Kim Desotell, the former Phuture Phoenix director and more recently the University’s director of development within University Advancement, has left campus for a new challenge. Desotell will head up GRACE — the Green Bay Area Catholic Education system — beginning July 7. Desotell told the Green Bay Press-Gazette she is a practicing Catholic, has a daughter attending a GRACE school, and will rely on her educational background to help inform her work as superintendent for a district with about 2,200 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at 10 schools. Prior to her arrival at UW-Green Bay in 2007, Desotell worked as an elementary school teacher, principal, technology and training specialist and consultant. See the full P-G story.
UW-Green Bay student Courtney Maye drew inspiration from a campus visit two years ago by urban artist Candy Chang, famous for locating chalkboards and canvasses in high-traffic areas and inviting passers-by to reflect and share their thoughts. Maye did something similar for fifth-graders visiting UWGB last October for Phuture Phoenix tour days. She positioned chalkboards so the young visitors could finish the sentence “I want to go to college so that I can…” in chalk. Recently, Maye sent photos of the event to Candy Chang’s website to appear in featured rotation. Maye, an Urban and Regional Studies major, said Chang’s assistant mentioned that some of the UWGB photos might appear in the artist’s new book. Maye credits staff and administrators including Mary Baranek, Sue Mattison, Lucy Arendt, Ashley Folcik, Kimberly Desotell and Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich for helping make her project possible. See the UW-Green Bay photo page at Chang’s site (which is based on the theme “Before I die, I want to…), http://beforeidie.cc/site/green-bay-remix/
Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich, who served a number of years and in many roles for the Phuture Phoenix Program, most recently as its interim director, has announced her departure. Pabich is moving to a newly created events manager position with the Heritage Hill Foundation. She expresses her gratitude to the faculty, staff and students who fully invested in the successful program, now replicated at colleges across the country. Cataldo-Pabich’s last day is Friday, May 29, when she invites peers to stop up and say “see you later.” Pabich is a UW-Green Bay alumna, having graduated with a degree in History and Social Change and Development before pursuing a master’s degree in History from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
The Whitney Radder Phenomenal Role Model Award was presented to UW-Green Bay student Natalie Neuwirth (at center in photo) earlier this month. The award is presented by the Phuture Phoenix pre-college program to a collegian who has done an outstanding job working in the K-12 schools, through hard work and dedication to the students they serve.
Neuwirth was a tutor at East High School in spring 2015, reaching out to high school students who began their association with Phuture Phoenix years earlier as fifth-graders. The award-winning program opens children’s eyes to the idea that college is possible, and follows up with tutoring and college-readiness activities that keep them on track to graduate from high school. Neuwirth was nominated by fellow Education student Jamie Stahl who serves in a leadership role with Phuture Phoenix and coordinates the tutors at East.
The Radder Award is presented annually to a deserving role model in honor of Whitney Radder, a former student and Phuture Phoenix mentor pursuing a degree in Education who was tragically killed in a 2010 car accident while a student at UW-Green Bay.
Pictured above, from left, are: David and Kaye Radder (Whitney’s brother and mother), Natalie Neuwirth, Jamie Stahl and Helen Schaal (instructor for the Phuture Phoenix class).
For many students, the transition from high school to college can be daunting. But for homeschooled students, that switch comes with an even potentially deeper set of challenges.
That was the experience initially for Education major Lexi Jasen. “I was very used to doing my own thing,” said the senior who will graduate in May 2015 with highest of honors. “My mom gave me a lot of control as far as planning my own curriculum and my schedule, as long as she approved it. But she gave me a lot of freedom. She knew I would be very responsible and I would get it done.”
After homeschooling through high school, Jasen began her college experience at UW-Sheboygan before transferring to UW-Green Bay.
“It is very different to have your own expectations and then to adapt to multiple professors with different expectations for different classes,” she said, “But honestly, the hardest thing for me is the actual sitting in class. I don’t take notes. I’m a doodler. Notes don’t help me at all. That’s not how I learn.”
Jasen turned to her UWGB faculty members for guidance.
“There are some professors, especially in the Education department, who have really gotten to know me and that has been wonderful.”
Their support motivated Jasen to become an active participant in her own learning and to the betterment of those around her. She is a mentor in the Phuture Phoenix program, serves as the president of UW-Green Bay’s Student Wisconsin Education Association and is in the process of creating an honor society for the Education department.
After graduating this May and completing her student teaching, Jasen hopes to find a position as a teacher and one day open her own charter school.
“I want to do something fairly similar to the Phantom Knight charter school which I’ve worked with through Phuture Phoenix,” she said, “They are very project based and inspire independent learning — very similar to how I learned — and I know there are many other people out there like me. My goal, eventually, is to give students more of a say in their learning, because then they’re going to be more motivated to do it and more interested in it.”
Jasen feels other homeschooled students can be just as successful if they speak up and ask for the help that they need.
“The homeschoolers that I know and grew up with are kind of like me and they know how they learn and they now what they need in order to succeed. The more I communicated that with my professors, the more successful I was in those classes, and I think that that is something a lot of people are really hesitant to do.”
Photo and story by Katelyn Staaben.
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.
Eight UW-Green Bay students from the Professional Program in Nursing class 447, Leadership and Management, visited Preble High School recently, accompanied by Assistant Prof. Tyczkowski, to meet with students in the Phuture Phoenix FLITE program. FLITE is an after-school group at Preble targeted at keeping high-schoolers interested in pursuing higher ed. The UW-Green Bay students shared why they became nurses, the various paths taken to become a nurse and what areas of nursing they are pursuing. For a photo and more, see the Nursing blog.
Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich moderated a breakout session for the Wisconsin Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute March 26 at the Pyle Center, UW-Madison. Her breakout was entitled: “Your Campus and the Local School Districts: How to Create and Nurture Lasting Partnerships for the Public Good.”
A respected business and community leader has become the first-ever Executive-in-Residence for UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.
Tim Weyenberg, past CEO and current Executive Chair of the Board of Directors for Foth Companies, is in the early stages of his tenure in the newly created role. He is working with University stakeholders to determine how he can be most effective, and will have a more consistent presence on campus — including regular office hours and more — come spring.
Even in its formative stages, Weyenberg’s role — and his leadership — promises to make a difference, said Cofrin School of Business Director Lucy Arendt.
“Tim is especially well-connected, knowledgeable, super energetic,” Arendt said. “He’s got a great reputation in the community as a leader, and also in terms of his connections to the campus. He’s very committed — genuinely interested in strengthening the relationships between the campus and community. So he’s a perfect choice for this.”
Weyenberg spent 28 years with Foth, 16 as CEO, before retiring in March 2013. His extensive community involvement has included leadership roles with the New North, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. He received the 2013 Free Enterprise Award from the Rotary Club of Green Bay. At UW-Green Bay, he has been actively involved with the Business program, the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI), Phuture Phoenix program and more. This next opportunity, Weyenberg said, is an exciting one.
“When she (Arendt) explained what they were trying to accomplish, with enhancing the connection between the school of business and the business community,” Weyenberg said, “it seemed to me this role provided a huge opportunity to enhance that Cofrin School of Business vision of being knowledge-seekers in Northeastern Wisconsin.
“I think we know there’s a lot going on — but there’s also a lot to do.”
With new UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller stressing attention to innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships, that work is likely to have high priority. Immediate tasks include establishing a Cofrin School of Business advisory board, a process with which Weyenberg will be deeply involved. He also will advise faculty on curriculum, work one-on-one with students, guest lecture and help with things such as mock interviews. And while Weyenberg definitely has ideas of what his executive residency may look like, he’s reaching out to students, faculty and others to help him further define the role.
“There’s really two themes I have in mind at this point,” Weyenberg said. “One is improving the connectivity between the Cofrin School of Business, between the University and the business community… Another one is relevance … how do we engage that community to make what is being produced by the school of business even more relevant to the potential customer, the employer?”
Made possible with funds from the University’s largest-ever academic gift — $5.5 million from Dr. David A. Cofrin — Weyenberg’s tenure will last one to two years. And while his business acumen is second to none, Arendt said, Weyenberg also will show students how to be a well-rounded and contributing member of a community — a message, she says, that is critical.
“He’s not just somebody who has done well at work,” Arendt says. “Students sometimes, they get a lot of questions about what they’re going to be doing to make a living, and that sort of thing.
“It’s not about what are you doing to make a living, but what are you doing to make a life? And I think he’s a great role model for that.”
For more information on the appointment of Weyenberg as Executive-in-Residence for the Cofrin School of Business.
For UW-Green Bay Trustee Beth Gochnauer, giving back truly is a family affair.
Her husband, Dick, spent every summer in Green Bay as a child, and both his father and grandfather hailed from the city. They instilled in their families the importance of giving back to the community with time and treasure, a legacy that has lived on through the Gochnauer Family Foundation.
Beth Gochnauer chairs the foundation, but her involvement goes beyond managing money. It manifests itself in a true passion for helping others, and for supporting student scholarships at UW-Green Bay. It’s the impetus behind the Beth and Richard Gochnauer Phuture Phoenix Endowed Scholarship, supporting UW-Green Bay’s signature college preparedness and attainment program, and it’s also what drives her interest in and support of the University’s new and collaborative Engineering Technology degrees.
“The educational vision, enthusiasm and commitment of Phuture Phoenix is inspiring,” Gochnauer said. “This vision is if a child works hard, does well, and stays in school, there will be scholarships for higher education through Phuture Phoenix. This involves a huge commitment by the administration and faculty of the University, the public schools, and community leaders as well as the UW-Green Bay students who mentor the children. Providing educational opportunities is transformational for the children, their families and eventually the community.”
UW-Green Bay truly understands that community, Gochnauer said, and is keyed into the increasing technology needs for businesses, service providers and agencies in Northeastern Wisconsin. It’s why she’s supportive of the collaborative Engineering Technology Degree program, which shows the power of institutions working together.
“By bringing resources from the technical schools and institutions, UW Oshkosh and UW-Green Bay together, Northeastern Wisconsin will have the technology expertise to move forward and the students will have many job opportunities,” Gochnauer said. “There will also be scholarships available for students interested in this degree.”
Gochnauer’s involvement with UW-Green Bay started early, as she served on the Board of Visitors during part of the 1970s and early 1980s. Having returned as a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees/UW-Green Bay Foundation Board, she sees perhaps more than ever the difference the University can make.
“UW-Green Bay is really unique in its value to the community,” Gochnauer said. “A high percentage of graduating students take jobs, create businesses and live with their families in Northeastern Wisconsin. Our family has been blessed by being part of the community and by our involvement at UW-Green Bay.”