About the Graduating Class Speaker Yuntlekalau Mamie McLester

Success comes at your own pace. Yuntlekalau Mamie McLester, Satuday’s graduating class speaker, knows this well. As a non-traditional student, mother and mentor, McLester forged a path toward earning her degree that was neither fast nor easy, but is indeed her own. UW-Green Bay is the fifth and final college she’s attended on her path to completing an undergraduate degree. Along the way, she’s found the importance in one’s passion should be encompassed within earning a degree.

Her unique journey toward obtaining this diploma today included asserting her passions, finding belonging in the right program, having a valuable sense of community on campus and starting a family. Originally from Oneida, Wisconsin, McLester is of the People of the Standing Stone and she’s of the Wolf Clan.

McLester graduates today with a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations, a minor in environmental science and a certificate in Environmental Management and Business. She was nominated to serve as Commencement Speaker by John Arendt, Forrest Brooks, Carol Cornelius, Elizabeth Wheat, JP Leary, Lisa Poupart, Rosa Serrano, Karen Stahlheber, Alison Staudinger and David Turney.

Described as a powerful Haudenosaunee woman, she embodies the work of her ancestors as a positive campus leader. Her contributions to the upward mobility of student successes include but are not limited to serving as a peer mentor in the Gateway to Phoenix Success program, leading the Intertribal Student Council, assistant teaching undergraduate students Ethnohistory with Carol Cornelius. Her strength in helping others comes from being an active community member and a mother. As a student she attended the Wisconsin Sustainability in Business Conference, was a presenter at the Widening the Circle Conference, and presenter at the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. She continues to advocate for wellness and social change in underrepresented communities.

This past year, as an intern at the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council’s Native American Research Center on Health, McLester looked into policies and practices that colleges and universities could adopt to help foster greater academic success and better overall wellness for Native American students. McLester served as the student representative on the search and screen committee for the Native American Student Success Coordinator for the UW System, and was the only student from across Wisconsin selected to do so. The work she completed through her internship leaves an important legacy for other Native students who attend UW-Green Bay.

McLester credits UW-Green Bay faculty and fellow students for encouraging her to get involved and to use her voice to encourage the real conversations about inclusion and diversity that are so important in Wisconsin and beyond.

“Ms. McLester works collaboratively across all social groups to build consensus and promote inclusion,” wrote Associate Prof. Lisa Poupart in her letter of recommendation. “Her strengths are many and include strong intellectual abilities, excellent oral communication and presentation skills. She is an authentic ally in action to members of oppressed social groups including people of color and the LGBTQ communities. She is always working to understand her own privilege and challenges those around her to grow and do the same. Her approach to challenging others is effective and firmly rooted in respect.”

Upon graduation, McLester will be applying her education at the Oneida Cultural Heritage department as a language and culture trainee. She was recruited by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin to serve as an Indigenous language apprentice, where she will be applying for acceptance into an adult immersion program in Ontario.

Phuture Phoenix Grads

Wow! 31 former Phuture Phoenix fifth-graders are now graduates

Thirty one students who first came to campus from throughout Northeast Wisconsin as fifth graders will participate in Commencement on Saturday at the Kress Center. All of these students, hailing from all four colleges, participated in a Phuture Phoenix campus visit at least nine years ago. Please join Phuture Phoenix  in congratulating these students. You will recognize them as they will be wearing “safety-green cords” as part of their Commencement regalia, reminiscent of their safety-green-colored Phuture Phoenix shirts received on their tour day. Most of them managed to get together for this photo at Spring Commencement 2019.

Inflatable bounce houses at the Marinette Campus End of the Year Bash

Photos: Marinette Campus celebrates academic year

May 15 signaled the End-of-the-Year Bash at Marinette Campus, where students, staff, and faculty gathered for games, food, and amazing weather to celebrate the 2019 school year. Also on May 15, students from Mexico, ages 10-12 toured the Marinette Campus on their visit with local Saint John Paul II Academy. They were an enthusiastic group of students that were warmly greeted and invited to join our campus community at the End-of-the-Year Bash!

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Marinette Campus Year End Actvities

– Photos submitted by UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Executive Office

Faculty note: Prof. Clampitt will be mace bearer for Commencement

The University Mace — a ceremonial staff signifying authority — is carried to the stage by one of the most accomplished faculty members just ahead of the Chancellor during the commencement procession. The centuries-old academic tradition is believed to be based on medieval practice when a member of the king’s court would carry an ornate club as a symbolic protection for the monarch. Carrying the mace for the May 2019 commencement ceremony is UW-Green Bay Professor Phillip G. Clampitt.

Clampitt received his Ph.D. in organizational communication from the University of Kansas. He holds the Blair Endowed Chair of Communication and was previously the Hendrickson Professor of Business. Clampitt is the chair of Communication and Information Science. Sage Publications recently published the sixth edition of his best selling book, Communicating for Managerial Effectiveness. He also has co-authored two books with Robert J. DeKoch, President/COO of the Boldt Company: Embracing Uncertainty: The Essence of Leadership and Transforming Leaders into Progress Makers. His newest book, Social Media Strategies for Professionals, was published in May 2017.

Clampitt’s work on “Decision Downloading” was featured in the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, he has been published in numerous journals, including The Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Business Communication and Management Communication Quarterly. He is also on the editorial board of many professional journals. Over the past 30 years he has worked on communication and leadership issues with many organizations including Nokia, PepsiCo, Schneider National, The Boldt Company, Dental City and Menasha Corporation.

Clampitt has been a guest speaker at the U.S. Army War College where his books were used in Strategic Leadership class. In addition to many guest speaking opportunities in the U.S., he has also been invited to speak internationally at places such as The University of Pisa, The University of Aberdeen, The University of Ulster, as well as to numerous multi-national businesses and professional organizations. His students have heard him say, “So what?” so often that they started calling him “Dr. So What.” Subsequently, he developed an associated website (www.drsowhat.com) that highlights his passionate commitment to critical thinking and thoughtful inquiry.

Manitowoc County’s Big Dreamers compete to Light Up the Lakeshore

High school students from across Manitowoc County gathered at the UW–Green Bay Manitowoc Campus Theater on Tuesday, May 15, 2019, to compete in the 2019 Light Up the Lakeshore Student Business Idea Competition. Eight students of a total of fourteen entered presented their ideas for new businesses and services to a panel of business leaders, including April Kroner (City of Manitowoc), Theresa Knonforst (Schroeder’s Department Store, Two Rivers), and Todd Nilson (Clocktower Advisors). Students from Manitowoc Roncalli and Two Rivers competed for a scholarship pool and an additional pool of in-kind services. Student ideas ranged from an indoor/outdoor venue for Airsoft and Paintball competitions to an all-ages dance club and school. The winning ideas:
-First place, Elizabeth Hoffman, The Bandwagon Hat, a customizable baseball hat
-Second place, Ryan Jacoby, Ping, a ridesharing app to reduce drunk driving
-Third place, Anthony Brady and Alexis Veleke, Manitowoc’s Open Water, an equipment rental and tour provider

The 2019 Light Up the Lakeshore Student Business Idea Competition was sponsored by Coolest Coast, Investors Community Bank, Rawley Point Economic Advising, Seehafer Media Group, Shoreline Hometown Credit Union, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus.

Campus electronic signage, new boulevard banners, and window at Sheboygan

The digital signs are part of a UW-Green Bay signage makeover that includes new signs at our branch campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. On the Green Bay Campus, all entrance signs and some interior signs are being updated (colors and logo). The campus is working with Stratford Sign Company and watchfire display on three digital signs for the Green Bay Campus — one on Highway 54-57 and two at campus entrances, Bay Settlement and the Main Entrance off of Nicolet Drive. You will also notice updated boulevard banners. It was time! Below is the large window facing Interstate 43 on the Sheboygan Campus.20190509_115305

Downtown Green Bay packed with activities

If you are ready for summer fun, downtown Green Bay is the place to be. “Downtown Green Bay, Olde Main and On Broadway, the triumvirate that bring Green Bay’s central city to life each summer, unofficially kicked off summer with the release of this year’s summer guide,” reports the Press-Gazette’s Jeff Boillier. See the story.

Here are the basic details on some of the popular, recurring events returning:

  • Farmers Market on Broadway: 3 p.m. Wednesdays, May 29 to -Sept. 25 in the 200 block of North Broadway.
  • Saturday Farmers Market Downtown: 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 25 to Oct. 26 on South Washington Street.
  • Dine on the Deck: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5 to Aug. 14, on CityDeck featuring downtown eateries and live music.
  • igNight Market: 5-10 p.m. June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21, at different locations in the Broadway District, features live music, performances, art, culture, food and drink.

You can find a full copy of the Summer Events Guide online at downtowngreenbay.com, or pick up a paper copy at any downtown coffee shop.

Fisheries specialist on Manitowoc Campus discusses Lake Michigan’s changing ecosystem

Sea Grant Fisheries Specialist at the Manitowoc Campus, Titus Seilheime, wrote an article for the Herald Times Reporter about the focus on Lake Michigan’s changing ecosystem at the event hosted by Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Seilheimer encourages citizens of Manitowoc County to observe the water for better understanding of the ecology and nature of the local areas. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum hosted an event on Wednesday, May 15, featuring a presentation by Seilheimer called “Not Your Grandparent’s Great Lake: Michigan’s Changing Ecosystem.” The presentation took the audience through the history of Lake Michigan, but also took a glimpse in its future. See more.



Alumnus Craig Dickman ’82 receives Free Enterprise Award

Craig Dickman ’82 (Business Administration) is this year’s recipient of the Free Enterprise Award, presented by Rotary Club of Green Bay. To Dickman, the honor came as a surprise. Dickman refers to the other honorees as icons. “I’m a less traditional leader,” he adds. According to Miranda Bonde, the Rotary Club of Green Bay FEA Committee co-chair, Dickman’s community involvement, creativity, and the push for innovation are some of the characteristics that make him stand out in free enterprise. See more.