Fox-11 did a nice job in capturing Saturday’s commencement for Jared Spude, the political science and Public Administration major selected Outstanding Student of UW-Green Bay’s May 2015 graduating class. They interviewed both Spude, a National Guard staff sergeant who enrolled at UWGB after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and veterans services coordinator Elaina Koltz. Nice story.
Jared J. Spude of Sturgeon Bay is the May 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association. He will receive the award May 16 at a student award ceremony on campus, on the eve of spring commencement.
Spude is earning his bachelor of science degree with a near-perfect gradepoint average and summa cum laude, or highest honors, having completed majors in Political Science and Public Administration.
The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Spude for his undergraduate success as student, researcher and volunteer in service to others. He was nominated and selected from among approximately 930 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at May commencement.
Originally from Brussels, Wis., Spude graduated from Southern Door High School in 2008 and immediately joined the U.S. Army. After serving two years at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and completing secondary job training, he was deployed to the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. He enrolled at UW-Green Bay within months of leaving active duty in November 2011. He began service with the National Guard that continues today with his work as a training instructor at Fort McCoy and the Wisconsin Military Academy.
At UW-Green Bay, Spude has been active in both academic and community-service initiatives. He has contributed in several campuswide advisory roles, sharing a student perspective with University leadership. Within his Political Science academic unit, he participated in a student-faculty task force that helped develop curriculum, draft the syllabus, and conceptualize a new capstone class and project to be required of all future majors.
Spude devoted significant time and energy to Phuture Phoenix, assisting administrators of the pre-college program with grant applications and behind-the-scenes management. He also gained first-hand experience as a mentor to participating grade school, middle and high school students, and served as coordinator for the Phuture Phoenix tutoring program at Green Bay West High School.
His advanced-level research in public policy addressed the complex issue of state of Wisconsin allocations to local K-12 school districts. His research findings supported the view of many small, rural districts that they are treated inequitably by the current formula. He shared this information with his hometown Southern Door School District and various legislative officials. Spude was chosen this spring for appointment to the University’s internship program with the Office of the Mayor of Green Bay. He worked closely with the mayor’s chief of staff, focusing on research and services related to economic development and entrepreneurship.
In his spare time, Spude has worked as a WIAA-sanctioned football and basketball official, local radio announcer, public-address announcer for high school sports, volunteer varsity basketball assistant, and as music ministry leader for his Brussels parish.
The December 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association is Jordan Grapentine of Appleton. She will accept the honor Friday night (Dec. 12) during a student awards ceremony on campus, and be acknowledged at mid-year commencement the next day. Grapentine is earning her bachelor’s with magna cum laude, or high, honors, and majors in Psychology and Human Development. Grapentine has been an active researcher and assistant with FOCUS, the First-Year Seminar Program and the Phoenix GPS program, working with Profs. Denise Bartell and Jenell Holstead, and presenting at national conferences. She has been active with Circle K, Habitat for Humanity, the Pride Center and a variety of causes. Read more.
Grapentine will graduate Saturday with a bachelor’s of science degree with magna cum laude, or high, honors, and majors in Psychology and Human Development.
The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Grapentine for her undergraduate success as student, researcher and volunteer in service to others. She was nominated and selected from among approximately 500 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at Saturday’s ceremony.
Grapentine is a 2010 graduate of Valley New School, a small public charter school of the Appleton Area School District. She says her career plans include doctoral studies, with the goal of teaching at a public institution and continuing her research into best practices for helping at-risk students succeed in college.
As a peer mentor with the First-Year Seminar Program at UW-Green Bay, Grapentine assisted with course activities, encouraged new students to pursue co-curricular interests and served as an informal adviser and counselor. Her success in that role led to a position as peer mentor coordinator and, later, as assistant to the director of the Phoenix GPS (Gateways to Phirst-Year Success) program, a new initiative designed by Associate Prof. Denise Bartell to help at-risk students navigate the early challenges of college life.
Grapentine assisted Bartell with her academic research aimed at improving success rates for students in transition. The quality of Grapentine’s contributions to that work was reflected in her being chosen to co-present at the National Conference on the First-Year Experience in February 2014 in San Diego, and to make a second presentation at next February’s conference in Dallas. Additionally, she and several student colleagues were chosen to help represent UW-Green Bay at the annual Posters in the Rotunda undergraduate research symposium this past spring in Madison. They presented the project “Gateways to Phirst-Year Success: Navigating College by Building Relationships.”
Grapentine served as a teaching assistant in the Introduction to Human Development course and worked with Assistant Prof. Jenell Holstead on research into the effectiveness of after-school programs in the Green Bay area. More recently, Grapentine interned with the University’s FOCUS program to enhance orientation by offering more activities of possible interest to students from diverse backgrounds. She investigated offerings at peer institutions nationwide and recommended that the American Intercultural Center, Pride Center and the Veterans’ Center here become more active with events and open house sessions for newcomers.
Grapentine has been a chapter president and active volunteer with Circle K, a student-led service organization. She made trips to Louisiana and Alabama with the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and worked at a camp in Wisconsin Dells serving individuals with disabilities. Other volunteer involvement on campus and in the community included work for local schools, food pantries, the local LGBTQ community, the Humane Society and the Brown County Human Services Department’s Pals Program.
After the passing in January 2014 of her friend and fellow research assistant, KaNisha Flemming, who died of leukemia, Grapentine and others organized a successful series of fundraisers to create the KaNisha Flemming Memorial Scholarship. The newly created scholarship assists Psychology or Human Development students whose lives have been affected by cancer.
We see that Green Bay Athletics has posted all of Saturday’s big news involving awards and honors at commencement, and more: Coach and Academic Coordinator Mike Kline receiving the Chancellor’s Award… Summa cum laude Human Biology grad Nicole Will of the women’s cross country team earning Outstanding Student honors for the graduating class… Four softball players having their diplomas presented by AD Mary Ellen Gillespie before their NCAA tournament game in Minneapolis… And hoops star Alec Brown earned attention for his last-minute flight to make the ceremony and become the final graduating senior to receive a degree from Chancellor Tom Harden. Anyway, the full list of all the fine May 2014 UW-Green Bay graduates who have also played NCAA Division I sports for the school:
Alec Brown, Men’s Basketball, Business Administration
Gabrielle Cassady, Softball, Business Administration
Ellen Joppe, Women’s Soccer, Business Administration
Sabrina Marunowski, Volleyball, Business Administration
Leah Poel, Volleyball, Business Administration
Stephen Wagner, Men’s Cross Country, Business Administration
Chanel Aries, Women’s Soccer, Communication
Paul Choudoir, Men’s Nordic Skiing, Communication
Brittany Groth, Volleyball, Communication
Jonathan Lesniak, Men’s Swimming, Communication
Monica Anderson, Volleyball, Democracy and Justice Studies
Shannon Butts, Softball, Democracy and Justice Studies
Tyler Evans, Men’s Swimming, Design Arts
Edward Gurney, Men’s Nordic Skiing, Economics
Kelly Baron, Women’s Swimming, Education
Stacey Butts, Softball, Education
Lindsy Cook, Women’s Cross Country, Education
Taylor Trelka, Women’s Swimming, Education, Social Work
Paul Malcore, Men’s Cross Country, English
Wayne Clark, Men’s Nordic Skiing, History
Melissa Killpatrick, Women’s Swimming, History
Maria Anderson, Women’s Tennis, Human Biology
Carrie Dinelli, Women’s Diving, Human Biology
Jenna Harrington, Women’s Soccer, Human Biology
Jacki Johnson, Women’s Golf, Human Biology
Katie Mroczenski, Volleyball, Human Biology
Miranda Reinke, Softball, Human Biology
Renee Therrien, Women’s Soccer, Human Biology
Nicole Will, Women’s Cross Country, Human Biology
Lyndsay Zabkowicz, Volleyball, Human Biology
Hailey Feltz, Women’s Nordic Skiing, Human Development, Psychology
Breannah Ranger, Women’s Basketball, Human Development
Allison Goecks, Softball, Psychology
Sam Zastrow, Women’s Basketball, Social Work
Also acknowledge by Chancellor Tom Harden was Nicole Will, a summa cum laude graduate of Human Biology who was chosen to receive the Outstanding Student Award from among her graduating class of nearly 900. We’ve got a photo and more.
A doctorate-bound Human Biology grad with a 4.0 GPA will accept the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association’s Outstanding Student Award during a Friday (May 16) ceremony, and will be honored from the podium at commencement the next day. Nicole Will of Luxemburg is a Human Bio major with an emphasis in exercise science. Her stellar academic record, research and internship experience and extracurricular and community involvement earned Will the honor, which the Alumni Association selects for each graduating class. Will recently was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UW-Madison. For more on the honoree.
A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Human Biology graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average will accept the University’s Outstanding Student Award during a Friday, May 16 ceremony on campus.
Nicole Will of Luxemburg will earn her degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in exercise science. She is graduating in just three years with summa cum laude, or highest, honors, and recently was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UW-Madison. Chosen by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, the Outstanding Student Award winner is acknowledged during the Friday awards event and again from the stage at commencement the following day.
Will’s academic success during her UW-Green Bay career led her to a position tutoring Biology and Chemistry students, and she worked closely with UW-Green Bay Human Biology faculty members on research and other assignments. Will reported to Associate Prof. James Marker on an independent research project that was part of a larger, ongoing Human Biology study; and, as part of a summer internship with Associate Prof. Amanda Nelson, worked with and mentored area high school students interested in the field.
Will served as president of the campus AT/PT/OT Club — made up of students pursuing studies and careers in various areas of physical therapy — and organized appearances by visiting speakers. She arranged volunteer opportunities for club members including staff assistance with the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon medical tent and the Green Bay Triathlon. Her campus involvement also included membership in the Phi Eta Sigma and Tri Beta honor societies. A member of the NCAA Division I women’s cross-country team at UW-Green Bay, she was a multiple winner of Horizon League academic honors.
As a community volunteer, Will assisted with the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter, the local Cerebral Palsy Center, and with Luxemburg-Casco Middle School as an assistant track coach. She worked on campus as a front-desk staffer for the Kress Events Center.
The Outstanding Student Award is a proud tradition for the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, which has been soliciting nominations and designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976. Will was nominated and selected from among nearly 900 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at May 2014 commencement.
Congratulations to Heba Mohammad, recently named the recipient of the Public and Environmental Affairs (PEA) Outstanding Student Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. This award, carrying a partial scholarship, recognizes students in Public and Environmental Affairs who have excelled in their academic careers and who also desire to pursue a career of public service. Paula Miller was the other finalist. This year marks the fifth time the scholarship has been given. Mohammad and Miller will be formally recognized during Celebrating PEA Students gathering on May 1.
Andrea M. Reisenauer of Sheboygan has been selected to receive this commencement’s two top student honors. She will receive the Outstanding Student Award as presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, and she was also chosen by a faculty and administrative committee to serve as graduating class speaker. At the Weidner Center ceremony on Dec. 14, Reisenauer will receive her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude with distinction in the major. She completed double majors in English and Spanish and a minor in Humanistic Studies with an emphasis in linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language. She worked as a tutor for the Writing Center and as an instructor for the Adult Literacy Center of Green Bay, teaching English skills to Somali immigrants. A published poet, she has had work accepted by several literary journals. Learn more.