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Celebrating the 50th, ’70s style

They were UWGB’s first students — watching the campus grow from corn field to conglomerate — and some even helped move in the furniture that can still be found in remote pockets of campus. They are the UW-Green Bay graduates of the Class of 1970, and they returned to campus recently to celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary with the faculty members who inspired them, and to trade stories about the good ol’ days. In a casual environment at the Shorewood Clubhouse, nearly two dozen alumnimade the return trip. They enjoyed a trip down memory lane via a photo and memorabilia display provided by University Archives. They shared many, many stories from UW-Green Bay’s earliest days and the school’s “Eco U” roots.  Among the treasured memories? The time maintenance workers knocked on the classroom door to install the University’s first blackboards… while class was in session. Being welcomed beyond imagination as returning adult students. Being led by a chancellor (Ed Weidner) who wanted to know them personally.  And, of course the relationships… favorite faculty, mentors and friends.

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July 24 is Phoenix Friday on the Fox

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


UWGB Alumni Association Golf Outing raises $15,000 for scholarships

top-story-golfAn early morning rain transitioned into sunny skies just in time for the shotgun start to the 35th annual UW-Green Bay Scholarship Golf Outing, Friday, June 12. One of the Alumni Association’s longest-standing events, the outing set a new record for dollars raised with more than $15,000 generated for student scholarships through fees, sponsorships, raffles and auctions.

The net winner of the outing was a UWGB faculty team of John Katers, John Luczaj, Patrick Forsythe and Chris Houghton. Gross winners were Andrew Branam, Greg Metzler, Seth Kabat and Heather Ryczek.

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Returning vet Spude is Outstanding Student

jared-spude-outstandingJared J. Spude of Sturgeon Bay is the May 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association. He will receive the award May 16 at a student award ceremony on campus, on the eve of spring commencement.

Spude is earning his bachelor of science degree with a near-perfect gradepoint average and summa cum laude, or highest honors, having completed majors in Political Science and Public Administration.

The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Spude for his undergraduate success as student, researcher and volunteer in service to others. He was nominated and selected from among approximately 930 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at May commencement.

Originally from Brussels, Wis., Spude graduated from Southern Door High School in 2008 and immediately joined the U.S. Army. After serving two years at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and completing secondary job training, he was deployed to the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. He enrolled at UW-Green Bay within months of leaving active duty in November 2011. He began service with the National Guard that continues today with his work as a training instructor at Fort McCoy and the Wisconsin Military Academy.

At UW-Green Bay, Spude has been active in both academic and community-service initiatives. He has contributed in several campuswide advisory roles, sharing a student perspective with University leadership. Within his Political Science academic unit, he participated in a student-faculty task force that helped develop curriculum, draft the syllabus, and conceptualize a new capstone class and project to be required of all future majors.

Spude devoted significant time and energy to Phuture Phoenix, assisting administrators of the pre-college program with grant applications and behind-the-scenes management. He also gained first-hand experience as a mentor to participating grade school, middle and high school students, and served as coordinator for the Phuture Phoenix tutoring program at Green Bay West High School.

His advanced-level research in public policy addressed the complex issue of state of Wisconsin allocations to local K-12 school districts. His research findings supported the view of many small, rural districts that they are treated inequitably by the current formula. He shared this information with his hometown Southern Door School District and various legislative officials. Spude was chosen this spring for appointment to the University’s internship program with the Office of the Mayor of Green Bay. He worked closely with the mayor’s chief of staff, focusing on research and services related to economic development and entrepreneurship.

In his spare time, Spude has worked as a WIAA-sanctioned football and basketball official, local radio announcer, public-address announcer for high school sports, volunteer varsity basketball assistant, and as music ministry leader for his Brussels parish.



Alumni grab center stage with generosity

first-year-donors-topIn the last few years UW-Green Bay has virtually doubled the number of endowed scholarships it has available to students. The school’s graduates helped make that happen.

UW-Green Bay alumni or alumni couples created a long list of new endowed scholarships in the past two years.

Steve ’78 and Janelle Maricque ’82, at left center in red tie and fuchsia jacket, respectively, were among those on stage. They’ve always had a soft spot for their alma mater, and with good reason.

“The first time we met was in Wood Hall one day on lunch break,” Steve recalls. “We started talking, and we’ve been together ever since.”

The Maricques have long supported the annual fund drive, and Steve has served on the Alumni Association board, currently serving as president of the association. Well aware that UW-Green Bay’s largely first-generation, working-class students rely greatly on outside help to pay for college, the couple decided to fund a scholarship. The Steven and Janelle Maricque Endowed Scholarship serves new freshmen from Northeast Wisconsin.

“We recognize the value of the education that these students are receiving, and truly need, in today’s world,” says Steve. “We felt we were in a position to help, and to do something immediately so current students can benefit.”

Other members of the UW-Green Bay alumni family posing for the group photo (above) were Dean Basten, Kathy and Jim Wochinske, Kate and Mike Meeuwsen, Suzan Schober Murray, Jeanne Stangel, Tom Schober, Diane and Pat Ford, Mike Jackson, Donna Sheedy, Steve Lapacz, Pam and Rich Spangenberg, and Barth Wolf.

Stangel, the University’s vice chancellor for advancement, says alumni support demonstrates “that the people who know us best believe strongly in what we’re doing.

“They benefitted from a UW-Green Bay education, they have been successful, and they want others to enjoy those same opportunities.”

Alumni/Current event to feature pizza, Miller, Gillespie, hoops

Current, the local young professionals organization, is throwing in with the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association for a night of Phoenix basketball. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, there will be a meet-up at the Green Bay Distillery for pizza and a pep talk by Chancellor Gary Miller and AD Mary Ellen Gillespie prior to that night’s Phoenix men’s game vs. the Detroit Titans at the Resch. If you’re a UW-Green Bay grad and interested, let Kari Moody in Alumni Relations know by Monday. (Non-UWGB grads can register through Current.) For more info and to register.

Alumni poised to lend support to UW-Green Bay

TV-26 News reporter Alex Hagen filed a story Friday about UW-Green Bay alumni joining their counterparts across the UW System in taking interest in potentially record budget cuts to their alma maters. Hagen talked to Alumni Association President Steve Maricque and Alumni Relations Director Kari Moody. Maricque wonders what a $300 million statewide cut would do to vital academic programs. He also said he believes UWGB alumni are willing and able to reach out to elected officials and key decision makers, if called upon. “I haven’t had to try to mobilize our alumni,” Moody added. “They’re reaching out to me.” She said she has received numerous calls and emails from graduates asking how they can help. At the time they were interviewed Friday (Feb. 6), Moody and Maricque said they were looking forward to more details emerging as to the size and scope of the possible reductions at UW-Green Bay, and specific avenues for involvement. See the story.

Alumni Weekend at the Kalahari attracts nice turnout

UW-Green Bay was one of the UW System schools to participate in the recent family weekend (Jan. 9-11) at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, organized as a partnership by the various alumni associations at each of the campuses. Not the biggest university with the largest alumni base, UWGB nevertheless outpaced several of the larger campuses in terms of participation, with a couple dozen alumni taking part (and more than 100 spouses and children, total). It was the first year that the UW System schools (most of them, anyway) worked together to block a large number of rooms and common areas for a joint alumni outing/reunion. Kari Moody ’00, director of alumni relations for UW-Green Bay, says participating alumni had a great time… and a mid-winter repeat is likely in early 2016.

Reminder: Wisconsin Dells weekend for alumni

UW-Green Bay alumni are invited to the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells to compete against other UW schools in various competitions including basketball, slide rides, a scavenger hunt and more. The Alumni Association says “Join us on Friday, Jan. 9 through Sunday, Jan. 11 for the first-ever All UW Alumni Weekend at the Kalahari.

Friday night will include an all UW pizza party. Be sure to wear your UWGB gear and show your pride for UWGB. Prizes will be given to those who show the most school spirit. Saturday, we will compete in tournament challenges, swim the day away in the water park or just have good ole fun at the amusement park! There will also be a viewing party on Saturday night at 8 p.m. when the Green Bay Men’s Basketball team takes on Milwaukee.

To make reservations, please call 608-253-5466 or visit kalahariresorts.com and ask for the UW-Alumni Association rate of $149 per night. Reservations must be made by Friday, December 19. If you have questions, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at moodyk@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2226.

Grapentine of Human Development named Outstanding Student

The December 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association is Jordan Grapentine of Appleton. She will accept the honor Friday night (Dec. 12) during a student awards ceremony on campus, and be acknowledged at mid-year commencement the next day. Grapentine is earning her bachelor’s with magna cum laude, or high, honors, and majors in Psychology and Human Development. Grapentine has been an active researcher and assistant with FOCUS, the First-Year Seminar Program and the Phoenix GPS program, working with Profs. Denise Bartell and Jenell Holstead, and presenting at national conferences. She has been active with Circle K, Habitat for Humanity, the Pride Center and a variety of causes. Read more.