Photos: 100 Commencement Ceremonies, thousands of smiles

On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 about 350 of 432 students eligible to graduate from UW-Green Bay, participated in Commencement—representing the University’s 100th graduating class. At ceremony’s end, everyone was smiling.

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Post Commencement Fun - Winter 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

 

Fall Class of 2019 added distinction as University’s 100th

What started humbly in June of 1970 came full circle as the 100th class graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday, December 14. The Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony, held at the University’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, recognized the 432 graduates who earned their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven congratulated graduates on both their accomplishments and for being a member of the 100th class. “Every commencement ceremony is special, but you, the Fall Class of 2019, have an added distinction,” Van Gruensven shared. “You represent the 100th class to earn degrees from UW-Green Bay. More than 39,500 students are now a part of the Phoenix family. It has been our honor to prepare you, and all who have come before you, for the workforce and the world.”

Class Speaker Hannah Malmberg graduated on Saturday with a double major in Political Science and Communication. She reflected with her fellow graduates on the resiliency that comes with being a Phoenix. “We may live in an uncertain world, but I know we will land on our feet and excel. We will create the world we want to see for ourselves. We are Phoenix after all,” Malmberg said.

Commencement Speaker and UW-Green Bay Professor Patricia Terry also shared parting thoughts with the graduates, families and friends in attendance, frequently drawing analogies between life and running an ultra marathon, a personal pastime for the engineering professor. “In life, you many not always be the winner, but run the race anyway,” she encouraged those in audience.

UW System Regent Eve Hall was on hand to offer greetings on behalf of the Board of Regents. “I believe that  you, UW-Green Bay’s Class of 2019, have the potential, the passion and the power to change the world.”

UW-Green Bay awarded its first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to Krynn Hanold. The top five degrees were awarded in Business Administration, Psychology, Human Biology, Nursing and Education, reflecting a strong commitment from the Class of 2019 in meeting regional needs.

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Commencement - December 14, 2019

UW-Green Bay’s Major Cooper makes Wisconsin’s 49 Most Influential Black Leaders| Madison365

Major Cooper is an assistant director of Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, working in regional recruitment. Prior to assuming his current role, he spent time working as an assistant director of intercultural engagement for African American Student Services. There, he developed and coordinated student programming efforts designed to increase students’ awareness of their own ethnic and cultural heritages. Cooper has been working in Student Affairs since 2001. See more via Black Power 2019: Wisconsin’s 49 Most Influential Black Leaders, Part 4 | Madison365.

Jennifer Jones promoted to executive director of Admissions

Jennifer Jones has been promoted to executive director of Admissions. “Jennifer Jones has done heroic work for the last 18 months by serving as the interim assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services, while still maintaining her role as director of Admissions,” according to Provost Michael Alexander. “During her time in these roles, enrollment has increased and her energy, skill and dedication to the mission of UW-Green Bay has been a driving force in our growth. Jen will work directly with Stephen McKellips, the newly appointed assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services, in continuing to modernize enrollment services practices to help attract and retain a vibrant student population.”

McKellips is new assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services

Stephen McKellips has agreed to be the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s new assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services. McKellips has a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Memphis and is currently the senior director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. McKellips has experience working in the Wisconsin System prior to his time in North Carolina and brings a wealth of experience in building admissions and retention systems that will help UW-Green Bay achieve its access mission.  McKellips first day will be on Jan. 21, 2020. Please welcome him to UW-Green Bay.

Brown County Taste of Wisconsin 2020

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the STEM Innovation Center, there will be an evening of education and sampling some of Wisconsin’s tastiest commodities. Dine around the restaurant chef stations who have created dishes featuring products and diary items made in the state of Wisconsin. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. All proceeds benefit agricultural education in Brown county.