With high school graduations across the state being canceled due to COVID-19, the UW-Green Bay Office of Admissions wanted to make sure the incoming Class of 2024 was properly celebrated for all of their accomplishments. Over the course of a few weeks, the admissions team designed and distributed more than 500 yard signs to students with the help of staff on all four campuses. They targeted admitted students who have committed to UW-Green Bay for the Fall 2020 term. The yard signs lead to some great conversations. As a team, we were able to answer a lot of student and parent concerns on the spot and in person – from a safe distance. For some counselors who missed their spring travel dates, it was a great opportunity to get back on the road.
Members of UW-Green Bay’s campus community were sad to learn about the announced closing of Holy Family College. Personnel from both campuses have been working diligently to serve the needs of students, and help them transfer as seamlessly as possible should they continue their higher educational pursuits at UW-Green Bay campuses. The application fee will be waived for students applying from Holy Family to UW-Green Bay. In addition, admissions advisor Jennie Strohm is available for questions or consultation at email@example.com or 920-376-2679.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander provided this statement, earlier today (May 7, 2020):
“We were deeply saddened to hear the news this week that Holy Family College will no longer be open after the summer. Anytime an educational institution closes, it hurts all of us. As fellow educators, we want to do everything we can to support the students, faculty and staff at Holy Family that are now looking for work and opportunities to finish out their educational goals. To that end, we have signed an agreement with Holy Family to help students transfer seamlessly and continue their educational pursuits at UW-Green Bay. While we cannot reverse the closure, we will do everything we can to help those affected. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone at Holy Family right now. Please know that we will be here to help in any way that we can.”
CEO of Manitowoc Campus Rachele Bakic named new Executive Director of Admissions; Jamie Schramm to be CEO at both Sheboygan and Manitowoc Campuses
Green Bay, Wis.—Look no further, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has found its executive director of Admissions 40 miles to the south of the Green Bay Campus. Rachele Bakic, who has served as campus executive officer (CEO) at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus the past two years, will begin as UW-Green Bay’s executive director of Admissions beginning May 11, 2020.
Jamie Schramm, currently CEO of the Sheboygan Campus will be CEO for both Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses moving forward.
“We are very fortunate to have great leadership at our Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses,” said Chancellor Michael Alexander. “In order to fully utilize their skills, we have expanded the roles of Rachele Bakic and Jamie Schramm. While Rachele is leading our full University recruitment efforts, Jamie will be able to create a cohesive vision for how the Sheboygan and Manitowoc campuses can serve their communities. Jamie’s incredible energy and history working in the region will bring both campuses to new heights.”
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Jennifer Jones said University leaders had an opportunity to think innovatively about how to best fill the Admissions position.
“Fortunately, the best candidate for the job already works at UW-Green Bay, which will give us a distinct advantage to move quickly towards enrollment growth because Rachele already has strong working relationships and is passionate about seeing all the UW-Green Bay campuses grow to their fullest potential.”
Bakic, named to “Manitowoc’s Future 15” by the Young Professionals of Manitowoc County in 2019, will be responsible for the vision and overall leadership of the Admissions Office including recruitment, marketing, application processing and admission decisions, international admission, supervision, budget oversight and development, admissions policy development and implementation, and both long-term and short-term planning for the purposes of meeting University enrollment goals.
“Since joining UW-Green Bay two years ago, I have been energized by the passion and dedication of faculty and staff colleagues, and by the student body across the entire University,” Bakic said. “I’m proud of the strong momentum the Manitowoc Campus has built during my time as CEO, our many achievements are a direct result of the team’s hard work day-in and day-out. Although I am sad to leave behind a campus and a community that became home, the opportunity to lead the Admissions Office enables me to focus on partnerships and drive enrollment growth at all four of our campuses. As we navigate these unprecedented times, I look forward to collaborating with internal and external partners to diversify and grow our student body while fostering UW-Green Bay’s commitment to access and student success.”
Schramm was named CEO of the Sheboygan Campus in December of 2019. He is an active member of the Sheboygan community, serving as a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, Acuity Business Challenge coach, INCubatorEDU Entrepreneurship Program community champion, and advisory board member and volunteer in many areas of business development and higher education.
“I am grateful and honored for the continued opportunities UW-Green Bay has afforded me since starting as the campus executive officer (CEO) of our Sheboygan Campus,” he said. “In the four months since joining the University, I have been surrounded by a collaborative, innovative and future-focused group of professionals. As we have navigated the COVID-19 crises, the level of teamwork and diversity of thought has positioned us to successfully serve our students. I would like to congratulate Rachele Bakic as she moves into her role at our main Green Bay campus and look forward to strengthening relationships across both the Sheboygan and Manitowoc region in order to connect both campuses to their respective communities. I am a firm believer that what happens at our campuses is only a beginning—and that success for a modern university is measured by its collaboration with, and contribution to, the communities in which they reside.”
Keeping the safety of incoming UW-Green Bay students and their guests in mind, GB Orientation is moving online for 2020. The GB Orientation planning team is transforming the experience from a one-day in-person event into a dynamic program that will guide students throughout the summer. Incoming students are directed to continue to sign-up for their GB Orientation date in June via the GB Orientation webpage. On that date, students will be connecting virtually with an academic advisor to develop their fall schedule. Then over the summer, additional information and resources will be released inviting incoming students to connect directly with students, faculty and staff online through videos, group chats, virtual panels, Q&A sessions and more. For more information as it become available, please visit the GB Orientation webpage.
You are invited to participate in the open forums for the next director of Admissions for UW-Green Bay. The next two:
Cynthia Stong—Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m.
John McGreal—Friday, April 10, 2020 from 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
These interviews will be virtual via blackboard, so you will need to be invited to participate via outlook appointment. Interested in attending? Simply email Jen Jones firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates you would like to attend.
New EApp will reduce fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time applicants to apply to any UW System university
MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today (April 1, 2020) the creation of a new electronic application system, EApp, to be launched this fall for prospective students applying to attend a UW System university.
The new EApp will provide reduced application fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time undergraduate applicants to apply to more than one UW System school using a single application. The UW System Board of Regents will vote Thursday on adopting the new application.
“As I traveled the state, visiting our campuses and meeting students as part of our All In Wisconsin tour, one consistent piece of advice I heard was to simplify admissions, particularly the application process,” UW System President Ray Cross said. “We have taken that advice, and I am excited to see the results this fall and going forward.”
Cross said the new EApp was under development prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is even more critical now for families and students to have an easy, low-cost application.
Beginning August 1, 2020, all prospective students—including new freshmen, transfer students, international students, and non-traditional students—will be able to use the EApp to apply to any university in the UW System.
Under the new EApp, students will pay $25 to apply to each university except UW-Madison. That’s a reduction from the current cost of $50 for all universities except UW-Madison, which has a $60 application fee it will retain.
As part of the new application process, students who are transferring internally within the UW System will not need to write an application essay for admission and will not be charged an application fee as long as they transfer within one semester of leaving a UW System university and did not attend a university outside of the UW System in between.
Cross said the redesigned EApp will also be simpler for students, which means they will be more likely to complete the application once they start. The EApp will also include a simplified waiver process for students who can’t afford the application fee.
“As Regents, we are always looking for ways to expand access opportunities,” Regent President Andrew S. Petersen said. “We believe this new EApp will provide a better experience for anyone looking to attend a UW System university.”
Released by the UW System, April 1, 2020
The UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus hosted its 2020 Career Expo on Jan. 8 for local high school students. Four hundred students were in attendance; 350 were freshmen from Manitowoc Lincoln High School and 50 were sophomores from Reedsville High School.
Faculty and staff led career-focused learning sessions. The Expo gave students the opportunity to learn about STEM opportunities and how to use high school classes and extracurricular experiences to prepare for college.
Associate Profs. Amy Kabrhel and James Kabrhel (chemistry) participated in a Cool Chemistry show. Prof. Rick Hein (biology) held a session on blood testing, and Associate Prof. Becky Abler (Biology) discussed bacteria. Lecturer Brian McLean and Assistant Prof. Bill Dirienzo (Physics) talked to the students about the fascinating study of physics, and Admissions Counselor Jennie Strohm held a session titled “High School Matters: Choosing Courses Wisely.” See below for photos of the event.
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 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.”
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.