Please spread the word, UW-Green Bay Graduate Studies Information Session, April 20

Students can take their place among the next class of future leaders and decision-makers by joining one of the fastest growing graduate schools in the state. UW-Green Bay provides 15 graduate programs covering every field. Join this live virtual information session with Morgan Theobald, Graduate Admissions Recruiter, to learn about the graduate programs available at UW-Green Bay. Tuesday, April 20, Noon. View details in Handshake.

Video: Career Services: Your destination for internships and jobs

Hello students. My name is Linda Peacock-Landrum and I am director of UW-Green Bay Career Services. I hope that spring semester 2021 has gone well for you.

I want to take a moment to just remind you that Career Services is here to support you in your efforts as you search for an internship, you search for a postgraduate position, or if you are thinking about attending graduate and professional school after graduation.

I want to remind you to use Handshake. Handshake is our campus online system to post all opportunities for students. It does include graduate assistantship opportunities as well and you will find all of our events and programs listed there.

Just as a highlight for you for today I do want to share with you that there were over 3,100 internships and jobs posted that were in Wisconsin, and we’ve got about 4,000 jobs that were in Wisconsin. For a post-graduate opportunity, you can log into handshake using your UW-Green Bay email address.

It’s important for you to be on top of these things if you need any assistance in using Handshake. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our staff. We’ve been very effective meeting virtually with students using Teams.

Finally, I just want to give some tips to some students who might be a little anxious about doing virtual interviews. It really is a great experience to have. We actually are offering a virtual mock interview day in April on the 14th and 15th for all students, and then very specifically for student teachers on April 20th and April 22nd.

In preparation for a virtual interview, be sure to test the platform, make sure you’re comfortable with it. Give some thought to what is your background and your surroundings, if you need to sort of have a background inserted electronically, or if you want to create one in your space that’s fine. Make sure that it is an area that is removed from unusual sounds, possibly pets or other individuals that you might be in your household with will not be available during that time.

Then just do your normal preparation as you would for any type of interview that would be coming up. This would include anything in the terms of looking your best, having appropriate professional attire, doing some good preparation in advance, looking at some sample questions, knowing that job description, position description, knowing the organization that is going to offer the opportunity for you. Those are all things that are critical in preparing for any type of interview, whether it be face-to-face or it be virtual.

So just a reminder Career Services is here for you to offer that assistance as you navigate this transition from college to career in terms of securing and looking for an internship as well as for postgraduate employment.

Thanks again, have an enjoyable remainder of spring semester, and go Phoenix!

Virtual Spring Job & Internship Fair is next week

Career Services will be hosting the Spring Job & Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 3, AND Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held virtually via the Handshake platform, which will allow students to connect with employers via videoconferencing technology during one-on-one and group sessions. There are 83 employers registered, eager to connect with students about various opportunities. Feel free to share with your students so they don’t miss out!

View details about the fair, a list of registered employers, and guides to help students register, sign up for sessions, and put their best foot forward in a virtual fair format at https://www.uwgb.edu/careers/job-fairs-workshops/job-fairs/. Questions? Contact Career Services at 920.465.2163 or careers@uwgb.edu.

Get Phoenix Ready with the Career Closet!

The Career Closet is a resource available to currently enrolled UW-Green Bay students. Students may take up to five free items each semester—and those items are theirs to keep! During times of social distancing, the Career Closet is operating on an appointment basis. Students can schedule a visit by filling out a request form, found at uwgb.edu/careers. To prioritize students’ health, only one student visits at a time. Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves are available for use by visitors.

Program Coordinator Abigail Drapalik encourages interested students to make an appointment.

Career Closet
Career Closet is open for business (attire).

“The mission of the Career Closet is to provide access to free, professional attire to UW-Green Bay students who need to dress for success” said Drapalik. “Since its advent in Spring 2018, the Career Closet has been visited 350 times and over 750 clothing items have been checked out!”

Career Services is also currently accepting donations for the Career Closet. As members of the campus community clear out closets in the new year, don’t toss that professional attire too far! Despite the COVID-19 pandemic bringing about more virtual meetings, graduating seniors, especially, need professional attire to prepare for that post-graduation career, regardless if a job interview is virtual or in-person.

Those wishing to donate new or gently-used items should email Program Coordinator Abigail Drapalik at drapalia@uwgb.edu to schedule a drop-off in advance. Accepted items are new or gently-used professional suits, pants, dress shirts, suit/sport jackets, skirts, dresses, neckties and belts. Donations are tax deductible and a receipt is provided with request.

Story by Charlotte Berg, Marketing and University Communication student assistant

More on the Student Healthcare Worker Tuition Initiative

As announced earlier this month, UW System created the COVID-19 Student Healthcare Worker Tuition Refund Initiative.

The process to request the tuition refund is now formalized at UW-Green Bay. Details about the process are included in this email. Please refer to the detailed initiative for student eligibility requirements, required work hours and timeframe for the work completion.

The form to use to request the refund can be found on the Career Services website. The steps below outline the process to follow.

  1. Download the form and complete the fields required.  Forward it to your employer for verification of hours worked and completion of form.
  2. Submit the completed form to the Bursar’s Office (via mail; or scan/email; or drop in Bursar drop box located in hallway by cashier’s window).  Email address is bursar@uwgb.edu.
  3. Form must be submitted no later than March 31, 2021.
  4. Requests will be reviewed for eligibility.  Refunds will be issued to eligible students in April 2021 prior to the end of spring semester 2021.

Any questions about the initiative, the process or the form can be directed to Linda Peacock-Landrum in Career Services via email to peacockl@uwgb.edu. Please expect a delayed response due to the holidays.  There is no urgency to submitting the form as this initiative does not impact spring tuition bills. All forms need to be submitted no later than March 31, 2021.

Announcing: Phoenix Forum Virtual Speaker Series

Learning never stops—even when it’s not in person. One silver lining of the pandemic is our ability to stay connected through technology to continually support alumni success. The Alumni Office is announcing the Phoenix Forum Virtual Speaker Series. Learn from UW-Green Bay’s expert faculty and staff. Each speaker event will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. with an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

1/21/2021 – ECO-U: The Next 50 Years: Speakers are Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, John Katers and CSET faculty Mike Draney, Bob Howe, Emily Tyner, Kevin Fermanich and John Arendt

3/18/2021 – The Silver Lining:  Unexpected Pandemic Outcomes on our Perceptions of Coaching, Teaching and Learning: Speaker is Associate Professor of Education Tim Kaufman

5/20/2021 – Mind on Money & Money on Mind: The Behavior & Psychology of Money: Speaker is Assistant Professor of Finance, Preston Cherry

7/15/2021 – How to Foster a True Love of Lifelong Learning: Speakers are Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Ryan Martin, Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center, Kelli Strickland, and an English faculty member

9/16/2021 – Exercise is Medicine for Physical and Mental Health: Speakers are Psychology faculty Joanna Morrissey and Alan Chu

11/18/2021 – Get After It…Reaching Those Lofty Career Goals: Speaker is Director of Career Services, Linda Peacock-Landrum

Graduates at UW-Green Bay's 2019 winter commencement ceremony

UW-Green Bay to gauge alumni satisfaction through survey

GREEN BAY, Wis.— The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is joining the UW System—embarking on an ambitious survey of alumni aimed at gauging career and education satisfaction, knowledge and skills gained, community and civic involvement, economic mobility, degree relevance, and other measures of a UW education.

UW-Green Bay alumni can access the survey beginning on Nov. 14, 2020 at this website. Alumni will also be contacted through email.

The National Alumni Career Mobility Survey will engage alumni from all UW System universities who graduated in 2010 and 2015 with bachelor’s degrees to assess a range of factors five and 10 years after graduation.

This is the first time this national survey is being conducted. Survey results are expected to be more comprehensive than “first destination” information gleaned from graduates a year out of college. Results will complement the earnings data collected by UW System from employers that showed University of Wisconsin System graduates earn a median salary of nearly $50,000 annually just a year after securing their bachelor’s degrees and more than $66,000 after five years.

“UW-Green Bay is excited to participate in the NACM survey,” says UW-Green Bay’s Director Career Services Linda Peacock-Landrum. “We will gain insights about our graduates’ experiences that far exceed the data gathered from our First Destination Survey. We plan to use the data to inform decisions about recruitment, program development and success support strategies for our students.”

The survey will take place Nov. 14 through Dec. 31, 2020 and include more than 46,000 undergraduate alumni from all 13 UW System institutions. It will be conducted under contract by the Career Leadership Collective.

“Our universities provide a tremendous value to our students, and we already know the significant earning power of a UW degree,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson in a press release, Nov. 9. “This new survey will help us better understand how UW graduates transition into the workforce and civic life.”

Survey results are expected to be available in mid-2021.

Including all measures, the survey is expected to provide UW System and individual universities with a better understanding of the career and degree satisfaction of UW System alumni and an assessment of the longer-term impact of students’ education on their careers and lives. It will also equip universities with data to enhance programs and services for current and future students.

“Our alumni are terrific ambassadors for our universities and our state,” said Regent President Andrew S. Petersen. “We look forward to learning from them.”

UW System encourages alumni from 2010 and 2015 to respond to the survey when contacted by their universities by email.

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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

 

Advice for borrowers of student loans

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Under the CARES Act, borrowers of federal student loans don’t need to make payments for the next several months.Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld said that forbearance period is a good time for graduates to analyze their financial situation. College graduates share frustrations of finding work“It’s a really good time to reflect,” she said. “I call it kind of financial hygiene to really take a look at your financial position right now. The first and foremost is to understand what kind of loan that you’re in.” Perspective from two UW-Green Bay students.

Source: Advice for borrowers of student loans