Former academic adviser Coral Lee MacKay, known to countless UW-Green Bay students from the 1970s and ‘80s on through her retirement in 1998, has passed away. She died Tuesday in Milwaukee at age 86. A native of Sturgeon Bay, she taught in Green Bay area high schools before joining the UWGB advising staff in fall 1971. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, and is survived by two sons and their families. Friends may call at West Side Moravian Church, 1707 S. Oneida St., from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service.
Governance groups and related organizations at UW-Green Bay have joined others at campuses statewide in voicing their consensus on the UW System budget cuts proposed in the governor’s 2015-17 budget. Resolutions were passed by the Faculty Senate, Academic Staff Committee, University Staff Committee and the Retirees Association.
John O. Kalies, 77, of De Pere, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 9 at home. A sailor with the US Navy on the USS Wisconsin, Kalies was a founding staff member of UW-Green Bay on the Shorewood site. He worked for UW-Green Bay for more than 30 years, retiring from Facilities Management as a power plant operator in 1999. Survivors include his wife, Mary, four children, grandchildren and others. Friends may all at Ryan Funeral Home in De Pere between 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 16), or from 9 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. funeral at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oneida. See a full obituary.
Former faculty and staff of UW-Green Bay gathered together at the University Union in October for the Retiree Association Annual Dinner. There was plenty of storytelling and reminiscing, but also plenty of discussion centering on current-day UW-Green Bay. The Association also remains actively engaged in supporting the University through advocacy, advisory assistance and scholarship fundraising. The evening’s guest speaker was a prominent UW-Green Bay alumnus, Distinguished Alumni Award winner Steve Taylor, a 1979 Business Administration graduate.
– Photos by Samantha Zingsheim ’15, student photo intern, Office of Marketing and University Communication
The Benefits and Wellness Fair offering information for UW-Green Bay employees and retirees will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Union’s Phoenix Room. Information regarding the 2015 open enrollment period will be sent out within the next few weeks.
A primary architect of UW-Green Bay’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Social Work — and a respected and influential state and national leader in both curriculum and practice — has passed away. Prof. Betty L. Baer died Wednesday (Sept. 10) at her Green Bay-area home after a lengthy illness. She was 87. Former chair of the UW-Green Bay program, recipient of national educator of the year honors, and the driving force behind development of the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Partnership for Children and Families, Baer retired from the University in 1996 but remained active in community and campus causes. A full obituary was not yet available as of Log deadline, but St. Anne’s Episcopal Church of De Pere shares word that a memorial service is scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 13) at 11:30 a.m., to be preceded by visitation at 10:30 a.m. The UW-Green Bay news site has more on Baer’s life and career.
A primary architect of UW-Green Bay’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Social Work — and a respected and influential state and national leader in both curriculum and practice — has passed away.
Prof. Betty L. Baer died Wednesday (Sept. 10) at her Green Bay-area home after a lengthy illness. She was 87. A full obituary has not yet been published, but St. Anne’s Episcopal Church of De Pere — where Baer and her partner, Ann McLean, have been active and longstanding members — shares word that a memorial service is scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 13) at 11:30 a.m., to be preceded by visitation at 10:30 a.m.
Baer joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in fall 1985 as an associate professor of Social Work, and was the driving force in achieving the program’s initial accreditation. She served as chairperson of the department. She also was an early advocate of bringing graduate-level education to the Green Bay area, culminating with the launch of a joint master’s degree program with UW-Oshkosh. Baer retired from the University in 1996.
Her national reputation in baccalaureate social work education had been achieved years earlier when she was a faculty member with West Virginia University. She collaborated with Prof. Ron Frederico on the Undergraduate Social Work Curriculum Project, important work that served to conceptualize and define generalist social work and competency-based practice, culminating in a comprehensive national report and book titled, Educating the Baccalaureate Social Worker, released in 1978.
In recognition of those and related efforts, Baer was honored in 1979 as “Baccaulaureate Social Work Educator of the Year” by her national professional organization.
Commented colleague Doreen Higgins, now an associate professor with the UW-Green Bay program and formerly a student of Baer’s in the late 1980s, “Betty leaves a remarkable legacy in social work education and practice. We certainly owe a great deal of gratitude to her for her many significant contributions.”
At UW-Green Bay, Higgins adds, Baer worked tirelessly in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to win federal IV-E grant funding for child welfare training and child welfare stipends for students — now in effect among social work programs in Wisconsin. As part of this effort, she developed the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Partnership for Children and Families at UW-Green Bay, now in operation for nearly 20 years, providing training and outreach to child welfare agencies and their constituents across 26 northeastern Wisconsin counties. A notable component of the program was its emphasis on extending service and professional training opportunities to tribal child welfare professionals, in keeping with Baer’s deep interest in American Indian culture and society.
“You cannot be a social worker without being concerned about children and families,” she told a Green Bay Press-Gazette interviewer in 1995. “What we’re trying to do about it is, through training, to do the best we can to prepare practitioners who have to do the very best possible job they can do with these families.
“We have to do more to prevent families from breaking up in the first place.”
Baer’s service to the Northeastern Wisconsin community extended beyond her UW-Green Bay appointment. She was a vice chairman of the United Way of Brown County, an enthusiastic volunteer for a variety of causes, and a leader of efforts by local Episcopal churches to reach under-served populations, champion social justice and serve the growing Hispanic community.
She remained a staunch supporter of social work education and UW-Green Bay in retirement, and her campus involvement includes recent service to the UW-Green Bay Retiree Association and an oral history project leading up to the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding. Baer conducted and taped numerous interviews for the project.
A native of Pennsylvania, Baer earned her bachelor’s in sociology and social work at West Virginia, her master’s in social work at Syracuse University, and her Ph.D. in social policy at the University of Pittsburgh.
The online obituary for Baerr noted that, “In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a scholarship recently established in Betty’s name by a former student. To contribute to the Dr. Betty Baer Endowed Scholarship, visit www.uwgb.edu/foundation or send contributions in her name to the UW-Green Bay Foundation, 2420 Nicolet Drive, CL 805, Green Bay, WI 54311.”
With the help of Chancellor Gary Miller’s putt on the first green, the team of Sue Bodilly, Joe Schoenebeck and Bill Shay, captured a two-under par victory at the 3rd Annual UWGB Convocation Open, yesterday (Thursday, August 28). Participants included faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and friends. Chancellor Miller hit the ceremonial first ball off the first tee at Shorewood Golf Course, and was on hand to provide his putting acumen to groups on the first green before heading to the Campus Welcome activities.
Hole prize winners for the event were as follows:
Shortest Drive on #1 Joan Keberlein (Noteable: It was the longest shortest drive in Convocation Open history)
Closest to Pin on #2 Tom Barry
Longest Drive, Men on #4 Fred (sandbagger) Kennerhed
Longest Putt, Men on #5 Ron Starkey
Closest to right Front Bunker on #6 Reb Przybelski
Longest Putt Women on #7 Chris Nelson (shortest longest putt in Convocation Open history)
Longest Drive Women on #9 Karen (ringer) Opolka
A special thank you to Associate Professor Steve Meyer (NAS) for donating jars of his University famous salsa as door prizes.
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Dorothy L. Heinrich, a former special collections librarian for UW-Green Bay and curator of the University Archives and the Area Research Center, passed away Aug. 16 at the age of 94. During the first decade of operation of the Cofrin Library (then called the Library-Learning Center), Heinrich helped make it a destination for historians and researchers. She made countless visits and speaking engagements, and led workshops to help familiarize Northeastern Wisconsin residents with the resources of the Library and University. She was instrumental, along with Prof. William Laatsch, in the development of the popular Belgian-American Ethnic Collection, which was funded by a 1976 Bicentennial grant. Heinrich was the first non-faculty-member to win the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Community Outreach, in 1979, shortly before her retirement. Newcomer Green Bay funeral service assisted the family with arrangements. Read obituary.
The University Golf League concluded its 41st season Tuesday night with a fun-filled scramble event. Golfers were tested on hole No. 4 by a requirement to tee off blindfolded. (Needless to say, for some, it improved their game.) Winning the scramble was the team of Joe Schoenebeck, Joan Keberlein, Steve Meyer and Ryan Currier. (This marks two years in a row that Prof. Meyer has been a winning scramblist… scrambler… team member.) The duo of Fred “Call me Champion Fred” Kennerhead and Al Cartwright won the Phoenix Division in a playoff over Pat and Reb Przybelski. The Shorewood championship went to Dean Thomas and Mark Annoye, who swept both halves of the season. Also, here’s a shout-out to charter members Rich Spangenberg and Bob Pritchard on completing their 41st seasons in the league.