Reminder: Faculty invited to Inclusivity and Equity Conference

Faculty members are invited to attend the Inclusivity and Equity Conference, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the Christie Theatre. Faculty will have the opportunity to listen to and ask questions from: 1) a guest panel of diverse students who will discuss their experiences and insights on what an inclusive classroom means to them; 2) Deborah Furlong, Ph. D., senior policy/programming analyst, who is presenting current student enrollment data; and 3) a faculty panel consisting of members Kristin Vespia (Human Development/Psych), Adrianne Fletcher (Social Work) and Stacie Christian (Human Development/Psych); Adult Degree Program who will discuss online practices/online equity scorecard; self-reflection; and tips concerning students who are transgender and the use of pronouns.

Register here

Outreach welcomes scholarship winners

UWGB Adult Degree students, Amanda Kuettel and Mary Vanden Boomen, are recipients of the spring 2016 Patricia L. Hoppe Scholarships. UW-Green Bay, with the generous support of the family of former Adult Degree student, Patricia Hoppe, is proud to make these scholarships available to adult learners who strive to earn their bachelor’s degree through the Adult Degree Program while working, supporting families and balancing the demands of busy adult learners. Read more about the recipients.

Trombley interview: Higher ed, online learning, older adults

Christina Trombley, interim dean for the division of Outreach and Adult Access, was recently interviewed for an article in the online magazine Evolution. Headlined “Transforming the Student Experience for All,” the article quotes Trombley as to the impact of older adult learners on colleges and universities. “Adult students have much higher expectations for the services they receive, not only in the classroom but in all of the services received, such as advising and other student services. They are used to making larger purchases and to measuring costs against what they gain,” Trombley says. The short Q&A addresses a number of trends and issues, at

Meet Dan Terrio, Adult Degree graduate

The latest issue of the The Flame, the newsletter of the Adult Degree Program, carries a profile of Interdisciplinary Studies and Teaching and Learning graduate Dan Terrio ’12 and ’14. A former resident of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican reservation near Shawano, he has worked as a youth development manager for the Greater Green Bay Chamber and, more recently, as a wellness educator for Humana. See


TV success preempts college degree… until now

As a junior in high school nearly 50 years ago, Tom McCarey couldn’t have known that getting a part-time, entry-level position in the production department at WBAY-TV would be the start of a long and distinguished broadcasting career.

By the time he retired from WBAY two years ago, he had been a television news journalist for more than 40 years and a news director for more than three decades.

More often than not during his tenure, his station (Channel 2) drew strong ratings and favorable reviews for its news programming. For McCarey, however, one bit of work had gone unfinished.
“During that time I managed to complete about two years of higher education,” he says, “but as my life and career became more demanding, I had to put my pursuit of an undergraduate degree on the back burner.”

After retirement, that all changed. McCarey will cross the stage at UW-Green Bay commencement Saturday, Dec. 19, with his diploma and a “check” to one of his lifelong goals.
McCarey says his return to higher education was a bit daunting, at first.

“It was somewhat intimidating,” he recalls. “After so much time removed from an academic setting, I was very unsure if I could meet course expectations and do the work… I was in a very different environment. I went from managing a news operation of 50 journalists to being just another undergrad hoping to meet the challenge of coursework and the professor’s expectations.”

McCarey now considers his degree one of the most rewarding accomplishments of his life. He says his experience at UW-Green Bay couldn’t have gone any better.

“The professors here are truly gifted,” McCarey says. “I have learned so much from them and they’ve been so helpful and encouraging. My classmates, all 40-plus years younger than me, have been terrific. Despite our generational differences, we all share a desire to learn.”

McCarey has taken 60 credits since his return with his degree in Integrative Leadership Studies with a self-directed emphasis on U.S. Government and History, through UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program.

“After spending most of my adult life covering news events, I wanted to know more about the reasons behind the news,” he says. “So much of broadcast journalism is immediate with little time for reflection and context. Returning to school would give me the opportunity to better understand how the past impacts the present.”

McCarey, who gave up time with family and vacations to meet his end goal is excited to be able to say, “Mission Accomplished.”

— Reporting by Marketing and University Communication intern Emily Schuh

Bet you didn’t know: Assorted facts, figures from ‘non-trads’

The UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Program will join in observing “National Nontraditional Student Week” Nov. 2-6. Among the activities will be soliciting non-trads to nominate faculty or staff members who have made a difference in their lives, to tweet selfies of themselves doing schoolwork at work or home, an honor society induction ceremony, and prize drawings. Meanwhile, ADP shares these facts:

• 29% (1,782) of current students at UWGB are non-traditional

• The average GPA of non-traditional students is 3.52

• Average credit load is 9.5 credits per semester

• The average age of non-traditional students at UWGB is 34

• 635 non-traditional students at UWGB are from Brown County

Faculty members can nominate a non-traditional student to highlight

Also part of Nontraditional Student Week, faculty members can nominate a favorite non-traditional student for recognition.

Chancellor shares plan for administrative reorganization 

In an email communication Monday to UW-Green Bay faculty and staff, Chancellor Gary L. Miller shared an overview of a plan to reorganize the University’s operational and organizational structure. The new model, with four academic deans reporting to the provost and vice chancellor, will replace a two-dean structure largely unchanged since 1996. (Current titles are dean of the College of Professional Studies and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.) The four colleges and schools under the new structure will be:
• Cofrin School of Business

• College of Health and Education

• College of Science

• College of Liberal Arts

The faculty University Committee and the chairs of the Academic Staff and University Staff committees have endorsed the concept. Miller says he will seek UW System approval at the December meeting of the Board of Regents, with implementation by July 2016. With an accompanying reshaping of the Division of Outreach and Adult Access, reallocation of vacant positions and integration of some services into other budgetary units, the changes project as cost neutral or a net savings. The Chancellor says the need for reorganization was illuminated over the past year through the efforts of the Invent the Future work groups, the new University Planning and Innovation Council, and individuals across campus charged with managing unprecedented state budget cuts. UW-Green Bay’s new administrative structure will better position deans to support faculty, pursue fundraising opportunities, foster innovation and community engagement, and grow their respective programs, Miller says. To see his message to faculty and staff, which includes budget projections, a pledge of continuing governance involvement and a draft plan for how academic programs will be grouped, visit the Chancellor’s website.

Insight magazine talks higher ed with Adult Degree’s Trombley

“We started doing classes that were weekends and hybrids, and then through the years, as technology advanced, we started incorporating more of the technology into classes,” Christina Trombley, director of UWGB’s Adult Degree Program, said in a recent interview with the local Insight magazine. “It was just the natural progression of trying to continually serve this adult population.” To see the story about “online alternatives.”

Adult Degree grad Nadine Hellman, age 86, publishes fascinating story

Nadine “Dene” Hellman, class of ’93, now 86 years old, lives in Winston-Salem, N.C. She is the author of four books, including her latest, The People Under the House: A Case of Survival. During Hellman’s second semester at UW-Green Bay she took a course with longtime instructor Peter Kellogg, wrote a paper for a memoir-writing assignment, and was urged by Kellogg to “turn this paper into a book.” More than a quarter century later, Hellman is sharing that story, which deals with her sometimes-turbulent marriage to a Holocaust survivor whose experience at the hands of the Nazis affected their lives forever. Link to more on Hellman.

Show your smarts: Girl Scouts trivia contest is May 20

Outreach and Adult Access’ Eric Craver, whose LeadershipGreen Bay team joined forces with the local Girl Scouts on an anti-bullying project last year, is inviting UW-Green Bay faculty and staff to form teams for another Girl Scouts event — the annual Winner Trivia contest. This year’s event takes place from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at The Marq in De Pere. Teams of up to four people compete for the coveted traveling Winner Trivia trophy and other great prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.