2020 Business Week award top honors to Pokorny, Vanderhoef, Foth and C.A. Lawton

Each year personnel from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business and Career Services office organize a series of events over the course of a number of weeks that culminates with the annual Business Week Keynote and Networking Dinner.

Like many other events in 2020, Business Week events had to be transformed to meet the current environment and the needs of UW-Green Bay students. Thanks to the hard work of faculty and staff on campus along with the help of area business leaders, alumni and community members, Business Week 2020 was successful and transformational.

Weyenberg Prize for Excellence in Business
The prize for business excellence is named in recognition of Tim Weyenberg, former CEO and executive chair of the Board of Directors for Foth Companies, and first-ever executive-in-residence for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. The 2020 Weyenberg Prize is awarded to two deserving companies that demonstrate the three essential elements for business excellence—leadership transformation, strategy and execution. In addition, two separate scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded in the name of the winning companies. The awards go to the UW-Green Bay business students who best exemplify the spirit of the Weyenberg Prize.

Weyenberg Prize Winner, Foth

As a young electrical engineer, Herbert Foth organized a small engineering firm in Green Bay, Wisconsin with four employees and several area municipalities as clients. That modest beginning in 1938, coupled with an ongoing commitment to delivering personalized, client-centered service and being member-owned, created the foundation for today’s organization. With 26 locations and almost 600 members, Foth delivers technical solutions for public and private clients around the globe and prides itself on solving its clients’ toughest science and engineering challenges.

Foth Scholarship recipient, Dylon Pokorny
Dylon Pokorny is a junior from Waupun, Wis. studying Business Administration with a double emphasis in Supply Chain Management and General Management. He serves as the president of the UW-Green Bay APICS Chapter and interns with a local trucking company, Paper Transport, Inc. In his free time, he owns and manages his small business Pokorny’s Bees and takes an active role in the development of his community.

Weyenberg Prize Winner, C.A. Lawton
The C.A. Lawton Co., established in 1879, is an industry leading foundry located in De Pere, Wis. Lawton has produced castings and machined components for five generations. The company provides complete on-site pattern, casting, machining, testing and assembly capabilities. Lawton is a continuous improvement company, applying LEAN principles to remove waste from all processes and improve efficiency. Lawton is part of a specialty metals platform family of foundries operating under the umbrella of Oakland Standard to provide it’s customers comprehensive access to multiple cast materials. This specialty metals platform serves various industries including air handling, water utility, mining, energy, cement and heavy equipment.

C.A. Lawton Scholarship recipient, Kate Vanderhoef
Kate Vanderhoef is a junior from Waunakee, Wis. majoring in Accounting, Business Administration with a Finance emphasis, and minoring in Spanish. After graduation, her goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant and work at one of the Big Four accounting firms. She is the treasurer of the University’s Colleges Against Cancer Club and also a member of the UW-Green Bay swim team.

60-Second Elevator Pitch Competition
Savvy job seekers have a personal elevator pitch to use during quick encounters with hiring officials at job fairs, during networking events or a chance meeting someplace else. An elevator pitch is a carefully crafted message designed to explain strengths, abilities and goals to a professional or business executive. The catch — it must be given in the time that it takes to ride up an elevator—60 seconds or less! Students prepared and competed for top honors and prizes in the elevator pitch competition and network night. Congratulations to:

First place, Jada Taylor
Second place, Mackenzie Salta
Third place (tie) Jordan Ogren and Dylon Pokorny

Phoenix Trading Competition
The Phoenix Trader of the Year is a simulated trading competition organized by the Student Finance Association (SFA). The competition is open to all UW-Green Bay students. Traders started with initial capital of $1,000,000 on November 4, 2019. They were able to trade equities, futures, options, currencies, futures options and bonds on the StockTrak Trading Simulation software until February 28, 2020. The top three traders with the highest portfolio value at the end of the trading period were selected as winners. By the end of the competition period, the top three traders have generated a combined trading profit of $4,162,132 on their initial total capital of $3,000,000. That translates to a return of 138.74% over the trading period. Congratulations to:

First place, DeAndre Theisen
Second place, Adam Rakers
Third place, Juan Cortes

Thank you to these Business Week sponsors:

Gold Sponsor
Green Bay Packers

Silver Sponsors
Terry & Kris Fulwiler
Global Recognition

InitiativeOne
Schneider
WIPFLI

Bronze Sponsors
4imprint
AON
Baker Tilly
Dental City
Imperial Supplies
Johnson Financial Group

 

UW-Green Bay’s 40th annual Scholarship Golf Outing is taking a mulligan

For 40 years, this golf outing was a blast for alumni, faculty and staff, but the year, it’s taking a mulligan. Director of Alumni Relations, Kari Moody explains…

“The UW-Green Bay Scholarship Golf Outing is a longstanding, well-loved tradition for UW-Green Bay alumni and friends of the University. It’s a very social event where there’s as much fun had in the club house as there is on the golf course.  Over the past forty years, the outing has evolved in every way, raising significant funds for student scholarships at UW-Green Bay.

This year’s outing is scheduled for June 12, 2020. We’ve been closely monitoring the WI Stay at Home order as well as the decisions of local and state nonprofits also holding summer outings to determine how to proceed. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for everyone’s health and safety, it’s been decided to cancel this year’s outing.  It’s a special year as the 40th annual so we are going to “take a mulligan” this year and celebrate in a big way next June.

Thank you to those who already registered to golf. All registrations are 100% refundable but I invite you to use your registration as a gift to alumni scholarships at UW-Green Bay. The intent of the outing has always been to raise money for these impactful scholarships and the need is greater than ever for our students.  Many students have lost jobs during this crisis and extra scholarship funds will go a long way to helping students meet tuition obligations. Your generosity will touch lives in a meaningful way and every student is sure to be deeply appreciative.  Please let me know if you would like the Alumni Relations Office to administer your registration to alumni scholarships at UW-Green Bay.

For those who have not yet registered but would like to support alumni scholarships as you would have by attending the Outing, please make your gift at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/uowgb/ and select any of the following funds from the drop down:

·         Legacy Fund Scholarship Fund

·         UWGB Alumni Scholarship

·         UW-Green Bay Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

Additionally, UW-Green Bay has created a fund to support students directly impacted by COVID-19. Please consider supporting these students by donating to the UW-Green Bay Foundation’s Tuition Assistance Fund. Your gift will support students who need tuition assistance to follow their dreams of a degree. We need your help to ensure no students’ hard work is stunted because of this crisis.

Thank you for supporting UW-Green Bay in the past and into the future.

Volleyball team to talk team trajectory despite COVID19

Green Bay Volleyball Coach Abbey Sutherland and the entire volleyball team will be presenting to Green Bay West Rotary during a weekly zoom meeting Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Their presentation will be: “Current Engagement Strategies to Enhance Team Culture and Connection.”

Description: Our team was cooking with grease. We were learning, becoming a closer team, and finally implementing systems in our gym. Then, on March 12, our world was turned upside down. Through online resources, collaboration, and research, we put together a curriculum to work to continue on the same trajectory, but through a different path.  We are choosing to grow by addressing the following topics virtually:

-Mental health + self-care rituals

-Acknowledging the grief, but moving forward with drive and purpose

-Catching players doing things right

-Accountability workout journals

-Creating a Green Bay Volleyball language document

-Peer/Group Teaching -One-on-One Virtual Dates

-Gratitude exercises and journaling

-Welcoming and including incoming freshmen

Joy Wick, UW-Green Bay is UW-Green Bay’s Executive Director of Advancement and a Green Bay West Rotary member, and will introduce the team.

CSET Scholarship Recipients

Nearly $80,000 awarded in scholarships through UW-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology announced the awarding of nearly $80,000 in scholarships this year. There were 58 scholarships awarded, totaling $78,325. Natural and Applied Sciences awarded 18 scholarships, totaling $20,600; Resch School of Engineering awarded 24 scholarships, totaling $40,725; Human Biology awarded 16 scholarships, totaling $17,000. A scholarship reception was held Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 on the Green Bay Campus.

2019-2020 NAS Scholarship Awardees
James E. Casperson/Environmental Science Alumni Endowed Scholarship: Patrick Brodhagen, Bonduel, WI

Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Endowed Scholarship: Emma Gilbertson, Nashotah, WI and Norah Swenson, Janesville, WI

Carol R. DeGroot Endowed Scholarship in Environmental Science: Alicia Krause, La Crosse, WI

Morgan/Macaluso Family Endowed Scholarship: Claire Stuart, Sullivan, WI

Ganga and Elizabeth Nair Endowed Scholarship: Jessica Kessler, Bryant, WI

Katie Hemauer Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Ashlyn Schnell, Bonduel, WI

Bradford Cook Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Sierra Schug, Athen, Wi

Barbara and Benjamin Cruz-Uribe Family Endowed Scholarship for the Study of Environmental Issues: Miranda Esser, Green Bay, WI

Chad Moritz and Beth Meyerand Annual Scholarship: BethaLynn Bontrager, Eagle River, WI

Moose Lodge Rod and Gun Club Annual Scholarship: Grace Pechman, Fond du Lac, WI

Ruth and James Wiersma Endowed Scholarship: Jessie Hanson, Minnetrista, MN

Herbert Fisk Johnson Endowed Scholarship for Excellence: Tyler Dvorachek, Howards Grove, WI, Carly Flunker, Sobieski, WI and Kyle Hansen, La Crosse, WI

Brown County Waste Transformation Team Annual Scholarship: Rachel Malcore, Brussels, WI

Science and Mathematics Endowed Scholarship: Caleb Torres, Sheboygan, WI

Nancy J. Sell Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Anna Liu, Des Moines, IA

2019-2020 Richard Resch School of Engineering Scholarship Awardees

NEW Engineering Endowed Scholarship-First Year: Allyssa Rueth, Slinger, WI

NEW Engineering Endowed Scholarship-Second Year): Michael McGuire, Freedom, WI

Susan Finco and Ed Kralovec Endowed Scholarship: Griffin Magee, Eland, WI

Superior Diesel Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Bailey Crary, Reedsburg, WI

Dykema Family Endowed Scholarship: Benjamin Desk, Markesan, WI

Lee and Kathy Anderson Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Michael Jensen, Suamico, WI

Beth and Richard Gochnauer Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Billie Komorowski and Pa Yeng Yang, Green Bay, WI

Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Future All-Stars Annual Scholarship: Adam Jensen, Little Chute, WI, Charles Sheraden, Green Bay, WI, Aaron Splan, Pulaski, WI and Isaiah Stonebraker, Mishicot, WI

BPM, Inc., A Specialty Paper Mill, Annual Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Kyle Still, Abrams, WI

FEECO International Engineering Technology Annual Scholarship: Wade Druar, Green Bay, WI

HATCO Corporation’s David G. Hatch Annual Scholarship in Engineering: Wade Druar, Green Bay, WI and Elliott Seiler, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Optima Machinery Corporation Annual Scholarship in Engineering: Joshua Mendez, Green Bay, WI

Georgia-Pacific Annual Scholarship in Engineering: Denny Christoff, Luxemburg, WI, Elizabeth Heinen, Oostburg, WI, Cade Koschnik, Appleton, WI, Joshua Mendez, Green Bay, WI and Gabriel Weiler, Green Bay, WI

Foth Companies Endowed Scholarship in Engineering: Colton Koss, Luxemburg, WI and Paul VanderKelen, Green Bay, WI

The Ken Metzler Engineering Scholarship: Denny Christoff, Luxemburg, WI and Elizabeth Heinen (awarded in August of 2019), Oostburg, WI

Spring 2020 Human Biology Scholarship Awardees:

Jeremy Green Family Scholarship: Nathaniel Disher, Stevens Point, WI

Dr. Donel Sullivan Scholarship: Ruchita Patel

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Scholarship: Kaitlyn Baier, Elk Mound, WI, Brooke Breitrick, Bowler, WI, Katie Cudnohufsky, Ben Gilles, Madison, WI, Akanksha Gurtu, De Pere, WI, Logan Johnsen, Louisburg, KS, Anna Liu, Des Moines, IA, Ashlyn Schnell, Bonduel, WI, Kristen Shaver, Hortonville, WI, Emily Song, Grace Stabenau, Howard, WI, Sydney Walker, De Pere, WI, Ashley Willes, Kaukauna, WI and Taylor Wolf, Waconia, MN

Fall 2019 Human Biology Scholarship Awardees:

Jeremy Green Family Scholarship: Mareah Desotelle

Dr. Donel Sullivan Scholarship: Ben Gilles, Madison, WI

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Scholarship: Justin Ferkin, Elena Garcia, Two Rivers, WI, Natalie Gawron, Black River Falls, WI, Abigail Heil, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Mackenzie Hemauer, Sara Kroneck, Amber Perez, Menomonee Falls, WI, Emma Sloot, St. Paul, MN, Grace Stabenau, Howard, WI, Kayla Vrieze and Ashley Willes, Kaukauna, WI

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Summer Research Internship: Brooke Breitrick, Bowler, WI and Janay Walters

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Scholars Program: Anna Cudney, Appleton, WI, Jenna Grandinetti, Grafton, WI, Lauren Russell, Burlington, WI and Marissa Spatz, Auburndale, WI

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CSET Scholarship Reception 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Remembering James Kress

Chancellor Gary L. Miller took part in an interview about James Kress, the longtime leader of Green Bay Packaging and a friend to many, many people and organizations, including UW-Green Bay. The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Jeff Bollier wrote a thorough tribute.

“In 2004, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay began fundraising to upgrade the Phoenix Sports Center and sought contributions from the community to match $7.5 million in state funding. The George F. Kress Foundation made a leading gift, helping to raise $11 million in local support. The revamped facility was renamed the Kress Events Center when it re-opened in November 2007.

UWGB Chancellor Gary Miller said the Kress family caught the university by surprise when they made a leading gift to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center, the 63,000-square-foot building under construction on the UWGB campus. The building will house the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the Einstein Project and land and water departments for the UW-Extension and Brown County.

“Those are lasting gifts, a very important, transformational kind of giving,” Miller said. “The whole family really has a sense of where they can make a real difference in the community. Jim had a real desire to give to make a difference.”

Miller described Kress as a thoughtful person whose family sought ways to use their giving to make a long-term impact.

“He always seemed to me to be a very joyous giver,” Miller said. “His legacy is so impressive in terms of community support. It’s the way he gave that’s one of the things we’ll miss the most.”

See the full story.

Family and friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Oneida Country Club, 207 Country Club Road, Green Bay. A short prayer service will conclude the evening at 7:30 p.m.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at First United Church of Christ, 509 S. Webster Avenue, Green Bay. Full Military Honors will follow the Funeral Service. Inurnment will take place at Allouez Catholic Mausoleum.

Read the obituary.

 

UW-Green Bay grateful for generous gift by Ronald and Pauline Heim to provide students with scholarships

Green Bay, Wis. — As announced on April 23, 2019, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation received notice of a sizeable gift from The Ronald C. and Pauline P. Heim Charitable Fund: A fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.

As stated in the press release, “The …gift was established by the estate of Ron and Pauline Heim. The Heims were humble people who cared about our community. Throughout their lives, they quietly supported a variety of local nonprofits. Through this planned gift of more than $16.5 million, the Ron C. and Pauline P. Heim Charitable Fund will provide support to more than 30 nonprofit organizations forever.”

Ron Pauline Heim
Ron and Pauline Heim

The UW-Green Bay Foundation expects to receive about $75,000 annually, which will be designated for scholarships in the name of Ron C. and Pauline P. Heim.

“We admire the generous philanthropic spirit of Ronald and Pauline Heim,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor, Gary L. Miller. “This gift is remarkable and through their commitment to student scholarships, they will help countless students pursue their dreams of earning a college degree at UW-Green Bay. Scholarships provide both a financial and motivational boost to hard-working, dedicated students.”

According to the Community Foundation press release, Mrs. Heim established the endowed fund to assure selected nonprofits receive critical annual support in perpetuity. The support is projected to reach in excess of $800,000 each year across our community.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Give BIG Green Bay, online or through text until noon today!

Thank you to those who have donated to some of Green Bay’s coolest causes including the Cofrin Arboretum. Giving is open until noon, today. Serving as an outdoor classroom and a recreational trail, the arboretum also greatly enhances the beauty of UW-Green Bay. Donations through the Give BIG Green Bay campaign, Feb. 20-21 (noon to noon), will be matched, in part, by the Green Bay Packers and the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. Check out the profile. Until noon today, you can text-to-give: Simply text GIVE to 31011.

Need we remind you? Give BIG Green Bay

What a great opportunity for UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum to receive some upgrades. Serving as an outdoor classroom and a recreational trail, the arboretum also greatly enhances the beauty of UW-Green Bay. Donations through the Give BIG Green Bay campaign, Feb. 20-21 (noon to noon), will be matched, in part, by the Green Bay Packers and the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. Check out the profile. During that 24-hour period, you will also be able to text-to-give: Simply text GIVE to 31011.

 

 

Be part of something BIG

There are two reasons to Give BIG next week. UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Arboretum and UntitledTown — the literary festival close to the hearts of many UW-Green Bay faculty, staff, students and alumni — are each one of the named beneficiaries of next week’s Give BIG Green Bay campaign. Mark your calendars for February 20-21, 2019 and please consider giving generously. Give BIG Green Bay is a one-day, online, community giving event from noon to noon, February 20 to February 21. During this 24-hour period, you can donate online from anywhere in the world through and donations made will be matched. Watch this week’s Log Extra for more or see the give BIG Green Bay website.

UW-Green Bay Foundation names new board members

Cheney, Karcz, Mueller and Reinke join board

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation has announced the addition of four members to its Foundation Board, two of whom are UW-Green Bay alumni. The Foundation Board manages more than $50,000,000 in assets and distributes more than $3 million each year to help make higher education accessible. The newest members:

Jeff Cheney
Jeff Cheney

Jeff Cheney ’79 (Business Administration and Accounting), is the retired chief financial officer of Kohler Corporation. As chief financial officer, his reporting lines encompassed financial vice presidents, controllers and business/accounting staffers, more than 500 in all, companywide. In his role, he tracked profitability for divisions as diverse as Kohler’s signature kitchen-and-bath-product lines, engine and generator manufacturing, and the rising resort and recreation business. He retired in 2013 after 34 years at Kohler.

Heather Karcz
Heather Karcz

Heather Karcz, ‘94 (Economics and Regional Analysis), is president of the Zuehlke Karcz (ZK) Financial Group and an investment executive with Raymond James Financial. Since 1998, she has successfully guided small business owners and families toward sustainable financial well-being. She and her partner, Richard Zuehlke, established ZK Financial Group and together they began a relationship with Raymond James in 2015. In 2016, she was recognized by You Magazine as one of its 10 “Women to Know.”

Ross Mueller
Ross Mueller

Ross Mueller is a graduate of UW-Manitowoc and parent of a UW-Manitowoc graduate. Mueller is a wealth advisor and founder of Mueller Wealth — a wealth management company. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field, beginning his practice in 1994 with Edward Jones. He went on to spearhead the creation of CitizensFirst Wealth Management Division in 1996, until opening his own office in April of 2018.

John Reinke
John Reinke

John K. Reinke has been at the Stephenson National Bank & Trust since 1974, and is currently its Chair of its Board of Directors. He served as its president from 2000 to 2013. He is a graduate of UW-Marinette and UW-Madison’s Graduate School of Banking. He is active with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and the Wisconsin Bankers Association.

Foundation Board of Directors

Matthew (Matt) Mueller, Chair VP, Finance, CFO, Schreiber Foods
Robert (Rob) Cera, Vice Chair Vice Chairman, Greenwoods Financial Group
Gerald (Cort) Condon, Secretary Attorney, Condon & Herald
Diane Ford, Treasurer Retired VP & Controller, Integrys Energy Group
Cordero Barkley VP Senior Client Advisory, Associated Bank
Jeffrey Cheney Retired CFO, Kohler Corporation
Heather Karcz President, Zuehlke Karcz Financial Group
Ross Mueller Founder & Advisor, Mueller Wealth
Paul Northway Executive VP, American National Bank Fox Cities
John Reinke Chairman, Stephenson National Bank

Ex Officio

Louis (Lou) LeCalsey, Past Chair, Retired President & CEO, Tufco Technologies, Inc.
Gary L. Miller, Chancellor
Tony Werner, Vice Chancellor for Advancement/Foundation President

About the UW-Green Bay Foundation

The UW-Green Bay Foundation furthers the mission of UW-Green Bay, a public university, by developing and increasing opportunities for students primarily in the areas other than those in which the State of Wisconsin ordinarily makes appropriations. The Foundation attracts, manages, and distributes private resources, donated by friends of the University, that: fund student scholarships; renovate or construct academic or recreational facilities; fund endowed faculty positions; support research; and fund educational activities to enhance learning environments. The Foundation Board manages more than $50,000,000 in assets and distributes more than $3 million each year to help make higher education accessible.

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