Less than one week out from the official start of the fall 2014 semester, UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and community friends gathered in the University Union’s Phoenix Room on Aug. 27 for the annual kickoff convocation. Relaxed smiles, laughter and school spirit were on prominent display. As always, a high point was announcement of the Founders Association Awards for Excellence, acknowledging the contributions of outstanding colleagues for service to the University and its students. (Among them, above, was financial specialist Cheryl Pieper, recipient of the award for classified support staff, crossing the stage to accept her plaque and greetings from Chancellor Gary Miller, selection committee chair Lidia Nonn and Founders President Anita Resch.) Also popular: Introduction of new faculty and staff, who stood while brief introductions were read from the stage by University officers, officials and deans.
Anita Resch, the incoming president of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association, shared a powerful testimonial on Wednesday (Aug. 27) about the power of higher education.
Resch is a vice president and trust officer with Nicolet National Bank in Green Bay. As the new executive officer of the Founders Association board — the oldest fund- and friend-raising organization rallying private support for UW-Green Bay — she had the honor of bringing greetings from the Founders as part of the annual faculty/staff convocation on campus.
Resch told the more than 500 current and former employees, and fellow community representatives, that local support for the University is deep. Last year, more than 3,100 citizens, employees and alumni made financial contributions to the cause.
“We all have our own reasons for loving this University,” Resch said. She then went on to describe her own experiences as a part-time student who persevered to earn her degrees.
“My reason, as a single, non-traditional student and, at the time, a single mom, was that this campus and my professors gave me the opportunity to become strong and independent.”
There were many times, Resch recalled, that she brought her young daughter to class because she couldn’t find or afford a babysitter.
“She had her backpack of crayons and fruit snacks and, together, we went to class,” Resch said. “My professors and advisers were accepting… and amazing.”
Those faculty and staff encouraged her to continue down “the long road” of a part-time student, she said, and promised that she could do it if she didn’t give up.
“And they were right. I didn’t give up, and after my bachelor’s, I got my master’s. I truly believe that no other university would have helped me achieve my education the way that UW-Green Bay did.”
Resch closed by applauding today’s faculty and staff — including more than a few she knows well from her days on campus — for extending the same professionalism and encouragement to all students.
“On behalf of the Founders,” Resch said, “we continue to be amazed by the impact you have not only on students, but on this community as a whole. We’re honored to help support an institution that features so many employees determined to make a difference in the lives of others. It’s a partnership, and a partnership the Founders Association is incredibly privileged to be a part of.”
Resch earned bachelor’s degrees in both Business Administration and Human Development, and a master’s in Management.
Longtime faculty member Andrew Kersten took part in his final commencement at UW-Green Bay last Saturday and, today, he left his administrative office, CL 835, for the final time in preparation for his move west. Kersten will begin his duties in late June at the University of Idaho as dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, that institution’s largest academic division with nearly 4,100 students in 11 departments. Kersten was one of only two professors here to be a four-time recipient of the Founders Association Award for Excellence. When he joined the faculty in 1997, he became the second generation of UW-Green Bay’s first family of professors. We have one last UWGB photo and a little history on his family ties.
Dr. James and Patricia Hinckley received an extended ovation at UW-Green Bay’s May 2012 commencement when they were recognized with the institution’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award. Jim is a member of the UW-Green Bay Athletics Hall of Fame, and the training and sports medicine area at the Kress is named the James Hinckley Sports Medicine Center in his honor. In 2008 the Hinckleys endowed a UW-Green Bay scholarship fund — one of the University’s largest — in Patricia’s name, with preference to women student athletes pursuing careers related to mathematics, science or education. The couple’s philanthropy on behalf of the University began in 1981 with generous annual contributions to the Founders Association for student scholarships and academic enhancements. They later became active supporters of the Phoenix Fund for athletics, and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. For a photo and our original news post from May 2012.
In case you missed Friday’s Log Extra, here are a few of the stories making news:
“Ganyard earns UW System Regents Teaching Excellence Award”
“Psych, Human Development projects beautify campus with purpose”
“Giving back: Celebrating donors, students and research”
“Middle school students reminded about college aspirations”
The Weidner Center Foyer was once again a perfect setting for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to celebrate research and scholarship on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. More than 120 guests joined with UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff at the Spring 2014 Donors Reception to engage with current students as they discussed both their research and, for the seniors, their plans for the future. The University used the occasion to congratulate Bob Southard on his 90th birthday. (See the 2012 feature recognizing Southard for his four decades of service to the University and Founders Association Board.) The gallery features a smiling Southard with his wife Martha (above), and all the guests enjoying this special annual event.
He was a longtime supporter of the University and the fifth president (1983-84) of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. Clifford Wall Jr. died Monday at age 92. Born in Goodman, he moved with his family to Green Bay in 1929 when his father started Cliff Wall Motor Sales. He attended East High School, graduated from the UW with a degree in philosophy and served in the Army Air Force from 1942 until 1945. He later earned a law degree, and took over the family dealership in 1972 after the death of his father. An obituary is online.
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Services Friday; memorials include UW-Green Bay — Visitation for Cliff Wall Jr. will take place at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 991 Pilgrim Way, Ashwaubenon, this Friday (Oct. 18) from 2 p.m. until the Celebration of Life at 6 p.m. “In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated in Clifford’s name to the Greater Green Bay YMCA, Pilgrim Congregational or the UWGB Founders Association.”
Bernie Dahlin jokes that he wasn’t an overly serious student in his own youth. That’s why the UW-Green Bay scholarship fund he created with his wife, Alyce, isn’t intended for those with perfect 4.0s in high school. Continue reading
More than 100 supporters and friends of the University gathered for the Founders Association Spring Reception, where guests enjoyed a casual environment and a chance to meet with some of UW-Green Bay’s top student researchers. The student researchers were selected to showcase their work previously at the Posters in the Rotunda celebration at the state Capitol in Madison, in April. Greeting the guests were Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement Bev Carmichael, Chancellor Thomas Harden and Founders Association President Rob Cera. UWGB Music faculty John Salerno and Adam Gaines provided music.
Established in 1972, the Founders Association generates support for students by providing annual scholarships and academic program support. Faculty, staff, alumni and community members make up the organization that is nearly 1,500 members strong.
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The University’s oldest philanthropic and advocacy group, The Founders Association (founded in 1973), had its first board meeting of the year this week on campus. The group heard remarks by Board President Rob Cera ’84, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas Harden and Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement Bev Carmichael. The agenda included updates on the state budget, University initiatives, the revitalization of the Weidner Center and the success of Phoenix athletics, along with a report on the “360° of Learning” campaign. Click here.