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Alumni Awards night: You’re invited

UW-Green Bay honors outstanding graduates at the annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner, this year set for Thursday evening, May 1. The event starts with a 5 p.m. reception and social, with dinner at 6 p.m. and awards presentations to follow. The cost is $35 per person. All are welcome. (If you’d like to join us, email Kari Moody in Alumni Relations at MoodyK@uwgb.edu or, better yet, register online by this Friday, April 25).

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Honoree from Business, Environmental master’s, Biology, Environmental Planning and Policy — This year’s honorees are Craig Dickman, Class of 1982, Constance Downs ’96, and Bob Pyle, ’83, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award; and JoAnn Miller ’01 and Crystal Osman ’08, recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Read more information on the award recipients.

Dickman ’82, Downs ’96 and Pyle ’83 are Distinguished Alumni honorees

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and its Alumni Association will award Distinguished Alumni awards to three deserving graduates at the Alumni Association Awards Night on Thursday evening, May 1, at the Weidner Center.

The 2014 recipients are:
Craig Dickman, a 1982 Business Administration grad and the founder, CEO and chief innovation officer for Breakthrough Fuel, Green Bay. Dickman has won acclaim for his innovative approach to supply chain logistics and fuel cost management. In less than a decade, Breakthrough has grown to become a partner to some of American industry’s leading brands. Dickman is the inventor responsible for two patents for energy management and has additional patents pending with the United States Patent Office. He is a member of UW-Green Bay’s Council of Trustees and Foundation Board, and in December he delivered the commencement address at.

Constance Downs received her master’s in Environmental Science and Policy in 1996. She is a longtime administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Since 2011 she has been associate director of the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory Program Division — a position that brings her into content with researchers including UW-Green Bay faculty members. Downs also led the EPA’s “E-Docket” initiative and Regulations.gov project which provide online access to all federal regulations and comments opportunities. She was previously a marketing consultant to companies in Japan, Australia, the United States and elsewhere doing business in Pacific Rim countries.

Bob Pyle, a 1983 Business Administration grad and president and CEO of Pioneer Metal Finishing, is active in the Green Bay community in support of the University and local non-profits. He joined Pioneer in 1998 as vice president of sales and marketing, after previous experience with Fort Howard Corp. and KI. He was promoted to executive vice president in 2001 and president in 2002. Under his leadership, the company has grown from 450 employees to over 1,400. Pyle was a member of the Phoenix golf and team MVP in 1983. He is a longtime supporter of the Phoenix Fund and the Green Bay golf and basketball programs.

See photos and additional information on the Distinguished Alumni honorees.

Outstanding Recent Alumni are Miller ’01, Osman ’08
Also to be recognized at the May 1 Alumni Association Awards Night program will be JoAnn Miller ’01 and Crystal Osman ’08, recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

JoAnn Miller, who graduated in 2001 with a major in Biology and minor in Environmental Science, was the 2013 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year. She teaches college prep biology, Advanced Placement biology, and Intro to Human Biology (for college credit with UW-Green Bay) at Oconto Falls High School. She was named her district’s teacher of the year in 2012 and was recognized statewide with a prestigious Kohl Teacher Fellowship that same year.

Crystal Osman, a 2008 graduate of the undergraduate program in Environmental Policy and Planning, is a widely recognized ambassador for Green Bay revitalization as program manager for the non-profit business improvement districts Downtown Green Bay, Inc., and Olde Main Street, Inc. Osman, in addition to advocating for business development, has championed green space, sustainability and cultural initiatives to enhance urban life.

See photos and more on Miller and Osman.

UW-Green Bay announces recipients of ‘Distinguished,’ ‘Recent’ alumni awards

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize five meritorious graduates of the institution at the 2014 Alumni Association Awards Night on Thursday evening, May 1.

This year’s honorees are Craig Dickman, Class of 1982, Constance Downs ’96, and Bob Pyle, ’83, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award; and JoAnn Miller ’01 and Crystal Osman ’08, recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

The annual program spotlights UW-Green Bay alumni who have made special contributions to the University, their communities and professions. The ceremony takes place in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay.
The event is open to the public. It begins with a 5 p.m. social and includes dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the program. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office at (920) 465-2074 or alumni@uwgb.edu.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Craig Dickman Class of 1982

Craig Dickman
Class of 1982

Craig Dickman is a 1982 Business Administration graduate of UW-Green Bay. The founder, CEO and chief innovation officer for Breakthrough Fuel, Green Bay, he has won acclaim for his innovative approach to supply chain logistics and fuel cost management.

In less than a decade, Dickman’s Green Bay company has grown to become a partner to some of American industry’s leading brands. Prominent clients have included Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Heinz, Georgia-Pacific, John Deere, Polaris Industries, SCA Tissue and Shopko, among others. This year, Breakthrough Fuel received the prestigious Kraft Foods “Transportation Partnership Award” and the “External Business Partner of the Year” designation from Procter & Gamble, an award honoring 15 companies selected from among the 82,000 suppliers and agencies with which P&G does business. Breakthrough Fuel has won similar corporate honors bestowed by Unilever and the Whirlpool Corporation. The firm helps its clients analyze their fuel costs using advanced metrics and software, seeking ways to reduce shipping costs including the use of alternative fuels to cut both expenses and emissions. Dickman is the inventor responsible for two patents for energy management and has additional patents pending with the United States Patent Office.

Active in the greater Green Bay community, Dickman has served since 2012 as a member of UW-Green Bay’s Council of Trustees and Foundation Board. Last summer he was elected to the board of directors of the Green Bay Packers organization, and in December he delivered the commencement address at his alma mater.

Constance Downs Class of 1996

Constance Downs
Class of 1996

Constance Downs received her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy in 1996. She is an administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., with experience across a range of environmental and public policy issues.

Downs joined the EPA in 1999 with the agency’s Center for Environmental Information and Statistics, where she supported research on U.S. public interest in environmental issues. She has served as branch chief for the EPA’s Records Content Management Branch and, since 2011, as associate director of the agency’s Toxics Release Inventory Program Division — a position that brings her into content with researchers including UW-Green Bay faculty members. Downs also led the EPA’s “E-Docket” initiative and Regulations.gov project which provide online access to all federal regulations and created the ability to review and submit comments on pending policies.

In her previous career, before enrolling in UW-Green Bay’s graduate program, Downs spent nearly 15 years in the private sector, working for a Japanese bank in New York and for a Tokyo-based consulting company, where she provided market research and analysis to companies in the United States, Japan, Australia and other Pacific Rim nations. She addressed a broad array of market areas including agriculture, food service, tourism, manufacturing and the financial sector. More recently, Downs has offered her service as an independent consultant to Japanese production companies developing television documentaries and museum exhibits.

Bob Pyle Class of 1983

Bob Pyle
Class of 1983

Bob Pyle, a 1983 Business Administration graduate and president and CEO of Pioneer Metal Finishing, is active in the Green Bay community in support of the University and local non-profits.

He joined Pioneer in 1998 as vice president of sales and marketing after previous experience with Fort Howard Corp. and KI. He was promoted to executive vice president in 2001 and president in 2002. Under his leadership, the company has grown from 450 employees to over 1,400 and, since 2006, has expanded from three locations in the Midwest to over 14 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. Pioneer bills itself as the North American leader in surface coating, with an extensive client list of manufacturers who use the firm’s corrosion and wear-resistant finishes and adhesive coatings. Pioneer’s services are used extensively in the automotive, aerospace, medical, industrial and electronics industries.

Pyle was a standout member of the Phoenix golf team during his undergraduate days, honored as team MVP in 1983. As a member of the Phoenix golf team, Bob was honored as the team MVP in 1983. He is an assistant coach for the Ashwaubenon High School girls golf team.

Pyle and his wife, Jean (a 1984 UW-Green Bay graduate) have been longtime supporters of the Phoenix Fund and the Green Bay golf and basketball programs. He is an active board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay and the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA).

Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards

JoAnn Miller Class of 2001

JoAnn Miller
Class of 2001

JoAnn Miller, who graduated from UW-Green Bay 2001 with a major in Biology and minor in Environmental Science, was the 2013 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year. A National Board Certified Teacher, she teaches college prep biology, Advanced Placement biology, and Intro to Human Biology (for college credit with UW-Green Bay) at Oconto Falls High School. She was named her district’s teacher of the year in 2012 and was recognized statewide with a prestigious Kohl Teacher Fellowship that same year. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Miller has been adviser to her school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Club and Science Club. In 2007, she founded the annual STEM Symposium, a showcase for students to present original scientific research and projects to classmates, community members, area business leaders and the general public. As a past recipient of the Wisconsin State Teachers of the Year Award, Miller joins other award winners in providing advice and counsel to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and other DPI officials.

Crystal Osman Class of 2008

Crystal Osman
Class of 2008

Crystal Osman, a 2008 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s undergraduate program in Environmental Policy and Planning, is a widely recognized ambassador for Green Bay revitalization as program manager for the non-profit business improvement districts Downtown Green Bay, Inc., and Olde Main Street, Inc. Osman, in addition to advocating for business development, has championed green space, sustainability and cultural initiatives to enhance urban life. She was a founding team member of the New Leaf Market Cooperative and a leading committee member for the East River Trail Task Force to connect the Fox and East River trails. As a student at UW-Green Bay, Osman was active in student government and a member of the team that implemented U-Pass, a program to subsidize free student ridership on Green Bay Metro buses. She continues to volunteer her time for environmental causes including Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, Sustainable Green Bay and the Earth Week Coalition, among others.

Sad news: UW-Green Bay alumna, Oneida Language champion Maria Hinton dies

An award-winning UW-Green Bay alumna who fought to preserve the language and culture of the Oneida people passed away Sunday (July 28). Maria Hinton was 103. As Log readers may recall, Hinton was a UW-Green Bay Founders Award and Most Distinguished Alumni Award recipient who in 2009 was honored with a Prism Award from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. She helped found the Oneida Turtle School and worked there well into her 90s as a culture and language instructor. In 2008, then-UW-Green Bay Communication staffer Mike Heine captured some terrific footage of Hinton and UW-Green Bay Prof. Cliff Abbott’s Oneida Language Project, which seeks to preserve the disappearing Oneida language. Abbott was a longtime friend of Hinton’s, and we extend our sympathies to him, her family, her community and all who knew her. We will pass along information concerning arrangements as soon as it becomes available. You can view the Oneida Language Project video and a photo gallery, along with our written remembrance of Hinton – click here.

Award-winning alumni: Snapshots, remarks from 2013 awards night

It was a spectacular spring evening both inside and outside the Weidner Center, Saturday, May 4 when four University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alumni were honored at the 2013 Alumni Awards.

In his brief remarks Chancellor Tom Harden refreshed the alumni on the “Spectacular 2012” and all the University’s many accomplishments. Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement Bev Carmichael shared the new 360° of Learning brand. But it was the honorees, and their personal, heartfelt testimonies that made for a spectacular evening.

Young Alumni Award Winner Danny Schulz, ’05, an accounting project leader at Kohler Company, and his wife Casie, are the youngest alumni to establish scholarship funds (three of them, in fact). During his acceptance speech, Danny shared his hesitation about moving to UW-Green Bay from a small central Wisconsin town and high school:

“Moving my stuff to campus, dad and I got lost. Who puts a university close to University Avenue but not actually on University Avenue?” he joked. In time, he found his way around. He knew he found “home,” he said, on September 11, 2011, as he and his peers became closer in the tragic aftermath of the terrorist attacks that day. “That evening we had a dorm cookout when all we talked about were the events and the reactions of everyone there. The community that I discovered that evening is what made me realize that this new place in my life, this UWGB, was now a part of my family. Ever since, I’ve been passionate about this place.”

Distinguished Award Winner Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Blackwell, ‘78, a prominent cardiology researcher and practitioner said he drew inspiration, maturity and discipline from faculty members such as (retired) Prof. Chuck Ihrke, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Chuck Aslakson and Head Coach Dave Buss. Typical of his teachers, Blackwell remarked, “Dr. Ihrke made me, and I’m sure every other student of his, feel as though I were the only one receiving this special attention.”

Julie Van Straten, Class of 1991, attorney, civic leader and general counsel for UnitedHealthOne, said she would respectfully change the 360° of Learning brand to “360° of impact” as she has been witness to the dramatic impact UW-Green Bay has had on the community, the region and beyond.

Kate Meeuwsen, ‘76, civic leader, retired educator and member of the UW-Green Bay Foundation Board and Council of Trustees spoke passionately about her experience. “This University looked beyond the traditional teaching methods and encouraged students to break new pathways. I had incredible support from music faculty to explore my newly forming world. I was a member of the first University jazz vocal group. I was exposed to the finest of traditional and current music in my many performance groups. I was encouraged to take a non-traditional path in selecting my music for my junior recital. I was given the gift of a global perspective in required classes outside of my beloved music classes… Years later, I retired satisfied that I fulfilled my desire to teach the love of music to the non-music student. I employed the same zeal in my classroom that my professors employed with me. This University has provided so many gifts to my family. Far too many for me to list, but I can honestly say that no one in this room treasures this school more than I do. I have loved every minute I have spent on this campus.”

The awards program also included presentation of awards to top graduate students. Erin Giese and Adam von Haden, both Environmental Science and Policy graduates, were presented the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Thesis awards by Provost Julia Wallace. Giese’s research led to conservation efforts in the forests of Northern Wisconsin. Von Haden’s research, in part, led to a prestigious full-ride scholarship as he pursues his Ph.D. Read about it here.

Read more about each of the Alumni Award award winners here.

Pictured in the top photo, above, are Alumni Award Winners past and present who were on hand for the 2013 celebration. From left to right: Julie Van Straten, Danny Schulz, Jody Weyers, Rick Chernick, Kate Meeuwsen, Jim Wochinske, Patrica Finder-Stone, Dr. Jerry Blackwell, Diane Ford, Steve Taylor and Paula Fleurant.

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