Commencement celebration: Adult Degree Program takes center stage

More than 50 UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Program students joined the ranks of alumni Saturday, Dec. 17, when they participated in mid-year commencement ceremonies at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. New video and photos from Outreach and Adult Access share some of their smiles, stories and successes.

Women’s b-ball stays unbeaten — despite an off night

The Phoenix women’s basketball team had a tough outing but maintained its perfect record Thursday (Dec. 29), besting conference rival UIC 80-63 in the first game of a two-game home stand. From illness to intensity issues, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported the women had an off night — despite never trailing the Flames. Up next for the women is Saturday’s home game versus Loyola. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Kress Events Center. More coverage:
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Phoenix men lose road game to Butler

The Butler Bulldogs got the better of the Phoenix men’s basketball team Thursday night, winning 53-49 in Indianapolis. Poor rebounding plagued the Phoenix down the stretch, leading to the team’s first Horizon League loss this season. The men play next at Valpo, tipping off at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. More coverage:
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Jump up, jump up and get down(loading): Badger fans get creative for Rose Bowl

Wisconsin football fans were down but not out when they heard that, for the second consecutive year, they won’t get to hear the classic Badgers anthem “Jump Around” during Monday’s Rose Bowl. Last year, reports the Wisconsin State Journal’s Deborah Ziff, fans jumped and yelled “Jump!” sans music, but this time — thanks to the aptly named “Operation Jump Around” — they hope to add the House of Pain ditty itself to their revelry. The plan, Ziff reports, is for fans to download “Jump Around” to their phones, turn the devices to speaker mode and hit “play” at the precise moment the clock hits zero at the end of the third quarter. No one is sure how the stunt will work, but organizers — the L.A. chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association — have high hopes. Click for the full story (and how you can play, too). Good luck and go Bucky!

Update: Union hours during the break

Just a reminder that some of your favorite Union spots are open during winter break, albeit with limited hours.

For a full list of hours and other info, check out
Phoenix Club: Open with food and games available for purchase from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 13; and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Friday, Jan. 20. Nosh on pizza, hot dogs, brats, nachos and more. Pass and dining points, cash, check and credit card accepted.
The Marketplace: Open 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 13. Fill up on breakfast sandwiches, a daily hot entrée, soups, sandwiches, a full salad bar and more. Also accepting pass and dining points, cash, check and credit card.

One final dining note: The Garden Café is closed for some plumbing work. It is expected to re-open with normal hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Celebrating Commencement: Adult Degree grads reflect, look forward

More than 50 Adult Degree Program Students joined the ranks of UW-Green Bay alumni Dec. 17, participating in mid-year commencement ceremonies at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This video captures some of their thoughts, stories and plans for the future.

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Deborah Schuster: “This is huge. It’s surreal — and I think I want to wear my cap and gown all day.”

CrystalRose Dodson: “It’s hard to explain in words, because I’ve worked so hard to come this far.”

Lisa Ripley: “It was awesome — I mean, I started out, obviously, as a junior and I was able to use the interior design degree that I had from Fox Valley Tech and start that way, and continue to work and use all of those skills collectively. So it was really challenging, but it was definitely worth it.”

Dodson: “All the classes, because they interconnected and they all kind of stand on growing and thinking outside of the box and meeting challenges and being able to do that in an organized manner really helped me a lot through a lot of the barriers and focused on my priority — and that was graduating and doing very well.”

Koeller: “Just looking back on some of the teachers I had, they were just fantastic. I didn’t have to worry about (teaching assistants) or anything like that.”

Ripley: “Well, I think I’ll continue to work in real estate — that’s what I do now — and then possibly in the next couple of years decide to go to maybe either Marquette or (UW) Madison for law school.

Dodson: “I want to help people that are disadvantaged, and see that interdisciplinary studies can help you in life, and that you can go someplace with it and help other people.”

Schuster: “Hello, my name is Debbie Schuster and I’m a UWGB graduate.”

Koeller: “My name is Raymond Koeller and I’m a UWGB graduate.”

Ripley: “My name is Lisa Ripley and I am a UWGB graduate.”

Dodson: “My name is CrystalRose Dodson and I am a UWGB graduate.”

Click here for a photo gallery of the graduates.

Snapshots: Adult Degree grads celebrate commencement

More than 50 UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Program graduates celebrated their successes Dec. 17, participating in mid-year commencement ceremonies at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. It was a day filled with anticipation, jubilation — and plenty of smiles. Congratulations, graduates!

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Photos by Eric Craver, Outreach and Adult Access

Click here for a video of the graduates.

Driven to serve: Alumni are ‘Everyday Heroes’

Not one, but two UW-Green Bay alumni have been honored as ‘Everyday Heroes’ by the Green Bay Press-Gazette, earning recognition and a page three feature story for their efforts to make a difference in their communities. First up was 1992 grad Mary Marks, who helps those with nowhere else to go in her job as director of social services and community outreach at St. Vincent de Paul in Green Bay. The paper told her story Dec. 27. The next day, the Press-Gazette ran a feature on 2008 alumna Amanda Reitz, who runs Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary, a Northeastern Wisconsin no-kill shelter. Read their stories and check out more on Reitz, who we featured in Inside magazine in February 2008.

Student gets Christmas wish — for a very special buddy

Apple’s iPad 2 made its way onto many Christmas wish lists this season, including that of UW-Green Bay sophomore Chelsea Rouse. But Rouse, a Human Development major, wasn’t looking to play Angry Birds — nor did she even want the device for herself. Instead, Rouse submitted her request to the WIXX Christmas Wish List on behalf of a very special buddy — a 6-year-old autistic child with whom she works (the iPad has an app that could help the boy learn to communicate). Rouse’s wish was granted, and we’ve got her full story — including audio of her ecstatic and emotional response.