Category: Giving

News items about UWGB gifts, donors, recipients, and how they impact the university and community

Packers Foundation awards include scholarship gift, Phuture Phoenix dollars

Phuture Phoenix Director Kim Desotell and other program representatives were on hand Tuesday (Dec. 17) for the Green Bay Packers’ Foundation annual grants awards presentation at Lambeau Field. The $750,000 in gifts included the Foundation’s largest ever-single award, the $250,000 for UW-Green Bay student scholarships we told you about earlier this month. The Packers also gave $3,500 to Phuture Phoenix, the University’s signature program to boost college aspirations for kids from low-income schools. We’ve linked to the Packers’ complete press release, as well as a local news story on the event, below:
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Details on Steps to Make a Difference Walk

With one small step, you can make a difference in your community.

That’s the message UW-Green Bay student organizers are using to promote the 8th annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk this Saturday (Oct. 19) on the University campus. Walkers will follow a two- or four-mile course along the beautiful fall-color-filled trails of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the walk departing at 10 a.m. from the Mauthe Center, located just north of the Kress Events Center.

The walk is organized by the Phoenix Philanthropy Club and the Center for Public Affairs. Through this event, student organizers become civically engaged and develop leadership skills. The Philanthropy Club has selected four local charities to benefit from this annual student-led fundraiser:

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of BrownCounty (CASA)
  • Harmony Café of Green Bay
  • The Fox/Wolf Watershed Alliance
  • Literacy Green Bay

Organizers say that, whether participants want to improve the lives of children or adults, people or the environment, 100 percent of the money raised in the Steps Walk has a real and immediate impact on local charities that address community’s needs.

The registration form is available online at  www.uwgb.edu/steps. The fee is $25 for non-students and $15 for students. (There’s a $5 discount for registering by Oct. 16. Donations made out to one of the four organizations listed above can also be mailed to the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Philanthropy Club, Office of Student Life, UU150, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI, 54311. Questions can be directed via email to wrobt27@uwgb.edu

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New scholarship is tribute to Prof. Emerita Scheberle

Many on campus have had the privilege of knowing Prof. Emerita Denise Scheberle, formerly of Public and Environmental Affairs. In tribute to Scheberle and her award-winning career as a teacher and scholar, Alison Staudinger, representing the Political Science faculty, has established the Denise Scheberle Annual Scholarship. This scholarship will be funded by a community of donors and will benefit students who are majoring or minoring in Political Science. If interested in contributing to this fund, e-mail Shannon Badura at baduras@uwgb.edu.

Smile! Community comes to campus for annual holiday reception

Hundreds of friends of UW-Green Bay traveled to campus Thursday evening, Dec. 13, for the University’s annual holiday reception for campus and community supporters. The gathering took place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The annual celebration allows faculty, staff, retirees, administrators, friends and supporters to celebrate the many successes of the past calendar year. If smiles are any indication, this event was a tremendous success. Enjoy the photos!

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Speaking of Thanks . . .

UW-Green Bay alumni responded admirably to the fundraising challenge last year. The goal was to raise $50,000 in new donations. In total, alumni helped raise $92,362 additional dollars last year — nearly double the goal. Including the $50,000 match from Rick Chernick and Jim Wochinske, it made for a total of $142,362 additional dollars to support student scholarships and academic programs on campus.

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In recognition of this achievement, UW-Green Bay Alumni Board members got together on a recent Thursday night with Alumni Phone-A-Thon student callers (including Director of Development Jeanne Stangel and new Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody) to call alumni who gave last year just to say “Thanks.” About half of the alumni who made a gift last year through the phone-a-thon were called. (Another night to finish calling the rest will be scheduled in late spring). Board members and students talked to alumni or left a voice message to thank them for making a gift. For the most part, alumni were pleasantly surprised to get a phone call thanking them for a gift. As one graduate put it, “How often do you get called just to be told thank you? It’s refreshing not to be asked to do something or give something for a change.”

Although the callers made it clear it was just a thank-you call, some alumni did respond with a gift. About $400 was raised for the night. Board members and students were equally happy to be making the calls, and are looking forward to doing it again in the spring.

Mueller gift funds Visiting Artist series, kicking off next week

A family that’s well known for its history of generosity toward UW-Green Bay has stepped up again, funding the Art Agency’s Visiting Artists Lecture Series that kicks off next week. Marcia Mueller, sister of the late Craig A. Mueller, a prominent UW-Green Bay donor, decided to fund the series after meeting a student with a contagious enthusiasm for Art Agency and its work. The series kicks off Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25 with metalsmith, writer and craft activist Gabriel Craig. You can read about his visit and the gift that made it happen, click here.

Mueller gift funds Art Agency lecture series, beginning with metalsmith April 24-25

A family that is well known for its generosity toward the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is giving back once again, funding the Visiting Artists Lecture Series of UW-Green Bay’s Art Agency.

Marcia Mueller, sister of the late Captain Craig A. Mueller, decided to back the series after meeting a student artist with a contagious enthusiasm for Art Agency and its work. The late Captain Mueller’s $1 million bequest, given in 2008, is the largest-ever gift for scholarships from a UW-Green Bay alumnus. Marcia Mueller continues to pursue her passion for art as a professional photographer, after retiring from a career in environmental health.

“It is extremely important to listen to the great ideas students have about making a difference for their school and the community,” Mueller said. “Craig would be the first one to help support Art Agency if he heard about the need. I’m just trying to carry on, and hopefully expand, his legacy.”

Marcia Mueller’s gift will support several visiting artists, beginning with metalsmith, writer and craft activist Gabriel Craig April 24-25. Craig will deliver an artist lecture from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 in Studio Arts 411, and will offer two “planning a performance piece” workshops, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 25 in Studio Arts C112. Also on Wednesday, April 25, Craig will present “Raising Awareness: A metalsmithing performance,” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. in the University Union, Room 206. Additional artists will be announced as details of their visits are solidified.

UW-Green Bay senior Jason Keller inspired Mueller’s interest in funding the series when she met him at the 2011 Chancellor’s Scholarship Reception on campus. One of the recipients of Craig A. Mueller’s scholarships, Keller spoke passionately about Art Agency, a student organization that connects art students, networks with visiting artists and engages in related community services projects. He mentioned some funding challenges the group had encountered, and Mueller requested more information. From there, the idea took off, Keller said.

“At a time when budget cuts are at the forefront of discussions, it is wonderful to have someone like Marcia to advocate for the importance of the arts,” he said. “The Visiting Artist Series will provide all the students at UW-Green Bay with a unique resource, and should extend beyond the Art department. Having the ability to speak with the artists about their individual processes, techniques and thoughts will provide invaluable insight to all the students who choose to participate.”

Maintaining a healthy visiting artist program is an invaluable part of Art students’ education, said Alison Stehlik, assistant professor of Arts and Visual Design. Mueller’s gift is helping to ensure it continues.

“It gives our students the opportunity to work firsthand with exciting professionals in their field,” Stehlik said. “The artists we bring in talk about how they are inspired by the world around them. They introduce them to different styles of research and new techniques. But most importantly, they give our students a broad perspective of what they can contribute to an art community.”

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Damkoehler family establishes its second endowed scholarship at UW-Green Bay

A family that is well respected throughout the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay community has established a second endowed scholarship to support the academic and creative endeavors of Art and Design students at the University.

Edna Walter Damkoehler

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The family of UW-Green Bay Art scholarship namesake David L. Damkoehler recently established this second scholarship in memory of his wife, who died in 2011. The four sons of David and Edna Damkoehler — David (Toni), Lee, Jay (Joann) and Mark (Cheri) — share in creating the Edna Walter Damkoehler Endowed Scholarship, which will help a UW-Green Bay Design student pursue his or her educational and creative goals through their generous support.

The late David L. and Edna Damkoehler founded Damkoehler Chemical and Paper, Inc., in Oconto. Their son, David Jr., is a professor emeritus of Art at UW-Green Bay; and his wife, Toni Damkoehler, is an associate professor of Design at the University.

“We felt that establishing a design scholarship in my mother’s name at UW-Green Bay was deeply appropriate, as she was a student and strong supporter of the University,” David Damkoehler said. “This scholarship is a memorial that will continue to help students who are pursuing careers that are about creativity, discipline and insight — all elements that informed our mother’s every action and thought.”

An ardent UW-Green Bay supporter, Edna Walter Damkoehler demonstrated her passion for the University in many ways. Her personalized license plate read “UWGB4U,” which is a promise she continues to fulfill through her legacy, said Beverly Carmichael, Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement.

The Edna Walter Damkoehler award is the second such scholarship established by the Damkoehler family, which also is the donor for the David L. Damkoehler Scholarship. That endowed scholarship is open to Art majors who graduated from a high school in the counties of Brown, Door, Forest, Marinette, Oconto or Shawano. It was established in 1998.

Edna Walter Damkoehler was a charter member of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association and an enthusiastic supporter of UW-Green Bay. She took numerous German courses with the late Prof. Emeritus W. Werner Prange, and for many years took a full schedule of UW-Green Bay Learning in Retirement Courses. Her husband, David L. Damkoehler, died in 1983. The younger David Damkoehler credits both his parents for inspiring his academic and career path.

“Our mother was an accomplished painter, craftsperson and creative bricoleur,” Damkoehler recalled. “When we were growing up in Oconto she spent one day of the week, usually Thursday, in her studio, or painting en plein air out in the Oconto countryside with a group of like-minded women. Our grandmother and our father would take care of us while she was painting. Both our parents valued creativity and learning as it applied to business, art and life.”

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Update: Chernick/Wochinske yields gains in alumni giving

Monday night concluded fall semester telephoning in the annual UW-Green Bay alumni phone-a-thon. Campaign coordinator Tracy Heaser of University Advancement reported recently that, so far, the number of donors and dollars pledged are up roughly one-fourth from the same time a year ago. She credits a good share of the increased participation to donors drawn forward by local businessmen and alumni Rick Chernick and Jim Wochinske (both ’74), who have pledged a dollar-for-dollar match for any gifts made by UW-Green Bay by alumni before March 31, 2012. Their match will be applied to all gifts by first-time donors, and to any increases in contribution amounts by continuing donors. More on the Chernick/Wochinske challenge.

All donations welcome

Here’s a non-reminder that individual UW-Green Bay staff and faculty members are always welcome to continue their generous financial support of the institution and its students. Despite the fact that the annual employee campaign took an entirely low-key approach this year, Tracy Heaser in University Advancement says that a number of staff and faculty renewed their annual support. Giving to increase the value of scholarship endowments, or donating to areas of greatest need through unrestricted giving, remain popular options. If you have been involved in the past and would like to do so again, click here.