Friends in the Phoenix Bookstore are having a farewell gathering for Paul Vavra, the Bookstore’s shipping and receiving manager as well as all-around systems guru, from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 17) in the 1965 Room of the University Union. Bookstore director Greg Kannenberg calls Vavra the “Handy Man, and the “plaid” fabric that has bound us together at the Bookstore for more than 10 years. He’s off to greener pastures in retirement.” Refreshments will be served.
We don’t often run links to online fundraising efforts but are making an exception this time. Campus friends of longtime UWGB composition and remedial English instructor Sheri Urcavich, with the permission of her family, have asked to publicize the opportunity to assist her family as she battles a terminal illness. Urcavich retired in May 2014 from UWGB. For more information.
Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record: There will be a retirement reception from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 26) in the University Union’s Phoenix Room A for Pamela Harvey-Jacobs, the longtime director of admissions.
Stop in at the Office of Business and Finance yet this afternoon (Thursday) and you’ll find two things: 1) Kelly Franz, the retiring vice chancellor, is taking the afternoon off, presumably to rest up for a final, grueling day of work Friday; and 2) those display boards inviting your humorous and/or heartfelt comments relating to historic photos of Kelly down through the years are out and available in the conference room if you haven’t yet signed them. Stop in any time today or Friday. (P.S. — One of Kelly’s office mates observes that Vice Chancellor Franz, at his farewell gathering Tuesday at Shorewood, was presented with a framed, official state commendation on three decades of service as issued by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker… and the governor’s sharp drop in at least one key presidential poll in the days since is probably just coincidence. Yes, coincidence.)
Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record: The retirement reception for Kelly Franz, the departing vice chancellor for business and finance, is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 p.m. next Tuesday (Aug. 11) at the Shorewood Golf Course Clubhouse. Food and refreshments will be served. (We’re hearing a lot of chatter about chicken wings, FWIW.)
Perhaps you saw this in your inbox, here is a reminder of an invite to say farewell to three members of the Provost Office. Cliff Abbott, Dan McCollum and Judi Pietsch will be honored from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 in the Lenfesty Courtyard (Winter Garden in inclement weather).
Mark your calendars: An informal sendoff for Dan Spielmann is set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, at the Shorewood Golf Course Clubhouse. Spielmann is retiring later that week after a 36-year UW-Green Bay career, in two separate tours of duty, in which he has contributed in numerous ways to the University’s development. The man of many hats has been a chief of staff or adviser to all six UW-Green Bay chancellors and served as Phoenix Athletics director, a popular and respected member of the Business faculty, chief legal counsel, fundraiser, and interim vice chancellor, interim assistant chancellor and permanent all-around good guy. The gathering is free and open to all. More details forthcoming.
After building a pair of strong and successful programs for the Green Bay Phoenix, Jim Merner is retiring following a 25-year mainstay as head coach of both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs effective June 30. Merner began his tenure, the second longest of any active head coach at Green Bay, back in 1990, when he was hired as the women’s swimming and diving head coach. Merner reinstated the men’s program in 1992. UW-Green Bay won seven consecutive women’s titles from 2005 to 2011, while also winning titles in 1998 and 2000 and adding a men’s title in 2002. Merner had kind words for past and present ADs including Dan Spielman and Mary Ellen Gillespie. Read more.
Mike Stearney, dean of enrollment services, is retiring after 31 years at UW-Green Bay. Cake and farewells are on the agenda for Tuesday (May 12) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the 1965 Room.
The Textbook Queen, Sherry Lacenski, is hanging up her crown after 25+ years of outstanding service to UW-Green Bay. There’ll be a gathering from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 1, in the Union’s 1965 Room, with cake and lemonade. Still time to contribute to a gift, if interested, by contacting either Sue Machuca or Amy Ibuaka.