Congratulations to Elaina Koltz ’06 (Human Development), selected to receive the Regents’ 2019 Academic Staff Excellence Award, as announced this week. Koltz is a financial aid advisor and Veteran Services coordinator for UW-Green Bay.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor this year’s recipients of the Academic Staff Excellence Awards in Milwaukee on June 7. These awards recognize exceptional service to the university and are the UW System’s highest recognition bestowed on members of its academic staff.
“This year’s award recipients reflect the high caliber of our academic staff across the UW System,” said Regent Janice Mueller, chair of the selection committee. “We are delighted to recognize their wide-ranging and significant accomplishments as they work to support student success and strengthen their institutions and communities.”
Award recipients are selected for superior performance resulting in significant contributions to the department and institution; use of positive personal interaction to manage work changes; and a consistently creative approach that improves productivity and work quality. Each recipient is awarded $5,000.
Koltz is widely respected for her knowledge of complex student veteran education benefits and her dedication to helping students succeed. In 2002, she became UW-Green Bay’s school certifying official, the liaison between the university’s students and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As the financial aid advisor for Veteran Services, she assists the growing population of student veterans at UW-Green Bay.
She has helped the University expand its programming, including forming and leading the Veterans Support Team, a campus-wide group that assists the more than 500 student veterans and dependents who use veteran education benefits. She helped implement a Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge where veterans can find resources and build relationships to support each other. The lounge is the site of a monthly Veteran Open House featuring community resources for veterans. As advisor for the university’s Vets 4 Vets Student Veteran Club, Koltz assists with programs in which the group is involved, such as the City Stadium Run for Veterans and the Northeast Wisconsin Veterans Treatment Court. She is president of the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Battalion Bravo Company, which helps connect veterans with community resources. She is currently working to bring to UW-Green Bay the Vet Success on Campus program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which would be the second such program in Wisconsin.
Congratulations to UW-Green Bay Human Resources Supervisor, Melissa Nash, who received a CUPA-HR Midwest Region Human Resources Excellence Award. This regional and national award honors transformative HR work in higher education, recognizing teams or individuals who have provided HR leadership resulting in significant and ongoing organizational change within their institutions. Nash was nominated for her work with improving inclusive excellence and promoting diversity within the workforce at the University. Specifically, Nash spearheaded programs requiring implicit bias training for search committees and chairs; made modifications to the waiver process to ensure greater representation of diverse candidates in under-represented positions; and provided subject matter expertise to many areas on campus in regards to equal employment and inclusiveness. “This is a very well-deserved honor and shows that peers are equally as impressed with Melissa and UW-Green Bay’s efforts to obtain a more inclusive workforce,” said Christopher Paquet, assistant vice chancellor for policy and compliance.
The awards keep adding up for UW-Green Bay’s Shorewood Golf Course. The Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin (GCOW) has once again recognized Shorewood, and this year it is for Golf Course Appearance and Maintenance. “Course Superintendent Nate Rusch and his grounds crew team do exceptional work with the resources available,” said Rick Warpinski, UW-Green Bay’s Director of Shorewood and the University Union. “Customers routinely comment on the quality of the course’s playing conditions and are amazed this nine-hole course on a college campus is so well maintained.” This award adds to the lists of awards from GCOW including two-time State of Wisconsin Nine-Hole Course of the Year (2008 and 2016). See the full list of award winners who will be recognized November 13, 2018.
Join in the celebration as the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center is presented with the 2018 Governor’s Award for Archival Innovation by the Wisconsin State Historical Society. This award acknowledges the Archives’ leadership in building flexible instructional programs across the UW-Green Bay undergraduate curriculum. The Archives Department will be recognized for its innovative and extensive work connecting students with historical materials in unique and profound ways. RSVP by October 22.
Wednesday, October 24 4 p.m.
Archives and Area Research Center
David A. Cofrin Library 705
UW-Green Bay 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay admissions adviser Ronald Morris received the 2016 Friend of Education Award, Thursday, September 15. Morris received the honor with two other individuals and three organizations in recognition of their commitment to children and public education. State Superintendent Tony Evers presented the award on behalf of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
A press release from the DPI noted… “Morris understands the importance of education and has been a great partner for the Department of Public Instruction’s various college prep programs. During workshops and conversations with students, Morris shares his personal testimony of what his life was prior to the transformational experience of higher education. He worked collaboratively with the DPI to develop the Phoenix Scholars Program, a week-long summer college readiness initiative focused on African-American middle school males. The first two cohorts of Phoenix Scholars graduated from high school last year. He counts himself fortunate to have had three impactful mentors as an undergraduate and wants the same for the students with whom he has the privilege to work.”
The ceremony was held at the State Capitol as part of the State of Education Address and Recognition Ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Madison.
“Their passion for public education and the children attending Wisconsin’s public schools is truly inspiring,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers about the award winners. “Their stories of service and accomplishment show what it means to be a Friend of Education.”
Evers presented his Friend of Education awards to Morris, for his commitment to partnerships that extend higher education to Wisconsin families; former State Senators Timothy Cullen of Janesville and Dale Schultz of Richland Center for their work in the Wisconsin Legislature and their private lives in support of public education; Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association for its work to prepare youth and adults with the skills needed to succeed in life; Journey House for its commitment to Southside Milwaukee families through adult education, workforce readiness, youth development, and family engagement programs; and Simpson Street Free Press of Madison, for teaching students literacy skills that support their school achievement. Additional information about each recipient follows.
The online nomination process for the University Leadership Awards program (Chancellor’s Medallion, University Leadership Award and Outstanding Student Award) is now open. The process is secure and will have the most current information available.
Step 1: Click on Nominations and log in using your campus log in credentials. Find a student to nominate by searching for his/her name or by viewing a list of potential graduates; add the student and award nomination to your nomination list
Step 2: Review your nomination list
Step 3: Submit your nomination list
You will receive an email confirmation upon completion. Important: Your nominations will not be submitted or saved until you complete step 3. You will be timed-out after several hours of inactivity and your unsaved nomination list will be emptied. Please complete all your nominations in a single session. Nominations can only be submitted one time. After you complete your nominations, any additional nominations will need to be sent via email to email@example.com. To access the nomination site, you can find it on the Student Life website http://www.uwgb.edu/student-life/, click on University Leadership Awards then click on Nominations, or by clicking on the direct link https://sis.uwgb.edu/studentlife/awards/nomination/. The nomination deadline is Monday, September 12, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
Green Bay, Wis—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is planning an evening of celebration, recognizing the accomplishments of its alumni. This year’s Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner begins at 5 p.m., October 4 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
Those honored for their Distinguished Achievements will be Mark C. Fralick ’82, Glen G. Tilot ’81 and Daniel J. Young ’80. Recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award are Theresa I. Okokon ’05 and Benjamin L. Kvalo ’10.
Mark C. Fralick is a 1982 UW‑Green Bay graduate with a degree in Business Administration and a dual emphasis in Communication and Computer Science. In the 1990’s, he co-founded Software Architects Inc., a software company that specialized in Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). While there, Fralick and his business partner created a system called MOCA, a widely adopted computer architecture for logistics and distribution automation. The WMS created on this architecture is now used by hundreds of companies such as Hershey’s, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, and more, is recognized as one of the world’s leading logistics applications and has made more than $1 trillion in shipments across the globe. Fralick later sold Software Architects and went on to create another WMS technology space, called Get Us ROI. As of 2015, Get us ROI is among the top 1000 fastest growing companies in the US. Fralick plays an active role in many charitable organizations as a board member, mentor and advisor. He and his wife Patti also operate their own charitable fund, and have additionally created a number of scholarships for students in Northeast Wisconsin seeking computer science or engineering degrees.
Glen G. Tilot graduated in 1981 with a degree in Social Work. He recruits, trains, matches and manages volunteers for The Pals Program, the Parent Pals Program, the Supervised Visitation Program and the Volunteer Guardian Program for Brown County Human Services. He began his career as a social worker and volunteer coordinator, first in Outagamie County’s Department of Human Services, and later in Brown County, where he has worked from 1984 to present day. Tilot serves on advisory committees for multiple universities and organizations. He is the chair for Brown County Voices of Men Breakfast, which encourages men to take a stand against violence towards women. Among his multitude of awards and recognitions, Tilot received the UW‑Green Bay Community Partner Award, and the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Daniel Whitney Award. Widely known for his longstanding commitment to the Chamber’s Leadership Green Bay program, he was presented with that organization’s highest honor — the Leo Frigo Award.
Daniel J. Young graduated in 1980 with a degree in Managerial Accounting. During his time at UWGB, he was on the Dean’s List, and received a scholarship for leadership and academic excellence. He began his accounting career at Shinners, Hucovski and Company. In 1999, Shinners, Hucovski and Company merged with the firm Schenck, where he continues as a certified public accountant and certified valuation analyst, and since 2008, has been the managing partner of the Green Bay office. Young holds leadership roles on the firm’s board of directors and operations committee, and in 2014, he was named the firm’s director of industry teams. He serves on several community boards, including the Greater Green Bay Chamber, Downtown Green Bay, Inc., Green Bay Business Improvement District, Heritage Hill and New Community Shelter.
Outstanding Recent Alumni
Theresa I. Okokon graduated in 2005 with a degree in Social Work. In 2007 Okokon joined the United States Peace Corps, where she spent two years in Ecuador, coordinating workshops on health and wellness, and promoting, fundraising and networking, for new volunteers for a grassroots neighborhood organization. In the next few years, she worked at several different companies, as a case manager, program manager and house manager, etc. Most recently, she was honored with the Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship Award for her program, LEGIT.yoga, which provides free, trauma-informed yoga classes for homeless, low-income and at-risk populations in the Boston area. LEGIT.yoga has partnered with more than 10 Boston-based programs, and provided trauma-informed yoga to more than 300 unique participants. Okokon, who began yoga instruction in 2014, will soon be taking part in a year-long, intensive graduate-level certificate program to become certified in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, as well as a 300-hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training program. Outside of her work, she is an active participant with Massmouth, a nonprofit organization that promotes the art of storytelling in Massachusetts.
Benjamin L. Kvalo graduated in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration, an emphasis in Management and a minor in Communication. Kvalo is the International Project Manager with a video game publishing and development company called 2K. His company manages some of the most respected and premium video games in the market, including franchises such as NBA 2K, Borderlands, Bioshock, Sid Meier’s Civilization and Mafia. He has focused on improving process and communication in a fast growing company, and helped to create and project manage large presentations to company executives and external parties. Kvalo also helped found, and is on a management group, for an education initiative called 2KEDU, whose focus is internal growth and knowledge-building opportunities within 2K. To date, he is credited in more than 20 AAA published video games.
Congratulations to Professor Regan A. R. Gurung on his recent alumni award for Distinguished Career Achievement. He was honored among several Carleton College (Minnesota) alumni recently. Gurung is a widely published teacher-scholar who is described by others in the field as “an internationally known rock star in the teaching of psychology and the scholarship of teaching and learning.” Gurung graduated from Carleton in 1991with a B.S. in Psychology, and has since had innumerable successes in the academic community. A few of his achievements are receiving a Carnegie Foundation Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Award (2009), publishing material in journals such as American Psychologist and Psychological Review, along with fourteen books, including Evidence Based Guide to College and University Teaching and Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach. One of his more recent accomplishments was bringing a national psychology summit to UW-Green Bay. The recipients of these awards were nominated by classmates, Carleton faculty and staff members, and professional colleagues.
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