The Office of Admissions shares announcement of two new staff hires who will play essential roles in the University’s recruitment of prospective students. Bridget Derge has been named Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment. Marisa Leza is the new bilingual (Spanish/English) local high school recruiter. Derge worked previously for UWGB as an enrollment services manager with GBOSS, the student services center, and prior to that as admissions director for a for-profit trade school. Leza, an SNC grad, worked formerly as Hispanic outreach coordinator for Notre Dame Academy.
Admissions and Academic Affairs are teaming up to invite faculty, staff and friends to help high school seniors apply to college. These particular students are special because while they have expressed an interest in UW-Green Bay, they haven’t yet formally applied. Admissions would like to have an application push for the month leading up to Thanksgiving. If you can donate some time to call prospective students, you will have a list, script and FAQ’s to work from. You can call during the day or in the evenings at home, work, or in the Admissions Office. “We have a student/staff call team that calls from the Admissions Office every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. If you’re able to help encourage students who have already expressed an interest in UWGB to apply, please email Jen Jones, Director of Admissions.
To capitalize on, and reinforce awareness of UW-Green Bay’s partnership with the Green Bay Packers — and also just to have a little fun — a new recruitment initiative originating out of the Admissions Office will allow one lucky prospective student the chance to cheer on the Packers in person at Lambeau Field. Admissions is sponsoring a drawing for two tickets to the Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas game on Dec.13. In order to qualify for the drawing, prospective students must have made a campus visit between Oct. 1 and Nov. 20. Know of any prospective students? They really need to visit campus to get the best feel for the University, its outstanding academic offerings, helpful people and wonderful atmosphere — and a chance to earn Packers tickets is just icing on the cake! Check out all campus visit options (and details about the drawing).
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