In the most recent edition of our Inside UW-Green Bay print magazine, we highlighted alumnus Jeff Pagels’ success as an inspirational author, speaker, Olympic-caliber athlete, natural-resource manager for the DNR and all-around good guy. Pagels has used a wheelchair since 1984. His 2014 book about his comeback from severe spinal cord injury, Always Climb Higher, is the topic of a recent Green Bay Press-Gazette article.
The 5th Annual UW-Green Bay Retiree Association Benefit Golf Outing will be held at the Shorewood Golf Course Thursday, Aug. 13. Proceeds benefit the Retiree Association Scholarship. Retired UW-Green Bay faculty and staff are hosting the event, but everyone is welcome to play, and non-golfers are welcome to join the picnic-style buffet and post-golf festivities. Register by Friday, Aug. 7. Visit the website.
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, UW-Green Bay alumni, faculty and staff will “Turn the Market Green” with a special UWGB night at the downtown Farmers Market, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of UW-Green Bay’s founding. Attendees are invited to wear their Phoenix Green and to visit the UW-Green Bay booth near the corner of Broadway and Hubbard streets between 5 and 8 p.m. Music by the faculty band Brass Differential (that’s a change from our previous post), sampling of Titletown Brewing Company’s commemorative Phoenix Brew and root beer, and drawings, giveaways and special guests will be among the attractions. Admission is free. For the full news release on the range of Sept. 2 events.
The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• The amazing UW-Green Bay women’s basketball program had its two greatest seasons earlier this decade, with a trip to the Sweet 16 one year and an AP Top 10 finish the next. For a vintage photo and more.
• Did you know early UWGB had its own marching band? Yes, and the hometown Green Bay Packers supported the effort.
• UW-Green Bay on the West Side? An early frontrunner at the time of site selection in the mid-1960s was land near Highway 41 and West Mason Street.
• Childcare on campus: For a quarter century a facility existed on campus to provide daytime childcare for faculty, staff and students. (Patricia Schoenbeck, director of the center, shares recollections of those days.)
• Students at the new UW-Green Bay reacted with a peaceful march, candelight vigil and a series of meetings and teach-ins to the May 1970 shootings at Kent State.
• UW-Green Bay plays soccer (and not football) as its primary fall sport upon the recommendation of legendary NFL Coach Vince Lombardi, an adviser to Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner in the late 1960s.
• The Legend of the Face Pot, and how some creative Creative Communication faculty started a new legend for the groundbreaking of their new academic building in the 1970s, is recalled.
There is uplifting news out of admissions and enrollment today. Summer Preview Days are so popular they have been capped. On July 31, 289 guests (98 of those are potential UW-Green Bay students), and on Aug. 7, 302 guests (109 potential UWGB students) will attend Summer Campus Preview Days. (Both dates have wait lists). It is the first time that Admissions has closed Summer Campus Preview Days so far in advance. Jen Jones, Assistant Director for Admissions Marketing, Media and Recruitment, credits increased visibility through digital advertising and increased and more targeted invites to students and families. This year’s invite list also included ACT name purchases from local, Illinois and Michigan residents, who based on specific criteria, are considered “good fits” for UWGB. Jones says it seems a good indicator of interest in those applying for admission for fall 2016. Students can still take advantage of daily visits and Fall Campus Preview Days. The admissions’ staff sends “a huge thank you to all the staff, students and faculty who work together to show off all that our amazing campus offers.”
The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is inviting members of the campus community to meet the candidates for a pair of administrative positions in the Provost’s suite. Open interview sessions take place the week of July 28. Four faculty members are under consideration for two separate positions left vacant by the promotion of Greg Davis to Interim Provost and the retirement of Assistant Vice Chancellor Dan McCollum. The schedule of sessions:
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Professional Development and Grants / Director of Graduate Studies
• Mathew Dornbush — Tuesday, July 28, 2:30-3 p.m. in CL 735 (the Human Resources conference room)
• Scott Ashmann — Wednesday, July 29, 2:30-3 p.m., CL 735
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
• John Lyon — Tuesday, July 28, 3-3:30 p.m., CL 830 (the Business and Finance conference room)
• Clifton Ganyard — Wednesday, July 29, 3-3:30 p.m., CL 830
It’s a very special Phoenix Friday this week (July 24). Get all “Decked Out” in your UW-Green Bay gear and then “Hit the Deck” for Phoenix Friday on the Fox. We’re told you can save 20 percent on apparel at The Phoenix Bookstore this Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., before heading down to Phoenix Friday on the Fox, downtown at the CityDeck. For details on the evening event.
When David Masephol had the opportunity to buy a utilities company in rural Alaska, he thought his limited business knowledge crippled his chances. Then, after meeting with counselor Chuck Brys at the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay, he realized his dream might be possible. Masephol’s company, Circle Telephone & Electric LLC, provides telephone and electric service to a small native village named Circle, Alaska. It is located at the end of the Alaskan Highway on the banks of the Yukon River, seventy miles below the Arctic Circle. “I rely on him,” Masephol says of Brys. This client success story is featured at the state SBDC website.
Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record: A campus farewell reception for Vice Chancellor Jeanne Stangel is scheduled for next Wednesday (July 29) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Union’s 1965 Room.