The 5th Annual UW-Green Bay Retiree Association Benefit Golf Outing will be held at the Shorewood Golf Course on Thursday, Aug. 13. Proceeds benefit the Retiree Association Scholarship. Retired UW-Green Bay faculty and staff are hosting the event, but everyone is welcome to play, so please feel free to include any of your non-UWGB golfing friends. The event starts with a 12:30 check-in and putting contest, 1:30 shotgun start for the four-person scramble, a 4:30 picnic-style buffet and 5:00 awards and door prize presentations. The organizers will pair to make foursomes if needed. Non-golfers are welcome to support the fundraiser through a separate donation or dinner attendance. For more information, or to register by Friday, Aug. 7, you can contact the University Advancement Office at 465-2212 or visit the website.
More than most, Todd Bartels ’82 and Julie (Rose) Bartels ’82 can appreciate the return on investment from UW-Green Bay.
They know that many of UW-Green Bay’s 6,900 students are from cities, small towns and rural areas within 100 miles of campus. They know that many earn their own way through college. They know that most UW-Green Bay alumni stay local after graduation, stepping up to serve among the region’s teachers, planners, health professions and civic and business leaders.
They’re familiar with that profile because they share it. Both Todd (from Appleton) and Julie (Green Bay) juggled work, school and family to earn UW-Green Bay Business Administration degrees before finding satisfying careers close to home.
Todd is a senior vice president with Associated Bank, headquartered in Green Bay. He had previously spent many years as an executive with JPMorgan Chase before moving in 2006 to Associated, where he oversees large business accounts.
Julie’s career has focused on healthcare information and technology. She’s highly regarded in the industry, currently leading the Wisconsin State Health Innovation Plan and serving as executive VP for national health information with the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value.
In 2014 the couple donated funds to establish the Todd and Julie Bartels Annual Scholarship for continuing students in physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology – areas the couple views as emerging growth areas for the economy. They established the fund with appreciation for their own University careers and the first-hand knowledge that college is hard work.
“There wasn’t a lot of ‘down time’ in my case, because I was working,” Todd recalls. “Go to class. Go to work. Study. Repeat.”
For Julie, UW-Green Bay was a great fit for a married young mother who was working part time while balancing a full-time credit load. “Without access to a local, high quality and affordable four-year campus, I would not have been able to pursue my degree for many years,” she says.
The Bartels Scholarship fund represents just the latest effort by the couple to give back to their alma mater. Julie was a board member with the Founders Association, while Todd has been active with the Phoenix Fund on behalf of Division I Phoenix Athletics.
Up in the northwoods of Wisconsin, an upturn in manufacturing is picking up speed, often to the satisfying hum of a finely crafted diesel engine.
One company in particular — with new ties to UW-Green Bay — is both driving and benefitting from that resurgence. Superior Diesel, headquartered in Rhinelander, customizes industrial-grade diesel engines for commercial users for whom there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all.
“We’re proud to be the largest value-added distributor of John Deere engines in the world,” says president Brian Wendt.
Engines are shipped directly to the plant, located in the forest along Highway 8 in the industrial park west of town. Warehouse shelves are lined with products by Deere, Kohler and other manufacturers awaiting testing and tuning at the hands of Superior’s skilled production specialists.
Each job begins long before, of course. Clients can expect field visits and exacting analysis of their intended end-use applications. Specialists in mechanical, electrical and design engineering pore over schematics and blueprints. Powering an electric generator is different than pumping water. Emissions requirements vary by locality. Drive-train components perform differently in 110° conditions than at minus-20°.
When Superior’s team devises a solution, the custom-designed components are jobbed out, usually to a local supplier or metal-fabricating shop within a 150-mile radius of Rhinelander.
Wendt is proud that Superior’s success is spinning off employment across the north. There’s also satisfaction in knowing high-torque diesel power remains in demand for logging and agriculture in Wisconsin and beyond, and in new industries, as well.
Partly in appreciation of its local roots, partly anticipating the need for future engineering, purchasing, sales, accounting, production and product-support people, Superior has established two endowed scholarship funds at UW-Green Bay.
Scholarships are open to residents of Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Price and Forest counties. Wendt hopes local students will pursue the education that will make them even more valuable when they return north. One of the scholarships is reserved for UW-Green Bay’s new program in engineering technology, and Wendt is hopeful of setting up internship opportunities, as well.
The GPS Program students are holding a bake sale Tuesday through Thursday (April 28-30) of this week from 11-1 each day in the Union. All proceeds will go to the Rosemary Bartell Memorial Scholarship, a new scholarship for single parents at UW Green Bay. All manner of cookies, bars, snack mixes and the like will be available for purchase. “And they’ll be accepting Pass Points. So visit the booth, get yourself a tasty treat, and help support a great cause!”
Here’s another good story from the Phoenix GPS Program. A student team has chosen as its service project the idea of raising money for a student scholarship at UW-Green Bay. Their goal is to endow a fund creating a $1,000 annual award for the Rosemary C. Bartell Memorial Scholarship at UW-Green Bay. They would designate the award for single parents at UWGB in memory of the mother of Denise Bartell, Director of the Phoenix GPS Program and associate professor of Human Development. Rosemary, who passed away in January 2015, was a single parent to Denise and her brother Richard for most of their lives. To learn more about the project.
Endowed scholarship programs bring students and donors together.
Sometimes the “coming together” is figurative, as when a young person’s college dreams get a boost through funding from a large foundation, an out-of-state philanthropist or a scholarship endowment established many decades earlier by someone the recipient will never meet.
Other times, the connection is face to face. At UW-Green Bay — a relatively young institution with a growing roster of generous scholarship contributors — the University Advancement Office makes a priority of scheduling on-campus receptions to introduce recipients to donors.
Students including Rissel Peguero (above, left) get the chance to personally express thanks to those who made their scholarships possible.
“Scholarships make a huge difference,” Peguero says. “With this scholarship I’m actually able to go to UWGB and focus on my career and do what I love. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to do that. Without it, I wouldn’t be here. I am so glad for the opportunity I have been given.”
In her case, the benefactor is Sharon J. Resch (right), who created the Sharon J. Resch Endowed Scholarship for Fine Arts. The scholarship is reserved for students who graduate from the Fine Arts Institute at Green Bay East High School and continue their music studies at UW-Green Bay.
Resch helped found the institute at East, where talent abounds but many students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. It was there she got to know the musically gifted Peguero family. When she learned, afterward, that Rissel (piano, voice and saxophone) had not only been accepted to UW-Green Bay but had been awarded the first Resch Scholarship, Sharon was delighted.
“Rissel is so appreciative, as are her parents,” Resch says. “It’s a reward for her dedication and hard work. She has grown so much artistically, and as a person.”
Resch was a professional dancer, and acted and choreographed from New York to L.A. before moving to Green Bay with her husband, KI CEO Dick Resch. She credits a dance scholarship in her own youth for helping propel her to important roles with a professional touring group and later the Chicago Opera Ballet and on Broadway in New York City.
“I hope we can enlarge the scholarship program at UWGB,” she says. “Education is so important. For the students, it’s a way to pursue their passion and launch their lives.”
Tom Schober and Suzan Schober Murray have plenty of reasons to give back to UW-Green Bay.
For one, the bayshore campus is practically in their front yard. For another, Suzan is a master’s grad and Tom spent a dozen years on the University’s Founders Association Board of Directors. They love on-campus activities and are keenly aware of UW-Green Bay’s impact in Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond.
Still, their motivations run deeper than that. For Tom, it’s knowing their gift might help a student have opportunities his own mother did not.
“My mother had to drop out of college after her first year,” he said, “because my grandfather said, ‘well, one year is enough’ — this was back in the mid ‘30s — and I think she felt intimidated by some of her friends all her life.
“And I just would hate to see somebody have to drop out of school just because they didn’t have enough money to pay the tuition for a semester, or something like that. So that’s kind of what we hope we’re able to do.”
The pair is doing so through the Schober Family Endowed Scholarship for Business, established in 2013. The scholarship benefits students enrolled in the Cofrin School of Business who are majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.
“It’s very gratifying to know we are supporting future professionals in the field of business and human resources,” Suzan said. “I also think there’s a return to the community, if these students stay local, to support their goals and vision — and maybe a business’s goals and vision. It’s a gift that will keep giving. There’s good return on that. It’s an investment.”
UW-Green Bay — and indeed the larger higher education landscape — is different than it once was, Tom added.
“The school has changed over the years,” he said. “The student body is larger, and the people that go here, a lot of them are first-generation college students. I know they need the help — the costs of education are just going right through the roof. So we thought that would be a good way to try to help somebody out.”
It’s that help, they hope, that will make a difference now — and well into the future.
There is no question from November to mid-March where Kathy and Lee Anderson’s loyalties lie — with the UW-Green Bay women’s basketball program. From the home of the Phoenix to the home of the Huskies, from Green Bay to Dallas, Texas, or Ames, Iowa, the Andersons can be found in the stands rooting for their home team.
“When people find out we are from Green Bay, they say, “Packers?” we say, “Phoenix,” says Lee.
The longtime men’s and women’s basketball season ticket holders never fail to be impressed by the athletic qualities and strength of character that define their favorite student-athletes.
“Of all the games we’ve watched and the highlights through the years, the thing that impresses me the most is when we were named No. 1 out of the 64 teams in the NCAA Tournament based on the team’s GPAs,” says Lee. “It’s such a reflection of the girls and a very big part of why we are so proud to support this team.”
“This is our vacation, our social life, “ said Kathy. “People ask us when we are going to become snowbirds, but winter in Wisconsin is where we chose to be. We love getting to know the girls and their families, many who come in as intimidated freshmen, and blossom into these confident, strong women who remain in our lives.”
Although much of their free time is committed to the Phoenix, the Andersons have extended their support beyond Athletics, most recently committing to an endowed scholarship for the new Engineering Technology program at UW-Green Bay. They also have a similar scholarship at NWTC.
The Andersons reason for supporting higher education is clear — they each grew up watching their working-class families struggle to make ends meet. Lee worked his way out of a poor boyhood Milwaukee neighborhood and into engineering, thanks to the Falk Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eventually he used that to build a thriving business — Recycled Plastics Industries, Inc.(RPI) — a manufacturer of plastic lumber used in recreational, marine, agricultural, outdoor furniture and numerous other applications.
Kathy recalls working alongside her locally-famed father Marv Bins — a sports reporter, photographer, referee and a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame — who worked as a local postal carrier in Luxemburg, Wis. to support a large family. “As early as 10 years old I was helping him keep stats at local games,” she said. Kathy grew to know the struggles of a single mom and is grateful for the scholarship support her son received while she was working to help him through college.
Math and education student Gabriel Michaels is the recipient of the first Lee and Kathy Anderson Scholarship for Engineering Technology at UWGB. Because the University is just beginning to enroll students in the program, the Andersons extended this year’s nomination to Math students.
“He is a future math teacher who will be teaching future math students and engineers, so it made sense,” said Lee.
Although Michaels has only “met” the Andersons through e-mail so far, his appreciation is apparent. “It amazes me how two people could care so much about someone they have not even met. I am truly grateful for the gift that they have given me in the form of a scholarship. To donate money to someone’s education is a such a selfless act and I am very humbled to have received this scholarship from them.”
The Andersons’ commitment to Northeast Wisconsin extends beyond UW-Green Bay. The cat (and giraffe) lovers are volunteers at NEW Zoo and Happily Ever After — a no-kill animal sanctuary owned by UW-Green Bay alumnus Amanda Reitz.
Passionate patriots, this year the Andersons are taking 92-year-old World War II Veteran and Normandy survivor Reuben Schaetzel to the annual Liberation Festival in Pilsen, Czech Republic, where Americans are honored each year for their role in liberating the European Continent.
“We are here because a lot of good and talented people spent time teaching and inspiring us. The best way to thank them is to do the same for someone else. Taking one’s gifts for granted is a mistake. For us sharing our gifts is a given.”
Here’s an opportunity for faculty and staff who might know an eligible student to encourage them to apply for the Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship. The award is intended to assist students who have demonstrated excellence in academic coursework and in theoretical and applied research projects at UW-Green Bay. Eligibilty requires junior status, a 3.5 GPA, strong recommendations from two faculty members in the student’s area of study, and previous completion of at least one significant research project or demonstrated the potential for research through completed term papers, journals, or other appropriate forms. Projects may pertain to community, business, organization, etc. Deadline to apply is May 15, with applications available at www.uwgb.edu/scholarships/other/.
Stacie Christian, the Inclusive Excellence and Pride Center coordinator, shares the following: “Join us for an all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner at the Pride Center Spaghetti Dinner and Games Night March 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mauthe Center. Menu items include vegetarian or meat spaghetti, French bread, green salad, dessert and beverages. Profits go to the LGBTQ and Women’s Studies Scholarship Fund. Board games available or bring your own! Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, $3 for children ages 3-12, and free to children under 3. Student Passpoint cards welcome too! Public welcome!”