Student artist Adam Fulwiler was honored for his work, “Windows” selected to be featured on this year’s holiday card. UW-Green Bay graduate Tammy Resulta documented the event through photos.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Chancellor Gary L. and Georgia Nix Miller hosted a series of smaller, more intimate receptions at various venues this fall to give donors, recipients, and others more of an opportunity to engage. Enjoy the photo gallery. Photos by UW-Green Bay graduate Tammy Resulta.
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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.
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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Sociology 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.
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.