Reminder: University Leadership Awards nominations due Monday (Feb. 4)

A reminder that the online nomination process for the 38th annual University Leadership Awards program (Chancellor’s Medallion, University Leadership Award and Outstanding Student Award) is now open! The deadline for nominating is Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. The University Leadership Awards honor students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus and in the community, in addition to academic excellence. Currently, only students enrolled at the Green Bay campus are eligible for these awards. Each of the branch campuses administers a unique awards process and ceremony; for more information, contact your Solution Center staff. To nominate, please visit this webpage. Learn more about the awards.

Education advocate Judy Crain to receive Chancellor’s Award

Education advocate Judy Crain will received the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s highest community honor on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Spring 2017 Commencement. The Chancellor’s Award is made to individuals who have assisted in some significant way in the development of UW-Green Bay.

The award recognizes Crain for her tireless commitment in service to campus and community and in particular to public education in Wisconsin. At UW-Green Bay, Crain served on the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees from 2002-2005 and on the UW-Green Bay Ecumenical Center Board. She also chaired the Board of Regents Chancellor Selection Committee for the University’s fifth Chancellor, Thomas Harden.

Crain is the embodiment of the phrase “public service,” spending five decades serving the people of Wisconsin. She credits growing up in Madison, and her father, a high school history teacher, coach, and principal, for her strong belief in the value of public education, her interest in social and political issues, and the conviction that personal involvement can truly make a difference.

She says her maternal grandmother, an immigrant and single mother, who worked in an insurance company to send two children to college and was the first woman in her town to vote, was the inspiration for her passionate feminist orientation. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she and her family moved to Green Bay in 1971.

Locally, she is probably best known for her many years on the Green Bay School Board, serving for 14 years, six years as president. She worked to ensure the strength and quality of Green Bay schools for all students and families in all neighborhoods, providing programs for all student needs.

Crain also served on the boards of many other organizations dedicated to education and children, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Nicolet Federated Library System, and Scholarships, Inc. Her leadership includes chairperson roles with the Community Partnership for Children and Brown County United Way. Recognizing her expertise and leadership in education, she was appointed to the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin and served from 2005-2012.

Her efforts on behalf of education and children have earned her countless awards over the years. Empowering women and girls is also a high priority for Crain, serving as Coordinator of Services for the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services, and as a board member of both the local and state League of Women Voters. As she watched the Green Bay community grow more diverse, she recognized the challenges and richness this would bring. So she led Diversity Circle discussion groups and joined the board of the Multicultural Center of Green Bay, reaching out to create more dialogue and interaction among the various groups involved.

Her interest in the underlying structures and systems within a community led her to becoming president of the Bay Area Community Council, a group concerned with creating dialogue and inspiring action on issues affecting the general quality of life and equality of resources. Her reputation led to recognition by the wider world: she was appointed as a lay representative to the State Supreme Court Committee on the State Bar, the Panel on Selection of Federal Court of Appeals Judges, and as a member of the State Medical Examining Board.

When asked for advice to others she replied, “Discover and do what you love, care beyond yourself, your family and your neighborhood. Get involved — learn, participate, and accept your responsibility to the larger community.” Judy Crain is certainly a woman who has been passionate about living all aspects of her own life as she has just described.

Excerpts written by Karen Kersten for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Green Bay Branch for “Women of Wisconsin Dreamers and Doers; Vol. 2.


The passing of Penny Cofrin

Staff members in the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and others across campus are mourning the passing of Penelope F. Cofrin, who died last week in Bellingham, Wash., at age 62. The youngest of six children of John and Barbara Cofrin, and a niece of Dr. David and Mary Ann Cofrin, the Green Bay native shared the 1989 Chancellor’s Award — UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor —for the commitment she and her siblings made to development of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. She resided in Montana for most of her adult life, making friends with her generous nature, adventuresome spirit and boisterous nature. Penny was preceded in death by both of her parents and her brothers Douglas and Peter. She is survived by her brothers John and Andrew, sister Tish, daughters Robyn Patric (Ian), Barbara Fossen (Kurt), and Sarah Cofrin, and five grandchildren.

Dickman ’82 receives Chancellor’s Award

craig dickman chancellors award recipient

Chancellor Gary L. Miller presented Craig Dickman, UW-Green Bay Class of 1982 and founder and CEO of Breakthrough Fuel, with the 2015 Chancellor’s Award, the University’s highest community honor.

The presentation was made on stage Saturday, May 16, at the Kress Events Center, before an audience of nearly 5,000, as part of UW-Green Bay spring commencement.

Dickman (center, in photo) has been active in support of campus and community initiatives including service on the UW-Green Bay Foundation board and Council of Trustees. He received the award from Interim Provost Greg Davis (left) and Chancellor Miller.

Miller read the citation for the award, as follows:

It is my great honor to award the 2015 Chancellor’s Award to Mr. Craig Dickman.

Craig is a graduate of the UW-Green Bay, Class of ‘82, Business Administration. He is the Founder and CEO of Breakthrough Fuel, in Green Bay. Craig’s genius for innovation in supply-chain logistics and fuel-cost management has made Breakthrough Fuel a partner to some of American industry’s largest and most successful brands.

He generously gives back to this community through leadership positions and board service including, The Harbor Commission, Downtown Green Bay, The United Way, The Chamber of Commerce, and his hometown NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. Since 2012, he has served on the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees and Foundation Board.

This year, he has won the respect and admiration of many here for his tireless work in leading our Trustee advocacy on the proposed state budget. In countless meetings with legislators, he has proudly carried the message that this community considers UWGB and the UW System to be engines of intellectual and economic growth — worthy of our shared investment.

Additionally, Craig and his wife, Karen, have been dedicated supporters of programs that serve this University’s sizeable population of students who are military veterans and reservists.

Ladies and gentlemen, please me join me in congratulating Mr. Craig Dickman as recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor’s Award.



Hinckleys got warm welcome at May 2012 commencement

Dr. James and Patricia Hinckley received an extended ovation at UW-Green Bay’s May 2012 commencement when they were recognized with the institution’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award. Jim is a member of the UW-Green Bay Athletics Hall of Fame, and the training and sports medicine area at the Kress is named the James Hinckley Sports Medicine Center in his honor. In 2008 the Hinckleys endowed a UW-Green Bay scholarship fund — one of the University’s largest — in Patricia’s name, with preference to women student athletes pursuing careers related to mathematics, science or education. The couple’s philanthropy on behalf of the University began in 1981 with generous annual contributions to the Founders Association for student scholarships and academic enhancements. They later became active supporters of the Phoenix Fund for athletics, and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. For a photo and our original news post from May 2012.

A huge Commencement Saturday for Athletics… and the list of grads

We see that Green Bay Athletics has posted all of Saturday’s big news involving awards and honors at commencement, and more: Coach and Academic Coordinator Mike Kline receiving the Chancellor’s Award… Summa cum laude Human Biology grad Nicole Will of the women’s cross country team earning Outstanding Student honors for the graduating class… Four softball players having their diplomas presented by AD Mary Ellen Gillespie before their NCAA tournament game in Minneapolis… And hoops star Alec Brown earned attention for his last-minute flight to make the ceremony and become the final graduating senior to receive a degree from Chancellor Tom Harden. Anyway, the full list of all the fine May 2014 UW-Green Bay graduates who have also played NCAA Division I sports for the school:
Alec Brown, Men’s Basketball, Business Administration
Gabrielle Cassady, Softball, Business Administration
Ellen Joppe, Women’s Soccer, Business Administration
Sabrina Marunowski, Volleyball, Business Administration
Leah Poel, Volleyball, Business Administration
Stephen Wagner, Men’s Cross Country, Business Administration
Chanel Aries, Women’s Soccer, Communication
Paul Choudoir, Men’s Nordic Skiing, Communication
Brittany Groth, Volleyball, Communication
Jonathan Lesniak, Men’s Swimming, Communication
Monica Anderson, Volleyball, Democracy and Justice Studies
Shannon Butts, Softball, Democracy and Justice Studies
Tyler Evans, Men’s Swimming, Design Arts
Edward Gurney, Men’s Nordic Skiing, Economics
Kelly Baron, Women’s Swimming, Education
Stacey Butts, Softball, Education
Lindsy Cook, Women’s Cross Country, Education
Taylor Trelka, Women’s Swimming, Education, Social Work
Paul Malcore, Men’s Cross Country, English
Wayne Clark, Men’s Nordic Skiing, History
Melissa Killpatrick, Women’s Swimming, History
Maria Anderson, Women’s Tennis, Human Biology
Carrie Dinelli, Women’s Diving, Human Biology
Jenna Harrington, Women’s Soccer, Human Biology
Jacki Johnson, Women’s Golf, Human Biology
Katie Mroczenski, Volleyball, Human Biology
Miranda Reinke, Softball, Human Biology
Renee Therrien, Women’s Soccer, Human Biology
Nicole Will, Women’s Cross Country, Human Biology
Lyndsay Zabkowicz, Volleyball, Human Biology
Hailey Feltz, Women’s Nordic Skiing, Human Development, Psychology
Breannah Ranger, Women’s Basketball, Human Development
Allison Goecks, Softball, Psychology
Sam Zastrow, Women’s Basketball, Social Work

Chancellor’s Award, citation for Janet, Charlie Lieb

Chancellor Thomas K. Harden honored four individuals by presenting them with UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, at May 2014 commencement before an audience of nearly 5,000 at the Kress Events Center.  Those honored were Mike Kline, Janet and Charlie Lieb, and Larry L. Weyers. In reading the citation for the Liebs, Harden read:


“Charlie and Janet Lieb exemplify the best attributes of a caring community.  They are people of vision: They were among the very first community leaders to recognize the potential of Phuture Phoenix in helping children realize that “College is Possible.”  They are people of action: They consistently volunteer their time… on those days we host visits by a thousand fifth-graders, and at those times we seek to expand Phuture Phoenix into new schools and new grade levels. Finally, they are people of kindness and generosity: Very early, they made a significant financial contribution to establish a Phuture Phoenix scholarship fund so that when children from low- and moderate-income families succeed, graduate from high school, and enroll at UW-Green Bay, help is available.  Their support for UW-Green bay has been substantial, is ongoing and will prove to be enduring. For these reasons and for their support of programs and people across the University, we add their names to the very short list of local couples who have received a joint Chancellor’s Award…. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in congratulating, as recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor’s Award, Charlie and Janet Lieb.”

Chancellor’s Award, citation honor Weyers

Chancellor Thomas K. Harden honored four individuals by presenting them with UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, at May 2014 commencement before an audience of nearly 5,000 at the Kress Events Center.  Those honored were Mike Kline, Janet and Charlie Lieb, and Larry L. Weyers. In reading the citation for Weyers, Harden read:

“Larry L. Weyers has devoted his life to public service – in more ways than one.  Whether as private citizen, generous community advocate or influential corporate executive, he has distinguished himself as a remarkable supporter of UW-Green Bay and its students.  He served for many years as CEO and president of Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and Integrys Energy. During his tenure, UW-Green Bay had no stronger corporate partner.  WPS sponsored faculty and student research, various ongoing programs, and the solar “extras” that made Mary Ann Cofrin Hall a national showcase for energy-efficient technology.  More recently, with his wife, Lois, he has contributed generously to both the Phuture Phoenix Program and the revitalization of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts… Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in congratulating, as recipients of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor’s Award, Larry Weyers.”

Chancellor’s Award, citation honor Kline


Chancellor Thomas K. Harden honored four individuals by presenting them with UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, at May 2014 commencement.  Those honored were Mike Kline, Janet and Charlie Lieb, and Larry L. Weyers. In reading the citation for Kline, Harden read:

“In the 25 years since he graduated from this institution, whether as employee or volunteer, Mike Kline has been a tireless ambassador and enthusiastic advocate. As coach of the Phoenix cross-country teams, he has influenced a generation of college athletes to dedicate themselves to their sport and to their teammates.  As academic coordinator for our Division I sports program, he has impressed faculty and staff with his absolute devotion to ensuring that every student realizes the best of a UW-Green Bay education.  Finally, as a friend and colleague, he has impressed many of us with the power of hard work, optimism and, always, a smile… Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in congratulating, as recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor’s Award, Mike Kline.”

Chancellor’s Award, citation honor Liebs

Chancellor Thomas K. Harden honored four individuals by presenting them with UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, before an audience of nearly 5,000 at the Kress Events Center. Those honored were Mike Kline, Janet and Charlie Lieb, and Larry L. Weyers. The citation that Harden read for the Liebs referred to the longtime Phuture Phoenix supporters as people who “exemplify the best attributes of a caring community.”