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UW-Green Bay memories power exec’s generosity

If power industry executive Barbara Nick ’83 ever pens a memoir about her atypical career arc, the chapter on her college experience will be central to the story.

Nick is president and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, 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. Her start in the tech-heavy field, 35 years ago, also sets her apart. It came in communications.

Nick says UW-Green Bay shares the credit, and it’s partly why she and her husband established the Jay and Barbara Nick Family Endowed Scholarship in 2013 to offer financial assistance to new freshmen.

Nick, then Barb Bielmeier, was a part-time, returning transfer student when her young family relocated to Green Bay in 1980. Raised in Scottsdale, Ariz., she had taken classes at Arizona State and UW-Madison. She was impressed that the quality of her UWGB education equaled the big schools and the campus was accommodating to non-traditionals.

She tutored in the writing lab, was a linguistics researcher for Prof. Donald Larmouth, and offered English-as-a-Second-Language assistance to international students.

In 1981, a job board posting caught her eye. Wisconsin Public Service Corp. was hiring a technical writer. Having studied with the exacting Larmouth, she knew she was qualified.

“The thing was, I had a liberal arts background. I was eight months pregnant when I had to decide whether to go ‘permanent’… and I was not from the Midwest, not male, not an engineer, and not an accountant,” she recalls, laughing. “But I stayed 33 years.”

Nick “fell in love” with the energy industry, and her work brought her to various divisions across the company. She remembers one afternoon at a lathe with a precision machinist at Kewaunee Nuclear Power and being in awe of the “absolute pride of workmanship.”

Nick finished her bachelor’s in Communication. She later completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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.

Fifth Annual Retiree Association Benefit Golf Outing is a success

The PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on August 13 had strong competition in the fifth annual UW-Green Bay Retiree Association Benefit Golf Outing. Several geese and turkeys lined the course at Shorewood to watch the action as nearly 40 golfers and guests – including alumni, current employees, and friends of the University – joined UW-Green Bay retirees for the purpose of raising scholarship dollars. Amid the camaraderie and fun, nearly $1,000 was raised for the UW-Green Bay Retiree Association endowed scholarship, which currently supports one student per year at the $750 level. By adding to the fund, the Retiree Association hopes to be able to help more students and at a greater level each year.

The Retiree Association would like to thank the donors to the golf outing who, through their contributions, helped the Association with its goal for this event: Northwest Mutual, The Phoenix Bookstore, Pump Room, Shorewood Golf Course, UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, UW-Green Bay Athletics, Wells Fargo Advisors and The Woods Golf Course.

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Hutchison caps ’21st Century City’ conference in Florence

top-story-italySociology Prof. Ray Hutchison of Urban and Regional Studies recently returned from Florence, Italy and the Everyday Life in the 21st Century City conference he organized for the Del Bianco Foundation.

Hutchison presented one of the three keynote talks, addressing the topic “When Austerity Came to the United States.” The other keynotes were by Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University, and Circe Monteiro, chair of Architecture and Planning at the Federal University Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.

The three-day conference included some 45 speakers from more than a dozen countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan and the United States.  Sessions were organized around the themes of The Right to the City, The Well-Being Challenge, Neoliberal Urban Policy, Suburbanization and New Communities, and Urban Night Life.  Speakers included four persons who had presented papers at the first Everyday Life conference (Everyday Life in the Segmented City) in 2010.  Hutchison is currently working with the Del Bianco Foundation to plan a conference in June 2016 on the topic of Immigration: Crisis, Policies, and Remedies.

The snapshots here show 1) Participants en route to Capella Medici (the conference provided passes to Florence museums); 2) a tour of the Palazzo Coppini and the offices of Del Bianco Foundation; 3) Simone Giometti, secretary general of the Foundation, introducing one of the sessions; 4) Corinna Del Bianco at the opening plenary session, with Hutchison and Hyra at the table; and 5) Hutchison making a point.

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Retiree golf outing is Aug. 13

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.

Business grads can relate to hard work, local roots

bartels-top-storyMore 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.

Superior vision: Why a Northwoods diesel specialist invests here

brian-wendt_top-storyUp 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.

GPS students hold bake sales this week for Bartell Scholarship

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!”

Students promote scholarship to honor professor’s late mother


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.

Friends Rissel, Sharon: New program spotlights fine art of scholarships

top-sharon-reschEndowed 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.”

The Schobers: Couple gives for community — and for mom

top-schobersTom 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.