Fincantieri Marinette Marine CEO is UW-Green Bay Commencement Speaker

Fincantieri Marinette Marine General Manager and CEO, Jan Allman, has an impressive story to tell. She will share it with graduates, friends and family members at UW-Green Bay’s Commencement celebration, Saturday, May 18, 2019 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Kress Events Center.

Since 2014, Allman has served as the president, CEO and general manager of Fincantieri Marinette Marine, a world-class shipbuilding company located along the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin. With a 30-year career as a global operations and engineering leader,Jan Allman Bio PhotoAllman will share with the graduating class the experiences and values that have guided her success, as well as her personal advice for students as they embark on their next adventures.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine is part of the Fincantieri Marine Group, the United States division of Italian enterprise FINCANTIERI. It is one of the world’s largest shipbuilders with 20 shipyards on four different continents and employing nearly 20,000 shipbuilding professionals worldwide. Since 1942, Fincantieri Marinette Marine has provided ships to meet America’s growing demand for naval construction and has designed and built more than 1,500 vessels. The company is one of the largest shipyards in the Midwest with 1,500 employees and is under contract with the U.S. Navy to produce Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), shallow draft vessels that operate in the littoral (coastal waters).

FMM boasts some of the best engineering and naval architecture minds in the industry. The company’s performance on government contracts is impressive. Its portfolio includes the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, the improved Navy Lighterage System, mine countermeasure vessels and ocean tugs, as well as U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers, buoy tenders and response vessels. Because of its record of delivering ahead of schedule and within contracted costs, FMM has a long-standing relationship with the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard.

Allman started her career not in shipbuilding, but in cars. She began working at age 19 at the Ford Motor Company’s Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio where she spent 26 years in various roles with increasing responsibility covering engineering and production both in the U.S. and Europe. Her last position with Ford was as the plant manager for the Chicago Assembly plant, where she was responsible for the plant’s overall operation, the safety of its 2,500+ work force, a $335 million annual budget and more than $8 billion in annual revenue.

Allman has also served as the vice president of Global Manufacturing at Navistar Corporation, where she and her team were instrumental in reinventing Navistar’s manufacturing landscape. Under her leadership, the company’s vehicle and engine manufacturing plants across North America implemented rigorous standardized systems and processes. These changes brought about significant improvements to Navistar’s products and customer satisfaction.

Under Allman’s leadership, Fincantieri Marinette Marine has been awarded the Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Award; the 2017 Defense Security Service James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award, Earned Value Management System validation; and the Shipbuilders Council of America’s Award of Excellence in Safety Award from 2013-2016 and 2018.

Currently, Allman is a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), and the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, she was appointed as a co-chair to Governor-Elect Tony Evers’ Transition Team, and currently serves on the Next Generation Workforce and Economic Development Policy Advisory Council for Governor Evers. Previously, Ms. Allman was a member of the Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council.

Ms. Allman holds a Bachelor of Science and Mechanical Engineering degree from GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint, Michigan, which is now Kettering University. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Jeff, and their two daughters, Ariel and Jade.

Reminder: ‘Finding Neverland’ at Weidner Center tonight (May 9)

“Finding Neverland” comes to the Weidner Center on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The show tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. Learn more and get tickets.

Heirloom Plant (and salsa) Sale, this weekend (pre-sale Friday)

The annual Heirloom Plant Sale is back and so is Associate Prof. Steve Meyer’s salsa for scholarships. Different this year… the sale is THIS WEEKEND, not Commencement Saturday, as it has been for years. The sale is Saturday, May 11 in the Greenhouse, Lab Sciences Building. A pre-sale for faculty and staff is Friday from Noon to 5 p.m. The sale features about 9,000 unique and rare heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers and a large variety of peppers. Meyer is bringing back his hot, medium and mild salsa. All donated proceeds from salsa donations go to the Katie Hemauer Memorial Scholarship.

Prof. Aldrete’s book will be translated and sold in China

UW-Green Bay Prof. Gregory Aldrete’s (History, Humanities) book, The Long Shadow of Antiquity: What Have the Greeks and Romans Done For Us? (co-authored with my wife Alicia Aldrete) is going to be translated into Chinese and sold across China. The book was just published in a new revised and expanded form earlier this year by Bloomsbury Press in the English speaking world. It describes the innumerable ways that the ancient classical world continues to shape and influence our world today. Aldrete has had articles published in Spanish, but this will be his first major Chinese language publication.

Faculty note: Lecturer Tricia Marton will present at WMTA Conference

UW-Green Bay Associate Lecturer Tricia Marton (Sheboygan Campus) will be a presenter at the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA) state conference in October 2019. The session title is “The 80% and Above Club: Demystifying Music Theory for Students” and will present practical advice to music teachers on preparing their students for the WMTA state theory exam. Session Description: Haven’t we all heard, “If I had studied my theory maybe I could go to state?” Hear practical advice to help teachers prepare students for the District Audition theory exams…especially the elementary to intermediate levels. See more on page 7 of the May 2019 WMTA newsletter.

Associate Prof. Sherman shares contemporary musicals for golden age lovers on ‘CAHSS and Effect’

Associate Prof. Courtney Sherman (Music) has shared a list of contemporary musicals that are perfect for those who are fans of the “golden age” of musicals. “There’s something to be said about a solid Golden Age musical.  The large production numbers, the elements of romance and/or comedy, the comfort of plot predictability, and of course, the tunes!” Associate Prof. Sherman writes. Check out this detailed guide and you might just find your next favorite musical! 

Digital thanks for Teachers Appreciation Week

In honor of Teachers Appreciation Day and Week, students and alumni shared shoutouts for UW-Green Bay faculty members on social media. The Marinette Campus post even turned into a caption contest! See all of the great things they had to say:

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