Chancellor Gary L. Miller announces that J. Lance Cavanaugh, vice president for development for the University of Arizona Foundation, will join UW-Green Bay on Jan. 1 as vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. A native Midwesterner, Cavanaugh has more than three decades of leadership experience in fundraising and institutional advancement at major public universities including the University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State, Wright State, Minnesota-Duluth, and the University of Nevada. “He was the one candidate,” Miller noted, “with significant experience in working with a foundation, donor stewardship, alumni relations, major gifts, planned giving, coordinating with athletics, the arts and other program-based fundraisers … all of the varied functions he will be responsible for here.” We’ll have more links for Cavanaugh in our illustrated Log Extra, coming shortly, or check the news release.
J. Lance Cavanaugh, vice president for development for the University of Arizona Foundation, will join the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the appointment Thursday (Nov. 12). Cavanaugh will begin his new duties Jan. 1, 2016.
“It is incredibly exciting to have someone of Lance’s experience and achievement join our leadership team,” Miller said. “We welcome him and his wife, Kathryn, and their family back to Wisconsin.”
Cavanaugh has more than three decades of leadership experience in fundraising and institutional advancement at major public universities including the University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State University, Wright State University, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and the University of Nevada. He gained private college advancement experience at Beloit College in Wisconsin and Monmouth (Ill.) College.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity at UWGB and moving to Green Bay,” Cavanaugh said. “I look forward to being active in the community and meeting many alumni and other supporters of the university.”
“Public universities,” he continued, “are relying more on private philanthropic support from alumni, friends in the community, companies and foundations. To continue the progress and growth of UW-Green Bay, we need to build relationships with more individuals and organizations. We need to increase giving in support of student scholarships, faculty development, academic programs, facility improvements, the arts including the Weidner Center, and Green Bay Phoenix athletics.”
As Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Cavanaugh will report directly to the chancellor as a member of his cabinet. He will be charged with leading and managing UW-Green Bay’s comprehensive advancement program in donor cultivation and stewardship, alumni relations, and fundraising by way of major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, and corporate and foundation relations.
The Vice Chancellor also serves as President and ex-officio member of the UW-Green Bay Foundation board of directors, and as chief operating officer of the private, non-profit foundation.
During his career, Cavanaugh has helped hundreds of individuals make major gifts, leadership annual gifts, and planned gifts including charitable trusts and bequests. He has secured several seven-figure gifts and an eight-figure gift of more than $10 million. The largest philanthropic contribution he personally secured from a corporate foundation was $2.2 million.
Since joining the University of Arizona Foundation in 2009, Cavanaugh has managed and coached 14 development officers, including five regional officers who personally meet with alumni and friends nationwide. He worked with colleagues to plan and launch Arizona NOW, a $1.5 billion comprehensive capital campaign.
Miller expects Cavanaugh’s broad range of experience to yield dividends in extending the effectiveness and reach of UW-Green Bay’s friend- and fund-raising programs.
“He was the one candidate with significant experience in working with a foundation, donor stewardship, alumni relations, major gifts, planned giving, coordinating with athletics, the arts and other program-based fundraisers … all of the varied functions he will be responsible for here at UW-Green Bay,” Miller noted. “Lance is going to be a tremendous asset as we seek to strategically grow this University in terms of enrollment, programming and community engagement.”
The national search and screen that resulted in Cavanaugh’s selection was headed by Foth Companies Chairman of the Board Tim Weyenberg, who is executive-in-residence for UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.
Cavanaugh earned his B.A. degree in media arts from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn., in 1979. He worked as a TV news reporter and producer in Duluth before entering institutional advancement at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Within five years he was back in the Twin Ports area as director of development for UM-Duluth.
Later, Cavanaugh held high-profile positions with the Iowa State University Foundation, as executive director of development for the College of Engineering; the University of Wisconsin Foundation, as senior director of development for the UW-Madison College of Engineering; and Monmouth College, as vice president for development and college relations.
“Moving to Green Bay has very special meaning for me,” Cavanaugh said. “Green Bay is a beautiful area and UWGB is an impressive university with great potential for the future. I grew up in Wisconsin during the Lombardi-era glory years of the Green Bay Packers. I have always been a devoted fan of the Packers, so I’m very happy that I will be living and working in Green Bay.”
UW-Green Bay regularly enters a float in the Annual Green Bay Holiday Parade, scheduled this year for Saturday, Nov. 21. In conjunction with this event, organizers are gathering school supplies to be shared with underprivileged kids in the Green Bay School District. Drop-off boxes are located across campus, through Wednesday the 18th. For locations, a list of requested supplies and more, visit our earlier post.
Kimberlee Xiong from the student Southeast Asian Student Union reminds us that SASU is now accepting payments for egg rolls through Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11 to 6 daily except Friday by appointment. For details on this tasty fundraiser and how to order, see our earlier post.
Nicholas Gries, a nontraditional student at UW-Green Bay, has had many experiences in his life that have made him the man he is today. But it is his military experience that drives his current passion to dive further, dig deeper — both at the University, and in service to his community.
“The number one thing that the military has taught me is not to be content with my situation; you can always do more…” says Gries, a business and finance major. “The military has also taught me to set my goals high and work hard until the mission is complete. We do not fail. We make mistakes, learn from them, and get back up and try again.”
Gries served as a fire team leader in in the 1st Ranger Battalion of the United States Army from 2002 until 2006. In 2010 he joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a squad leader. In 2012, he joined the National Guard full time, in the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) as a non-commissioned officer, a position he maintains today.
Gries was one of the two founders of 4th HOOAH WI (Helping out our American Heroes), a local branch of a national organization dedicated to supporting deployed service men and women, their stateside families and returning veterans. Gries has also helped establish a scholarship at UW-Green Bay for continuing service men and women, or veterans of the armed forces.
“I am president of 4th HOOAH WI, and we look at any and every way possible to help Veterans and their families,” he says. “I am a firm believer in higher education for everyone so this is one way we can help veterans and their families reach the goals they set out for themselves.”
This year, Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11) will be a little more hectic for Gries, who is an organizer of HOOAH WI’s major fundraising effort of the year —the third annual Veteran Suicide Rucksack March — a 22-mile walk/run/march beginning at Stadium View Bar and Grille, 1963 Holmgren Way. At 4 p.m. that day, HOOAH WI will be recognized, with other veterans’ scholarship donors, at UW-Green Bay’s annual Veterans Reception at 4 p.m. in the University Union.
(The expression “hooah,” incidentally, has no precise dictionary definition, but is instantaneously recognizable to service members and veterans (mostly Army) as military slang — a confident, catch-all expression of high morale, cohesiveness and motivation.)
Gries, a Bay Port High School graduate, said he was initially drawn to UW-Green Bay because of its sound business program and the school’s location, but he has been impressed after the fact that the campus provides the non-traditional student an ideal opportunity for degree completion.
“I am not a traditional student…The thing I like the best about the campus and school is the times of the classes, allowing me to make it to my full time job…All of my instructors have been more than understanding…I believe nontraditional students are more than welcomed and treated as peers.”
For more information about the Third Annual Veteran Suicide Rucksack March.
Story by student Emily Schuh, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication Office
UW-Green Bay regularly enters a float in the Annual Green Bay Holiday Parade, scheduled this year for Saturday, November 21. In conjunction with this event, they are gathering school supplies to be shared with underprivileged kids in the Green Bay School District. Help make a local child smile this season and ease the pressure on low-income families by donating school supplies which can be dropped off at several locations around campus. Look for the brightly wrapped boxes promoting the project which can be found in or in hallways adjacent to: NAS Dept., Wood Hall Lobby, MAC Winter Garden Lobby, Academic Technology Services (ATS), Student Life, Provost’s Office, the Community Center lobby at Residence Life, University Union, Student Services (Dean’s Office), the Kress Events Center, Garden Café, and the third floor of the Cofrin Library Building.
School supplies requested can include but are not limited to:
Pencils/Pens…Spiral Notebooks…Loose-leaf Paper…Erasers…Colored Pencils…Magic Markers
…Glue/Glue Sticks…Index Cards…Pencil/Pen Cases…Rulers…Calculators…Scissors…
Backpacks…Highlighters…Pocket Folders…Staplers…Scotch Tape…Watercolor Paints…
Construction Paper…Calendars/Organizers…Three-Ring Binders
If you have questions or cannot find a donation box, please email Monika Pynaker or call her at campus extension 5010. Boxes will be collected Wednesday, November 18. Thank you for your generosity this season!
The Southeast Asian Student Union is holding another egg roll fundraiser, this time to help students attend the Midwest Asian American Student Union conference in Minnesota. There are a few changes this year, however. The front desk of the American Intercultural Center (on the lower level of the Union) will no longer collect order forms and payments. Instead, SASU students will staff a table inside the AIC where forms and payments can be completed, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each business day between Nov. 9 and 18. (Email if you’re unable to make it, and they’ll arrange to pick up orders and payments.) Also, they will no longer sell egg rolls by the half dozen – future sales will be in increments of one dozen only, at $15 per dozen. Finally, they’re replacing the green onions and cilantro combo with white onions instead. One more thing: You’ll be able to specify the date and time that you’d like to pick up your egg rolls. “Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us with any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll try to respond within 24 hours.”
All faculty, staff, students and community are invited to the Chancellor’s Veterans Reception at 4 p.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. This year’s guest speaker will be UW-Green Bay alumnus, Staff Sgt. Jared Spude. Spude was honored at last May’s commencement as Outstanding Student of his graduating class. The Political Science and Public Administration grad enrolled at UWGB in 2011 after serving as a forward observer with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. He is currently one of five certified instructors of military joint forward observers throughout the country. The Nov. 11 reception is free and open to all.
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Koltz publicizes oral-history project, collection — Veterans services coordinator Elaine Koltz says the Nov. 11 reception on campus will be an opportunity to promote a new project called “Voices of Veterans.” She says student Sean Gleason is working to produce an oral history collection of veterans in our community. Also in connection with Veterans Day observances at UWGB, volunteers are collecting items and gift cards for Elizabeth, a new resident of the new Green Bay Veterans Manor who is in need of basic household items, (i.e. dishes, towels, lamps, etc.) If you cannot make the reception and want to drop off items or gift cards for Elizabeth, please drop them off in the collection box in the Veterans Lounge in MAC Hall or at Elaina Koltz’ office in Financial Aid.
The Straight Gay Student Alliance (SAGA) is taking a lead on behalf of the Pride Center to hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Pride Center scholarship fund. The dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 21) at the Mauthe Center is $5 or students, $6 for other adults. Tickets can be purchased at the event or at the Pride Center, UU 153.
In her three full years as a UW-Green Bay student, Courtney Maye has surrounded herself with extraordinary student organizations, community partners, and passionate faculty and staff, striving to better the quality of life for underrepresented groups of people in the Green Bay community and beyond.
Maye took it upon herself to extend these efforts to the incarcerated population — giving them an opportunity to stay connected through books and ideas. She is the coordinator behind a “Books for Inmates” drive currently being held on campus.
Her idea was inspired this past summer, as she began to read a philosophy textbook from a class she took her freshman year.
“I started to think about how long these books sit on my shelves long after I finish them, and how much I’ve taken every single page for granted as a college student, a healthy person, a young person, and a free person.
“Through books we can give the gifts of insight, personal growth, self-sufficiency and both self-reflection and reflection of the world around us,” she said. “Through books we have been blessed to be the beneficiaries of some of the best stories and ideas in our world. What a privilege it is to be able to pass that on to every single person that we can, incarcerated or not.”
The types of books she recommends for the Brown County Jail connection:
New or like new “life skill” books such as personal finance, job skills, etc., science fiction/fantasy, mystery, suspense, westerns, Spanish language books, technical and vocational skills, GED test prep books, basic high school level math and science textbooks, African-American studies, or criminal and civil rights books.
To publicize the effort, Maye has been working closely with the UWGB Social Work Club, which has helped in creating more drop box locations for the donated books. Maye also engaged the support of Prof. Derek Jefferys, Associate Professor of Humanistic Studies and Religion, who spoke about his passion for working with the incarcerated during his 50th Anniversary “Last Lecture” presentation.
The Book Drive for Inmates drop box is currently located in Rose Hall 305. There will be more drop boxes located around campus from early November to the end of the fall semester. Contact Courtney Maye with questions or if you wish to donate a large quantity of books.
Story and photo by Marketing and University Communication intern Emily Schuh