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Superior vision: Why a Northwoods diesel specialist invests here

brian-wendt_top-storyUp in the northwoods of Wisconsin, an upturn in manufacturing is picking up speed, often to the satisfying hum of a finely crafted diesel engine.

One company in particular — with new ties to UW-Green Bay — is both driving and benefitting from that resurgence. Superior Diesel, headquartered in Rhinelander, customizes industrial-grade diesel engines for commercial users for whom there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all.

“We’re proud to be the largest value-added distributor of John Deere engines in the world,” says president Brian Wendt.

Engines are shipped directly to the plant, located in the forest along Highway 8 in the industrial park west of town. Warehouse shelves are lined with products by Deere, Kohler and other manufacturers awaiting testing and tuning at the hands of Superior’s skilled production specialists.

Each job begins long before, of course. Clients can expect field visits and exacting analysis of their intended end-use applications. Specialists in mechanical, electrical and design engineering pore over schematics and blueprints. Powering an electric generator is different than pumping water. Emissions requirements vary by locality. Drive-train components perform differently in 110° conditions than at minus-20°.

When Superior’s team devises a solution, the custom-designed components are jobbed out, usually to a local supplier or metal-fabricating shop within a 150-mile radius of Rhinelander.

Wendt is proud that Superior’s success is spinning off employment across the north. There’s also satisfaction in knowing high-torque diesel power remains in demand for logging and agriculture in Wisconsin and beyond, and in new industries, as well.

Partly in appreciation of its local roots, partly anticipating the need for future engineering, purchasing, sales, accounting, production and product-support people, Superior has established two endowed scholarship funds at UW-Green Bay.

Scholarships are open to residents of Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Price and Forest counties. Wendt hopes local students will pursue the education that will make them even more valuable when they return north. One of the scholarships is reserved for UW-Green Bay’s new program in engineering technology, and Wendt is hopeful of setting up internship opportunities, as well.

Last call: Nominate now for Academic Excellence Symposium

The 14th Annual UW-Green Bay Academic Excellence Symposium which showcases the academic excellence of our undergraduate and graduate students, and internships, will take place Tuesday April 7, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Faculty are reminded to nominate students to present work, and have them complete the application proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday March 10. Direct questions to Terri Ternes.

Aurora BayCare commits $107,000 to renew EMBI grant

The Environmental Management and Business Institute at UW-Green Bay has received $107,000 in grant funding from Aurora BayCare Medical Center to continue a multi-year community partnership through 2017. The arrangement, which began in 2010, provides opportunities for EMBI interns to work directly with the healthcare provider to assess and evaluate environmental performance through benchmarking. The students help to identify potential areas for improvement in water reduction, energy efficiency, solid waste management, waste minimization and pollution prevention. Interns work under the direction of an EMBI faculty member and staff from the healthcare provider. To date, eight students have benefited from the real-world experience provided by the grant.

Software’s Fralick ’82 a role model, mentor for students

top-story-fralickMark Fralick, a 1982 graduate of UW-Green Bay in Business Administration, is a force to be reckoned with in the high-flying world of business software.

His company, GetUsROI LLC, with offices in the Houston Metro Area and Brookfield Wis., just made its debut in the Inc. magazine 500/5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. It claimed the No. 7 spot among all software companies in the entrepreneur-rich state of Texas.

GetUsROI designs the systems that drive the conveyors, robotics and database tracking that make contemporary warehouse management a modern marvel.

“I’m not a guy who likes to spend all my time doing budgets, but I’m a developer, a coder,” Fralick told a UW-Green Bay computer science class during one recent visit. “I can code well. And, as we all know, it’s hard to do… and harder to do well.”

Along with his occasional guest lectures on campus, Fralick is a consultant to Computer Science Chair Peter Breznay on curriculum matters. He also has placed UW-Green Bay students in challenging, advanced-level internships serving major accounts including Georgia-Pacific, Panasonic and Crown Bolt.

“Mark hired three interns,” Breznay notes, “and paid them a pretty good rate. Each of them got their own projects and were sent as a group to visit warehouse sites where GetUsROI technology is used.”

Another four or five interns were set to follow in their footsteps in a Green Bay “pod.” All students get credits and grades for their internships — the class number is COMP SCI 497, Internship in Computer Science.

Fralick made his first big splash in the industry in 1990. He co-founded Software Architects Inc., offering proprietary supply-chain solutions to companies including Compaq, Panasonic, Delta Faucet and Timex. He eventually sold the rights to that software to industry giant RedPrairie, in 1998.

In his rare spare time (during plane rides and down time on business trips), Fralick writes. His first novel, Opa’s Rhyme, is targeted at the young adult market.

UW-Green Bay receives $150K grant to boost internship opportunities

UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs (CFPA) and Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) recently received their second $150,000 Career Ready Internship Initiative grant from HYPERLINK “http://www.mygreatlakes.org/community” Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This grant will benefit students by offering them opportunities to gain invaluable, real-world experience through paid internships in their fields of study.

UW-Green Bay will use the grant to create new paid internships and turn previously unpaid internships into paid internships, for juniors and seniors who don’t receive enough financial aid to cover college costs.

“With the Career Ready Internship Initiative grant, UW-Green Bay can enable students to achieve educational and professional goals while meeting personal and family obligations,” said Ashley Heath, associate director of the Center for Public Affairs.

UW-Green Bay, part of last year’s internship grant pilot, is one of 40 Wisconsin colleges and universities to receive some of the more than $5.2 million in Career Ready Internship Initiative grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. Schools will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations across the state to create the new paid internships.

“This opportunity benefits our students, organizations in the region, and the UW-Green Bay campus,” said John Arendt, EMBI associate director. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Interested businesses and organizations in Northeastern Wisconsin should contact Ashley Heath, (920) 465-2608, or John Arendt, (920) 465-2953, for more information.


EMBI summer intern helps Port Washington launch sustainability push

UW-Green Bay student Hanne Guthrie was instrumental in operationalizing and rolling out a new Green Business Program for the city of Port Washington, Wis. Guthrie’s summer internship with the city was arranged through EMBI (the Environmental Management and Business Institute), headquartered at UW-Green Bay. The program recognizes businesses employing green and sustainable practices. The success of the first participant, the Java Dock Café, has spurred other local businesses to accept the challenge of being recognized as good environmental and community stewards. See a post on EMBI’s website.

Tilot receives Volunteer Leadership Award

Among the award recipients of the 2014 WPS Volunteer Awards today (April 10) was UW-Green Bay alumnus Glen Tilot. Tilot, a social worker with Brown County Human Services, received the Schneider National Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award. UWGB has long recognized Tilot’s impact to campus and community. In 2010 he was named UWGB’s Recruitment Partner of the Year. Tilot has personally supervised close to 100 students for various fields of study as interns and volunteers. The event was held at the KI Convention Center, downtown Green Bay.

Agricultural communications is Amy Manske’s calling

top-story-AmyManskeUpon graduation in 2012, UW-Green Bay alumnus Amy Manske (in pink) decided not to settle. She was going to look for her dream job — one that incorporated her love for agriculture and her degree in Communication. A previous opportunity as a finalist for “Alice in Dairyland,” the official agricultural ambassador for the state of Wisconsin, only solidified her desire for a career in agricultural public relations.

It took Manske only two months after graduation to find work in her chosen field. She accepted a job as communications coordinator at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (WFBF) in Madison, Wisconsin’s largest general farm organization.

“The reason why I like my job so much is because I get to tell people about agriculture and farmers,” Manske said. “So many of our members are the hardworking farmers out working every day, even in the frigid temperatures out feeding their animals and taking care of them. That is really noteworthy and cool to tell people.”

Amy Manske

Amy Manske

Manske grew up on a dairy farm in New London, Wis., and has a soft spot for agriculture and those responsible for it.

“It’s really challenging because less than two percent of the population is involved in agriculture anymore,” she said. “Telling that story to 98 percent of the world is a challenge.”

Manske says she enjoys the variety of her job. On any given day she could be setting up media interviews, writing articles, updating several social media accounts, working with committees, going to events or working with a co-worker on the county newsletters.

She travels to the 61 county farm bureaus and events across the state, and a few outside the state as well. Last year a trip to Washington D.C. gave her a professional development opportunity to meet with others from the American Farm Bureau and speak with legislators.

Manske originally chose to attend UW-Green Bay for its proximity to her hometown. She says she stayed because of the supportive people that helped her grow as a person. She says she found family, friendship and love.

“There are a lot of people that stick out in my mind at UWGB because the nature of the campus is to be friendly and supportive,” Manske said.

She interned with the public relations director of the Green Bay Area Public School District helping with social media and public relations. She also gained experience as an intern with Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, working with the Green Bay establishment to create a new website and work on its public relations and social media presence.

“It takes time to master professional skills and those internships allowed me to practice and improve,” Manske said. “I was able to experiment with social media to see what works and what doesn’t while I was still in school.”

Manske also worked in UWGB’s Dean of Students office, where she became close to University Services Associate, Amanda Wildenberg, saying Wildenberg was a very special role model. “I appreciated her constant encouragement,” she said. “I felt like I had a family away from my own family, everyone in that office made me feel like their daughter in a sense.”

Manske also met her future husband, Jonathan Eckelberg, at UWGB. They had Communication classes and Residence Hall and Apartment Association meetings in common, and deepened their friendship when they both became student ambassadors. (The story has it that Eckelberg poked Manske with a fork to get her attention during an ambassador luncheon, but that’s a separate story). They plan to be married in October of 2014.
Story by Cheyenne Makinia, Marketing and University Communication intern

Psychology interns get hands-on with after school research

A half-dozen UW-Green Bay students are working to make after-school programming better, getting hands-on in area schools as undergraduate interns. Under the supervision of Assistant Prof. Jenell Holstead, Psychology, the students are working in various Title I Green Bay School District schools, studying issues ranging from homework reluctance to what motivates kids. Eventually, they’ll use their research to create after-school resources for staff members to use. See more on the program.

Psychology interns conduct research for Boys and Girls Club

Psychology interns conduct research for Boys and Girls ClubIn a partnership that gives real-world experience to college undergraduates, six UW-Green Bay students are serving with the Green Bay Area Public Schools Title I program, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay. It’s the fourth semester the partners are working together.

UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor of Psychology Jenell Holstead is supervising the interns, who work in the schools although the program is run through the Boys and Girls Club. Her area of research is after-school programming. (In photo above are interns Ashley Mader, Kaeley Blaney, Prof. Jenell Holstead, Allison Goecks, and Karrah Watson. Interns not pictured are Ezra Williamson, senior and Mai Kou Lor, junior.)

Holstead said each semester the focus of the research for the interns changes; this semester the focus is project-based learning. They will use their research to create after-school resources for staff members to use.

Ali Goecks, a Psychology major and Education and Math minor, wants to teach abroad and complete her student teaching at a bilingual school in Mexico. Her research focuses on why students don’t do homework and what motivates them to do it at her internship location, Franklin Middle School.

“I really like working in this program,” Goecks said. “Middle school is a crucial age. It’s the age where you see students tip off and get disinterested in school or they go with it and thrive and get excited about it.”

Kaeley Blaney, senior Human Development major and intern at Danz Elementary School, helps students in kindergarten through fifth grade with math, reading and other homework.

“I have always known that I wanted to work with children in some way,” Blaney said. “This experience will really help me in the work field.”

Danz Elementary School and Fort Howard Elementary School both have bilingual students. Kara Watson, senior Human Development major and an intern at Fort Howard Elementary School, rotates amongst the grades. She says some of the students don’t speak English, and the others will translate for her.

“Sometimes the fifth-graders help the younger kids with their homework and they get such pride from being able to help them, it’s so nice to see,” Watson said.

The interns said this is their first opportunity to work with at-risk youth.

It took some getting used to,” Watson said. “I have learned to adapt and meet them where they are.”

— Photos and text by Cheyenne Makinia, student intern, Marketing and University Communication