Alumni General Education Survey

Thank you for choosing UW-Green Bay as your university! We hope that you look back on your time at UW-Green Bay fondly and feel that UWGB gave you an exceptional educational experience. At UW-Green Bay, we work tirelessly to give our students the skillsets that they need to meet the various challenges that they will face in their careers and beyond. We care about you as individuals and want you to have the best experience possible. General Education is a big part of that. It has been eight years since UWGB has revised its General Education Program, and in that time, we have gone through a merger and had a revision of our mission, so we want to ensure our General Education Program continues to prepare our students to be successful global citizens inside and outside of the university.

Last year, our academic programs underwent Comprehensive Program Review, which resulted in the recommendation that we realign our General Education Program to meet the challenges of a post-COVID world. The Provost then put together a committee to do this work, of which I am the chair, and we were given a timeline of the “realigned” version of our General Education Program to debut in fall of 2024.

That is where you come in! We have created a survey that solicits your feedback on your General Education Program experience at UW-Green Bay. What General Education courses did you find most helpful? Least helpful? Which ones best prepared you for your major? Which ones best prepared you for your future career? Which ones hindered your progress? You are our most important resource for this , so we ask that you complete this Qualtrics survey.

It should only take about ten minutes, and the feedback that you provide to us will be used to strengthen our General Education Program.

Students are at the heart of everything we do, and the feedback that we receive from this survey will help us ensure that we continue to provide students with the General Education Program foundation that they need to continue to be leaders in the global community.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. We ask that you complete it by May 31. Please contact Dr. Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier with any questions that you may have about the survey or about the General Education Realignment process.

Open Access Campus and GPS

Individuals speaking to studentsWhen students apply to UW-Green Bay, many factors are taken into consideration. Test scores and transcripts are important, but they do not tell a student’s whole story. Personal statements provide admissions with a better understanding of an applicant’s experience as many write about their challenges and struggles with adversity.

As the Phoenix family grows larger with the expansion to Manitowoc, Marinette, and Sheboygan campuses and general enrollment increases, UW-Green Bay reevaluated the correlation between admission policies and student success. This inspired UW-Green Bay to become an open-access institution, allowing every applicant to find their path to success.

To provide these new students with essential, additional support, UW-Green Bay developed Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS). This program is conducted through a first year seminar that provides students with learning opportunities to develop and sharpen the skills needed to be successful in college. Students are also introduced to a real-world issue they and their classmates wrestle with throughout the year. A peer mentor is there to help students get connected on campus, making sure everyone feels at home, and an alumni mentor helps students stay on course and headed toward their educational goals.

GPS is made possible through the support of dedicated faculty who teach the first year seminars and peer and alumni mentors. Students in the program have the opportunity to learn from graduates with strong professional experience, ask questions pertaining to their success, and foster a connection. If interested in being a GPS alumni mentor, please email

As the UW-Green Bay community continues to rise as one, GPS ensures that no one is left behind.

Learn more about the GPS program here.

March Class Notes 2022


Julie Grutzner ’95 Communication Processes major with a minor in Humanistic Studies. Julie recently began a new position as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at UW-Green Bay.


Anne Mandich ’09 Economics major with a minor in International Business. Julie recently founded her own company, Onu, and is now their CEO.

January Class Notes 2022


Bruce Mommaerts ’77 Regional Analysis major. Owner of Granite Development Resources. Bruce has been awarded the Frederick C. Pierce Award by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association and the Conservation Service Award by Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited. He is also a member of the Legislative Committee of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association.

Catherine Ledvina ’79 Human Development major. Retired School Speech/Language Pathologist. Catherine volunteers with the Elmbrook Humane Society.


Robert Rzepka ’84 Urban Studies major. Robert recently began a new position as the Vice President of Growth Enablement at FWG Solutions.


Brenda Krainik ’93 Communication and the Arts major with a minor in Art. Brenda recently began a new position as the Advisor Marketing Specialist at Thrivent.


Megan Kautzer ’07 Psychology major with minors in German and Human Development. School Counselor at Kiel Middle School.

Deb Rose ’07 Master of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching & Learning. She is involved with the National CASA/GAL Volunteer Council from 2022-24.


Natasha Freeman ’11 Economics major with a minor in Business Administration. Natasha recently began a new position as a Teller with Fortera Credit Union.

Brandon Selissen ’12 Associate of Arts and Sciences. Area Field Manager with U-Haul.

Tessah Dolata ’19 Democracy and Justice Studies major with a minor in Public Administration. Tessah recently began a new position as the Events & Promotions Manager at Lyric Room. She is also a member of the Oconto Area Human Society Board of Directors.

Explore Wisconsin Employers – Participate in UW Career Treks

Beginning in Fall 2020, the UW System Career Services offices collaborated to offer virtual visits to Wisconsin employers across the state.  These weekly virtual visits & open houses allowed for students and alumni to learn about different organizations and their career opportunities.  The first UW Career Trek for Spring 2022 is scheduled for February 2, 2022, with Fincantieri Marine Group – in the region of two of our four campuses at UW-Green Bay.  Career Treks are held weekly on Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m.

Alumni can register through their Handshake account or email our Director of Career Services, Linda Peacock-Landrum at to receive the platform link on Zoom for each Career Trek.  In addition to Fincantieri Marine Group, UW-Green Bay will also host KI on April 27 at noon.

Review the scheduled Career Treks for Spring 2022 here.

Considering a Job Change – Check Out Handshake

Handshake is the job listing system that is available at no cost to UW-Green Bay alumni.  Handshake does offer a vast array of diverse opportunities for all professional levels of workers.  Alumni who graduated on or after December 2017 had an account created for them as students with their UW-Green Bay email addresses.  Before you register for an account, you can email Career Services at with a personal email address to verify that your account is updated.

Any alumni graduating before December 2017 can directly register for an account in Handshake by providing your student ID number or you can email Career Services at to request that an account be created for you.  Alumni status is verified before accounts are created in Handshake.

Join Handshake here.

December Class Notes 2021


Dean DeVillers ’72 Managerial Systems major. Retired from Cashel Rock Investors.

David Klutterman ’77 Humanistic Studies major. Priest in Charge at Saint John’s Episcopal Church.


Rodney Dequaine ’88 Political Science major with a minor in Public & Environmental Administration. Rodney recently began a new position as the Family Court Judge with the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin.


Lara Nichols Timm ’93 Biology major with a minor in Environmental Science. On Call Firefighter and EMT for the City of Oconto.


Jodi Kautzer ’02 Human Development major. Jodi recently began a new position as the Elderly Benefit Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator with Calumet County Aging and Disability Resource Center.


Kenrick Parker ‘17 Democracy and Justice Studies with a minor in Economics. Kenrick recently began a new position as a Litigation Attorney with the Department of Treasury.

David Jesperson ’18 Economics major with a minor in Business Administration. David recently began a new position as a Real Estate Salesperson with Century 21.

Kirsten Just ’19 Human Biology major. Kirsten recently began a new position as a Senior Operation Specialist at Schneider National.


Deanna Rivers ‘20 Organizational Leadership major. Lac Du Flambeau Outreach Coordinator and TRiO Success Coach at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College.