For the third straight year, the organizers of UW-Green Bay’s annual Alumni Days are inviting designers to submit proposals for the event’s special commemorative t-shirt. All designs will be presented to the alumni masses and will be selected by popular electronic vote in September. This year’s shirt will be printed on five different color T-shirts to represent five decades of UWGB graduates and will be unveiled at Alumni Days 2015 on Saturday, October 17. To learn more.
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.
Former Phoenix standout Kayla Tetschlag has been named an assistant coach for D-II Sioux Falls women’s basketball. The coSIDA Academic All-American (and Horizon League MVP who led the Phoenix to a Sweet 16 berth) spent the past four years playing professionally in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., the University of Sioux Falls competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. For a news release.
At least one Cleveland media outlet is on board the Keifer Sykes bandwagon. A story posted online observes that the undrafted rooking from Green Bay is turning heads on the Cavaliers’ summer league team. His highlight-reel dunk in a recent game is archived here.
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
Former Phoenix standout Keifer Sykes was not among the 60 players selected in the NBA draft Thursday night. But Sykes confirmed minutes after the draft that he would be signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers and is expected to be on their summer roster. Sykes would have been the sixth player in UWGB history to be drafted, following Tom Anderson (1978), Ron Ripley (1979), Tony Bennett (1992), Jeff Nordgaard (1996) and most recently, Alec Brown (2014). Read the Green Bay Press-Gazette story.
More than most, Todd Bartels ’82 and Julie (Rose) Bartels ’82 can appreciate the return on investment from UW-Green Bay.
They know that many of UW-Green Bay’s 6,900 students are from cities, small towns and rural areas within 100 miles of campus. They know that many earn their own way through college. They know that most UW-Green Bay alumni stay local after graduation, stepping up to serve among the region’s teachers, planners, health professions and civic and business leaders.
They’re familiar with that profile because they share it. Both Todd (from Appleton) and Julie (Green Bay) juggled work, school and family to earn UW-Green Bay Business Administration degrees before finding satisfying careers close to home.
Todd is a senior vice president with Associated Bank, headquartered in Green Bay. He had previously spent many years as an executive with JPMorgan Chase before moving in 2006 to Associated, where he oversees large business accounts.
Julie’s career has focused on healthcare information and technology. She’s highly regarded in the industry, currently leading the Wisconsin State Health Innovation Plan and serving as executive VP for national health information with the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value.
In 2014 the couple donated funds to establish the Todd and Julie Bartels Annual Scholarship for continuing students in physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology – areas the couple views as emerging growth areas for the economy. They established the fund with appreciation for their own University careers and the first-hand knowledge that college is hard work.
“There wasn’t a lot of ‘down time’ in my case, because I was working,” Todd recalls. “Go to class. Go to work. Study. Repeat.”
For Julie, UW-Green Bay was a great fit for a married young mother who was working part time while balancing a full-time credit load. “Without access to a local, high quality and affordable four-year campus, I would not have been able to pursue my degree for many years,” she says.
The Bartels Scholarship fund represents just the latest effort by the couple to give back to their alma mater. Julie was a board member with the Founders Association, while Todd has been active with the Phoenix Fund on behalf of Division I Phoenix Athletics.
Recent UWGB graduate Keifer Sykes, has the potential to be drafted in the NBA in the next 48 hours. But his degree means more to him than the call, he says. “I would be proud to get drafted, but the biggest accomplishment was getting my degree,” said Sykes in an interview with reporter Justin Breen, Garfield Park & North Lawndale Sports. Here’s the full story.
An 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.
In case you were wondering, the 35th annual Alumni Association Scholarship Golf Outing set for this Friday (June 12) is a go, rain or shine. If it’s too wet for golf and stays that way, Royal Scot will issue rain checks for the 18 holes but the Association will carry on with lunch, the bucket raffle, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and the assorted, related activities raising money for scholarships.