Employee Spotlight: Allen Voelker

Allen Voelker

From student employee to full-time employee, Allen Voelker discovered his calling to Student Affairs at UW-Green Bay. Allen is the man you need to call when you are looking to fill your student positions. He also has connections with off campus employers so if you have a great student who needs work while they are a student, send them to Allen, he might be able to spark some connections.

Position at UWGB: Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator

Summary of what you do: Help students connect with job and scholarship opportunities that reduce financial barriers to completing a UWGB degree and support their personal goals. I also serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and community members who have questions about those programs.

How long have you been employed: I’ve been an academic staff member at UWGB since August 2012.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: My first position at UWGB was as a work study employee in the Admissions Office. Eventually, I became one of the Student Ambassador Co-Directors and held a few other jobs around campus. I was able to return to UWGB a couple years after graduation as a GBOSS member and transitioned to my current role in November 2015.

Three words that describe you: Analytical, Conscientious, Honest

Personal interests: Travel, cooking, gardening

 

Any favorite line from a movie? You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself…It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself. (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Are you messy or organized? I like to think I’m pretty organized.

Best vacation you’ve been to? It wasn’t really technically a vacation, but I spent a fantastic semester in Guam through the National Student Exchange.

Do you have a favorite quote? “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” (credited to Lilla Watson)

Favorite travel spot? Anywhere warm with a nice beach.

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? A table my great-great (maybe one more great?) grandfather made that has been passed down through the family.

Least favorite Food? Fish/Seafood – If it can survive more than 10 minutes underwater, I will not eat it.

Motto or personal mantra?  “Self is a sea boundless” (Khalil Gibran)

What advice would you give to recent new hires?  Don’t be afraid to ask questions – people are very friendly and happy to help.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Know when to ask for help. Pay attention to details, but don’t lose sight of the “big picture.” You don’t need positional authority to effect change.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I’m privileged to work with two programs that made it possible for me to pay my own way through college. I love the fact that I get to help students make their dreams a reality.

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Gretchen from Recess. I ask a lot of questions and like to plan.

What did you want to be when growing up? I always loved school and thought that would translate into a teaching career. I found student affairs thanks to many great on-campus employment experiences and mentors during my undergraduate years at UWGB.

What do you like most about your job? It’s a great mix of program development and more analytical tasks. I love exploring ways to use Excel and other technology resources to streamline processes.

What do you like to do on your days off? Relax and do projects around the house, lay in the hammock between our two huge willow trees, and maybe have some friends or family over for food and games.

What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation – it would be a huge savings of time, money, and headaches.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Be bold and speak your truth.

What phobias do you have? Germs and reptiles.

What is your biggest pet peeve? When people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom (see phobia about germs).

What is your favorite movie and book? Movie: Drop Dead Gorgeous   Book: The Prophet (Khalil Gibran)

What is your favorite sport? Does playing dominoes count?

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chips and dip

What places have you lived in? Other than completing semesters in Guam and Mexico, I have always lived in Northeast Wisconsin. I currently live in an old brick farmhouse on 10 acres in rural Kewaunee.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d start working on buying neighboring properties.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? As an introvert, a little bit of quiet alone time every once in a while!

What’s on your bucket list? I used to work at the NWTC Artisan and Business Center and took a noncredit ceramics course to familiarize myself with that part of the facility. I’d love to take more clay courses someday.

Where is your home town? Manitowoc, WI

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Thailand