Again this year, TRIO and the student Vets 4 Vets club intend to make a difference in the lives of American veterans residing at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wis., and the Western Nebraska Veterans Home in Scottsbluff. For some vets, organizers note, the only holiday card they received last year was from the TRIO Upward Bound students and Vets 4 Vets members. “Please consider assisting us in this effort. We need to make about 900 cards in less than a month! We did it last year (barely, but we did it), and with your help we can do it again. And you don’t need to be the ‘crafty’ sort in order to help!” On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., there will be a card-making party in the Alumni Rooms in the University Union. All supplies will be provided, as well as examples from Pinterest and advice from ‘craftier’ participants if you need inspiration or a template… or you can help simply by writing notes inside the cards. A’viands will be providing cookies, punch and cappuccino. Members of the Vets 4 Vets Club will be there, as well as the Upward Bound students and members of SASU. Come join the fun, and help us let a veteran know how much his or her service to our country is appreciated. For more information, check out our slideshow outside our office in Student Services at SS-1721, just down the hall from the Dean of Students office. Better yet, stop on in and see us! Or email Jayne or call 465-2445. If your organization is interested, we would love to speak with you. Please help us make a difference!”
Elaine Koltz of veterans affairs shares an update: Thank you to all who have donated to the UWGB Vets for Vets “Adopt a Veteran Family” project. UWGB V4V has joined up with NWTC to adopt a veteran family in need. We still need your help for a UWGB Veteran and her family this Holiday Season. Any denomination is welcome. We will be purchasing gift cards to present to the family on Dec. 19… and collecting gifts right up until the 18th. If you would like more information, revisit our previous post or contact Elaina in the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or 920-465-2065. “We very much appreciate your support and wish you and your families the very best of the holiday season.”
In previous years the UW-Green Bay Vets for Vets Club has collected donations to fill care packages for military personnel on active duty. With fewer students “down range” (deployed), the club is doing something different this holiday season. The UW-Green Bay club is teaming with its counterparts at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to assist a family in need. The veteran student’s family has experienced a recent job loss, and with three children (a boy, 15; and girls 8 and 7), would likely welcome some holiday generosity. Veterans services adviser Elaina Koltz shares word that student veterans here and at NWTC would like to give the family gift cards for needed items such as groceries, clothes and gas. Gifts should be dropped off with Koltz in the Financial Aid Office, SS 1203. Checks can be made out to Student Veterans of America NWTC Chapter. If you plan to help, please have your gifts in no later than Thursday, Dec. 18. If you would like more information, contact Elaina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-465-2065.
Green Bay area high school students in the Upward Bound program, hosted in the TRiO and Precollege office under the leadership of Michael Casbourne, are teaming up with veterans on campus to help bring holiday cheer to Wisconsin veterans. The little town of King (near Waupaca) is the site of a residential veteran’s facility with 720 residents. Upward Bound is looking to send a homemade holiday card to every resident. A tall order — but by partnering with the campus vets club, and devoting Upward Bound’s December community service hours to this project, TRiO will have a head start on this ambitious undertaking but will still need your help: “Please consider making a holiday card thanking a vet. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. We will personalize the card, and together with members of the Vets 4 Vets Club, deliver the cards on Dec. 14. We need all cards turned in to the TRiO office by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Wouldn’t it be great if we had enough cards to give each veteran two cards? Please help us spread the holiday cheer!”
The UW-Green Bay community celebrated and remembered campus and community military veterans Nov. 11, honoring them with the annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union.
The UW-Green Bay Veterans Day tradition honors past and present service members from all branches of the U.S. military, and specifically recognizes UW-Green Bay students who have returned to school to obtain their degrees.
“This is indeed a great honor as an American, and as someone who has benefited from the veterans in this room,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said, offering welcome remarks on behalf of himself and wife Georgia, also in attendance. “We are so grateful for your presence today.”
UW-Green Bay student Major Gena Selby offered keynote remarks for the event, noting not just the sacrifices of veterans, but also of their support systems back home. She recalled not being there for her mother’s surgery due to a deployment to Iraq, and missing her grandfather’s funeral due to serving in Afghanistan. What got her through, Selby said, was the unwavering support of friends and family.
“Each of you has these stories of separation,” she told the veterans in attendance. “I am forever grateful that my support network made my service possible.”
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– Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication
UW-Green Bay veteran services adviser Elaina Koltz and two members of the Vets 4 Vets student organization got some airtime Tuesday (Nov. 11) morning, appearing on two local news shows to promote today’s Chancellor’s Veteran Reception and related activities. Koltz got up extra early to appear on the NBC 26 Today morning program, and she was joined later on by students Terry Spangler and Jared Spude for two segments on Local 5 Live. As a reminder, the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception takes place from 4-6 p.m. today in the Union’s Phoenix Room, and is free and open to the public. You can watch all three of this morning’s segments, listed here in chronological order, by clicking the links:
NBC 26 Today
Local 5 Live
Local 5 Live, Part 2
UW-Green Bay’s second annual 9/11 Walk the Stairs event drew considerable media attention Thursday (Sept. 11), as 118 students, faculty and staff traversed floors two through eight of the Cofrin Library in solemn remembrance. Leading the way were Green Bay Firefighter Logan Simkowski and Freedom volunteer firefighter Jesse Brody, an admissions advisor in UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree program, who climbed the stairs, in full turnout gear, 12 times to equal the number of stairs climbed by firefighters in the Twin Towers. UW-Green Bay’s Vets-4-Vets student organization and University Wellness Committee sponsored the event.
You can check out our UW-Green Bay news story and photos, a terrific video piece from the Green Bay Press-Gazette and more, here:
UW-Green Bay News
Green Bay Press-Gazette
WLUK, Fox 11 News
WBAY, Action 2 News
Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record and for benefit of our off-campus readers: The stairs of the eight-story Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay once again be opened all the way to the top on Sept. 11 for a 9/11 memorial event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will walk the stairs of the library floors 2 through 8 to honor and pay tribute to the victims, families, military personnel and protective services officers affected by the tragic events of 9/11/2001. Also, a fruit and yogurt station will be set up on the second floor of the Cofrin Library for the first 75 participants. Sponsored by the Wellness Committee and Vets4Vets, it’s a chance stop by to share memories and socialize with our veteran students.
A record number of golfers (an event-maximum 144) raised a record number of dollars (15,000) during the June 13 Alumni Scholarship Golf Outing. UW-Green Bay’s Vets 4 Vets Club also raised more than $1,000 for veterans scholarships, our friends in Advancement tell us — and everyone had a blast hitting the links. Bellin Health and Heartland Business Systems/Microsoft were the event’s major sponsors. Scholarship dollars were raised through auction and raffle items and sponsorship and participant fees. “Our sponsors, Alumni Board and committee members did a fantastic job,” said Alumni Director Kari Moody. “It was a beautiful day and a spirited event.” Need proof? Check out our new photo gallery, which has great pics from the outing.
Alumni and friends raised a record $15,000 in scholarships during the annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Outing, Friday, June 13, and according to Alumni Director Kari Moody, had a blast doing it. UWGB’s Vets 4 Vets Club also raised $1,000-plus that will go toward scholarships for veterans who are enrolled at UWGB. A record number of golfers — the 144 maximum — participated in the 2014 event. Bellin Health and Heartland Business Systems/Microsoft were major sponsors. Scholarship dollars were raised through auction items, raffle items, sponsorship fees and participants fees.
“Our sponsors, Alumni Board and committee members and volunteers did a fantastic job,” Moody said. “It was a beautiful day and a spirited event.”
– Photos by Kelly Selner, Office of University Advancement