The Kress Events Center’s fitness wing has an uncredited cameo in a new commercial starring Green Bay Packers standouts Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy. The brief spot has the two stars talking and joking while riding stationary bikes. It’s an ad for NFL.com’s new fantasy football site. To see the video.
Congratulations to Susan Finco of the UW-Green Bay Foundation Board of Directors and Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. The public relations executive has been nominated to become the first female member of the Green Bay Packers Executive Committee. The move becomes official at the team shareholders meeting on July 28. ESPN.com has more.
As we reported earlier, Tuesday’s Phoenix-Packers Steak Fry at the Lambeau Field Atrium was a record-breaking affair, with attendance of 955 and $150,000 raised for intercollegiate athletics at UW-Green Bay. NFL hall of famer Dave Robinson, former Packers stars Lynn Dickey and Paul Coffman, team CEO Mark Murphy and current starters Mike Daniels and Cory Linsley were among the VIPs in attendance. Also present was new men’s basketball coach, Linc Darner, who made his first major public appearance in Green. TV-2 talked to Darner, and also to holdover starter Carrington Love, the team’s top returning scorer. “He’s a straight forward guy. Honesty is one of his characteristics,” Love said. “You know he knows his stuff.”
On Tuesday (April 21) the Green Bay Phoenix Athletics Department and the Green Bay Packers will partner again to host the 15th Annual Phoenix Packers Steak Fry at the Lambeau Field Atrium beginning at 5 p.m. The annual joint venture supports the Phoenix Fund, the principal fund for student-athlete scholarships and program support. Over the past 14 years, the proceeds from this event have yielded nearly $900,000, including more than $81,000 in 2014. Individual tickets are on sale for $100 each. Newly hired basketball coach Linc Darner is expected to make his Steak Fry debut.
Fun, prestige, experience… what more could you ask from an internship? How about a company CEO that knows your name? For Missy Schleicher, it doesn’t get much better than interning for the Green Bay Packers.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Communication major began with the Green Bay Packers in December 2014 as a Brand and Fan Engagement Intern. The fun started almost immediately.
“I was at a pizza party to celebrate a departing employee just after Christmas. Everyone from intern to company CEO was invited,” she explains. “My mom had sent a big bunch of Christmas cookies and I was trying not to eat them, so I brought them to work. Packers President Mark Murphy ate two of them, and said they were two of the best cookies he ever had. Now he waves at me whenever I see him. I met him once and now he knows my name.”
Through her position, Schleicher works with the two Green Bay Packers fan clubs: the Junior Power Pack for kids, and the Packers Partners Club for adults. She answers fan questions, packages items to be sent to fans, and assists in planning events designed for the clubs.
“There is a Junior Power Pack clinic in June and we’re just starting to work on planning that,” she said. “We need to get a T-shirt design in, talk to sponsors about getting money for the T-shirts, send out invites, and talk to players who will come and make appearances. That’s the majority of it.”
Having had no previous internship experience, getting the internship was a pleasant surprise for her.
“I just closed my eyes and threw the resume at them just hoping, crossing my fingers, and never really expecting to get it,” she said. “I thought I would have to start way smaller. I’m just really grateful.”
Intending to pursue a career in sports communication, an internship with the Packers was the perfect first step.
“My passion is sports, and I really fell in love with my major,” she said. “My dream job or end goal would really be to get a job in sports. I knew that experience in an internship would be crucial in progressing my career.”
After several months, the experience has helped her to gain insight into her future.
“I learned that a communication job in sports is unlike any other,” she said. “Your ‘nine to five’ is not ‘nine to five.’ You’re there before anyone else is there and you leave when it’s dark out. You eat breakfast, lunch, and supper there. It’s your life, and I totally fell in love with that. I think it will really help me in progressing in the future and knowing you have to put hard work in to get a good outcome.”
Aside from her internship, Schleicher also serves as the secretary for the UWGB chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, is an intramural supervisor at the Kress Events Center, and writes for the Kress Press, the newsletter for Kress employees. These and her classroom experiences have provided Schleicher with a well-rounded look at the field she’s pursuing after graduation in May 2016.
“Right now I’m in Social Media Strategies with Professor Danielle Bina, and my supervisor is the administrator of Packers Everywhere on Facebook and Twitter,” Schleicher said. “Her tweets match up with her Facebook and she’s tweeting at different times to make sure that her target audience is seeing the tweets. So, it’s cool to learn it both in the internship and in class.”
After interning for the Packers, Schleicher is convinced that sports communication is where she is meant to be.
Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication
UW-Green Bay student Tyler Brinkman of Sturgeon Bay got a big write-up in his hometown paper, the Door County Advocate, with a story sharing his impressions as a Phoenix cheerleader who, along with his teammates, also got to double as a Packers cheerleader. “Getting to go to the Packers (home) games, you can’t beat that,” said the 6-foot-4, 225-pound former high school football player. One anecdote: Brinkman said he was whipping a Packers flag in a figure-eight pattern when he “clipped” the shoulder of Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was walking to the locker room to get an injury examined. Perceiving an insult had been added to his injury, Marshall briefly gave Brinkman a boxer’s menacing staredown. To read the story.
Green (and maybe a little gold) should be the order of the day in picking a wardrobe for Friday. While not officially a Phoenix Friday (that’ll come when the second semester arrives), it’s a good chance for those on campus to show their Packers pride in advance of this weekend’s NFC championship game at Seattle, and to again proclaim their UW-Green Bay allegiance as the Phoenix women host archrival UW-Milwaukee at the Kress.
Over the years, UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey Kaye has often written — for major national outlets — about the way the community-ownership model makes the Green Bay Packers one of the greatest institutions in all of professional sports. His latest, “The People’s Team: Why Progressives Should Back the Green Bay Packers,” repurposes some of those earlier writings. The topic is particularly timely, Kaye notes, in the wake of Green Bay’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys and their mega-rich, mega-ego owner Jerry Jones. Kaye’s column is posted at the Campaign for America’s Future website.
UW-Green Bay alumna Tammi Schroeder started her postsecondary career elsewhere and then transferred to UW-Green Bay — a decision, she said, that has made all the difference. Schroeder graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2010 with a Business Administration degree and an internship with the Green Bay Packers under her belt. Now she’s in her fifth season of full-time employment with the Green and Gold, working in sales and brand development for the most storied franchise in professional sports. New video has more on her story. And in case you missed it, here’s our video featuring Schroeder and several of her colleagues — all proud to be grads of UW-Green Bay.
We told you here last week about a group of proud alumni who have parlayed their UW-Green Bay educations into great careers with the Green Bay Packers. One of those alums, game and fan development manager Kandi Goltz ’87, was featured prominently in a Sunday (Dec. 7) Green Bay Press-Gazette feature about what goes on behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly on game day. Goltz is a key part of the team that scripts every aspect of the game, from player introductions to contests, songs and commercial breaks. She stands on the field for the entire game, ensuring to-the-minute precision timing and working to maximize enjoyment for the game-day crowd of 78,000. “People come to the game, and they’re actually here to watch football,” she said. “They don’t know that somebody is pressing a button for that song to play and somebody has the exact timing that the anthem is going to be and somebody tells the team when to come out of the tunnel. It all just happens.” To see the full story, and to check out our video featuring Goltz (look for her at the 32 second mark), click the links, here:
Green Bay Press-Gazette story
UW-Green Bay video (look for Goltz at the 32 second mark)