Nominate a faculty or staff member for the 2020 Founders Awards

It is time to start submitting nominations for the 2020 Founders Awards! The Awards & Recognition Committee encourages anyone from the UW-Green Bay community (especially students) to consider nominating a faculty member / instructor / lecturer or staff member they would like to see honored at next year’s Fall Convocation.  A list of awards can be found on our website. The website also includes descriptions of award criteria and a list of previous award winners. The deadline to submit your nomination(s) is March 6, 2020.

The nomination form can be completed electronically by clicking on this link:  Nomination Form.

Individuals and groups who have received the Founders Award for a given category within the last 15 years will not be eligible for that same category. Also, self-nominated individuals and groups will not receive consideration.

If the individual(s) you nominate is (are) selected as a finalists(s), you will be contacted to provide further information such as background information on your nominee, letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications for the award, etc. All awards will be presented at the campus-wide convocation in August.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your nomination(s), please feel free to contact Laura Riddle, Chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, or any Committee member – (Iftekhar Anam, James Kabrhel, Emily Ransom, Katelyn Strzok, William Yazbec, Anna Merry, Ruth Pearson and Cindy Estrup).  Awards & Recognition Committee members are not eligible for nomination.

Thank you for your consideration.

Founders Winners 2018

UW-Green Bay recognizes excellence in the awarding of Founders Awards

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recognized some of its top faculty and staff members Wednesday, August 22, 2018, with 2018 Founders Awards for Excellence. The awards were presented before an audience of more than 450 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, UW-Green Bay. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campus-wide committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others. The award winners honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Fall Convocation were:

FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING — Caroline Boswell
The recipient of this year’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Associate Prof. of Humanities Caroline Boswell, is dedicated to student success. A commitment to the cultivation of learning, engagement and equity is evident through Boswell’s continual reimagination and revision of courses to improve student outcomes and incorporate evidence-based pedagogy and timely topics. Students note course rigor, but also the clarity of expectations and that Boswell is always readily available to provide support and guidance. Her students routinely dive into topics, taking on the role of scholars as they explore learning materials together using hands-on discipline-based research techniques. Boswell is a regular participant in professional development opportunities that sharpen her craft — OPID (Office of Professional and Instructional Development), Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars, the Civic Engagement Institute, Faculty College, and retention and undergraduate research events. She often coordinates and leads campus initiatives and events such as the Equity Gap Fellows program, Becoming a Student Ready University, Teaching and Learning Community Fellows, numerous book clubs and the annual Instructional Development Institute.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE — Mary Valitchka
This year’s recipient of the Academic Support Award for Excellence, Mary Valitchka, works as a student service coordinator for the Office of Graduate Studies in the Provost Office. Valitchka shows a strong commitment to students and is described as a true ambassador for UW-Green Bay — from recruitment to admissions to commencement. With 18 years of service to UW-Green Bay, her most significant impact has been in the Office of Graduate Studies. When Valitchka began her post with Graduate Studies the University admitted only about 30 new graduate students per semester into four programs. Today, graduate enrollment has increased five-fold with nine programs and counting, without an expansion of personnel. Valitchka’s nominators said that her positive attitude is infectious and her work ethic, tremendous. Always the first in the office in the morning and commonly the last to leave, she has been described as a complete enrollment service department onto herself.

FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP — Illene Cupit
The recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Professor of Human Development Illene Cupit, is a creative and productive scholar who has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, listed as first author on 52 of them. Cupit has presented to scholarly audiences across the U.S., as well as internationally. She has received numerous Research Council Grants in Aid of Research, two UW-Green Bay Research Scholar awards and a National Institute of Mental Health grant for over $90,000. Cupit is an expert in death, dying, and bereavement. Her recent book was described as the “staple publication for online grief research.” She often writes “practitioner-oriented articles that provide immediate guidance to those working on the frontlines of grief and bereavement practice.” In fact, her research led UW-Green Bay’s campus being the very first university to adopt an official student bereavement policy. She previously served as the President of the National Association for Death Education and Counseling and has chaired the Institutional Review Board for the past four years, demonstrating her commitment to research on campus. One of her crowing achievements is Camp Lloyd — a day camp for children who are grieving the death of a loved one, which has not only served as a sanctuary for hundreds of hurting kids through the years, but also a training ground for many UW-Green Bay undergraduates who will end of working in fields of psychology, human development and social work. One letter of support remarked on the recipient’s work as “approachable, meaningful, and useful” and another said that she “only engages in work that will make a difference.”

UNIVERSITY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COLLABORATIVE ACHIEVEMENT — MLK Jr. Community Celebration Event Committee Members
The team honored with the University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement (Associate Prof. of Social Work, Francis Akakpo; Associate Prof. of Business Administration, Gaurav Bansal; Diversity Director, Office of MultiEthnic Student Affairs, Mai Lo Lee; Associate Prof. of Social Work, Jolanda Sallmann; and Associate Prof. of Business Administration, Mussie Teclezion) works with genuine commitment towards social justice and celebrating diversity. The event takes months of planning, with members from for-profit, not-for-profit and education organizations to create an event that unites and serves the entire Northeast Wisconsin community. Their work and commitment speak to the very heart of the UW-Green Bay mission. It is interdisciplinary, educational, multicultural and promotes engaged citizenship. Months of work and planning with various organizations and the K-12 area schools are required to choreograph this amazing event at NWTC which is now in its 24th year. Said one nominee, “Their vision is as critical in the U.S. today as it was in the past as we continue to face disparity, oppression and violence at all levels… Their efforts to bring together community members in a shared vision of peace is exemplary…”

UNIVERSITY STAFF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE — Monika Pynaker
The 2018 recipient of the Founder’s Award for University Staff Excellence is Monika Pynaker, UW-Green Bay’s manager of network services. Although her work has a “tremendous impact on the entire university,” most of the work is done behind the scenes, and sometimes the troubleshooting occurs during evenings, weekends and even holidays, so that the campus community is ensured that they can do their work with the most minimal inconvenience and maximum efficiency. In her 16 years with the University, Pynaker is credited with the development of a remote lab (for students), remote desktop (for faculty and staff) and serving as a project lead for the implementation of OneDrive and SharePoint. In addition, she has a longstanding history as an active member of shared governance, even before University Staff had an official role. She has served on the University Staff Committee, the University Planning and Innovation Committee, the Strategic Budgeting Committee and the Holiday Parade Float Committee.

UNIVERSITY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY OUTREACH — Christine Vandenhouten
The recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach, Associate Prof. Christine Vandenhouten, improves lives through action. Her efforts to create a healthy community are said to be tireless, stellar and professional. She has served on a local school board, is involved with the Brown County United Way, Northeast Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Bellin Health. Her work profoundly impacts both the emotional and physical health of children and families throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Hers is a sincere desire to help the region’s most vulnerable community members. Vandenhouten received the prestigious Brown County United Way Community Impact Award in 2018 for “leadership and innovation to address priority human services needs on a community-wide scale.” She has been a faculty member in the Nursing program at UW-Green Bay since 1998. A nominator writes, “her record of community service is extensive, cumulative and sustained.

UNIVERSITY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT — Patricia Terry
The University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development goes to Professor of Natural and Applied Science and Director of the Engineering Technology Program, Patricia Terry. Her work at UW-Green Bay spans the spectrum from department level to university-wide contributions. At a University which most recently has placed intense focus on the growth and expansion of engineering and engineering technology, Terry has worked tirelessly with technical college counterparts to reach articulation agreements and has done extensive training which has led to accreditation of the engineering technology program. At the same time that she was building the program, she was initiating a community-level advisory board that includes participation from more than 50 companies, many of which are now UW-Green Bay contributors and supporters of student internships. One nominator wrote, “there are few people on this campus who have contributed to the development of our university in as many and varied ways; whether it be in teaching, leadership through program and curricular development, service to shared governance, support of students or mentoring new faculty.”

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Deadline to submit Founders Awards applications is March 9, 2018

Don’t forget to submit your nominations for the 2018 Founders Awards. Deadline is March 9, 2018. The Awards & Recognition Committee encourages anyone from the UW-Green Bay community to nominate a faculty member/instructor/lecturer or staff member they would like to see honored at next year’s Fall Convocation. A list of awards can be found on the website.  The website also includes descriptions of award criteria and a list of previous award winners.

The nomination form can be completed electronically. Individuals and groups who have received the Founders Award for a given category within the last 15 years will not be eligible for that same category. Also, self-nominated individuals and groups will not receive consideration. If the individual(s) you nominate is (are) selected as a finalists(s), you will be contacted to provide further information such as background information on your nominee, letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications for the award, etc. All awards will be presented at the campus-wide convocation in August.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your nomination(s), please feel free to contact Eric Morgan, Chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, or any Committee member (Toni Damkoehler, Mike McIntire, Kathleen Burns, Rosa Serrano, Nathan Kraftcheck, Hannah Fameree, Ruth Pearson and Janet Ludke). Awards & Recognition Committee members are not eligible for nomination.

Nominations requested for 2018 Founders Association Awards

It’s time to start submitting nominations for the 2018 Founders Association Awards. The Awards & Recognition Committee encourages anyone from the UW-Green Bay community to nominate a faculty member, instructor, lecturer or staff member they would like to see honored at next year’s Fall Convocation. A list of awards and descriptions of award criteria, as well as a list of previous award winners can be found online. The deadline for submission is March 9, 2018.

The nomination form can be completed electronically. Individuals and groups who have received the Founders Association Award for a given category within the last 15 years will not be eligible for that same category. Also, self-nominated individuals and groups will not receive consideration. If the individual(s) you nominate is (are) selected as a finalist(s), you will be contacted to provide further information such as background information on your nominee, letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications for the award, etc. All awards will be presented at the campus-wide convocation in August.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your nomination(s), please feel free to contact Eric Morgan, Chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, or any Committee member – (Toni Damkoehler, Mike McIntire, Kathleen Burns, Rosa Serrano, Nathan Kraftcheck, Hannah Fameree, Ruth Pearson and Janet Ludke). Awards & Recognition Committee members are not eligible for nomination.

UW-Green Bay recognizes excellence in the awarding of Founders Awards

Green Bay, WI — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized some of its top faculty and staff members August 23, 2017, with 2017 Founders Awards for Excellence. The awards were presented before an audience of more than 450 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, UW-Green Bay. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campus-wide committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others. The award winners honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Fall Convocation are:

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching — Phil Clampitt
The Founders Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognized Prof. Phil Clampitt for going the extra mile to the help students obtain the best educational experience during college. His dedication to challenging students with independent study experiences, research and teaching assistantships, honors projects and internships was noted in his nomination, as was his demonstrated enthusiasm, teaching relevance and academic rigor. A student nominator described Clampitt as a teacher who “challenges each student, strives for continual improvement, teaches students to think critically and provides interesting and engaging content in lectures.” Clampitt is known to stay closely connected to many of his students as they graduate and contribute to the greater community.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship — Bob Howe
Prof. Bob Howe’s scholarship is exceptional by any metric. This faculty member has published more than 65 peer-reviewed articles, written numerous article in his field and has been cited thousands of times. He has been an author or co-author for multiple grant applications, that in the past decade alone, has brought approximately $2 million to the University. While scholarship is at the center of his career, it also extends into every aspect of his teaching and service. His research is particularly valued in the wider community because of its intentional focus on biological conservation, making it directly relevant and of great concern to the public. In the summer of 2017, he and his colleagues had their work published in the foremost science journal in the world — Science. Howe’s efforts are noted at the national, state and community level in areas of ornithology, forestry, environmental protection and wildlife, with a special emphasis on Great Lakes ecosystems.

University Award for Collaborative Achievement — Vicki Medland, NAS Heirloom Plant Sale
For nearly two decades, a collaborative team of faculty, staff, students and volunteers, has been making a huge impact on the UW-Green Bay landscape. Led by Vicki Medland and faculty and staff from Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), it is estimated that the annual NAS Heirloom Vegetable and Plant Sale has generated about $100,000 for student research and academically related travel. The collaborative nature of this program is manifest at several levels — “Involvement of community members as volunteers in the growing process, involvement of the general public (as well as faithful UW-Green Bay faculty/staff customers) as eager growers of the heirloom plant varieties, and involvement of students who have been able to use the funds to complete and present their work,” according to one nominator. Results of the sales help UW-Green Bay students to achieve their academic goals, learn practical field experience and attain an affordable education by providing thousands of dollars for student academic development opportunities. In the greater Green Bay area, this team has committed to providing education programs that support our communities, public entities, park programs and organizations.

University Staff Award for Excellence — Janet Ludke
Academic Department Associate of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), Janet Ludke is recognized as a staff member whose activities, accomplishments and service within the University and the community are most deserving of acknowledgement by the University. Ludke has been described by her colleagues as “extremely dedicated, effective and efficient, helpful, knowledgeable, accomplished, proactive and remarkable.” She is said to carry excellence in all aspects of her career. She is a creative problem-solver and engages in positive interactions with community, faculty, staff and students. Due to staffing shortages in recent years, Ludke has served as the only administrative support person in an area which typically has multiple support staff. Her unwavering support has helped the academic unit to train new personnel and maintain accreditation standards and budget oversight on grants and external funding obtained by the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty.

University Academic Support Award for Excellence — Darrel Renier
Director of Academic Advising, Darrel Renier is being recognized for his exemplary commitment to work, collaboration, innovation and creativity in activities that are valuable to the institution or helpful to a range of people in a number of ways. Renier is noted as an exceptional leader on campus who approaches work with an unshakeable commitment to student success and the questions, “How will this promote student success?” and, “How will it move us forward in efforts to improve the student experience at UWGB?” Renier has gained tremendous respect from different constituencies across the University. He helps students reach their goals efficiently and effectively. Faculty and staff view him as a valuable coach, resource and fierce advocate for students. Renier has led the Office of Academic Advising successfully through a period of significant change. He created new programs such as the advising task force and student success committee to better address student success and has been a major collaborator in the development of the Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS) program.

University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development — Andrew Austin
Professor Andrew Austin has a record of extraordinary service to the University. He has not only served as a member of innumerable University and departmental committees, but also played a leading role at most every opportunity. Austin led in efforts to transform Social Change and Development into Democracy and Justice Studies (DJS). He fought to keep DJS thriving despite staffing shortages and dramatic change. While serving as department chair DJS was transformed with reinvigorated faculty, revised curriculum and a dramatic increase in student majors and minors. His campus contributions include service on Faculty Senate, University Committee, General Education Committee, Institutional Review Board, Research Council , Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Team, Board of the Center for History and Social Change , Writing Across the Curriculum Task Force, Invent the Future Steering Committee, Online Education Vision Working Group and the Interdisciplinary Education Task Force.

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Deadline to nominate for Founders Awards is March 6

Anyone from the UW-Green Bay community can nominate a faculty member, instructor, lecturer or staff member for the 2017 Founders Association Awards, to be honored at the 2017 Fall Convocation. A list of awards, criteria and previous award winners can be found here. The deadline to submit your nomination(s) is March 6. The nomination form can be completed electronicallyIf you have any questions or need assistance completing your nomination(s), please contact Kristy Aoki, Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee.

Founders Awards — Call for Nominations

Submissions are being accepted for the 2017 Founders Association Awards. The Awards & Recognition Committee encourages anyone from the UW-Green Bay community to nominate. A list of awards and descriptions of award criteria, as well as a list of previous award winners can be found online.  The deadline for submission is March 6, 2017.

The nomination form can be completed electronically. Individuals and groups who have received the Founders Award for a given category within the last 15 years will not be eligible for that same category. Also, self-nominated individuals and groups will not receive consideration. If the individual(s) you nominate is (are) selected as a finalists(s), you will be contacted to provide further information such as background information on your nominee, letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications for the award, etc. All awards will be presented at the campus-wide convocation in August.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your nomination(s), please feel free to contact Kristy Aoki, Chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, or any Committee member – (Sarah Meredith Livingston, Eric Morgan, Jeremy Intemann, Kathleen Burns, Greg Kannenberg, Ruth Pearson and Marie Helmke). Awards & Recognition Committee members are not eligible for nomination.

Reminder: Founders Award nomination deadline is March 7

In your inbox today… “The Awards & Recognition Committee encourages anyone from the UW-Green Bay community (faculty, staff, students, and community members) to submit a nomination(s) prior to the March 7, 2016 deadline. The website includes descriptions of award criteria and a list of previous awards http://www.uwgb.edu/sofas/structures/governance/awards/descriptions.asp.

UW-Green Bay honors top faculty, staff with 2015 Founders Awards

founders-award-winners-postThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2015 Founders Awards for Excellence. The award winners, honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, are:

Teaching — Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges
Scholarship — Prof. Matt Dornbush
Community Outreach — Prof. John Luczaj
Institutional Development — Associate Prof. Denise Bartell
Academic Support — Mike Kline
Classified Staff — Amanda Wildenberg
Collaborative Achievement — The Digital and Public Humanities Project

Posing in the photo, above, standing from left are Wilson-Doenges, Luczaj, Dornbush and Bartell. Seated are Wildenberg and faculty members representing the Digital Humanities Project, Associate Profs. Chuck Rybak and Caroline Boswell. Not pictured: Mike Kline.

The awards were presented before an audience of more than 400 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campuswide committee from among nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others.

Wilson-Doenges, the recipient of the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, is an associate professor of Human Development and a specialist in environmental psychology and best practices in neighborhood planning and urban design. The award citation credited her with effectively connecting with students, regardless of major, in courses both online and in-person, and bringing energy not only to her classroom but to her work with students on internships, independent studies, and honors projects. One nominator said her enthusiasm for her subject has the ability to make even the statistical concept of standard deviation “riveting.” Wilson-Doenges joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1995 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine.

Dornbush, recipient of the award for scholarship, was recognized for his work as a professor of biology with the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. He has made a priority of involving both graduate and undergraduate students in his research projects where possible, and has been successful in winning outside grants to support that research. His primary interests involve the role of native plant restorations in improving ecosystems, including the potential use of native tallgrass for bio-energy purposes, and the restoration of wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay. Dornbush joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2005 after earning his doctoral degree in ecology at Iowa State University. He recently joined the academic affairs administrative team at UW-Green Bay as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Professional Development and Grants, and Director of Graduate Studies.

The award citation for Geoscience professor Luczaj, a member of the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty, called the Founders Award for Excellence in Community Outreach a perfect fit for a faculty member who is “an asset to UWGB as a researcher, instructor and community ambassador in the field of geology.” An authority on the geology and bedrock of Northeastern Wisconsin and related groundwater issues, Luczaj has provided guidance to technical groups on vital groundwater issues and advised varied stakeholders on aquifer protection strategies. In addition to working with UWGB students, he has connected with the community through geoscience presentations to family and K-12 groups as well as to UWGB Learning in Retirement audiences. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins and joined the Green Bay faculty in 2005.

Bartell, honored in the category of Institutional Development, was recognized for her efforts in ensuring the success of new and continuing students and the larger University. Bartell is an associate professor of psychology in the Human Development academic unit. In recent years she has assumed leadership in campuswide efforts to improve student retention and graduation rates, particularly for first-generation students and those who are from under-represented groups or who face special challenges. She is founder and program director for the Phoenix GPS Program, which has identified “high-impact” practices to help students thrive. (The practices include encouraging greater campus involvement, mentoring, effective study skills and active/engaged learning experiences for newcomers.) Bartell joined UW-Green Bay in 2002 after earning her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas.

Kline received the Founders Award for Excellence in Academic Support in recognition of his success in fostering, according to the award citation, “a department culture where academic success, not just completion, is an uncompromising priority.” Kline works in Phoenix Athletics administration as assistant AD of Compliance and Student Welfare. A 1988 graduate of UW-Green Bay, he landed the position of Phoenix cross-country coach while still a student-athlete in 1987. In 1999 he accepted additional duties as academics coordinator for all Phoenix teams. In the years since, the program has posted at least 31 consecutive semesters of cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better, had a series of all-league and even all-America academic honorees, and had individual teams rank among the best in America in terms of academic performance. Nominators described Kline as “dedicated” “tireless” and “passionate” about encouraging academic and career success.

Wildenberg, recipient of the Founder’s Award for University Staff , is a university services associate in the Dean of Students Office. Nominators praised her customer-service orientation, good humor and cool under pressure in interacting with a clientele as varied and diverse as the University itself — students, parents, faculty, staff, senior administrators and others. She takes a lead role in coordinating a major, Universitywide program that serves almost a thousand new students and their families annually. The award citation also mentioned her technological skills, involvement in staff governance and efforts to “make UW-Green Bay a better place to work.” Wildenberg, who earned her bachelor’s at UW-Milwaukee, joined the UW-Green Bay staff in 2008.

The Digital and Public Humanities Project, led by Associate Profs. Chuck Rybak and Caroline Boswell of the Humanistic Studies faculty, earned the Founders Award in the category of Collaborative Achievement. The project, which began with creation of a “digital commons” at UW-Green Bay, relies on modern technology to greatly expand opportunity for sharing the humanities — ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, history and the visual and performing arts — rather than distract from, or diminish interest, as some might expect in what is often characterized as an age of shortened attention spans. One nominator wrote of Rybak and Boswell, “by bringing students into this field (they have) opened new doors that will lead not only to new employment opportunities, but new ways to engage in lifelong interdisciplinary learning.” The project is credited with helping students avail themselves of new digital technologies, advance their skill sets and also make the field more accessible to the public at large. Boswell, a historian, joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. at Brown University. Rybak, a professor of English and creative writing, is a widely published poet who received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati.

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