Tag: Athletics

Stangel accepts new appointment with Notre Dame Academy

Jeanne Stangel, a longtime UW-Green Bay administrator, will be leaving the University to accept a newly created position with Notre Dame de La Baie Academy in Green Bay. Stangel starts Aug. 3 as Notre Dame’s vice president for institutional advancement. She will direct fundraising, strategic initiatives and communication, and serve additionally as the Roman Catholic high school’s director of athletics. “I am thrilled and excited by this opportunity,” Stangel said. “NDA is very well respected in this community and exemplifies the highest standards in helping its students excel in faith, academics, athletics and extracurricular development.” At UW-Green Bay, Stangel serves as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. A member of the institution’s executive team, she oversees the University’s fundraising, alumni, marketing and communication functions. “Jeanne Stangel has been a wonderful ambassador for UWGB,” commented Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “What she has accomplished — in terms of rallying community and alumni support for student scholarships, academic enhancements and campus facilities — has made a tangible difference in the lives of our students. We extend our great appreciation to her for all she has done, and wish her the best as she accepts this new challenge. It has been a great honor to work with her. She is a great professional.” A native of the Algoma area and a 1987 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s Business Administration program, Stangel has held a variety of positions with the University over 25 years as a student, administrator and advocate. For more.

Phoenix history factoids: Weidner vision, skiing Badger

The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. On Wednesday, we posted web factoid No. 2 from our 50-day series: It was about founding Chancellor Edward Weidner’s sixth sense in seeing, not dead people, but future buildings. Today, the post displays the weirdly memorable “Water-Skiing Badgers” logo of UWGB’s first year of intercollegiate athletics.

Phoenix Fund achieves first million-dollar year

With the 2014-15 fiscal year in the books, the Green Bay Athletic Department is proud to announce a record-setting year for the Phoenix Fund with a total of $1,127,485 raised for student-athlete scholarships and program support.  This total marks a 33 percent increase from the 2013-14 fiscal year. “This year’s success is a credit to our generous and loyal donors, the diligence of our volunteers, the outstanding work of our development staff, and our talented coaches who recruit quality student-athletes that alumni and fans are proud to support,” says Phoenix AD Mary Ellen Gillepie. For more, click here.

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


Slideshow: Retirement gathering for Spielmann

About 150 campus and community friends gathered at the Shorewood clubhouse Monday (July 6) to honor Dan Spielmann as he retires as chancellor’s chief of staff after a nearly 40-year career as one of UW-Green Bay’s most high-profile and longest-serving administrators and faculty members.

Chancellor Gary L. Miller and former Chancellor Tom Harden shared brief remarks. Miller read from a legislative proclamation introduced by state Rep. Eric Ginrich and Sen. Dave Hansen. It praised Spielmann for his record of achievement including his service as Phoenix Athletics director during the program’s rise as an NCAA Division I contender, his role as legal counsel and policy adviser to all six chancellors, his effectiveness as a community and legislative liaison, his passion for teaching, and his involvement in University fundraising, among other contributions. The citation also noted Spielmann’s long working relationship with former Associate Chancellor Donald Harden, his association with hall of fame coaches Dick Bennett, Carol Hammerle and Aldo Santaga, and his positive interactions with individuals both on and off campus.

Spielmann was presented with gifts including the Legislature’s proclamation, a large framed aerial view of the UW-Green Bay campus and a travel bag, among other items. In expressing appreciation to the friends and colleagues in attendance, he talked about leaving his Madison legal practice as a young attorney in 1976 to join the faculty of the young UWGB… and never regretting the move despite the challenges of his new position(s). Spielmann closed his remarks by thanking Liz, his wife of 42 years, and sons Kurt and Jeff (who attended with his infant daughter).

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Cavs call on Keifer Sykes

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.


Register now for volleyball camps

Green Bay Volleyball Camps, led by Green Bay Volleyball coaches Sean Burdette and Jeanette Waldo begin July 6. Camps are designed for a wide variety of ages and skill levels. Fun, skills, agility, position and team camps are offered. The link for pricing, information, and online registration can be found at www.GreenBayVBCamps.com.

Special ‘Lil’ Phoenix Summer Fun Fest Camp
Of special note, boys and girls just being introduced to the sport of volleyball will enjoy the “Lil’ Phoenix Summer Fun Fest,” for youth ages 5-12, July 6-9 from 9 a.m. to noon. More here www.GreenBayVBCamps.com.


Go Green: Student-athletes post record-setting year, in classroom

Student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay combined to achieve a department-wide grade point average of 3.36 in the spring of 2015, marking the 31st consecutive semester above a 3.0 GPA and the highest cumulative GPA semester during that time.

“We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes who once again have demonstrated success in the classroom. This is an outstanding example of UWGB teamship between faculty and university and department staff and coaches. Everyone is committed to student success,” Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie said.

For the spring semester of 2015, 14 of the 16 sport programs at Green Bay achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, while 12 of the 16 achieved a 3.36 or higher. The 3.36 cumulative GPA is a new record for Green Bay during its run of 31-straight semesters, besting the previous high of 3.29.

“Achieving a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA for 31 semesters in a row is an amazing feat,” said Human Biology Prof. Donna Ritch. “The coaches and the athletics staff recruit not only athletically skilled individuals but also academically talented students. Most of our student-athletes realize that they attend UWGB to earn an education because they will not have an opportunity to play professional sports. They dedicate themselves to doing well in the classroom as well as on the playing field and court.”

Seven programs achieved a 3.50 or higher, led by men’s tennis with a 3.80. Women’s cross country (3.73), women’s volleyball (3.70), women’s basketball (3.61), women’s Nordic ski (3.60), women’s soccer (3.58) and women’s swimming and diving (3.52) all posted  above 3.50 GPAs.

A total of 169 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher, which accounted for over 76 percent of all student-athletes. The total number of student-athletes to achieve a 4.0 or higher was over 17 percent (39 total).

“This is very exciting and we are very proud of the success and accomplishments of our student-athletes during these past 31 semesters. It takes a team effort and we are blessed with outstanding student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and administrators to help make this happen,” Assistant AD for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare Mike Kline said.

“Our student-athletes often demonstrate the same dedication in the classroom that they demonstrate on the court, field, or trails,” said Human Development Prof. Ryan Martin. “They care about their studies, and it shows in their high quality work.”

The percentage of student-athletes to graduate with honors (3.5 or higher) was over 55 percent, with a total of 123 Phoenix student-athletes registering Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors.

In addition to Green Bay’s academic success this spring, three Phoenix programs posted perfect Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the 2013-14 academic year.

Earning perfect APR scores were men’s cross country, women’s cross country and volleyball. Eight other programs posted an APR of over 980 (perfect score = 1000). A total of 11 Phoenix teams finished above the average four-year APR for all NCAA academic schools, which was 978.

The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It is designed to improve the academic success and graduation rates of all student-athletes.

– Story courtesy of Green Bay Athletics, www.greenbayphoenix.com/

31 straight semesters Phoenix athletes have recorded a 3.0 or better GPA

UW-Green Bay student-athletes combined to achieve a department-wide grade point average of 3.36 in the spring of 2015, the highest cumulative GPA recorded in the 31 consecutive semesters of earning a 3.0 or higher. “We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes who once again have demonstrated success in the classroom. This is an outstanding example of UWGB teamship between faculty and University and department staff and coaches. Everyone is committed to student success,” Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie said. For more.

‘Swimming World’ publishes tribute to UW-Green Bay’s Merner

A student-written piece at the website of the national publication Swimming World bids a fond farewell to the 25-year head coach of UW-Green Bay’s Division I swimming and diving program, Jim Merner. “(After) 10 conference championships, 10 runner-up finishes and 11 Coach of the Year awards, (he) will be shelving his clipboard and time sheets for good,” the piece states. It also includes an excerpt from his inspirational “one last letter” emailed to team members after he told them in person that he was retiring. Read more.