives.
Hobbies: They both enjoy running, biking, golfing and watching sports. Jeanne enjoyes taking pictures, scrapbooking and reconnecting with friends and family on Facebook. Bob is in two Fantasy Football leagues.
First career position after graduating: After graduation they couldn’t find teaching jobs. Early education wasn’t paying much in those days so they subbed in local schools until they were forced to find jobs outside of their field. Jeanne was lucky to be able to stay home with her two daughters until their youngest was in second grade. She was then offered a job at St. Jude School, which happened to be across the street from where they live. Bob worked for Procter and Gamble.
Extracurricular groups/organizations: None, they worked alot of hours to put themselves through school but they did attend many UWGB basketball and soccer games.
What one word comes to mind when thinking of UWGB? “Peanuts.” Back then there was “Peanut Night” at the Student Union and they both threw peanuts at each other. For a long time Bob’s nickname for Jeanne was “Peanuts.”
Favorite spot on campus? Their favorite spot at UWGB, besides the Student Union, was the people pockets.  They spent a lot of time there, getting to know each other.

Feature February – Emily Bartos

Emily BartosName and Grad Year: Emily Bartos, 2010
Major: Studio Art, photography
Minor: Design Arts
Favorite Professor(s): Alison Gates and Sarah Detweiler
Current Employment: Emily works as a manager at Noodles & Company and she owns a wedding and portrait business called “Emily Bee Arts” (emilybeearts.com)
Hobbies: Photography,drawing, painting, singing and writing
Volunteer Interests: In the last two years, she’s donated her services to the charity event, Madison Re-Prom for Huntington’s Disease.
First career position after graduating: She was promoted to management upon moving to Madison, and established Emily Bee Arts in early 2011.
Favorite memory of UWGB: Comic artist Lynda Barry came to campus and spoke and gave an amazing workshop. So inspiring!
Extracurricular groups/organizations: Art Agency and the Straight and Gay Alliance
What one word comes to mind when thinking of UWGB? “Friends.” She met so many great people, and she misses many of them dearly.
Favorite spot on campus? The coffee shop!

Alumni Spotlight – Nick Skeen

Our alumni continue to be hard at work making their way in the world and making an impact as they do. Meet recent alumnus, Nick Skeen. He’s newly married and working for a great recruiting partner of UW-Green Bay, Schneider National.

Name and Grad Year: Nick Skeen, ’08
Major: Business Administration- Human Resource Emphasis
Major: Corporate Communications
Favorite Professor(s): Tim Meyer, Lucy Arndt, Phil Clampit
Employment: Schneider National-Product Manager
Family: Married February of 2012. No kids…yet
Hobbies: Golf in the summer, city league basketball and indoor volleyball in the winter
Volunteer Interests: He is working to determine what his volunteer interests are and is hoping to find time to volunteer in the near future.
Something you don’t know about Nick: He once went skydiving and will NEVER do it again!
Ways to connect with Nick: You can find him on Facebook

Alumni Spotlight – Steven Taylor

This week we spotlight a past Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.  Meet Steve Taylor who is an enthusiastic advocate of UW-Green Bay and an avid supporter of our Green Bay Athletics Program.

Name and Grad Year:  Steven A. Taylor, ’79
Major:  Business Administration
Favorite Professor(s): Dr. Jack Fritsch and Dr. Richard Logan
Employment:  25 years with Northwestern Mutual
Family:  Wife Christine, Daughter Natalie, Son Nicholas
Hobbies:  Music, Golf, Basketball, Baseball
Volunteer interests:  Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Inc., Leadership Green Bay ’85, Golden House, NWTC Educational Foundation, Inc., UW-Green Bay Phoenix Fund, UW-Green Bay Distinguished Alumni Award Winner ’03, National Railroad Museum Board of Directors, Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award Winner ’02, Downtown Green Bay Holiday Parade Staging Coordinator
Something you don’t know about Steve:  Steve was the 2010 UW-Green Bay Spring Commencement speaker and he’s a night owl
Ways to connect with Steve:  Facebook

Alumni Spotlight – Karen Faulkner

As you know, our alumni are doing great things all over the world.  This week we spotlight Karen Faulkner, an alumni who gives back to her community in her professional and personal life. Thank you to Karen and the many UW-Green Bay alumna like her who make our world a better place.

Name and Grad Year: Karen (Michaels) Faulkner, ’93
Major(s): Psychology and Human Development
Minor(s): Business Administration
Favorite Professor(s): Dr. Timothy Sewall, Dr. Charles Matter and Dr. Illene (Noppe) Cupit
Employment: Director of Golden House (domestic violence program and shelter)
Family: Husband, Jason and daughters, Nicole (17 and in her senior year) and Jennifer (12 and thinks she is in her senior year)
Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, travel and yoga
Volunteer Interests: Leadership Green Bay and short community/human service events she can do with her kids
Something you don’t know about Karen: She has worked in six nonprofit organizations in Green Bay since she graduated 19 years ago and as challenging as it, she still loves it! She loves seeing fantastic people work hard to make this a great place to live.
Ways to connect with Karen:  She can be found on Facebook and Linkedin

Alumni Spotlight – Dan Flannery

Writing this post made me a little nervous being that this week’s featured alumni has been a successful writer for the past 30 years!  No critiquing please:)  Meet alumnus Dan Flannery, an all around great guy and a fantastic writer.  Another alum UW-Green Bay is very proud of.

Name and Grad Year: Dan Flannery, ’80
Major: Communication and the Arts
Minor: Emphasis in journalism
Favorite Professor(s): Dean O’Brien and Tom Churchill
Employment: Executive editor, The Post-Crescent/ www.postcrescent.com; regional executive editor, Gannett Wisconsin Media
Family: Wife Mary; daughters Jennifer and Melanie; grandsons Matthew, William and John
Hobbies: Guitar, golf, movies, dining, cottage life in Oconto County
Volunteer Interests: Board member for the Community Blood Center in Appleton, oversee four annual Do It! Community Challenges at The Post-Crescent that raise money and awareness for basic needs and services.
Something you don’t know about Dan: He was a student station manager and operations manager at WGBW-FM, the UW-Green Bay campus radio station in the late 1970s-1980; did variety of shows, news/sportscasts. He also played guitar and bass and sang in lounge-disco bands of the day. Dan is one of UWGB’s Top 25 featured alumni in 2008’s “Degrees of Excellence” honors (www.uwgb.edu/25000/featured/flannery.html).
Ways to connect with Dan: Email at dflannery@gannett.com and LinkedIn at dflannery