A student employee is being praised for helping save a UWGB staff member pinned beneath a tree last Tuesday morning (Aug. 18) as the two were cleaning storm debris from an arboretum trail. The student, Samantha R. Braaten, was out with co-worker Dan Koetz, an arboretum specialist with the Facilities Management division, at about 9:30 a.m. to clear a fallen tree blocking a path near Mahon Creek on the south side of campus. When the tree shifted, campus police say, it landed across Koetz’s neck and upper body, making it difficult for him to breathe. Braaten tried lifting the section of the trunk (about a foot in diameter) and used branches as levers to begin to relieve the pressure, and then dialed for help. As Braaten continued to keep the full weight off Koetz, facilities workers Lyle Uitenbroek and Nathan Rusch arrived. When the three still couldn’t free Koetz by lifting, Rusch grabbed a chain saw and began to cut sections away. Braaten then flagged down Public Safety officers Chad Kleman and David Jones, arriving on the scene. Freed from under the tree, Koetz remained conscious but reported pain, and was transported by Green Bay Fire and Rescue responders. He was released from the hospital later that day. Both Police Chief Tom Kujawa and Facilities Director Paul Pinktson commended all involved in the rescue, especially the student, Braaten, for her potentially life-saving actions. Braaten, a political science major from Suamico, earned the Chancellor’s Medallion and her diploma earlier this summer.
Ellen Edison, a May 2015 UW-Green Bay graduate and standout student-athlete for Green Bay women’s basketball received the Horizon League’s highest individual honor yesterday — the Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor. The Coleman Medal of Honor is presented annually to the league’s top male and female student-athletes who best exemplify the dignity and high purpose of the League and its membership. The individuals demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Edison graduated summa cum laude with honors in the Human Biology major. Read more.
More than 250 people turned out for the May 2015 Honors Graduate Reception hosted by UW-Green Bay Friday, May 15, in the grand foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The event welcomed about 80 May graduates who would be graduating the following day with summa, magna or cum laude honors. They were joined by family members in town for the big weekend, and faculty and staff extending best wishes. Speakers during a brief program included Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill, outgoing SGA President Vanya Koepke and Alumni Relations Director Kari Moody. Moody said the event, tried for the first time with the December 2014 honors grads, appears to have a bright future as a permanent part of Commencement weekend. The Alumni Association views it as an opportunity to connect with some of its newest members, and the many out-of-town visitors (including some online students who had visited campus rarely if at all) said they enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with members of the UW-Green Bay community.
– Photos by Kelly Selner, Office of University Advancement
Editor’s note: For an enlarged version — which shows a current day aerial of campus and the Les Raduenz Woods (outlined in green) with inset images from 1960 (pre-campus and mostly farm fields) and 1992 (transitional stage of arboretum development) — click on image above.
A ceremony was held Friday (May 15) to dedicate “Les Raduenz Woods,” a 22-acre forest/woodland south of Circle Drive across from the Office of Facilities Management. Raduenz was a central figure in development of the Cofrin Arboretum and UW-Green Bay campus for 35 years. He retired in 2006 as director of Facilities Management, a position he held for 12 years. Raduenz took a special interest in this area, overseeing a tree planting program that has led to its conversion into an early successional woodland and, eventually, an extension of Mahon Woods, one of the Arboretum’s most important natural features. Others who contributed significantly to the development of Les Raduenz Woods included faculty members Dr. Keith White, Dr. Paul Sager, and founding Chancellor Edward Weidner; Facilities Management staff members Mike Vanlanen, Lylas Dequaine, Dennis Nellis, Jim Stiefvater, and Paul Pinkston; and students like Neil Diboll, who eventually became a pioneer in ecological restoration through the establishment of his company, Prairie Nursery, located near Westfield, Wis.
Five UW-Green Bay student-athletes have been recognized as members of the 2015 Winter Academic All-Horizon League Teams. The teams, which represent success in competition as well as in the classroom, were voted on by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and athletics communications directors. Earning academic all-league honors for the Phoenix were women’s basketball’s Megan Lukan, Communication and Business Administration; and swimming and diving’s Claire Friederick, Human Biology; Tanner Nordlund, Business Administration; James Wise (undeclared) and Ryan Korslin, Human Development.
The campus chapter of NRHH – the National Residence Hall Honorary – has informed student Allie Saxton that she has been chosen executive board member of the month. Her nominators praised her “extraordinary leadership skills in her role as president of the (Residence Life) Phase 2 Community Council,” and in organizing major events, reaching out to involve all members in meetings and activities, and recruiting new members and leaders to the organization.
Tuesday brought another prestigious honor for Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.), who was named an honorable mention selection for the Associated Press 2014-15 All-America Team. The point guard joins Tony Bennett as the only players in program history to earn the distinction in two seasons.
The UW-Green Bay chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America earned top prize in the Edelman Case Studies Competition in Chicago on March 20 and 21. The competition took place at the regional competition hosted by the student chapters of Loyola University and Columbia College, and brought together students from across the region to learn, discuss and compete.
During the case study competition, students competed in teams to find the best solution for the proposed client. Teams then presented to a judging panel of executives from Edelman Public Relations, the world’s largest public relations firm, with more than 5,000 employees in 65 cities.
Communication major Taylor Thomson, president of the UW-Green Bay PRSSA chapter, headed a team that included executive board and chapter members William Canzoneri, Leah Christianson, Sally Henne, Michael Kinscher, Emily Schuh, Katelyn Staaben and Katie Vlachina.
The success in Chicago continues a run of strategic thinking, training and application opportunities at which UW-Green Bay Communication students have excelled.
Earlier this semester, the UW-Green Bay PRSSA group was retained by the state Red Cross, of Madison, to devise a public relations and communication campaign for blood donation awareness on college campuses.
The student organization was chartered January 24, 2014. The chapter has already successfully completed one project for the UW-Green Bay Admissions department; the planning of Communication Preview Day, and has attended several national and regional conferences. With these early accomplishments, the chapter has grown to nearly two dozen, dues-paying members.
The 2015 awards committee for WAND — the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — has made a habit of honoring UW-Green Bay students and staff in handing out its annual awards. It’ll hold true again at the 2015 Awards Luncheon to be held during the WAND Annual Conference Friday, April 17, in Elkhart Lake. Those being honored will include:
• Outstanding Dietetics Student of the Year — Joyce Whitchurch, dietetic intern
• Outstanding Dietetics Student of the Year — Janelle Schirmer, undergraduate student
• Outstanding Dietetic Educator — Shelly Gabel, Dietetic Internship Director
‘Twas the night before commencement, and all through the house… award-winning UW-Green Bay students were feted at special receptions on campus for top members of the December 2014 graduating class. A pair of on-campus receptions on Friday, Dec. 12, brought together students, friends, family and UWGB official to celebrate. The events honored students earning cum laude, magna and summa cum laude distinction at Saturday’s graduation ceremony, as well as individuals nominated and selected to receive the Chancellor’s Medallion and University Leadership Awards.