Rozalyn Stoa diving into the water during a Feb. 2019 swimming and diving team meet at the Kress Events Center pool.

Rising Phoenix: This UW-Green Bay Alumna dives into graduate school with National Sorority Award

UW-Green Bay Phi Kappa Phi alumna Rosalyn Stoa received great news this summer. She was selected for the National PKP Fellowship Program for 2020. This award was given to graduate students only and Stoa was the chapter nominee for UW-Green Bay.

The application included a summary of her accomplishments, a personal statement, an example paper that she wrote, a transcript, and letters of recommendation. Compared to her grad school applications, she said this was a piece of cake.

“I actually had forgotten that I applied to this scholarship (‘COVID and all made time abstract’). It was awesome to hear and I was over-the-moon ecstatic when I got the news. I’ve applied for UW-Green Bay awards and scholarships, but nothing at the national level before, so it felt like I was breaking out of my little Green Bay shell,” said Stoa.

Rosalyn Stoa
Rosalyn Stoa

The former Green Bay Phoenix swimmer and local Preble High School graduate was also a student researcher in Psychology. Due to COVID-19, she celebrated her Spring 2020 graduation by participating in Dive-Thru Commencement.

She recommends that students apply for any scholarships or internships that come their way and get involved in things that interest you.

“I would say that getting involved with a variety of things, such as research, club leadership, community service and having a good working relationship with your professors gives you a leg up. Communicate with your professors and have them look over application materials. Being open to new opportunities, even if they seem outside of your wheelhouse is extremely beneficial. If it doesn’t work out, you’ve at least learned something.”

She will receive an award of $8,500 for graduate school and is attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado to pursue a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Story by Charlotte Berg, intern, Marketing and University Communication

Noel Craig

In his element: A Phoenix soars worldwide because of his Chemistry career

After graduating from UW-Green Bay with a Chemistry degree and laboratory experience in 2016, Noel Craig is in his element at SEAL Analytical—a world leader in design, development and the manufacturer of equipment that aids in analyzing of materials and compounds specifically for environmental applications.

It was perhaps a bit nostalgic for Craig to be back at his alma mater recently, helping to set up new equipment in some of the same lab spaces he worked at while he was a student. His return was to install a new water analyzer and train students how to use it in Assistant Professor Mike Holly’s (Water Science) labs.

Craig’s story is not unlike other students who attend. He had different ambitions when he started at UW-Green Bay…

“I actually wanted to be a dentist! I had a chance to shadow some dental students and I didn’t fare too well. Fortunately, I was taking Organic Chemistry during that semester and fell in love with it. I loved the challenge of balancing an equation and solving the pathway of a mechanism.”

He had many opportunities to explore his new-found passion.

At UW-Green Bay, Craig worked alongside Prof. Kevin Fermanich and a graduate student to collect freshwater samples. “The samples collected were from freshwater streams in the Green Bay Watershed via automated samplers,” he said. “Commonly the water would become very turbid due to rain and we wanted this to test for Total Phosphate. The Total Phosphate was found by performing a Kjeldahl Acid Digestion on the samples and analyzing them colormetrically—which is what it sounds like: the more phosphate in the sample, the more color that would be formed during the analysis.”

After a couple of months, he was able to assist graduate students with their research. He started his own research project, finding the different levels of Water Extractable Phosphorus in soils from different types of tilled farm fields.  He found a relationship between less tilling and less water extractable phosphorus.

Craig says he can’t thank Prof. Fermanich enough for the opportunity and experiences he gave during his time as a laboratory technician. And it certainly helps him with his current role at SEAL—helping customers with the work they do in their labs, troubleshooting their chemistry and instrumentation over the phone or e-mail. This can sometimes take just a couple of minutes or it will take all day. When the questions are a bit more complex, it makes this part of the job extremely rewarding.

During the pandemic he also leads installs and trainings virtually.  The instrument for UWGB that was manufactured by SEAL Analytical is shipped to the customer’s lab and a virtual training is scheduled for one to three days depending on the customer’s prior knowledge.  The first day is spent unpacking the instrument, installing the software, running diagnostic testing, and giving an overview of the hardware.  The next couple of days are spent going over what they would like to analyze like Nitrate, Phosphate, and others.

Craig wanted to work for SEAL for many reasons.

“My drive to constantly challenge myself and work for a company where I’m recognized as a person and not just a number,” he said. “The travel that I’m able to do for installations and trainings is a great perk. Before starting at SEAL, I hadn’t even left the country. Now, I have traveled to Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and almost every state.”

“I never stop learning! I’ve learned so much about engineering.  A majority of my work is with chemical instrumentation.  This instrumentation requires an understanding of electronics, physics, software, and chemistry.”

His advice to current students is to take advantage of the opportunities and resources that are available at the University, including clubs. While it was difficult to push himself to join the clubs that were available on campus, they led to leadership opportunities, which he says kick-started the skills he uses daily. They also led to friends that he will have for the rest of his life.

Story by Charlotte Berg, intern, Office of Marketing and University Communication

UW-Green Bay’s Cindy L. Johnson named ‘most influential’ Latina

Cindy Lopez Johnson ’13,  a multicultural advisor at UW-Green Bay, has been named to the list of “The 39 Most Influential Latinos in Wisconsin, Part 5.” Johnson provided individualized support for first-generation, limited-income college students through academic advising, student success and life skills development, career planning, financial literacy, and financial aid & scholarship assistance. Johnson received degrees in Human Development and Spanish from UW-Green Bay and a Master’s in Higher Education (College Student Affairs) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2015.

UW-Green Bay unveils new Phlash caricature; items now available at The Phoenix Bookstore

Phlashing the Phoenix


Phlash—at least cartoon Phlash—has taken on the characteristics of a Fighting Phoenix… tough, tenacious, and proud! Katie Stephenson ‘2020 (Design Arts) created the new artwork with some direction from Green Bay Athletics, The Phoenix Bookstore, Marketing and University Communication and campus leadership.

Stephenson was a graphics design assistant for the Office of Marketing and University Communication when she was given the assignment in spring of 2020 to create a caricature of the Phlash mascot to be used for new merchandise.

“My goal was to give something both adults and kids could connect to and take pride in while supporting our school and athletics at UW-Green Bay,” said Stephenson. “I like that it is more modern and representative of our mascot. Phlash is fun, sparky, and unique. This mascot illustration is representative of that and I hope it gives something people can really connect with.”

Katie Stephenson

Stephenson’s inspiration was from her personal experience in Athletics (Swimming and Diving) and the embodiment of Phlash’s personality.

“Phlash has some really great characteristics that draw people in and to our athletic events. I tried to embody that in the illustration.”

Stephenson is ecstatic to see her work around campus.

“There is no better feeling than seeing all my work in public! Especially with this project, it brought it to a whole other level when I saw it being used all over campus. It’s my favorite part of the job, I get to take pride in the work that I put into the project once I see it in public. Each time I see this project I am reminded of how nervous I was taking it on but also how fun and challenging it was to make along the way!”

She said she was so engaged in the process, that she couldn’t stay away from the marketing office until it was completed.

“It was an absolute blast! My supervisor and others were extremely kind and patient. I’m sure after my first extremely rough few sketches they were just as nervous as I was. But half way through after a lot of editing and refinement we could all look back and admire the process and maybe giggle at the first few rough drawings.”

The project also helped Stephenson with her professional portfolio, and landing her first job, right out of college, as a designer for American Tent.

“While my portfolio is very well rounded with many projects from my classes this was my star project. I have gotten some great feedback on it, and someone took special notice in it and now I have my first job working for a great local company.”

The campus also used the new Phlash with a mask as its campaign graphic to fight COVID-19 on campus this year.

New Phlash items now available at the The Phoenix Bookstore include sweatshirts and T-shirts. On order are:

  • Onesie
  • Standard hat and visor
  • Toddler t-shirt and long sleeved – Green
  • Youth long-sleeved t-shirt- Green
  • Adult long-sleeved- Black
  • Window cling-bust
  • Stuffed animal


Story written by Sue Bodilly and Charlotte Berg, Marketing and University Communication intern

Europe’s Basketball Phenom Keifer Sykes Has Big Dreams for his Chicago Neighbors – Zenger News

Keifer Sykes plays professional basketball in Turkey, not Los Angeles or New York. He hasn’t yet made his NBA dream fit inside his 6-foot frame. And life off the court has been pock-marked with losses and tragedies tied to the gun violence that has riddled the streets of Chicago for a century. The former UW-Green Bay star had his successes and heartbreaks documented in the award-winning 2018 documentary “Chi-Town.” Audiences saw Sykes become the first college graduate in his family’s history. They watched as he led Green Bay to a Horizon League Championship for the first time in more than a decade.

Source: Europe’s Basketball Phenom Keifer Sykes Has Big Dreams for his Chicago Neighbors – Zenger News

UW-Green Bay Creates New Alumni Advisory Board | Seehafer News

As an institution on the rise, both in enrollment and responding to the educational attainment needs of the region, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has turned to its alumni for advice.The University recently established an alumni board of graduates who have gone out into the world and made an impact as citizens, parents and career minded professionals. Responsibilities will include offering advice and counsel to the Office of the Chancellor and the Alumni Office on strategic issues of importance to the University.

Source: UW-Green Bay Creates New Alumni Advisory Board | Seehafer News

Sheboygan Campus alumnus and son featured in story about grief camp and grand ideas

Dorothy McElroy, is an alumnus from the Sheboygan Campus. She and her son Wyatt were recently featured talking about their annual event, Worldwide Dragon Shooting Day. The idea for the event, which now draws participants from across the world, started at UW-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd, a camp for grieving kids. After the passing of her husband and Wyatt’s father, Dennis, she sent Wyatt to camp. Counselors encouraged him to dream big. And he has.

Dorothy recently launched a related nonprofit and is working on a project with that nonprofit in Sheboygan County. She was also the winner of the Sheboygan Campus’ Student Business Idea contest. Mother and son are also TEDx speakers.

 

 

UW-Green Bay Continues to Seek Ways to Better Serve the Region

University Creates New Alumni Advisory Board

Green Bay, Wis.—As an institution on the rise, both in enrollment and responding to the educational attainment needs of the region, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has turned to its alumni for advice. The University recently established an alumni board of graduates who have gone out into the world and made an impact as citizens, parents and career minded professionals.

Responsibilities will include offering advice and counsel to the Office of the Chancellor and the Alumni Office on strategic issues of importance to the University. These alumni will contribute to the University’s success, impact public education in a meaningful way, expand their network, and meet people with interests like their own.

“One of our strongest assets as a University is our alumni,” said Chancellor Michael Alexander. “UW-Green Bay graduates make a difference every day in communities across our region, state, nation, and the world. We need their insights and experience to help UW-Green Bay continue to grow and influence the next generation of graduates. As a regional public university, inviting community input is a vital component to UW-Green Bay’s mission of serving as a resource to the region.”

The Board is not a legally governing body and does not set policies, manage fiduciary activities, or make personnel decisions. The main purpose is to work together with University leadership on strategic issues. A wide range of voices and perspectives were recruited. Members are limited to serving one full three-year term. Accepting this important role is:

  • Sherry Aaholm ‘14 & ’16, Business, Masters in Management – Cummins, Inc., Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Brian Charlier ’81 & ’97, Business Administration, Masters of Science in Administrative Science – CEO/President of HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s Hospital and COO and Senior VP of Prevea Health
  • Juan Corpus ’03, Public Administration – Humana Inc., Consumer Experience Manager
  • Robert Davis ’13, Master of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching & Learning – Dallas Cowboys, Assistant Head Coach
  • Lori Frerk ’92, Math – East High School, Principal
  • Brian Gold ’99, Business Administration – Port Washington State Bank, Vice President of Business Banking
  • Terri Jacke ’06, Master of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching & Learning – Inspired Training Institute, President
  • Randy Knaflic ’95, Music – Company Advisor
  • Ben Kvalo ’10, Business Administration – Netflix, Campaign Manager, Film, Marketing Operations
  • Lorenzo Lones ’16, Psychology – Washington University, Pursuing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience
  • Deb Rose ’07, Master of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching & Learning – Retired Teacher / Volunteer
  • Darin Schumacher ’96, Communication Processes – Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists, Marketing Manager
  • Paul Willems ’75, Urban Analysis – Willems Marketing, Retired as Co-Owner/Partner
  • Doug Wirth ’89, Social Work – AmidaCare, President and CEO
  • Joan Woldt ’89, Business Administration – Bank First, Regional President

For more information, please visit www.uwgb.edu/alumni or by email moodyk@uwgb.edu.

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 more than 8.700 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.

57-20