Tag: Public Administration

‘Phlash Talks’ (part of Alumni Days) include reflections by standout grads

There’s a long list of Alumni Days events (again, more on that later), but here’s one we want to call special attention to, in advance: “Phlash Talks,” set for 2 to 3 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 16, in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Four award-winning alumni are returning to campus to offer their own short “Phlash Talk” (sort of in the spirit of a TED Talk) on how UWGB influenced their careers. The audience will be invited to interact with the guests over the course of the hour. The invited alumni presenters:
• Dr. Jack Potts, 1971, Humanism and Cultural Change
• Kelly Ruh, 2001, Accounting and Business Administration
• Andy Rosendahl, 2007, Public Administration
• Patrick Madden, 1971, Modernization Processes

King, Nick, Potts to receive UW-Green Bay’s highest alumni honor

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize a total of five meritorious graduates of the institution at the 2015 Alumni Association Awards Night on Friday evening, Oct. 16. The program is part of the annual, two-day Alumni Days celebration, which this year coincides with UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary.

The list of honorees begins with Mark King, class of 1981, Barbara Nick ’83 and Jack Potts ’71, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. Additionally, Andy Rosendahl, ’07 and Kelly Ruh ’01 will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.

The annual awards spotlight UW-Green Bay alumni who have made special contributions to the University, their communities and professions.

The ceremony takes place in the Grand Foyer and on stage at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay.

The event is open to the public. It begins with a 5 p.m. social and includes dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the program. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office — (920) 465-2226 or e-mail.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Mark-King-72Mark King is a 1981 Business Administration graduate of UW-Green Bay. As President of adidas Group North America, King oversees adidas and Reebok in the U.S. and Canada and is responsible for driving the brand strategy and direction for the worldwide company’s North American operations. King began his current role in June 2014 after 34 years with TaylorMade. King’s celebrity status within the golf industry derived from making TaylorMade the No. 1 brand on the PGA tour and boosting sales from $300 million to $1 billion annually. He was named golf executive of the year within two years of being named president in 1999, at age 40. He has been profiled in PGA Magazine, Fortune and the Harvard Business Review, among others. He was inducted into UW-Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2011 the UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. added King to its board of directors.

Barb-Nick-72Barbara A. Nick received her bachelor’s degree in Communication and the Arts in 1983. Since December 2014, she has served as President and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, which provides wholesale electricity to more than 40 member cooperatives and municipalities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Nationwide, she’s one of only a few female chief executives in her industry. Nick joined Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (now Integrys Energy Group) in 1981 as a technical writer. At WPS, she rose through the ranks to become senior VP of energy delivery and customer service. She was president of the Upper Peninsula Power Co. subsidiary, and by 2014, when she concluded her career at Integrys, she was president of its Minnesota Energy Resources and Michigan Gas Utilities corporations. Nick is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Jack_Potts-72Dr. Jack Potts graduated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Humanism and Cultural Change. He received his medical degree in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and has been a practicing psychiatrist for 36 years, primarily in the state of Arizona. Throughout his career, Potts became active in various issues involving forensic psychiatry including working on insanity and competency legislation, human rights activities, and pro bono service to many. He taught both law and social work at Arizona State University, and served for a decade as chief of the Forensic Services Unit for the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County before returning to private practice in 2002. He is a past president of his state’s American Psychiatric Association affiliate.

Outstanding Recent Alumni

AndyRosendahl-72Andy Rosendahl graduated in 2007 with a Public Administration degree and began work as a neighborhood development specialist for the City of Green Bay. Since 2013, he has served as the Chief of Staff for Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. Rosendahl has been president of the Astor Neighborhood Association, VP of the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay and a board member of Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity and the Bay Area Community Council, and co-chair of its Self-Sufficiency Committee. In 2014 he received the community’s Inky Meng Resident Leadership Award for volunteer service to others.

KellyRuh-72Kelly Ruh graduated in 2001 with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. She is the controller for PDQ Manufacturing Inc., based in De Pere, widely known for its service and industry-leading advances in touchless car wash technology. Ruh started as a staff accountant, spent time as a CFO at a local non-profit, and returned as controller of PDQ at age 32. She recently completed her MBA with a focus on international business. An active volunteer, she serves as an officer of the Brown County Trust for Historic Preservation and the Brown County Republican Party and as a coach for the Junior Achievement Business Marathon. She is a former president of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Honorary Alumni Award

Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer are longtime friends of, and advocates for, UW-Green Bay. Ron was recently named Associate Chancellor for External Affairs at UW-Green Bay. He came to UWGB from Schneider National Inc., where he worked as Associate General Counsel since 2013 following a 28-year career as an employment-law attorney with Godfrey & Kahn. In 2012, the Pfeifers endowed a Phuture Phoenix Scholarship to help students at Green Bay East High School involved in the Institute for the Fine Arts to attend UW-Green Bay. They are active supporters of Phoenix Athletics. Ron has served on the board of directors for both the Phoenix Fund and the former Fast Break Club, and for the University’s Founders Association philanthropic organization. Suzy Pfeifer, recently retired as Director of Marketing and Fund Development for Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc., was employed by UW-Green Bay as Director of Major Gifts in the early 2000s. She is a past member of the Council of Trustees.


Returning vet Spude is Outstanding Student

jared-spude-outstandingJared 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.



UWGB Philanthropy Club makes strides with ‘Steps to Make a Difference Walk’

top-steps-differenceMore than 100 walkers raised $4,658 to be shared among four local charities in the Steps to Make a Difference Walk last Saturday, April 11. House of Hope, myTeam Triumph, Kenya Help, and Live54218 will benefit. The total includes a $2000 matching grant from the Giving 2.0 Foundation. The Phoenix Philanthropy Club members organized the event as part of their annual service project. The event raises money for local nonprofit organizations, and gives students — many of them Public Administration majors who are pursuing nonprofit management careers — leadership experience.

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The votes are in: Koepke successful as Green Bay Mayor’s office intern

vanya-koepke-topFor UW-Green Bay student Vanya Koepke, a meeting over coffee might have helped to solidify his future career.

“I actually had the chance to get coffee with my professor, Dr. Weinschenk, and his good friend, Andy Rosendahl last semester,” said Koepke, “Andy Rosendahl just happens to be the Green Bay Mayor’s Chief of Staff.”

The conversation sparked a desire in Koepke to become even more involved.

“After talking with him I was just really inspired to dive into this as soon as possible,” he said.

A series of events after this initial meeting led Koepke, a double major in Political Science and Public Administration, to accept an internship as an assistant to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff. (Above, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and Koepke show their Phoenix pride). Koepke, who is also the UW-Green Bay Student Government Association President, began the internship in January 2015.

As an assistant to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Koepke’s main job is to work on the State of the City address that the mayor gives annually in March.

“I’ve been doing a lot of research trying to find facts and various stats that we can beef up the State of the City with,” he said, “It’s also an election year, so you’re trying to be creative with setting a message or tone that could resonate with the voters later on in April.”

This internship is Koepke’s second. He previously interned in the De Pere Planning and Zoning Department, where he compiled the sustainability report.

“I put that together and presented it to the city administrators and staff at the end of my internship. It was very rewarding.”

Koepke will be graduating in May 2015 and hoped to further enhance his education by taking on this new opportunity during the spring semester.

“I knew that it was my last semester and I could choose to sit in five classes or I could build off of the great experience I had at the De Pere internship last semester and get out,” he said, “So I figured, why not get out into the real world and get that hands-on experience during my last semester here.”

This experience translates directly into what Koepke plans to do in the future.

“My hope is to work as a staffer at the capitol in Madison for five or six years,” he said, “My ultimate goal is to run for office. I’d like to run for state assembly or later on House of Representatives.”

Koepke feels that when UW-Green Bay students pursue internships they not only set themselves apart, but also build a stronger Green Bay community.

“I think if we get them connected with an internship in the greater Green Bay area, that will motivate them even more to not only explore the possibilities of getting a career here but also settling down here and raising their family here, and maybe retiring here one day,” he said, “So it’s really important for us to retain our talented students. And second, I think is just to get that real world experience. To take what you’ve learned in class and show ‘Hey, I can apply this to various parts out in my vocation.’ So I think that those are the two key areas for that.”

For Koepke, the experience itself has been positive.

“I’m really enjoying it,” he said, “I would recommend it to anyone else.”

Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication
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Next ‘After Thoughts’ is Prof. Warner on March 3

Associate Prof. Lora Warner will speak about her research into the quality of life in Brown County during the University’s next After Thoughts event Tuesday, March 3. The Public Administration faculty member was principal investigator for the Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study, which looked at 10 key indicators in three different communities. The program begins with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by Warner’s talk at 5:45 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center. Advance registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $14. For details.

UW-Green Bay helps veteran transition from soldier to student

spude-top-storyIt is hard to imagine that someone who went through extensive physical and mental training, and served in high-stress situations, would be intimidated by a computer and keyboard.

But for Jared Spude, a Political Science and Public Administration major, who served four years of active duty with the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, and many other veterans who return to a University setting, that was the case.

“Being in the Army for four years and then coming back to school and thinking about writing papers scared the daylights out of me,” he said.

Originally from Brussels, Wis., Spude graduated from Southern Door High School in 2008 and immediately joined the Army. After serving two years at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and completing secondary job training, he was deployed to the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan from August 2010 to 2011.

Spude left active duty in November 2011 and started at UW-Green Bay just two months later. He says the welcoming nature of the UW-Green Bay campus community helped to make him feel at home.

“This surrounding community and the faculty and staff here care about their veterans and are super supportive of us coming back to school,” he said. “I have had nothing but positive interactions here as I transitioned from warrior to student.”

That nurturing environment and stepped-up services for veterans are among the reasons UW-Green Bay was named a “Military Friendly School” for the fifth consecutive year in 2013. UWGB dedicated the new “At Ease Veterans Lounge,” just last year for studying and socializing.

Campus location was one of Spude’s main criteria when he chose UW-Green Bay. He found UW-Green Bay’s atmosphere reminded him of his Door County home.

“It’s set in a beautiful natural environment that makes you feel part of the great peninsula that we grew up in yet its a stone’s throw from the legendary city of Green Bay,” he said, “It is far enough from home to get the great ‘college’ experience and grow as an individual but close enough to make it home for the holidays!”

Spude said when he returned, he had anxiety about interacting with other students and getting back into the academic environment. His first class upon returning was Education 295 with instructor Kim Desotell. The class involved working with the Phuture Phoenix program, which helps fifth-grade students see the value in a college education. While nervous about returning to the classroom, Spude said after that class he knew he’d made the right decision.

“I can tell you after one class I knew I was meant to be here at UWGB,” he said. “I couldn’t have had a better first teacher than Kim. She was so welcoming, comforting and helpful. As I got more involved with that program, the people I worked with have been incredible mentors and friends guiding me and helping me as I progressed through college. I owe them a lot.”

Spude has been involved with the Phuture Phoenix program ever since. This semester he also serves as a peer mentor as part of the First Year Seminar program, and served on many committees, including the Student Representative to the UW-Green Bay Founders Board and Dean of Professional Studies student advisory board. He is also currently working with a political science group to found a capstone project. Outside of school, he teaches joint forward observers at the Wisconsin Military Academy in Fort McCoy, Wis. and serves in the National Guard.

There is one group that helped to make his transition even easier: his family.

“I am lucky; I have a great family that has always supported me and my endeavors and a loving wife who has always stood by my side. Not everyone has that.”

Spude plans to graduate in May 2015 and get a position in city government or management.

“I have always been a small town guy that wants to make a difference. I joined the service to make a difference, participate in the organizations I do to make a difference on campus and in the community and want to get into a field of work that positively influences people.”

Spude is confident that his choice of school will help him get there.

“It is has big college potential with a small town, safe, learning environment dedicated 100 percent to making students successful. I would not want to be going to school anywhere else!”

– Story by Katelyn Staaben ’15, editorial intern, Office of Marketing and University Communication

Faculty note: Helpap presentation

Political Scientist David Helpap, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affiairs, recently presented the paper “Explaining the Use of Recommended Practices and Guidelines: The Case of Public Budgeting” at the American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference in Washington D.C. (March 14-18). The paper demonstrates why the current practices of certain local governments correspond to those developed and promoted by professional organizations, and others do not. The paper also was accepted for publication in Public Administration Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to topics in public administration.

Student’s classroom, co-curricular experiences pave unexpected path

Student Marleigh FiedlerHow does a shy aspiring fashion designer choose to major in Political Science and Public Administration, develop a passion for providing affordable housing for low-income families, become a peer mentor for a freshman seminar, and lead a high-profile annual event for her sorority? For student Marleigh Fiedler, a breadth of experience and relationships have led to a direction she couldn’t have imagined three years ago when she enrolled at UW-Green Bay.

Fiedler experienced her 15 minutes of fame in summer 2013, when she received a $500 tip while waitressing at a pizza joint in Wauwatosa. A nonprofit called Aaron’s Last Wish has been doling out the huge gratuities in honor of a Kentucky man who died in 2012, just weeks shy of his 30th birthday. The feel-good story of Fiedler’s tip made news statewide and beyond, with media outlets from Milwaukee to Minneapolis sharing the touching footage. And although the outside attention was unexpected, those who know Fiedler at UW-Green Bay say she shines in many ways, on campus and beyond.

Fiedler receives $500 tip in Milwaukee restaurant– Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fiedler’s story is one of discovering one’s direction at UW-Green Bay, of having experiences and influences that embody the University’s 360° of Learning approach and all it stands for. Her story is unique but its transformative nature is not, thanks to a connected learning experience that integrates classroom and co-curricular options to help students discover fresh insights, new perspectives and rich opportunities to learn, grow — and ultimately, to give back.

A 2011 graduate of Brookfield East High School, Fiedler chose UW-Green Bay because of her interest in design arts and fashion design. On a whim (and with some gentle nudging from her mother), she signed up for a campus Habitat for Humanity trip to Slidell, La. during winter break of her freshman year. Fiedler was decidedly out of her comfort zone, traveling to an unfamiliar place with people she didn’t know to do home construction — something with which she had absolutely no experience.

That one-week service-learning trip changed everything.

Marleigh Fiedler, Habitat for Humanity tripIn Slidell, Fiedler worked on a new home for the Desmonds, an elderly couple that had lost their house to Hurricane Katrina. The Desmonds had been living in a ramshackle trailer since 2005, housing that was completely inadequate for Mr. Desmond, who was disabled. Fiedler and her crew formed a deep bond with the Desmonds, and she was able to see firsthand what a difference she could make in someone else’s life. She also met new friends, some of whom invited her to pledge the philanthropy-focused Zeta Omega Tau sorority. It would become another important part of her UW-Green Bay experience.

Upon returning to Green Bay for her second semester, Fiedler had found new friends — and a new calling.

“I could see the impact I was making on people,” she said, “and I decided that I wanted to do that for a living.”

With encouragement and help from her adviser, Associate Prof. Katia Levintova, Fiedler settled on a double major in Public Administration and Political Science. She worked for the Obama campaign in 2012, contacting volunteers, canvassing and assisting with logistics when the president visited Green Bay. Fiedler increased her involvement in Zeta Omega Tau, organizing one of its chief fundraising efforts, and used connections with Assistant Prof. Lora Warner to become a peer mentor for a freshman seminar class. Habitat adviser and Dean of Enrollment Services Michael Stearney helped Fiedler make further connections, and she secured campus jobs in the Office of Grants and Research and later in the Office of the Dean of Professional Studies.

Through it all, Habitat has remained Fiedler’s passion. She returned to Slidell on the January build trip in 2013, helped with fundraisers and became an officer in the organization during that academic year. She co-led the most recent Habitat winter build, a trip to North Carolina in January of this year. Building on her passion for Habitat and her classroom studies, Fiedler applied and was selected for the three-day “Habitat on the Hill” conference, held in February in Washington, D.C. She was one of just 14 young people nationwide — and the sole individual from Wisconsin — chosen for the conference, which centers on advocacy, education and lobbying for affordable housing and community development. Fiedler says she’s learning firsthand about the interdisciplinary nature of the affordable housing problem in the U.S. and worldwide.

Marleigh Fiedler, Zeta Omega Tau sorority“I know that I have grown up very lucky,” Fiedler said. “I am very appreciative of everything I have had — a nice home to grow up in, the chance to attend one of the best high schools in the state. Growing up in Milwaukee, I was also aware of how different others’ circumstances were, but I didn’t have a way to act on it. Now, I just want to be able to give back. I want to be the person pushing for the change.”

UW-Green Bay will continue to be a critical component of that journey as Fiedler continues her studies and campus involvement until her planned graduation in May 2015. After that, working for a nonprofit organization or in a legislative capacity are career possibilities — as is graduate school, where she is considering a focus on public policy and education.

And as for that $500 tip? Perhaps there is something about giving that begets giving. Fiedler took the generous gratuity and paid it forward, using half of it for the 2014 Habitat trip and saving the other half for her final UW-Green Bay build next year. For Fiedler, it’s yet another way to give back.

Five Phoenix named Future 15

future-15-topOf the 15 young professionals who will be recognized by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Feb. 20, five have roots and an undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The “Future 15 Young Professional Awards” recognizes 15 young professionals who have made an impact in both their relatively short professional careers, and also in the Brown County community.

The Future 15 recipients were featured in a special publication in the Green Bay Press-Gazette and will be honored at a recognition ceremony from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 20 at the Hyatt on Main/KI Convention Center.

BianchiChad Bianchi ’12, an Economics and Public Administration major, works at Associated Banc-Corp as a senior financial analyst in the corporate treasury department. His contributions to the community include serving on the board of directors for Mosaic Arts Inc. and the UWGB Alumni Association. He serves as a  guest lecturer to current UW-Green Bay students. He is pursuing a master’s in business administration from UW- Oshkosh.

KarnzShelly Karnz ’98, Humanistic Studies, began with Literacy Green Bay as a volunteer in 1999, and was hired by the agency in 2007. The current program manager of adult tutoring worked as a family literacy assistant and a workplace instructor. In 2012, she received the Evie Jensen Spirit Award by the Literacy Green Bay board of directors. Through her work, she has helped more than 40 families with literacy challenges, while supporting more than 400 volunteers and adult learners. Outside of work she volunteers at her children’s school and is a troop leader with Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.

RuhKelly Ruh ’01, Accounting and Business Administration, is a controller for PDQ Manufacturing. Ruh volunteers for the annual Junior Achievement Business Marathon by coaching area students and serves on a sub-committee focused on marketing and community awareness for the Brown County Trust for Historic Preservation. She spent eight years on the UWGB alumni executive committee, serving as treasurer, vice president and president. She is pursuing a master’s degree in international business.

SchumackerDarin Schumacher ’96, Communication Processes, was hired in 2011 as Dental Associates’ first  marketing manager. He helped create a public relations strategy to bring awareness to the importance of oral health in children, addressing the extended school-time lost annually because of dental-related conditions. Schumacher is a spokesperson and advocate for the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin (NKFWi) and is encouraged that in the past five years the number of registered organ donors in Brown county has increased from 52 to 58 percent. This personal passion was spurred when he personally became the recipient of a kidney transplant in 2000. He is a former Leadership Green Bay participant and serves on the organization’s marketing committee.

VoigtHope Voigt ’04, Accounting and Business Administration, is an operations manager at Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc. She and the eight-person team she supervises is responsible for growth opportunities. She also serves as a member of the Twee/Garot Mechanical executive team. Voigt also worked to establish an internship program with the company. Outside of work, Voigt often works with local schools and serves on the board of directors for the House of Hope.

Story by Cheyenne Makinia
Photos provided by the Green Bay Press-Gazette