Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of celebration dedicated to making a difference through charitable giving. You can take part by making a contribution to support students and programs at UW-Green Bay! To do so, visit the online giving site or you can submit the pledge form provided in the Faculty and Staff Giving packet that you will receive through interoffice mail. Support of the Brown County United Way is also encouraged during this season of giving. A personalized email will be sent to you soon from with more information about how to contribute to the important causes the United Way supports. Thank you from the Office of University Advancement and leaders of the United Way campaign.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation honored Jack and Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle with the first Green Bay Society Award on November 17.
The award was presented at an event hosted by the UW-Green Bay Foundation to show appreciation to donors of the 360° Challenge Campaign, which raised $12.7 million for the University, and to launch “The Green Bay Society,” a new University-wide program for donors who make major gifts and leadership annual gifts in support of UW-Green Bay.
The Green Bay Society Award honors individuals who have contributed exceptional philanthropic support and/or have helped greatly in fundraising and securing community support for the advancement of UW-Green Bay.
Ginny Riopelle is a longtime member of the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees and co-founder of the University’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program. Ginny has been one of the University’s most successful volunteer fundraisers. A previous campaign she chaired, which concluded in 2009, dramatically increased the University’s endowment. Jack Riopelle has been a long-time business executive and has helped make connections for UWGB with area business leaders. Together, they support a number of scholarships and endowments at UW-Green Bay.
“I feel very privileged and happy to present this award to our first recipients,” said Chancellor Gary Miller in presenting the award to Jack and Ginny Riopelle. “They are highly deserving, special people.”
UW-Green Bay student Miranda Cisneros (pictured above with donors Steven and Janelle Maricque) was the featured speaker at the UW-Green Bay Named Scholarships Reception, hosted by the Advancement Office, Monday, April 25. The event connected donors to their grateful scholarship recipients. Nearly $550,000 in named scholarships have been awarded to UWGB students in 2015-16.
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: Green Bay Packers Fox11Online
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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