UW-Green Bay releases list of December 2015 grads

Chancellor Gary L. Miller will preside at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 2015 fall/winter commencement ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The ceremony will honor students who have applied to graduate in December or at the end of the interim session in January. More than 450 UW-Green Bay students are eligible to participate in the ceremony.

December commencement will be the 92nd in school history. UW-Green Bay has held two ceremonies annually, at the close of spring and fall semesters, since the first class graduated on June 1, 1970. This year the University is marking 50 years since its founding in 1965.

Those students receiving bachelor’s degrees with academic honors are indicated by *cum laude, **magna cum laude, and ***summa cum laude.

MASTER’S DEGREES

Master of Environmental Science and Policy

Brown County — Joseph Baeten, Andrew Docter, Chelsea Gunther, and Thomas Prestby, Green Bay;
Grant — Sarah Faga, Muscoda;
St. Croix — Rachel Van Dam, New Richmond;
Wood — Jesse Weinzinger, Wisconsin Rapids.

Master of Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning

Brown County — Barbara Bubnes, De Pere; Barbara Aguilar, Lindsey Guzzonato, Heidi Pletcher, Lindsey Rentmeester, Nichole Wilch and Shanna (Kropp) Willems, Green Bay;
Kewaunee — Emily Krueger, Algoma;
Outagamie — Brianna Markowski and Lilian Wenzel, Appleton.

Master of Management

Outagamie County — Peter Marcks, Hortonville.

Master of Sustainable Management

Other States: Alexandria Skoch, Avon Lake, Ohio.

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES DEGREES

Brown County — Amanda Propson, Denmark; Natana Corn and Jesse Perez, Green Bay;
Door — Rachel Quakkelaar, Sturgeon Bay;
Kenosha — Dana Anderson, Kenosha.
Lincoln — Keri Bostwick, Tomahawk;
Outagamie — Danielle MakesGood, Oneida;
Waupaca — Laura Finger**, Waupaca.

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Accounting

Brown County — Gregory Kornetzke, Denmark; Amy Barkow, Calvin Collins, Brady DeBeukelar, and Cody Mueller, Green Bay;
Door — Nataliya Vasilyeva*, Fish Creek;
Manitowoc — Nicole Laabs, Denmark.

Art

Adams County — Kyle Schwingel*, Adams;
Brown — Beau Thomas, Green Bay;
Door — Holly Free*, Ephraim; and Mariah Rankin*, Sturgeon Bay; Oconto — Samuel Slezewski, Pulaski;
Outagamie — Phillip Putzer, Appleton; and Tonya Wagner***, De Pere;
Sheboygan — Katie Green*, Sheboygan.

Arts Management

Brown County — Rachel Knuth***, De Pere; and Spencer Ortmann, Green Bay.

Biology

Brown County — Amy Cottrell and Aaron Mueller, Green Bay;
Marinette — Kareena Costello, Marinette;
Rock — Jillian Brown, Milton;
Vilas — Ailee Harman*, Saint Germain;
Washington — Amanda Klein, Hartford;
Waukesha — Alison Huebner and Justin Wauer, Muskego; and Aaron Gloss, Waukesha;
Other Countries — Rie Koizumi, Tokyo, Japan.

Business Administration

Brown County — Justin Baker***, Courtney Bries, Bryce Carlson, Adam Chmielewski, Randall Christensen, Clare Denz***, Kamry Kupsh, Steven Landwehr***, Jane Lowe, Jarod Reimer*, and Rebecca Zellmer, De Pere; Gregory Kornetzke and Sarah Wanek, Denmark; Brandon Amraen, Kevin Baeb, Garrett Boeck, Thomas Boockmeier, Calvin Collins, Kimberly Delvaux, Lacey Duerschmidt, Chandra Eigenberger, Jessica Gold*, Zachary Hubbartt, Jamie Lancelle, Tyler Ledvina, Bradley Mayer, Marius Merz**, Cody Mueller, Blaine Nemecek, Andrea Paul, Brooke Puta, Sara Reckelberg, Jesse Scheer, Brittney Tollar, Jose Villa, Aimee Villwock*, and Ashley Wienke, Green Bay; Emilie Beining***, Greenleaf; and Blake Lambert, Suamico;
Clark — Daniel Opelt, Neillsville;
Dane — Sara Tupper*, Stoughton;
Door — Emily Blaha*, Sturgeon Bay;
Fond Du Lac — Lisa Zeleske*, Fond du Lac;
Forest — Matthew Belland, Laona;
Lincoln — Hilary Cordova, Tomahawk;
Manitowoc — Nicole Laabs, Denmark; Jennifer Appel, Andra Erdmann, Matthew Honzik, Alex Luchsinger, and Eric Stueck, Manitowoc; Alexander Zellner, Maribel; Darin DeRoche, Mishicot; and Alex Hrubecky, Two Rivers;
Milwaukee — Dalton Andrew, Greenfield; and Christopher Cannestra, Oak Creek;
Monroe — Danielle Dale**, Sparta;
Oconto — Kyle Rice*** and Gregory Seidel, Oconto Falls;
Outagamie — Zachary Winter*** and Allie Wolff, Appleton; and Daniel Habeck, Seymour.
Portage — Kelton Dopp*, Almond; and Chelsea Krogwold, Amherst.
Racine — Amelia Wozniak, Waterford.
Shawano — Jennifer Welk, Gresham.
Sheboygan — Vanessa Diaz, Sheboygan; and James Schreurs, Waldo.
Waukesha — Thomas Hanna, Hartland.
Other States — Ashley Lesperance, Menominee, Mich.; Alex Ronchak, Arden Hills, Minn.; Brooke Strehlow, New York, N.Y.

Chemistry

Brown County — Kody Kapfhamer, De Pere;
Manitowoc — Sarah Ording and Seu Vang, Manitowoc.

Communication

Brown County — Robert Phillips, Allouez; Kendall Brenwall, Ryan Brumlic, Joshua Clearwater, Jessica Leighty, Laura McLuen, David Nordby, Dakota Orlich, and Lashawnda Warpinski, Green Bay;
Manitowoc — Kimberly Sommers, Manitowoc;
Oneida — Helen Jones, Rhinelander
Outagamie — Stephanie Diedrich**, Combined Locks; and Samantha Marta, Grand Chute;
Shawano — Cynthia Goetsch*, Shawano;
Washington — Ashley Vickney*, West Bend
Waukesha — Nicholas Rudd, Muskego
Other States — Daniel Norman, Kingsford, Mich.

Computer Science

Brown County — Edward Bowker, Green Bay;
Dane — Matthew Firgens, Cottage Grove;
Fond Du Lac — Joseph Ebert**, Kewaskum;
Milwaukee — Eric Cope, Greenfield;
Shawano — Nathan Milner***, Shawano;
Waukesha — Cody Rabinek, Eagle.

Democracy and Justice Studies

Brown County — Benjamin Freeman and Laura Leigh***, Green Bay;
Outagamie — Eric Mandel, Kaukauna;
Washington — Emily Kudek, West Bend.

Design Arts

Brown County — Logan Sprangers, De Pere; Wendy Knight* and Beau Thomas, Green Bay;
Manitowoc — Derek Beattie, Reedsville;
Sheboygan — Katie Green*, Sheboygan;
Waukesha — Vanessa Jordan, Muskego;
Waupaca — Kayla Teske, Clintonville;
Other States — Daniel Alvarado, Leander, Tex.

Economics

Brown County — Randall Christensen and Jarod Reimer*, De Pere; Tyler Ledvina and Marius Merz**, Green Bay;
Portage — Kelton Dopp*, Almond.

Education

Ashland County — Breanna Hanson*, Glidden;
Brown — Brooke Barnard*, Jennifer Drewiske*, Jennifer Newman***, and Jacob Tess*, De Pere; Kayla Decker*, KimmiLei Demaskie**, Elizabeth Pellegrini*, Brianne Pfefferkorn*, Heather Walden, and Taylor Werchek, Green Bay;
Calumet — Aleesha Paff***, Appleton;
Door — Briana Schwartz*, Forestville;
Manitowoc — David Wagner***, Manitowoc;
Marinette — Brittany Henrichs***, Niagara; and Danielle Wyss*, Peshtigo;
Oconto — Erin Koszalinski, Lakewood; Tara Seefeldt*, Lena; Charles Olson*** and Taylor Schmidt***, Oconto;
Outagamie — Bo Karll and Holly Phillips, Appleton; and Allison Volkman***, Black Creek;
Taylor — Heather Lindahl, Medford;
Washington — Nathan Schultz*, Jackson;
Winnebago — Meghan Johnson**, Neenah.

English

Brown County — Kellina Mattson*, Green Bay; and Meredith Simpkins, Pulaski;
Calumet — Danielle Brocker*, Chilton;
Dane — Mary Kellom, Stoughton; and Tessa Pellmann, Sun Prairie;
Manitowoc — Hunter Morrow*, Two Rivers;
Marinette — Cassandra Langlois, Marinette;
Milwaukee — Lindsey LaBissoniere***, Wauwatosa;
Oconto — Emily Dehut*, Oconto;
Outagamie — Margaret Carstens, Combined Locks; and Justine Ederer***, Kaukauna.

Environmental Policy and Planning

Brown County — Robyn Nielsen*, Green Bay;
Manitowoc — Pheng Yang, Manitowoc;
Outagamie — Kelsey McCormick*, Appleton.

Environmental Sciences

Brown County — Kirsten Gullett***, De Pere; and Aaron Mueller, Green Bay;
Outagamie — Brian Rolf, Appleton; and Maria Calkins, Black Creek;
Other Countries — Sravani Karnam, Nairobi, Kenya.

French and Francophone Studies

Dane County — Melissa Reisdorf, Waunakee;
Shawano — Adam Meyer**, Shawano.

Geoscience

Brown County — Lydia Schneider, Green Bay.

Health Information Management Technology

Brown County — Irina Guba**, Mai Lor, and Sierra Valentine, Green Bay;
Fond Du Lac — Amanda Preissner***, Ripon;
Outagamie — Indy Gorges, Appleton;
Winnebago — Kendra Kuehl, Neenah;
Other States — Kerryann Fraser*, Lauderhill, Fla.; Michelle Roy, Crystal Falls, Mich.

History

Brown County — Collin LeSage, Laura Leigh***, and Kellina Mattson*, Green Bay;
Kewaunee — Jesse LaCrosse, Algoma;
Marinette — Aaron Albright, Peshtigo;
Milwaukee — Zakarie Lenski, Oak Creek;
Oconto — Dante Pizzuti, Little Suamico;
Waukesha — Kendall Sherman, Sussex.

Human Biology

Brown County — Cynthia Belanger*, De Pere; Owin Cantable, Alana Degeneffe*, Travis Ladwig, Sarah Mauel*, Ryan Smith, Nick Strauss, and Carese Walczyk, Green Bay; and Adam Gilson, Greenleaf;
Chippewa — Jessica Hurt, Bloomer;
Fond Du Lac — Gavin Peters***, Campbellsport;
Green — Sarah Tomasiewicz**, Monroe;
Marathon — Samantha Schmidt, Mosinee;
Marinette — Kelly Strasser, Niagara;
Milwaukee — Tabatha Ruska, Milwaukee;
Outagamie — Rachael Menos*, Christine Minzlaff, and Danielle Strebel, Appleton; Chelsea Peeters, Black Creek; and Taylor Gasman, Freedom;
Ozaukee — Timothy Zietz***, Grafton;
Sheboygan — Kelsey Obremski**, Sheboygan; and Avery Faul, Sheboygan Falls;
Washington — Mikayla Kremer***, Kewaskum;
Winnebago — Hailey Eckstein and Brielle Vanevenhoven, Larsen;
Other States — Caitlyn Adkins, Gurnee, Ill.; Tanner Kelly, Vulcan, Mich.

Human Development

Brown County — Amanda Clark, Brianne Krepline, Tyler Secor, Kathryn Sedlacek, and Jacob Tess*, De Pere; Amber Jagodzinski, Elizabeth Kane, Theresa Rock, Rosa Serrano, Phillip Tilleman, and Candice Tomasko, Green Bay; and Hattie Liebman*, Suamico;
Buffalo — Brianna Peterson**, Mondovi;
Calumet — Megan Juzenas, Appleton; and Stephanie Baeten, Hilbert;
Dodge — Haily Hummelmeier*, Beaver Dam;
Door — Stephanie DeJardin, Luxemburg;
Fond Du Lac — Hannah Wagner, Fond du Lac;
Kewaunee — Kelly Thyes, Casco;
La Crosse — Nhia Lor, La Crosse; and Logan Andres, West Salem;
Manitowoc — Melissa Tennant and See Thao, Manitowoc; and Gennessa Orth, Two Rivers;
Marathon — Holly Schreiner, Athens;
Marquette — Kayla Frosch, Endeavor’
Milwaukee — Ariel Olson, Greendale;
Outagamie — Jessica Igoe, Freedom; and William Mateer, Fremont;
Ozaukee — Kari Arguello, Cedarburg;
Racine — Brittany Bogan, Mount Pleasant;
Rock — Julia Bloom, Milton;
Shawano — Kelly Leatherberry, Leopolis;
Sheboygan — Ashley Kurtz**, Sheboygan Falls;
Waukesha — Nicolette Bemann, Waukesha;
Wood — Emily Carroll*, Marshfield;
Other States — Cook — Danielle Shellberg, Crestwood.

Humanistic Studies

Brown County — Mai Lor and Andrea Regalia, Green Bay.

Information Sciences

Brown County — AlQoyawayma Baddmoccosin-Barnes, Broderick Berglund, and Tyler Borchardt, Green Bay;
Fond Du Lac — Joseph Ebert**, Kewaskum; and Joel Miller, Pickett;
Manitowoc — Brett Jensen, Manitowoc; and Venton Speidel Jr, Two Rivers;
Marathon — Molly Vlietstra, Birnamwood;
Portage — Ezra Toelle, Stevens Point.

Integrative Leadership Studies

Brown County — Tonya Fronk, De Pere; Cayla Botz, Adeyemi Cole, Michael Dreckschmidt*, Angela Gardebrecht*, Patrick Heaney, Thomas McCarey***, Kathleen Mickle***, Zachery Nimke*, Amber Prien, Leslie Schisel, Green Bay; and Hattie Liebman*, Suamico;
Calumet — Dale Passehl***, Appleton; Carole Schubert, Kiel; and Alexander Lewandowski, Menasha;
Chippewa — Carrie Hoff**, Cadott; and Michele Pederson, Eau Claire;
Columbia — Katie Stiemke, Arlington;
Dane — Chanel Clark, Madison;
Door — William Isings, Sturgeon Bay;
Forest — Penny McLaughlin*, Wabeno;
Jefferson — Mark Kasten, Lake Mills;
Manitowoc — Rosanne Bonlander, and Patrick Hamoy, Manitowoc; and Shannon Leonhard, Jennifer Lisowe***, and Marjorie Olson, Two Rivers;
Marathon — Katinna Brice, and Sarah Verber**, Wausau;
Marinette — Adam Walker**, Marinette;
Milwaukee — Eric Lemmer, Milwaukee;
Monroe — Laissa Hassan, Tomah;
Oconto — Dean Meyer Sr, Oconto;
Oneida — Amanda Cook*, Harshaw;
Outagamie — Brenda Halfman, Seymour;
Portage — Melinda Ziesman, Mosinee; and Leah Rose***, Stevens Point;
Taylor — Loretta Walsh*, Medford;
Vilas — Jessica Riedy, Eagle River;
Washington — Andrew Darwitz, Oakdale;
Waukesha — Jeffrey Podjasek, Pewaukee;
Waushara — Jessica Hargrave, Berlin; and Tad Masaros, Fremont;
Winnebago — Emily Penning, Oshkosh;
Wood — Joseph Durham, Wisconsin Rapids;
Other State — Joelle Fockler, Martinez, Calif.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Barron County — Shanon Breed**, Rice Lake;
Brown —
Cheryl Weaver***, De Pere; Deanna Ashmann***, Cayla Botz, Jennifer Hoffman***, and Aerick Jackson, Green Bay;
Marathon
— Jamie Guensburg*, Rothschild;
Oconto — Kayla Coopman, Abrams;
Price — Marlene Wurm, Park Falls; and Taylor Grech*, Phillips;
Shawano — Gary Olsen*** and Kristin Welch, Gresham;
Waukesha — Kari Konkol, Waukesha;
Winnebago — Michael Johnson Jr., Appleton;

Mathematics

Brown County — Michael Xie***, De Pere;
Outagamie — Nicholas Effa and Briana VanderHeiden*, Seymour.

Music

Brown County — Alysha Brooks and Tori Schuurmans, Green Bay

Nursing

Brown County — Terri Zahorik***, De Pere; Trisha Backus*, Danielle Davis, Stefanie Garrett, and Jessica Ronk, Green Bay; and Patricia Stukenberg, Suamico;
Dane — Allison Dopf, Madison;
Dodge — Rachel Heckenkamp*, Horicon;
Door — Ann Mancheski, Sturgeon Bay;
Eau Claire — Sara Sandager, Eau Claire;
Manitowoc — Thomas Rennicke, Kiel; and Kelly Gagnon*, Manitowoc;
Marathon — Katie Hall, Wausau; and Ruth Cunningham, Weston;
Marinette — Vallery Krah, Marinette;
Oconto — Lori Schaden***, Oconto Falls;
Rock — Nicole Simpson, Beloit;
Saint Croix — Jessica Knops***, Glenwood City;
Sauk — Stephanie Killoy, Spring Green;
Sheboygan — Andrea DuMez*, Sheboygan;
Vilas — Juliette Hoffman**, Eagle River;
Washington — Marcie Giese, Hartford; and James Hale III, West Bend;
Waukesha — Jennifer Nick, Pewaukee;
Waupaca — Leslie Westberg, Ogdensburg;
Winnebago — Teresa Coonen, Menasha;
Other States — California: Andrea Stewart, Chico; Colorado: Megan Rhode, Denver; Illinois: Aeysha Sayeeduddin, Gurnee, and Holly Nally, Round Lake Heights; Massachusetts: Monique Lariviere, Marstons Mills; Michigan: Sarah Rowell, Kingsford, and Nicole Tebo, Stephenson; Minnesota: Stephanie Davis, Saint Paul, and Ayan Sharif, St Paul Park; New Jersey: Dorothy Murray, Whiting; New York: Avi Klein, Far Rockaway, Queens; Texas: Teresa Talmadge, Kingwood; Washington: Michelle Barraza, Bremerton, and Britney Woods, Spanaway.

Political Science

Brown County — Stephanie Krupski, De Pere; Karen Basulto, Benjamin Freeman, and Robert Henderson, Green Bay; and Samantha Braaten*, Suamico;
Outagamie — Eric Mandel, Kaukauna;
Pierce — Kyle Shafer, Spring Valley.

Psychology

Brown County — Tyler Secor, De Pere; Kayla Blochowiak, Alysha Brooks, Jenna Carprue, Jessica Chappell, Amy Cook, Elizabeth Feldhausen, Maria Gerrits, Nicholas Hoppock, Amber Jagodzinski, Jordan Jankowski, Matthew Kobriger, Taylor Kurowski**, Shane Kusserow, Briana Novak, Theresa Rock, Magic Vang, Heather Walden, and Adrian Zurita, Green Bay;
Buffalo — Brianna Peterson**, Mondovi;
Calumet — Stephanie Baeten, Hilbert;
Dane — Rebecca Weiss, Sun Prairie; and Mariah Niesen, Windsor;
Dodge — Haily Hummelmeier*, Beaver Dam;
Door — Stephanie DeJardin, Luxemburg; and Amanda Schartner, Sturgeon Bay;
Forest — Mary Mattson*, Crandon;
Kewaunee — Kelly Thyes, Casco;
La Crosse — Katelin Paar, Onalaska; and Logan Andres, West Salem;
Manitowoc — Gennessa Orth, Two Rivers;
Milwaukee — Ariel Olson, Greendale;
Oconto — Kayler Bailey and Chelsey VanHulle, Oconto; Michaela Kaiser and Gregory Seidel, Oconto Falls;
Outagamie — Rebecca Kiefer and Holly Phillips, Appleton; Amanda Verbsky, Black Creek; and Jessica Igoe, Freedom;
Ozaukee — Kari Arguello, Cedarburg; and Timothy Zietz***, Grafton;
Shawano — Brenda Marquardt, Shawano;
Sheboygan — Emily Walsdorf, Glenbeulah;
Washington — Isaac Buhle, Hartford; Alyssa Feldner, Jackson; and Emily Kudek, West Bend;
Waukesha — Sarah Wick*, Lannon; and Nicholas Rudd, Muskego;
Wood — Emily Carroll*, Marshfield.

Public Administration

Brown County — Stephanie Krupski, De Pere; Karen Basulto, Ross Farley, Robert Henderson, Theresa Rock, Abigail Verzal, and Adrian Zurita, Green Bay; and Alex Wilson, New Franken;
Door — Bailey Koepsel, Baileys Harbor;
Manitowoc — Pheng Yang, Manitowoc;
Outagamie — PaJa Yang, Appleton; and Paul Patschke***, Kaukauna;
Pierce — Kyle Shafer, Spring Valley.

Social Work

Sheboygan County — Brett Hayner, Sheboygan.

Spanish and Latin American Studies

Brown County — Erica Hilbert, De Pere; Rosa Serrano and Lizeth Veliz, Green Bay; and Meredith Simpkins, Pulaski;
La Crosse — Haley Hanson, Onalaska;
Outagamie — Stephanie Diedrich**, Combined Locks; and Brittney Moore, Seymour;
Rock — Devan Beyel, Janesville;
Washington — Ashley Vickney*, West Bend;
Winnebago — Grace Neese***, Neenah;
Other States — Haley Fehling, Salem, Mass.

Theatre

Fond Du Lac — Cody Galligan, Campbellsport.

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UW-Green Bay’s Kaye will deliver commencement address

A faculty member with a national reputation as an author, historian, essayist and political analyst will deliver the commencement address at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s winter graduation ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 19.

Harvey J. Kaye
Harvey J. Kaye

Prof. Harvey J. Kaye has chosen the theme “This Generation has a Rendezvous with Destiny” for his remarks to graduates and guests at the event, which starts at 11:30 a.m. in the 2,000-seat Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Kaye is an award-winning professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at UW-Green Bay. He teaches courses in history, politics, and society. Since joining the University in 1978, he has steadfastly championed the liberal arts and UW-Green Bay’s brand of interdisciplinary, problem-focused education.

Kaye’s most recent book, The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great (Simon & Schuster), was named a must-read for 2014 by both Bill Moyers and The Nation magazine, positioning Kaye among the leading scholars of Roosevelt’s progressive legacy. On Jan. 6, Kaye will be featured speaker in Hyde Park, N.Y., at the FDR Presidential Library’s 75th anniversary commemoration of the stirring “Four Freedoms” inaugural address.

He is also the author of the well-received books Thomas Paine and the Promise of America and Thomas Paine: Firebrand of the Revolution. His earlier work includes The British Marxist Historians, The Powers of the Past, and The American Radical.

Kaye’s research into Paine — the radical theorist whose bold vision of American liberty helped inspire the nation’s founders (and presidential candidates to this day) — has made the UW-Green Bay professor a frequent guest on national talk shows including Moyers’ public television program, “Huffington Post Live” and the “Thom Hartmann Radio Show,” among others. His more recent work on FDR has expanded his role as a public intellectual bringing historical context to contemporary political analysis. Kaye’s guest essays have appeared regularly in the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and The Times of London.

Kaye founded the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series in 1985 as a way to personally introduce his UW-Green Bay students and others to leading thinkers in their fields. Journalist Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of the National Review and a respected voice of the conservative movement, was a recent guest. Previous lecturers have included Victor Kiernan, Dorothy and E.P. Thompson, Frances Fox Piven, Cass Sunstein and national columnists both liberal and conservative including E.J. Dionne, Michael Novak, Joe Conason and Eric Alterman.

Kaye is a two-time winner of UW-Green Bay’s Founders Award for Excellence and a recipient of the Ben and Joyce Rosenberg Professorship. He earned his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University after receiving his master’s from the University of London and undergraduate degree at Rutgers University.

The selection of Kaye as commencement speaker provides an opportunity to highlight the quality of UW-Green Bay faculty members as the institution marks the 50th anniversary of its founding. In 91 previous May and December commencement ceremonies, the featured speakers have most often been alumni, nationally prominent educators or public servants, and state or community leaders. Chancellors and other administrators have delivered the commencement address on several occasions; Kaye becomes only the fifth active professor chosen for the honor, joining Joyce Salisbury, December 1995; Lou Erdmann, May 1996; William Laatsch, May 2005; and Martin H. Greenberg, May 2006.

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Business grad will receive Outstanding Student Award at UW-Green Bay

Emily Blaha of Sturgeon Bay has been chosen the December 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Emily Blaha
Emily Blaha

The Business Administration senior with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in design arts will receive her diploma at UW-Green Bay’s mid-year commencement ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Blaha from among approximately 450 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at December commencement.

A 2012 graduate of Southern Door High School, Blaha will complete her degree requirements on an accelerated, three-and-a-half-year timetable.

Additionally, Blaha will be part of the platform party at commencement as student speaker for the ceremony. She was chosen to deliver remarks on behalf of her class by a committee of UW-Green Bay faculty members and administrators. She was nominated by Management Prof. Lucy Arendt, who describes her as “an exceptional asset to the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay and the greater Green Bay community.”

Through work and paid employment, Blaha has served as a marketing and communication assistant for the University Union, and as marketing coordinator and social media specialist for UWGB’s College of Professional Studies. Her independent study topic was “Managing Culture in a Small Business,” and her senior year placement was a product-strategies internship with Schreiber Foods, Inc., headquartered in Green Bay.

She was one of a dozen standout students appointed an inaugural member of the Cofrin School of Business Student Advisory Board, providing input on curriculum and programming.

Blaha is the recipient of academic merit scholarships and dean’s list honors, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. She has been active in a range of programs across campus, including service as advertising manager for The Fourth Estate, the weekly student newspaper. When she increased advertising sales by 20 percent, she was selected to serve as the organization’s business manager.

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UW-Green Bay honors top faculty, staff with 2015 Founders Awards

founders-award-winners-postThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2015 Founders Awards for Excellence. The award winners, honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, are:

Teaching — Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges
Scholarship — Prof. Matt Dornbush
Community Outreach — Prof. John Luczaj
Institutional Development — Associate Prof. Denise Bartell
Academic Support — Mike Kline
Classified Staff — Amanda Wildenberg
Collaborative Achievement — The Digital and Public Humanities Project

Posing in the photo, above, standing from left are Wilson-Doenges, Luczaj, Dornbush and Bartell. Seated are Wildenberg and faculty members representing the Digital Humanities Project, Associate Profs. Chuck Rybak and Caroline Boswell. Not pictured: Mike Kline.

The awards were presented before an audience of more than 400 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campuswide committee from among nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others.

Wilson-Doenges, the recipient of the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, is an associate professor of Human Development and a specialist in environmental psychology and best practices in neighborhood planning and urban design. The award citation credited her with effectively connecting with students, regardless of major, in courses both online and in-person, and bringing energy not only to her classroom but to her work with students on internships, independent studies, and honors projects. One nominator said her enthusiasm for her subject has the ability to make even the statistical concept of standard deviation “riveting.” Wilson-Doenges joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1995 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine.

Dornbush, recipient of the award for scholarship, was recognized for his work as a professor of biology with the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. He has made a priority of involving both graduate and undergraduate students in his research projects where possible, and has been successful in winning outside grants to support that research. His primary interests involve the role of native plant restorations in improving ecosystems, including the potential use of native tallgrass for bio-energy purposes, and the restoration of wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay. Dornbush joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2005 after earning his doctoral degree in ecology at Iowa State University. He recently joined the academic affairs administrative team at UW-Green Bay as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Professional Development and Grants, and Director of Graduate Studies.

The award citation for Geoscience professor Luczaj, a member of the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty, called the Founders Award for Excellence in Community Outreach a perfect fit for a faculty member who is “an asset to UWGB as a researcher, instructor and community ambassador in the field of geology.” An authority on the geology and bedrock of Northeastern Wisconsin and related groundwater issues, Luczaj has provided guidance to technical groups on vital groundwater issues and advised varied stakeholders on aquifer protection strategies. In addition to working with UWGB students, he has connected with the community through geoscience presentations to family and K-12 groups as well as to UWGB Learning in Retirement audiences. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins and joined the Green Bay faculty in 2005.

Bartell, honored in the category of Institutional Development, was recognized for her efforts in ensuring the success of new and continuing students and the larger University. Bartell is an associate professor of psychology in the Human Development academic unit. In recent years she has assumed leadership in campuswide efforts to improve student retention and graduation rates, particularly for first-generation students and those who are from under-represented groups or who face special challenges. She is founder and program director for the Phoenix GPS Program, which has identified “high-impact” practices to help students thrive. (The practices include encouraging greater campus involvement, mentoring, effective study skills and active/engaged learning experiences for newcomers.) Bartell joined UW-Green Bay in 2002 after earning her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas.

Kline received the Founders Award for Excellence in Academic Support in recognition of his success in fostering, according to the award citation, “a department culture where academic success, not just completion, is an uncompromising priority.” Kline works in Phoenix Athletics administration as assistant AD of Compliance and Student Welfare. A 1988 graduate of UW-Green Bay, he landed the position of Phoenix cross-country coach while still a student-athlete in 1987. In 1999 he accepted additional duties as academics coordinator for all Phoenix teams. In the years since, the program has posted at least 31 consecutive semesters of cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better, had a series of all-league and even all-America academic honorees, and had individual teams rank among the best in America in terms of academic performance. Nominators described Kline as “dedicated” “tireless” and “passionate” about encouraging academic and career success.

Wildenberg, recipient of the Founder’s Award for University Staff , is a university services associate in the Dean of Students Office. Nominators praised her customer-service orientation, good humor and cool under pressure in interacting with a clientele as varied and diverse as the University itself — students, parents, faculty, staff, senior administrators and others. She takes a lead role in coordinating a major, Universitywide program that serves almost a thousand new students and their families annually. The award citation also mentioned her technological skills, involvement in staff governance and efforts to “make UW-Green Bay a better place to work.” Wildenberg, who earned her bachelor’s at UW-Milwaukee, joined the UW-Green Bay staff in 2008.

The Digital and Public Humanities Project, led by Associate Profs. Chuck Rybak and Caroline Boswell of the Humanistic Studies faculty, earned the Founders Award in the category of Collaborative Achievement. The project, which began with creation of a “digital commons” at UW-Green Bay, relies on modern technology to greatly expand opportunity for sharing the humanities — ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, history and the visual and performing arts — rather than distract from, or diminish interest, as some might expect in what is often characterized as an age of shortened attention spans. One nominator wrote of Rybak and Boswell, “by bringing students into this field (they have) opened new doors that will lead not only to new employment opportunities, but new ways to engage in lifelong interdisciplinary learning.” The project is credited with helping students avail themselves of new digital technologies, advance their skill sets and also make the field more accessible to the public at large. Boswell, a historian, joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. at Brown University. Rybak, a professor of English and creative writing, is a widely published poet who received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati.

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UW-Green Bay adjusts schedule for ’50 Years’ celebration on Sept. 2

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced a revised schedule for Wednesday, Sept. 2, and a more detailed lineup of campus and community events marking the golden anniversary of the day in 1965 when Gov. Warren Knowles signed legislation creating a new four-year university for Northeastern Wisconsin.

Among the highlights:

  • The “50 Years of UW-Green Bay” kickoff celebration will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, outdoors at Phoenix Park, located adjacent to the University Union, the campus housing complex and the Mauthe Center. The informal event, open to all, invites alumni, employees and other friends of the University to join in an expanded version of the traditional “first day of school” cookout for returning students. The cookout also promises music, games and more. Admission is free.
  • On the same evening (Wednesday, Sept. 2), UW-Green Bay alumni, faculty and staff will “Turn the Market Green” with a special UWGB night at the downtown Farmers Market. Attendees are invited to wear their Phoenix Green and to visit the UW-Green Bay booth near the corner of Broadway and Hubbard streets between 5 and 8 p.m. Music by the faculty band Brass Differential, sampling of Titletown Brewing Company’s commemorative Phoenix Brew and root beer, and drawings, giveaways and special guests will be among the attractions. Admission is free.
  • An invitation-only reunion of members of the graduating class of 1970 — UW-Green Bay’s first year awarding bachelor’s degrees — will take place on campus, mid-day.

(Please note: The campus kickoff event has been rescheduled from the initial announcement in March. Previously listed as a formal program at 11 a.m., the “50 Years” celebration is shifted to a 4 p.m. event of a more casual nature. The change avoids a time conflict following announcement of the community’s traditional Packers Welcome-Back Luncheon for that same date. UW-Green Bay event organizers say they tweaked their Sept. 2 lineup to allow friends, local dignitaries and alumni the flexibility to attend both events.)

Activities throughout the 2015-16 academic year will be tied to the theme “50 Years of UW-Green Bay.” A second major event this fall will be the annual Alumni Reunion Days weekend on Oct. 16 and 17. The University is reaching out to current and former students, employees and community members who might have photos, mementos or memories to share.

For more information, visit the 50 Years website, or contact the University Advancement Office at (920) 465-2074 or e-mail.

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Stangel accepts new appointment with Notre Dame Academy

jeanne-copy-webJeanne Stangel, a longtime UW-Green Bay administrator with experience in fundraising and intercollegiate athletics, will be leaving the University to accept a newly created position with Notre Dame de La Baie Academy in Green Bay.

Stangel starts Aug. 3 as Notre Dame’s vice president for institutional advancement. She will direct fundraising, strategic initiatives and communication, and serve additionally as the Roman Catholic high school’s director of athletics.

“I am thrilled and excited by this opportunity,” Stangel said. “NDA is very well respected in this community and exemplifies the highest standards in helping its students excel in faith, academics, athletics and extracurricular development.”

At UW-Green Bay, Stangel serves as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. A member of the institution’s executive team, she oversees the University’s fundraising, alumni, marketing and communication functions.

“Jeanne Stangel has been a wonderful ambassador for UWGB,” commented Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “What she has accomplished — in terms of rallying community and alumni support for student scholarships, academic enhancements and campus facilities — has made a tangible difference in the lives of our students. We extend our great appreciation to her for all she has done, and wish her the best as she accepts this new challenge. It has been a great honor to work with her. She is a great professional.”

A native of the Algoma area and a 1987 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s Business Administration program, Stangel has held a variety of positions with the University over 25 years as a student, administrator and advocate.

Stangel joined the University Advancement staff in early 2012, moving over from Intercollegiate Athletics, where she was associate athletics director, senior women’s athletics administrator and director of the Phoenix Fund, the fundraising arm of UW-Green Bay Athletics. In previous stints with the University, she had served as director of government and community relations, special assistant to the chancellor, and assistant athletics director.

Her private-sector experience includes marketing and management positions with IBM in Wausau and The An-Ser Service, Medalcraft Mint and TufcoTechnologies, Inc., of Green Bay. She was a member of the executive leadership team and senior manager of customer services and corporate relations for Tufco, a publically traded company, from 2002-2006.

Stangel was inducted in 1993 as a charter member of the UW-Green Bay Athletics Hall of Fame. A native of the Algoma area, she played from 1984-87 and as Jeanne Barta still ranks first and third, respectively, on the all-time Phoenix women’s basketball rebounding and scoring lists.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor appointed to influential NCAA committee

gary.miller-webaGary L. Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been appointed a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. He will begin his three-year term Aug. 1, 2015.

Miller is the first sitting Division I president or chancellor to serve on the committee, the NCAA has confirmed.

“I consider it a great honor to be chosen to serve in this capacity,” Miller said. “I am a firm believer in the value of Division I athletics to UW-Green Bay, the NCAA’s mission as an organization, and our shared duty as member institutions to help ensure academic and competitive integrity.”

The Division I Committee on Infractions is an independent group composed of representatives from the membership and the public charged with deciding NCAA infractions cases. The committee reviews prehearing procedural matters, conducts hearings, finds the facts of the case, and determines what, if any, penalties are appropriate. After it issues a decision, the committee monitors institutions on probation to ensure compliance with penalties and terms of probation. The committee also hears appeals of Level III decisions issued by NCAA staff.

Miller’s appointment as a current chancellor reflects the NCAA’s ongoing, stated efforts to increase presidential involvement in all facets of the NCAA governance structure.

Since 2011 the NCAA has gradually expanded the committee from 10 to 24 members. Previously regarded as one of the NCAA’s more time-intensive assignments — which tended to discourage top administrators from volunteering — the committee can now use its larger size to create panels of five to seven randomly-chosen members. The change allows cases to be heard more quickly and efficiently with fewer burdens on individual committee members.

Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed for a maximum of three terms. In addition to participating in those cases assigned them, members convene as the full Committee on Infractions at least twice annually to review cases across panels and check for consistency in the way NCAA guidelines are applied.

Jon LeCrone, who heads the intercollegiate athletics conference that includes UW-Green Bay, describes Miller’s appointment as prestigious recognition for the chancellor, the University, Green Bay Athletics and the league.

“We are thrilled for Chancellor Miller’s appointment to the NCAA Infractions Committee,” says LeCrone, Horizon League commissioner. “Since arriving at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, he has been an excellent addition to our Board of Directors, working on behalf of Green Bay and the Horizon League’s student-athletes. I know that he will represent Green Bay and the Horizon League well on the committee.”

The committee chair is Gregory Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. Other prominent members include Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky; Michael F. Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, former University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi; and former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins. Nominations to serve come from the NCAA membership and include academic and athletics administrators past and present, independent professionals with relevant legal, athletics or academic experience, and former coaches.

Miller, who assumed his duties as UW-Green Bay chancellor on Aug. 1, 2014, has extensive career experience as an administrator and educator, all with NCAA Division I universities.

He came to Green Bay from the chancellorship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was previously provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University, Dean of the College of Pacific at the University of the Pacific, and a faculty member at both Weber State University and Mississippi State University.

The chancellor serves on the local board of directors of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Council of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the Board of Directors of The Campus Compact, the Workforce Development Panel of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and a national steering committee focused on post-collegiate outcomes.

Miller’s appointment to the infractions committee is UW-Green Bay’s second high-profile NCAA appointment this summer. Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie was notified earlier this year she will become the first individual from any Horizon League school to serve on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, starting Sept. 1.

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Cut of $2.8m will result in 24 positions lost

In an email Friday (July 10) to all employees, Chancellor Gary L. Miller outlined how the new UW System budget — which includes a loss of $125 million annually in state taxpayer support — will affect UW-Green Bay. The good news: The $2.8 million funding cut here was scaled back from the $4.6 million initially projected, and is unlikely to require involuntary layoffs. The bad news: a significant reduction in force through the loss of several dozen vacant faculty and staff positions will be a challenge. The Chancellor thanked the University’s Trustees for their advocacy, and campus leadership and the University Planning and Innovation Council (UPIC) for their contributions to budget-reduction planning (which continues). To see Miller’s memo, click here.

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About 24 positions at UW-Green Bay are losing their state GPR funding, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported in its July 11 print edition. “It is a serious reduction,” said Chancellor Gary Miller, who said layoffs aren’t needed because senior employees (29 total) accepted voluntary separation deals. “That’s a significant reduction in our workforce,” Miller said. “We are losing some key people, and some key knowledge.” The university has some savings to use while it fine-tunes its staffing plans, having frozen hiring, curtailed travel and cut back on purchases months ago in anticipation of the state budget reductions being approved. To read the P-G story, click here.

 

 

Pfeifer named UW-Green Bay’s Associate Chancellor for External Affairs

Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced today (Monday, June 22) the appointment of Ronald T. Pfeifer of Green Bay as the new Associate Chancellor for External Affairs and Chief of Staff for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Pfeifer will join the UW-Green Bay administrative team on July 23rd.

Ronald Pfeifer
Ronald Pfeifer
He currently serves as Associate General Counsel for Schneider National Inc., North America’s largest truckload carrier, headquartered in Green Bay. He has held that position since 2013 following 28 years as an employment-law attorney with the local office of the statewide firm Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

“We are extremely fortunate to have recruited such a distinguished professional and effective community leader to this important position,” Chancellor Miller said of Pfeifer. “The experience Ron brings to this reshaped position will be essential for us to achieve our goal as a highly engaged, value-adding partner in this region.”

The Associate Chancellor for External Affairs element of Pfeifer’s title is new at UW-Green Bay and indicative of Miller’s priority in having the University be more aggressive in pursuing innovation, transformation and service to the region. Also factoring into the administrative restructuring are pending retirements and consolidation necessitated by steep funding reductions in the 2015-17 state budget.

Pfeifer will take over chief-of-staff duties currently held by Dan Spielmann who will retire in early July to conclude a UW-Green Bay career that began in 1976. Spielmann, an attorney, serves as the institution’s legislative liaison and as an adviser to the chancellor on legal matters. Pfeifer will assume additional responsibility with formal designation as managing director of the chancellor’s leadership cabinet and liaison to the Council of Trustees’ Advocacy Committee.

As Associate Chancellor, Pfeifer’s expanded responsibilities also will include full or shared administrative oversight of campus wide units including:

• Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
• Office of Marketing and University Communication
• Phoenix Athletics (in conjunction with the Chancellor)
• Office of Adult Access (in conjunction with the Provost)

Miller said an important new function of Pfeifer’s position will be organizing and extending the University’s community engagement and networking activities. Pfeifer sees a strong base on which to build.

“I have been a resident of this community for thirty-one years and during that time it has been my observation that UW-Green Bay plays an important role in the life of our community. It affects the lives of Northeast Wisconsin residents in virtually every way,” Pfeifer said. “I’ve always been grateful for the public education that was available to me and I want to do what I can to see that today’s young people have the same wonderful opportunities.”

Pfeifer grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska where he pursued a liberal arts course of study and graduated with a double major in philosophy and political science. He earned his law degree at Northwestern Law School and was appointed to the editorial board of the Northwestern Law Review.

He began his professional practice with firms in Indianapolis and Minneapolis before relocating to Green Bay in 1984 to join what would become the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn. He retired in 2011 and spent most of the next year as a consultant to the Labor Relations Institute working with clients nationwide on best practices, legal considerations and positive employee relations.

Pfeifer and his wife, Suzy, are longtime advocates and financial supporters of UW-Green Bay though neither is an alumnus.

In 2012, the Pfeifers endowed a Phuture Phoenix Scholarship to help students at Green Bay East High School involved in the Institute for the Fine Arts to attend UW-Green Bay. The Pfeifers are active supporters of Phoenix Athletics. Ron has served on the board of directors for both the Phoenix Fund and the former Fast Break Club.

Ron Pfeifer was appointed a board member with the University’s Founders Association in 2012. He served until the community-based fundraising organization was absorbed into the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. earlier this year. Suzy Pfeifer, recently retired as Director of Marketing and Fund Development for Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc., was employed by UW-Green Bay as Director of Major Gifts in the early 2000s and is a past member of the Council of Trustees.

Ron Pfeifer’s extensive record of community involvement includes board of directors’ service with the Green Bay Boys and Girls Club, Bellin College of Nursing and Scholarships, Inc. where he served two terms as President of the Board of Directors. He is also a former chair of the Unity Hospice Board. He has participated as a consultant or committee member with organizations including the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, the local YMCA and St. Norbert College.

“I share Chancellor Miller’s optimism about UW-Green Bay’s future because Northeast Wisconsin residents also believe that our best years are ahead of us,” Pfeifer said. “This is time of great change in education, and the Chancellor’s vision is ahead of the curve.”

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Regents OK tenure, promotions for UW-Green Bay faculty members

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions or tenure for 17 UW-Green Bay faculty members during the board’s meeting June 4 and 5 at UW-Milwaukee.

Faculty members promoted from assistant professor to the rank of associate professor with tenure are Tohoro Francis Akakpo, Social Work; Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, Humanistic Studies; T. Heather Herdman, Nursing; Minkyu Lee, Art and Design; Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development; Courtney Sherman, Music; Alison Stehlik, Art and Design; Mussie Teclezion, Business Administration; Gail Trimberger, Social Work; and Le Zhu, Human Biology.

The Regents also approved moving the following individuals from associate professor to the senior rank of full professor: Lucy Arendt, Business Administration; Mathew Dornbush, Natural and Applied Sciences; Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Nursing; Catherine Henze, Humanistic Studies; John A. Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences; Bryan D. Vescio, Humanistic Studies; and Amy T. Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences.

Arendt is a professor of management who serves as director of UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and as associate dean for the College of Professional Studies. She teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership and organizational theory. She has published widely about her research into decision making, influence and leadership. Much of her recent scholarship focuses on community response to natural disasters. She is the co-author of the book Long-Term Community Recovery from Natural Disasters (CRC Press, 2014). Arendt received her B.S. in Business Administration and Spanish from UW-Green Bay in 1987, and her M.S. in Administrative Science in 1990. She earned her Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee. The 2008 recipient of the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, Arendt has taught courses at UW-Green Bay since the 1990s, and joined the faculty as a full-time lecturer in 2004 and as an assistant professor in 2006.

Dornbush is a professor of biology with the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, serving as chairman of UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary master’s degree program in Environmental Science and Policy. His primary research interests involve the role of native plant restorations in improving ecosystems. He has won state and federal grants for projects ranging from the potential use of native tallgrass for bio-energy purposes to the restoration of wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay. Dornbush, who joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2005, holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s from Augustana (Ill.) College.

Gallagher-Lepak has been a member of the UW-Green Bay Nursing faculty since 2003. She serves as chair of the department and director of BSN-LINC, the online degree-completion program enrolling nurses nationwide. She teaches courses including Pharmacology, Healthy Aging, Theoretical Foundations of Nursing, Management and Leadership, Global Aspects of Healthcare, and Financial Management. Her scholarship has focused on e-learning, clinical reasoning and nursing diagnosis. Gallagher Lepak and colleague T. Heather Herdman are the creators of a new electronic app to aid nurses involved in direct patient care and treatment/diagnostic decisions. Gallagher-Lepak earned her Ph.D. in rehabilitation psychology at UW-Madison after completing her bachelor’s in nursing at Marquette University and master’s at UW-Milwaukee.

Henze is a professor of English affiliated with both the Humanistic Studies academic unit and the Women’s and Gender Studies program. She teaches courses in the humanities, Renaissance literature and music, women in literature, and environmental literature. She is particularly interested in the role of music in English Renaissance theater and the works of Shakespeare. Henze was faculty chairperson of UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree program at a time the adult-learning program was earning national rankings for its excellence in engaging students via distance learning. Henze earned her doctorate at the University of Chicago, her master’s from the University of Idaho, and bachelor’s from the University of Arkansas. She joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1996.

Luczaj joined the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty in 2005. He teaches a wide variety of geoscience and environmental science courses including Introduction to Earth Science, Physical Geology, Geologic Evolution of the Earth, Stratigraphy & Sedimentation, Quaternary Geology, Geologic Field Methods, Groundwater Resources and Regulations, and more. He has won widespread public and scholarly attention for his grants and research. Among the topics he has addressed: mapping the bedrock of Brown County, documenting strontium levels in local aquifers, and exploring groundwater fluctuation in Northeast Wisconsin. Luczaj holds a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s from the University of Kansas, and a bachelor’s from UW Oshkosh. He is co-author of the fourth edition of the textbook Earth System History.

Vescio is a professor of Humanistic Studies and former chair of UW-Green Bay’s English program. In addition to teaching introductory and advanced humanities courses, he teaches and publishes in the areas of American literature, literary theory, film studies, and world literature. His research has involved theoretical work on the future of the humanities in general and literary studies in particular. He holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Virginia. He graduated from UW-Madison with a B.A. in English in 1993. Vescio joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2002.

Wolf, a biologist and professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, was honored in 2014 with UW-Green Bay’s Founders Association Award of Excellence in Scholarship. Her studies of plant-animal interactions, of native bee populations, and of forest dynamics in Northern Wisconsin are highly regarded. Her work has earned grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Smithsonian, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. A member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 2005, Wolf holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and received both her bachelor’s in Biology and master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay.

Additionally, the UW System Board of Regents made official the concurrent appointment of Gary L. Miller — who joined UW-Green Bay as chancellor last Aug. 1 — as a full professor with tenure in the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. Miller was a professor of ecology with the University of Mississippi prior to entering academic administration on a full-time basis.

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