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Grateful students honor Mueller in scholarship reception

Craig Mueller Scholarship ReceptionMarcia Mueller made her return trip from Seattle to UW-Green Bay last week to spend some time with the scholarship recipients who benefit from her brother’s incredible generosity and legacy. The Craig A. Mueller Scholarship reception was held Friday, Nov. 7 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Marcia’s brother Craig passed away in 2007 after pledging to endow scholarships for students in Communication and Art and Design academic programs. His $1 million gift generates more than $40,000 annually for more than 30 recipients each year.

This year, Marcia Mueller was deeply honored to receive a pencil drawing of Craig by UWGB student and scholarship recipient Logan Sprangers, a graphic design major. The afternoon reception featured student Angela Danowski performing “In My Life” with accompaniment by student Ryan Dummer. Katelyn Staaben, a first-generation college student and daughter of a single parent, spoke about the challenge of many UW-Green Bay students and depth of gratitude they have for their scholarship assistance. Craig and Marcia’s cousin, Candy Mueller-Wilson, was pleased to attend the reception this year for the first time and meet the scholarship recipients.

Congratulations were in order for student Nicholas Saldana who won a drawing for two Packers tickets, donated by Marcia. Read more on Marcia and Craig Mueller and their generosity to UW-Green Bay.

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– Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication

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Sandmires add to decades of philanthropy with $1 million gift for scholarships

In case you missed it in our Log Extra newsletter: UW-Green Bay’s longest-running donors have stepped up big-time with a record-tying $1 million gift for student scholarships. Dr. Herbert and Crystal Sandmire’s donation will support students who intend to pursue a career in medicine or related medical fields, and will enhance a legacy of generosity that dates back 46 years. “This generous gift will provide a tremendous boost for our Human Biology program and related areas, which are helping to prepare the medical professionals of tomorrow,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “Our regional economy depends on training and equipping more doctors and other professionals to provide the best care possible for the people of Northeastern Wisconsin.” The Sandmire gift ties a record for UW-Green Bay’s largest-ever single scholarship donation. In 2008, the family of Capt. Craig A. Mueller gave $1 million in scholarships, in accordance with the late alumnus’ wishes. The donation also comes at an important juncture for the future of healthcare in the region, as UW-Green Bay is a partner institution for a new Medical College of Wisconsin satellite campus that will be housed at St. Norbert College in De Pere. For more.

Photographer ‘clicks for a cause’

top-story-photographerLeanne Haddad has a soft spot for kids who’ve had a rough go of it.

When a family career change didn’t give her the time to work regularly with at-risk children, she turned her attention to helping them in other ways.

Haddad now runs her own photography studio, Clicks for a Cause, and donates 100 percent of the sitting fees to three area non-profits — the Make a Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, CASA of Brown County (Court Appointed Special Services) and Community Partnership for Children.

The 2005 UW-Green Bay Human Development and Psychology graduate says it is the perfect fit for her current lifestyle and roles as mother, grandmother, spouse, business owner and community advocate.

“I have been taking pictures since I was eight, and was encouraged through the years to open my own business. After my husband, Mike, became president and CEO of Schreiber Foods, I stopped working due to increased responsibilities that accompany his work, but continued working with children in need on a volunteer basis, while still caring for my family and pursuing my passion and hobby of photography.

“Opening a photography business was something I had dreamed about but had never seriously considered until later in life when our children were grown, and we moved into a home that had a detached garage that had great potential as a studio space.”

She and her husband transformed that garage into a two-story studio with natural light. It was at this point, Haddad recalls, that she began to reconsider her preferred return on investment from a full-time photography business.

“I struggled with the thought of marking up prints and doing all the work to make a profit when I felt that we were already very blessed, in so many ways. Then I realized, it doesn’t have to be a for-profit business. I run it as a business, but I donate all fees to the three non-profits. The photo client chooses one of the non-profits, and writes a check out to them, instead of me, for the session fee. I send in the check to the organization with a donation letter from Clicks for a Cause.”

Haddad selected the agencies because of her close history with them.

“Mike and I are longtime ‘wish granters,’ with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which we became familiar with after our niece was granted a wish through the foundation before she passed away at the age of nine. I have been a longtime advocate for CASA, which serves a population that really needs help. These are the children who are abused or neglected and taken out of the home because of it.”

Haddad also served on the United Way’s Community Impact Council for Families and Children, and has been actively following the progress that the CPC has made in the area. All three organizations help children in need in different ways.

The couple has been generous to UW-Green Bay as well, having recently established the Leanne and Michael Haddad Annual Scholarship and the Annual Scholarship for Human Development.

Through the years, Haddad has worked in Head Start and Early Head Start programs both in Maine, where she grew up, and in Green Bay, with Family Services.

“When I worked with these children, I often thought that the couple of hours they spent with me were possibly some of their only good hours in a day. Serving them, giving them that, was what made me happy. These children struggle so much, it’s nice to be that person that can put a smile on their face, and let them know they are important.”

Just through word-of-mouth marketing and a Facebook site, Clicks for a Cause has raised a significant amount of money for organizations that remain close to her heart.

“I have been pleasantly surprised,” she said. “Often times I have been referred by friends of friends, and that is a nice way to work, because we have common ground coming into the shoot. It has been nice to meet a family for the first time at their newborn’s first session and form a nice friendship over the year as they continue to return every few months for updated pictures.”

And leaving a career in psychology or human development behind? Haddad says that very often she draws upon her undergraduate experience to guide her in a specific work situation.

“At nearly every photo session I think about some of those lessons at UW-Green Bay… I go back to classes such as Infancy and Early Childhood class with Illene Cupit, and think about the baby’s development in relation to the photo shoot. Or I think about the positive effect of reassuring the parents, especially first-time parents, that every child is different, that their baby is doing exactly what he should be doing at that stage in life. Every child is different. Even the challenging ones have their great moments. I love to capture those, and I love to hear from the parents when they see their photos from the session and are so excited to show them off to family and friends. I feel like I’m capturing a moment in time for these parents, so they can look back at the pictures and say, ‘Yes, I remember when he was 18 months old and we chased him through the yard, and got those great smiles and fits of laughter from him!’ Kids grow up so fast, it’s great to have those memories preserved.”

Haddad’s favorite clients are infants to children five-years old. Perhaps because her favorite model is her grandson, Vincent (pictured), who has “has had had a camera in his face since birth!” You can see Haddad’s work by searching “Clicks for a Cause” on Facebook.

An extraordinarily colorful way to experience UW-Green Bay

UWGB Color RunTotals are in: 7,400 runners and walkers registered for The Color Run at UW-Green Bay this weekend. The Color Run and campus organizers send their appreciation along to UW-Green Bay Police and more than 200 volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly. The event raises more than $7,000 for student scholarships (of which at least $1,000 will be designated for the Public Safety Scholarship), while introducing thousands of people to our beautiful campus during peak fall colors. Traffic problems of a year ago (attributed mostly to the sudden Leo Frigo Bridge closure) were nearly nonexistent. And the cold? What cold?

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Photos by Lauren Hlavka, photo intern, Office of Marketing and University Communication

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Phoenix Athletics scores with TaylorMade fundraiser

The fifth annual TaylorMade-adidas Green Bay Phoenix Pro-Am enjoyed a great day of golf and generous support for the Phoenix Fund this past Monday, August 25. The event generated over $90,000 for the Phoenix Fund – the principal fund for student-athlete scholarships and program support for Green Bay Athletics. Tournament sponsors included Green Bay Packaging, Belmark, Inc., Associated Bank, Prevea Health and Elevate97.

Another yogurt bar sale to benefit Summer Camps Scholarship Fund

The second of two Smart Cow Tuesdays benefiting UW-Green Bay summer camps is tomorrow (Aug. 19) at the yogurt bar’s east and west side locations. Smart Cow will donate a portion of all sales to the UWGB Summer Camps Scholarship fund, part of its Grassroots Tuesdays program. The east side location is at 2450 E. Mason St., while the west side shop is at 2321 S. Oneida St. Read more.

Art program honors merit scholarship recipients

This past Sunday the UW-Green Bay academic program in Art announced its merit scholarship winners for 2014-2015 at a reception held for the Senior Honors Exhibition at the Lawton Gallery. Because of generous support from private citizens, Art was able to present just over $20,000 in scholarship funds to students currently continuing on with their study in the field of visual art. Scooping up the sweet rewards for hard work and creative excellence in this year’s scholarship jury competition were Beau Thomas, Laura Schley, Ranita Haanen, Brandon Lee Langer, Michael Arendt, Keri Ann Borremans, Olivia MacDonald, Jake Brunette, Holly Free, Ethan Kolb, Kyle Schwingel and Andrew Haugen. If you’ve not seen the Senior Honors Exhibition, it continues on at the Lawton till the end of the semester.

Phoenix-Packers Steak Fry is April 22 at Lambeau

On Tuesday evening, April 22, Green Bay Athletics and the Green Bay Packers will partner again to host the 14th Annual Phoenix-Packers Steak Fry at the Lambeau Field Atrium. The annual fundraiser supports the Phoenix Fund, the private fund for student-athlete scholarships and program support. Over the past 13 years, the Steak Fry has yielded over $800,000, including a record total of $80,200 in 2013. See details and ticket info.
 

UW-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences awards nearly $16K in scholarships

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay honored some of its top science and math scholars Friday, Feb. 7, presenting Natural and Applied Sciences scholarships worth nearly $16,000 to 15 students during an afternoon reception.

Surrounded by parents, faculty members and donors, students were recognized for top-notch grades, outstanding scholarship, innovative research and overall academic excellence. NAS presented the first-ever Brown County Waste Transformation Team Scholarship, a $1,350 award given to UW-Green Bay senior Evan VanLanen.

“Every one of our scholarship recipients is a complete student,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Steve Meyer, an NAS faculty member and chair of the Scholarship Committee. “They’re great representatives of UW-Green Bay and they’ll be great representatives of UW-Green Bay when they leave us.”

Donors Carol DeGroot, Mike and Gloria Morgan, Elizabeth Nair and Rod Truttman (representing the Moose Lodge Rod & Gun Club) attended the presentation, applauding as their scholarship recipients were recognized. Meyer read a biographical statement on each recipient, noting his or her impressive academic credentials and University and community involvement.

Award recipients are as follows:
Scott Bartholomew, Green Bay, senior, Mathematics: Science and Mathematics Scholarship
Corinne Grossmeier, Mukwonago, senior, Biology and Environmental Science: Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Scholarship
Hanne Guthrie, Chanhassen, Minn., senior, Environmental Science and Spanish and Engineering Preprofessional Program: Second Year Engineering Scholarship
Kalia Hanke, Green Bay, junior, Engineering Preprofessional Program: Second Year Engineering Scholarship
Lindsay Hansen, Kiel, junior, Biology: Bradford Cook Memorial Scholarship
Marina Hauser, Grüt, Switzerland, Environmental Science and Engineering Preprofessional Program: James E. Casperson/Environmental Science Alumni Association Scholarship
Christa Kananen, Sobieski, junior, Geoscience: Carol R. DeGroot Scholarship in Environmental Science
Amber Konrad, Sturgeon Bay, senior, Environmental Science: Phyllis E. Holz Scholarship
Tiffany Marshall, Conrath, sophomore, Engineering Preprofessional Program: First Year Engineering Scholarship
Kari Matuszak, Seymour, senior, Biology: Ganga and Elizabeth Nair Scholarship
Matthew Nichols, Wausau, senior, Individual Major (toward Environmental Engineering): First Year Engineering Scholarship
Amanda Nothem, Campbellsport, senior, Chemistry: Nancy J. Sell Memorial Scholarship
Lauren O’Dell, Janesville, senior, Chemistry: Nancy J. Sell Memorial Scholarship
Linda Vang, Green Bay, senior, Biology: Morgan/Macaluso Family Scholarship
Evan VanLanen, Suamico, senior, Environmental Science: Moose Lodge Rod and Gun Club Scholarship; Brown County Waste Transformation Team Scholarship.

More information about Natural and Applied Sciences is available at www.uwgb.edu/nas/.

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