More than 150 local school counselors will visit the UW-Green Bay campus Friday (Sept. 18) for an informational workshop featuring representatives from each of the UW System’s 13 institutions. The event is a chance for the various UW schools to share updates about their campuses and curricular changes with a key audience. Staff from the UWGB Admissions Office along with students and faculty assist in hosting. Please give a friendly “hello” to our visitors if you see them in the University Union on Friday.
UW-Green Bay entered the fall semester expecting a slightly larger freshmen class, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week. The 2015-16 freshmen class was expected to go up about 2 percent from last year to 773 students. In the new class are 53 international students, a group the school is working to increase as both a way to raise revenue and to increase the multicultural experience for all students. Reporter Patti Zarling talked to outgoing admissions director Pamela Harvey-Jacobs about efforts to enhance recruiting with Green Bay area high school students, and to Brent Blahnik, director of international education, about UWGB’s 120 international students from 30 countries, with the most growth from China and South Korea where the middle class is expanding.
Congratulations to longtime staff member Jennifer Jones, newly promoted to succeed the retiring Pam Harvey-Jacobs as director of admissions for UW-Green Bay. Jones will assume her new duties this Friday (Sept. 4). Other new appointments in the Office of Admissions: Katelyn Santy is the new student recruitment and enrollment coordinator; Adam Parks, with a background in database software, is newly assigned as the CRM (customer relationship management) specialist; and Carol Kuehne has joined the staff as a university services associate II.
Summer Campus Preview Days had UWGB’s enrollment team reaching out to staff members across campus to help lead tours. Answering the call were Jeff Willems (Residence Life), Jena Richter (Marketing), Liz Teubert and Kari Moody (Advancement). Campus Visit Experience Coordinator Katelyn Santy expresses her appreciation on behalf of the Admissions team to staff and the faculty who assisted with the academic sessions (Bill Lepley, Jim Loebl, Kay Voss, Jamie Froh Tyrrell, Gail Trimberger, Doreen Higgins, Ryan Martin, Kate Burns, John Katers, Steve Meyer, Mike Zorn, James Marker, Steve Newton, Karla Miller, Jeff Benzow and Denise Bartell, who was a co-presenter during the main presentation). Santy also thanks staff members who participated in the resource fair and leaders of the University Union and Shorewood Golf Course (specifically Lee Reinke), A’viands, and The Phoenix Bookstore —“they were instrumental in coordination of the events.”.
Our friends in Admissions remind us to keep our smiles on this Friday (July 31) for a waiting-list crowd at Summer Campus Preview Day. About 290 guests, 103 of them prospective students, will be visiting from 9 a.m. to noon to learn more about the UW-Green Bay experience.
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.”
As part of Associated Bank’s Fridays on the Fox series, the “three A’s” of UW-Green Bay — Alumni, Admissions and Athletics — are inviting students, alumni, friends and fans to Phoenix Friday on the Fox, between 5 and 9 p.m. Friday, July 24, on the CityDeck in downtown Green Bay. There’ll be socializing, games and activities for kids and adults, an appearance by Phlash Phoenix and music by the popular band Big Mouth. Wear your Phoenix gear for a chance at free prizes. No RSVPs necessary. If you have any questions, pose them to Alumni Relations Director Kari Moody at ext. 2226 or MoodyK@uwgb.edu
The campus chapter of NRHH — the National Residence Hall Honorary — has informed UW-Green Bay staff member Kristina Berg that she has been chosen staff member of the month. The citation noted Berg’s daily dedication to students through her work with GBOSS, the One Stop Shop, and her extra efforts overseeing the evening, volunteer call team set up by UW-Green Bay Admissions to aid in recruitment.
Admitted 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.
You may have noticed that the University home page has an updated layout today (April 6). Campus personnel in Admissions, Web Services and University Communication worked together on updates that provide for richer and more frequent content updates and a better browsing experience for users, particularly prospective students, while remaining as a useful portal for UW-Green Bay’s primary audiences.