Category: Go Green!

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Close-ups: Take in the sights, sounds and smells of summer at UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay campus summer photo galleryCampers, future students and even a few felines are enjoying the early part of summer on arguably the most beautiful college campus in the Midwest. A personal stroll would be well worth your time. Enjoy.

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– Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication

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Go Green: Student-athletes post record-setting year, in classroom

Student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay combined to achieve a department-wide grade point average of 3.36 in the spring of 2015, marking the 31st consecutive semester above a 3.0 GPA and the highest cumulative GPA semester during that time.

“We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes who once again have demonstrated success in the classroom. This is an outstanding example of UWGB teamship between faculty and university and department staff and coaches. Everyone is committed to student success,” Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie said.

For the spring semester of 2015, 14 of the 16 sport programs at Green Bay achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, while 12 of the 16 achieved a 3.36 or higher. The 3.36 cumulative GPA is a new record for Green Bay during its run of 31-straight semesters, besting the previous high of 3.29.

“Achieving a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA for 31 semesters in a row is an amazing feat,” said Human Biology Prof. Donna Ritch. “The coaches and the athletics staff recruit not only athletically skilled individuals but also academically talented students. Most of our student-athletes realize that they attend UWGB to earn an education because they will not have an opportunity to play professional sports. They dedicate themselves to doing well in the classroom as well as on the playing field and court.”

Seven programs achieved a 3.50 or higher, led by men’s tennis with a 3.80. Women’s cross country (3.73), women’s volleyball (3.70), women’s basketball (3.61), women’s Nordic ski (3.60), women’s soccer (3.58) and women’s swimming and diving (3.52) all posted  above 3.50 GPAs.

A total of 169 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher, which accounted for over 76 percent of all student-athletes. The total number of student-athletes to achieve a 4.0 or higher was over 17 percent (39 total).

“This is very exciting and we are very proud of the success and accomplishments of our student-athletes during these past 31 semesters. It takes a team effort and we are blessed with outstanding student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and administrators to help make this happen,” Assistant AD for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare Mike Kline said.

“Our student-athletes often demonstrate the same dedication in the classroom that they demonstrate on the court, field, or trails,” said Human Development Prof. Ryan Martin. “They care about their studies, and it shows in their high quality work.”

The percentage of student-athletes to graduate with honors (3.5 or higher) was over 55 percent, with a total of 123 Phoenix student-athletes registering Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors.

PHOENIX TEAMS POST PERFECT APR SCORES
In addition to Green Bay’s academic success this spring, three Phoenix programs posted perfect Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the 2013-14 academic year.

Earning perfect APR scores were men’s cross country, women’s cross country and volleyball. Eight other programs posted an APR of over 980 (perfect score = 1000). A total of 11 Phoenix teams finished above the average four-year APR for all NCAA academic schools, which was 978.

The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It is designed to improve the academic success and graduation rates of all student-athletes.

– Story courtesy of Green Bay Athletics, www.greenbayphoenix.com/

Animation, graphic design earn ADDY awards for students

top-addy-awardsUW-Green Bay Art and Design students scored big at the local ADDY Awards program hosted earlier this spring by the Fox River Ad Club chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

UW-Green Bay students took home four awards — two golds and two silvers — which was more than any other school in the competition.

logan-sprangers-webGraphic design student Logan Sprangers of De Pere earned three of those honors. Sprangers is a cinematographer and motion graphics specialist who has worked as a freelancer and for NorthCoast Productions as well as for the UW-Green Bay promotional design unit in the University Union. His winning entries were:

• Gold Award, student division, Animation or Special Effects in an Advertisement, for “Grado Labs CGI animation”;
• Gold Award, student division, Animation or Special Effects in an Advertisement, for “Jingle & Mingle” holiday reception invitation;
• Silver Award, student division, Collateral Material (Book Design), for “Automotive Booklet.”

Link to Sprangers’ award-winning animated ads.

The other Addy Award presented to a UW-Green Bay student was earned by Design Arts major Neil Robson, who works on campus as a graphic design and web intern with the office of Residence Life. His winning entry:

• Silver Award, Integrated Campaign, “Branding and Illustration for Converse Star of Fortune.”

Addie Sorbo, senior lecturer in Art and Design, and her company, Strawberry Fields Design Inc., earned two silver Addy Awards in the professional graphic design division. She was recognized for her digital advertising and website work for Harpold Photography and her promotional creations for the Neville Public Museum’s 2014 exhibit “Agriculture to Tavern Culture: The Art, History & Science of Beer.”

For the full list of 2015 ADDY Award winners.

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Slideshow: UWGB enters partnership in Downtown Green Bay

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A new public-private partnership aimed at encouraging businesses to leverage the expertise and energy of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students with the leadership transformation services of InitiativeOne was launched at a signing ceremony Friday (April 24) at the newly developed InitiativeOne headquarters at 110 S. Adams St., Green Bay

. The partnership — which has the additional benefit of giving the University a downtown presence — was formalized through a memorandum of understanding signed by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and InitiativeOne founder and CEO Fred Johnson. For complete details, see the news release.

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UWGB admitted students and families welcomed at Lambeau Field

top-admitted-studentAdmitted students to UW-Green Bay were the special guests of UWGB Chancellor Gary and Georgia Miller Tuesday, April 14, when they hosted an Admitted Student Reception at Lambeau Field. The event was held in the fourth floor balcony overlooking the Packers Atrium. About 50 admitted students for Fall of 2015 attended with another 50-plus family members, as well as an entourage of faculty, staff, students and alumni, who welcomed the students to the Phoenix Family. Guests were treated to a Lambeau Field tour that included a special stop to the visiting team’s locker room.

“I wanted to thank you for putting on the Admitted Student Day at Lambeau,” said a parent of a local high school student in a follow-up e-mail. “My daughter is now very excited about attending UW-Green Bay in the fall. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the faculty, staff and students that were there sharing their experience and excitement for our campus. Tanya was a little apprehensive about staying at home and attending UWGB but now after all of the encouragement and her ability to see how much she can still be a part of the campus, she is very happy with her decision.” Said another parent, “Thank you for putting the time and resources towards this event. It does matter and make a difference!”

Chancellor Miller welcomed his guests to UW-Green Bay, and was followed in the program by guest speakers — student Hannah Stepp, alumnus Alex Tilton (manager of client services at Breakthrough Fuels), and faculty member Denise Bartell. Bridget Derge, from UWGB’s Green Bay One Stop Shop (Gboss), spoke to the attendees about college affordability. Members from UWGB’s office of financial aid, registration, orientation, study abroad, athletics, diversity, and others, were part of a resource team and fair.

Organizer of the event, Jen Jones, asked that current faculty, staff and students be recognized for their hard work in making this first-time event a successful reality.

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Students honored: Alfheim is Student Employee of the Year

top-student-employeeGreen Bay native and Pulaski High School graduate Cassie Alfheim (with Chancellor Gary Miller, above) was named both UW-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year and the State Award Winner as well, at a ceremony April 13 in a ceremony on campus. Alfheim is the student assistant with the office of Grants and Research. (For a full writeup on Alfheim, click here.) Students were nominated by faculty and staff and were judged by an impartial panel on the basis of reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution. More than 1,000 students are employed each year at UW-Green Bay earning wages that help them pay tuition and fees, while building their professional portfolios and supplying the University with an additional workforce. Also receiving awards:

Kimberly Schwarzenbart – Most Unique Contribution in a Student Employment Position
: A senior Business Administration major from Reedsburg, Schwarzenbart worked as a marketing assistant for the University Union. An incredible artist, she used her exceptional abilities to market specific programming in the University Union and elsewhere on campus.

Bradley Drephal – Outstanding Demonstration of Reliability in a Student Employment Position
: A senior History major from Appleton, Drephal worked as a building manager for the University Union. He was especially motivated by customer satisfaction and ensuring great customer experience.

Sara Tupper – Outstanding Demonstration of Professionalism in a Student Employment Position
: A senior Business Administration major from Stoughton, Tupper used her employment opportunity to gain professional experience and preparation for a post-graduate career.

Maximus Nimmo – Outstanding Demonstration of Initiative in a Student Employment Position: The senior Business Administration major from Janesville, served as a lead intramural supervisor at the Kress Events Center. His demonstrated leadership allowed him to make lifetime connections.

Olyvia Kuchta – Outstanding Demonstration of Quality of Work in a Student Employment Position
: The senior Psychology major from Green Bay served as the office assistant for the Human Development/Information and Computing Science units. She credits the experience to strengthening her interpersonal and leadership skills while opening doors to establish relationships with faculty and staff.

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Skogen brings life’s lessons to Business Week audience

top-story-skogenFestival Foods Chairman of the Board Dave Skogen had a message to share after nearly six decades in business. Life is about “earning, learning and returning.”

Skogen presented to a full house on the stage of UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts Thursday (March 26) evening as the keynote speaker for the University’s fifth annual Business Week dinner.

Skogen had the rapt attention of students, faculty, business leaders and sponsors, alumni and other guests, as he discussed growing his family business from one IGA store in Onalaska to the Festival Foods chain that boasts 20 stores and more than 5,000 employees statewide.

“We’re all in the same business, serving and enriching others,” he said. “From mechanic to physician, from educators to grocers.”

Skogen challenged current leaders and asked students to think about their leadership opportunities as they enter the working world. He left the room with these nuggets to consider:

“Don’t confuse management with leadership. Management is what we do, leadership is who we are. Leadership is influencing other people to action. Leadership is an acquired skill and the test of a servant leader (one who meets the legitimate needs of others) will leave those they lead better than when they came.”

  • “Good leaders are more plowhorses than showhorses.”
  • “Practice behaviors until they become habits.”
  • “To develop a winning culture, hire character. Search out people with moral maturity. Hold people accountable and the consistent underperformers? Share them with the competition.”
  • “Business is a game, and winning is a blast.”
  • “Excellence motivates, not money.”
  • Finally, every day, “focus on what you get to do not what you have to do.”

Skogen has achieved a great deal of success throughout his lifetime in the grocery business. He was named “IGA Retailer of the Year’” in 1989 and Wisconsin “Grocer of the Year” in 2005. He and his wife were named “Outstanding Philanthropists” in 2007 by the Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Skogen is the author of the book, “Boomerang! Leadership Principles that Bring the Customer Back,” about the leadership influences and philosophies that brought him success in the grocery industry. In an interview upon releasing the book, Skogen said the book uncovers what he believes are the leadership intangibles: honesty, accountability, service to a higher purpose and love.

Associate Dean and Director of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, Lucy Arendt, served as the event emcee. She shared the following highlights from the School of Business in the past year:

Faculty awards and recognition — Don McCartney was the recipient of the Founders Award for Institutional Development, an annual award given to only one individual.

Strong enrollment — The School of Business serves more than 800 undergraduate and graduate students; Business Administration is and has been the largest major on campus for many years. More than 80 percent stay in Northeast Wisconsin after they graduate.

Successful recruitment of faculty including those with expertise include finance, MIS, strategy, and supply chain.

Establishment of two Advisory Boards, one with students and one with rising alumni, which helps the School of Business to examine and enhance its curriculum and ensure student success. A third board composed of business leaders will be formed this year.

Scholarships — more than 10 new scholarship funds were created, mostly endowed in the past year

Internships — Students completing internships has increased significantly over the past two years. Appreciation to Professor Ann Selk and others.

Student recognition — example, Bryan Boeck was one of only nine students in the state selected as a recipient of the LeRoy Schmidt 150-Hour Accounting Scholarship from the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundation. Two UWGB alumni, Mary Frank-Arlt (2008) and Joel Hansen (2001), were chosen as the recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award for the UW-Oshkosh MBA program.

Accreditation progress — Received recent approval from the initial Self-Evaluation Report from AACSB, the most prestigious accrediting body for business education in the world, meaning UWGB is on target to achieve AACSB accreditation within the next few years.

First-ever endowed chair — Professor David Radosevich was appointed the Austin E. Cofrin Endowed chair, recognizing his productive and sustained commitment to the vision and mission of the School of Business and UWGB.

Cofrin Executive-in-Residence — Tim Weyenberg was recently named the first-ever Austin E. Cofrin Executive-in-Residence. He is the past CEO and current Executive Chair of the Board of Directors for Foth. He has become a key contributor, helping faculty, staff, and students build and strengthen relationships between the Business School and the community. His extensive community involvement has included leadership roles with the New North, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, and Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

A number of students were recognized at the event.

Recognized as scholarship recipients were:

  • Emily Kunst, junior, Business Administration
  • Kelly Niemuth, sophomore, Accounting and Business Administration
  • Brittany Behrens, junior, Accounting and Business Administration
  • Mallory Woloszyk, junior, Business Administration
  • Michael Tuchalski, junior, Spanish and Business Administration
  • Emily Blaha, junior, Business Administration
  • Ben Lindberg, junior, Economics and Business Administration

Phoenix Trader of the Year — simulated trading (equities, futures, options, currencies, futures options and bonds, etc…) competition organized by the Student Finance Organization. The top three traders with the highest portfolio value at the end of the trading period were selected as winners. At the close of competition, the top three traders had generated a combined trading profit of $584,327 on their initial capital — an annualized return of 67.5% compared to S&P 500’s annualized return of 10%.

  • First place, Kyle Marshall, junior, Business Administration
  • Second place, Ben Lindberg, senior, Business Administration and Economics
  • Third place, Kendra Rottier,  senior, Business Administration and Mathematics

Elevator Pitch Competition winners (from 110 submitted videos):

  • First place, Jacqueline Grady, senior, Business Administration
  • Second place, Aimee Villwock, junior, Business Administration
  • Third place (tie), Brooke Arndt, senior, Business Administration; Lacey Duerschmidt, junior, Business Administration; and Andrea Miller, senior, Business Administration.

Also recognized was the UWGB Career Services Office personnel for preparing students to enter the business environment post-graduation, as well as alumni, University personnel, and event sponsors (see below).

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Platinum Sponsors

Bay Industries Inc. Pomp's Tire

Gold Sponsor

WPS Wisconsin Public Service Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Associated Bank Camera Corner Connecting Point Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packaging Genco WIPFLi Baylake Bank Humana

Bronze Sponsors

American National Bank AON Banker Tilly
Foth Terry & Kris Fulwiler Johnson Bank Johnson Insurance Manitowoc Schenk Wisconsin Bank and Trust Shopko Foundation WS Packaging Group, Inc. Bank of Luxemburg Bank First National UWGB Career Services The Marq Banquet & Catering St. Brendan's Inn

Kriebel receives sixth annual Earth Caretaker Award

caretaker-top-storyThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and the Alumni Association jointly awarded the 2015 Earth Caretaker Award to 1977 UW-Green Bay graduate David Kriebel on Monday, March 23. He was the sixth recipient of the award for his work on sustainability.

Professor Kriebel has been on the faculty of the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell since 1988, where he teaches introductory and advanced courses in epidemiology, risk assessment, and research synthesis.

As a researcher, Kriebel focuses on the epidemiology of occupational injuries, cancer, and non-malignant respiratory disease. He has served on several National Academy of Sciences committees on environmental health, along with writing and lecturing on the role of epidemiologic evidence in science policy decision making.

He also serves as the Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, which collaborates with industries, government agencies, unions, and community organizations on the redesign of systems of production to make them healthier and more environmentally sound.

Kriebel graduated summa cum laude from UW-Green Bay in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. He completed a master’s degree in physiology and occupational health in 1983 and a doctorate in epidemiology in 1986 at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kriebel worked for famous environmentalist and author, Barry Commoner, for several years at Washington University in St. Louis.

Kriebel said he left his hometown of Philadelphia to study at UW-Green Bay because he was a “high school eco-freak, and determined to devote his life to improving the planet and reducing human suffering.” As a student, Kriebel was highly involved in the environmental movement helping to organize the Union of Young Environmentalists, a national student organization, as well as lobbying the state legislature for a special designation for UW-Green Bay as having an environmental mission.

Kriebel returned to UWGB to deliver the 2008 commencement address, in which he told graduates that “No matter what your career path, act as if you live on a small and very finite planet — think of her as you walk through life, choosing in 10,000 small ways the mark you will make and the legacy you will leave your children and their children.”

In the photo above, he is congratulated by, from left to right, City of Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, UWGB Prof. John Katers, and Chancellor Gary Miller. The Earth Caretaker Award honors UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas.

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Photos by Mike Arendt

That’s a wrap: Students keep ton of plastic bags out of waste stream

top-plastic-film-recycleIt hasn’t even been on campus for a year, but the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay plastic film recycling program has already processed the equivalent of nearly one million plastic bags.

“We’ve recycled somewhere between 1800 and 2200 pounds of plastic film,” said former student intern Matthew Malcore. “Not all of it has been just plastic bags, but assuming the weight of a plastic bag is 5.5 grams, this equals the weight of between 816,000 and 997,900 plastic bags. Approaching the weight of one million plastic bags in under a year, just at a community level. That is pretty amazing to me,” Malcore said.

The goal of the plastic film recycling program is to keep plastic films, such as grocery bags and pallet wrap, from the waste stream. When not collected separately, the films can pose problems. If thrown into the garbage can, the plastic film would end up in a landfill, but attempting to recycle it along with plastic or glass containers and paper, could clog the sorting machines at the recycling facility, which are typically designed to handle rigid materials.

“Aware of this problem, we were searching for a better solution,” said Felix Pohl, sustainability communications manager. “If we collect plastic films separately, they do not pose a problem in the waste stream and furthermore the material can be re-purposed by specialized recycling companies.”

In order to accomplish this, an Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) intern took on the job.

“One of our former interns in the EMBI internship program had made contact with Zeus Recycling from Sheboygan regarding plastic film recycling and wondered if EMBI could assist in providing intern support to Zeus in order to launch a pilot program on plastic film recycling here on campus,” said John Arendt, EMBI Associate Director. “Utilizing the Great Lakes Internship Initiative grant, EMBI offered student Matthew Malcore to provide Zeus with that help to begin the plastic film pilot.”

The program officially began on March 1, 2014, when 12 drop-off boxes, provided by Green Bay Packaging, were placed in various locations around campus, including 10 in public areas and two in maintenance areas.

“As we essentially started the program without any particular funding, we utilized donated cardboard containers and mounted self-made signs on them,” said Pohl.

story-plastic-filmAs the student intern, Malcore (pictured at left) was in charge of collecting the plastic film at each of the collection points, sorting, and baling the material. Beginning halfway through the fall 2014 semester, Malcore has been helping to transfer the management of the program to the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC).

“A significant part of our outreach was to involve the students from PEAC, a great student organization bringing together students from all over campus who share a genuine concern for how we build our future in the face of environmental challenges,” said Pohl.

Malcore, a member of PEAC, will be helping the organization to continue the program.

“As PEAC is now the group responsible for the program, I will be continuously training members on how to collect, differentiate and bale the plastic,” said Malcore.

The program was implemented October of 2014, starting with bins placed in the laundry rooms of residence halls.

“Some bins were packed full after the first week and others took a bit longer to fill,” said Kayla Billet, Residence Life Eco-intern and Co-leader of the Residence Green Life Committee, “The committee members then bring the collected plastic film to the larger collection box in the Community Center. From there the organization PEAC does the collecting and packaging for further recycling.”

The program’s popularity has spread past the boundaries of campus as well.

“Currently, the popularity of plastic film is growing throughout the state, said Arendt, “We have seen other campuses start programs, but UW-Green Bay was the first. K-12 schools are taking on recycling, and the Wisconsin DNR is promoting the program.”

Plastic film recycling programs are a step in the right direction, but according to Malcore, eliminating all use of these plastics is the best solution.

“Single-use plastics have become a growing problem, especially as pollutants of the oceans,” said Malcore, “Using cloth bags instead of plastic bags and re-using water bottles instead of purchasing new ones constantly is always preferable to using single-use plastics. Even though more of the single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, increases the amount of material we reclaim and technically makes the program more profitable, PEAC is an environmental organization and the purpose of both the organization and the program is to reduce environmental impact.”

In the coming months, the program will start diverting the plastic film to TREX Decking in order for the film to find new life in the form of park benches and decks.

“This program provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to first think about plastic film not as waste but as a resource and to actively divert it from the landfill,” said Arendt, “This is education in action.”
Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication

More than $30K awarded in Natural and Applied Science scholarships

NAS Scholarship ReceptionThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay honored the best-of-the-best Natural and Applied Sciences students at an annual scholarship reception on Jan. 30. in the University Union’s 1965 Room. Twenty-five students were awarded $31,150 in scholarships, nearly double last year’s total of $15,200.

The scholarships recognized student achievement in academics, research, scholarship, and overall excellence. Several new scholarships were introduced this year, including the Todd and Julie Bartels Scholarship, the Chad Moritz and Beth Meyerand Scholarship, and the Faith Technologies, Inc. Scholarship for Engineering Technology.

Next year, Natural and Applied Sciences will introduce five new scholarships, and anticipate awarding at least 30 scholarships totaling over $35,000 thanks to generous scholarship donors.

Student recipients are as follows:

Kristine Berry, senior, Environmental Science major from Mishicot, Wis. – Brown County Waste Transformation Team Scholarship

Krystal Clark, junior, Environmental Science major from Menominee, Mich. – Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Scholarship

Matthew Malcore, junior, Environmental Science and Environmental Policy and Planning major from Green Bay, Wis. – Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Scholarship

Ashley Morin, junior, Biology (Animal Biology emphasis) major from Green Bay, Wis. – Morgan/Macaluso Family Scholarship in Natural Sciences and Herbert Fisk Johnson Scholarship for Excellence

Molly Dederich, junior, Mathematics major from Menomonee Falls, Wis. – Herbert Fisk Johnson Scholarship for Excellence

Christa Kananen, senior, Geoscience major from Sobieski, Wis. – Herbert Fisk Johnson Scholarship for Excellence

Angela Smet, sophomore, Environmental Science major from Green Bay, Wis. – Herbert Fisk Johnson Scholarship for Excellence

Jessica Finger, senior, Biology (Animal Biology emphasis) major from Green Bay, Wis. – Moose Lodge Rod and Gun Club Scholarship

Brianna Messner, junior, Mathematics and Spanish majors from Seymour, Wis. – Todd and Julie Bartels Scholarship

Michael Pietraszek, senior, Biology major from Green Bay, Wis. – James E. Casperson/Environmental Science Alumni Association Scholarship

Roberta Reif, junior, Biology major from Peshtigo, Wis. – Bradford Cook Memorial Scholarship

Jeremiah Shrovnal, junior, Environmental Science major from Green Bay, Wis. – Chad Moritz and Beth Meyerand Scholarship

Gabriel Michaels, senior, Mathematics major from Green Bay, Wis. – Lee and Kathy Anderson Scholarship

Tiffany Marshall, junior, Pre-Professional Engineering Program major from Conrath, Wis. – American Transmission Company Scholarship

Hanne Guthrie, senior, Environmental Science, Spanish, and Pre-Professional Engineering Program majors from Chanhassen, Minn. – American Transmission Company Scholarship

Reed Heintzkill, senior, Pre-Professional Engineering and Chemistry majors from Green Bay, Wis. – NEW First Year Engineering Scholarship

Matthew Nichols, senior, Individual Major (toward Environmental Engineering) and Chemistry majors from Wausau, Wis. – NEW Second Year Engineering Scholarship

Caroline Nakanwagi, senior, Chemistry major from Green Bay, Wis. (native of Uganda)– Nancy J. Sell Memorial Scholarship

Jordan Marty, senior, Biology major from Green Bay, Wis. – Ganga and Elizabeth Nair Scholarship

Christi Branham, junior, Chemistry major from De Pere, Wis. – Susan Finco and Ed Kralovec Scholarship

Samuel Frisbie, junior, Engineering Technology (Environmental) and Geoscience majors from Green Bay, Wis. – Faith Technologies, Inc. Scholarship for Engineering Technology

Shannon Mackey, sophomore, Environmental Science major from Black Creek, Wis. – Carol R. DeGroot Scholarship in Environmental Science

Amanda Nothem, senior, Chemistry major from Campbellsport, Wis. – Nancy J. Sell Memorial Scholarship

Michael Xie, senior, Mathematics (Statistics emphasis) major from De Pere, Wis. – Science and Mathematics Scholarship

Read more on the NAS Scholarship recipients and their achievements.

– Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication

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