Photos: Chancellor’s Veterans Reception

The Phoenix Rooms at UW-Green Bay held a standing-room only crowd to honor campus and community veterans and active service members on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. The late-afternoon event included a Presentation of Colors by the UW-Green Bay Color Guard, the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Armed Forces Salute” by UW-Green Bay Music and remarks by Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Congressman and retired Marine, Mike Gallagher, and Sergeant Nathan Preder ’12, who leads UW-Green Bay Army ROTC, read the meaning of the POW/MIA table. Also recognized were current student/soldiers and current donors and recipients of veteran scholarships. Serving as emcee was student Ryan Leurquin. Vets 4 Vets President Nic Cravillion recognized the efforts of the student organization for community outreach including a Vets 4 Vets donation to the Brown County Veteran Court. On behalf of the club, he also recognized and thanked Jim Belongia for donating the proceeds from the City Stadium Run to the UW-Green Bay Veteran Lounge.

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Chancellor's Veterans Reception 2018

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Veterans Week events taking place at UW-Green Bay featured in Green Bay Press-Gazette

Events taking place during UW-Green Bay Veterans Week, which begins on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 and concludes on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, were featured in a Green Bay Press-Gazette article on Veterans Day events taking place in Green Bay and Brown County. Events at UW-Green Bay include the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, a Veterans Employment Workshop, a ruck march and a Veteran Benefit Form. Check out the full story and learn more about the events.

Reflection of a student/soldier: UW-Green Bay alumna Misti Brosig ’18

Part citizen/student, part soldier.

(Pictured) UW-Green Bay alumnae Misti Brosig serves as a model for a striking photo taken last year showing both sides of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) students and all students in active military as they both train and work toward completion of their college degree.

As Veteran’s Day approaches, UW-Green Bay honors its active military and veterans with a week’s worth of activity including the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Brosig is now a commissioned officer, Second Lieutenant, serving active duty in the United States Army. The Casper, Wyoming native came to the Green Bay area with an associates degree and eventually decided the time was right to further both her education and take a step toward active service.

“There are a few paths to becoming an officer, and I found it best that ROTC would be able to get me able to commission as soon as I completed my degree and I could begin my career,” she explains. “I wanted to serve for so many years. I am an extremely proud American and I wanted a career where I knew I would love what I do every single day… in an organization that would constantly challenge me to be a better me. Every day is a privilege to put on this uniform. I am continuously learning, given great opportunities, and serve with some of America’s finest.”

Being an officer in training meant balancing an ROTC schedule that included class once a week, a lab once a week and physical fitness classes three mornings a week, with her degree requirements in Business Administration, which she completed in 2018.

From her home base in Fort Stewart, Georgia, she looks back on her UW-Green Bay experience, fondly.

“You learn to be a leader as well as basic soldiering skills. ROTC is a avenue for all officers, whether they wish to be active, guard or reserves. My time in the ROTC program at UW-Green Bay with St. Norbert College, was fantastic. The program sets a high standard and consistently made me a better leader as well as a person. The leadership from the instructors is great. Overall, my favorite part is the camaraderie that I built with my peers.”

UW-Green Bay supports 368 veterans at four campus locations. In total, 514 students, including veterans, their children and spouses, receive veteran benefits at the campuses. Some of the planned Veterans Week activities:

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: Chancellor’s Veteran Reception at 4 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018: Veteran Brunch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018: Veteran Employment Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1965 Room, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018: Ruck March at 2 p.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 2018: Veteran Benefit Forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • ROTC will be raising and lowering the flag on campus and playing taps at 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day during Veterans Week

 Photo by Parker Fuller


Chancellor’s Veteran Reception set for Monday, Nov. 12

The Chancellor’s Veteran Reception will be taking place on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Rep. Mike Gallagher, representing Wisconsin’s 8th District, will serve as the guest speaker at the event. Gallagher joined the United States Marine Corps. after graduating from college. Come and enjoy refreshments, music by UW-Green Bay students and veteran camaraderie. All are welcome to join UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students at the reception. This event is one of many taking place during UW-Green Bay’s Veterans Week.

Events planned for Veterans Week, Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16

UW-Green Bay will be hosting several events during Veterans Week, to be held the week of Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 through Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Please consider bringing items or care packages to these events. (Watch your future Log posts for details.)

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: Chancellor’s Veteran Reception at 4 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018: Veteran Brunch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018: Veteran Employment Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1965 Room, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018: Ruck March at 2 p.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 2018: Veteran Benefit Forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • ROTC will be raising and lowering the flag on campus and playing taps at 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day during Veterans Week



Save the date: 2017 Chancellor’s Veteran Reception

Chancellor's Veteran Reception

Chancellor Gary L. Miller requests the pleasure of your company at a reception honoring UW-Green Bay men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces, and to especially honor those returning to school after active duty. Those planning to attend are asked to register online by Nov. 1. The event is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Phoenix Room, University Union.

RSVP Online

For additional information, contact UW-Green Bay Veteran Services advisor Elaina Koltz ’06 at 920-465-2065 or This is an annual event. See photos from last year’s Chancellor’s Veteran’s Reception.

UW-Green Bay receives UW System recognition for honoring vets and active military

This week UW-Green Bay was one of six UW institutions recognized for earning UW Vets Certification. This comes on the heels of the annual fall Chancellor’s Veteran Appreciation Reception, held Monday, Nov. 7, to honor vets and active military personnel. The University has long been active in recognizing and honoring its veterans:

  • UW-Green Bay was among one of the first campuses in the nation to train faculty and staff on the unique challenges faced by student veterans.
  • With the help of private donations, the At Ease: Veteran & Service Member Student Lounge was created on campus.
  • UW-Green Bay has been named a top “Military Friendly” institution for the 7th consecutive year.
  • UW-Green Bay has dedicated personnel to work with veterans and active military on challenges unique to their experiences.

At Monday’s reception, Lieutenant Jon Logan, served as the main speaker. He serves in the Army Reserve 432d Civil Affairs Battalion in Green Bay, and is the founder of Motivation Innovation, LLC. Sargeant First Class Jesse Veeser (top image) gave a moving presentation on the “POW Table Ceremony.” Veterans services coordinator Elaina Koltz and Chancellor Gary Miller welcomed and honored those in attendance.

“Moments like this allow us to reflect on the country we are so fortunate to live in and the incredible freedoms we have, including the freedom to elect our leaders — all made possible by the work and sacrifices of members of the military and those who have served,” said Miller.

Students in the UW-Green Bay music, led by Director of Choral Activities Prof. Randy Meder, performed the “Star Spangled Banner,” “Armed Forces Salute” and “Mansions of the Lord.” Student James Block played “Taps.”

UW-Green Bay veterans and active service members were also honored at the Green Bay Packers’ “Salute to Service” military appreciation game on Sunday, Nov. 6. at Lambeau Field — and were able to join together to carry the large American flag on the field during the performance of the National Anthem. See the photos of the walk- through and the pre-game ceremony.

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Chancellor's Veterans Reception 2016

– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel, Marketing and University Communication Student Intern

Coming up: Military appreciation events

Chancellor’s Veterans Reception – 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, Phoenix Rooms, University Union. Guest Speaker is Lieutenant Jon Logan. Logan serves with the Army Reserve 432d Civil Affairs Battalion in Green Bay. As founder of Motivation Innovation, LLC, he is also a professional speaker, trainer and coach who helps others reach their goals. Join Chancellor Miller and other campus leaders in showing appreciation for our veterans. Free and open to the public.

Recollections of Vietnam – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, Phoenix Rooms, University Union. Welcome the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 351 from Appleton, Wisconsin. Organizers hope to help them with their goal to “promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam Veterans; to create a new identity for this generation of Veterans; and to change public perception of Vietnam Veterans.” Chapter 351 will bring a large display of equipment, uniforms, pictures and music of the Vietnam era.  “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

Green Bay Athletics Military Appreciation Days – Green Bay athletics welcomes all veterans and service members on campus and in the community to Military Appreciation Days:

  • Women’s BB – vs. Elon Phoenix, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Kress Events Center.
  • Men’s BB – Hosting the Northland College Lumberjacks, noon on Saturday, November 12, at the Resch Center.  Phoenix Hero Award presented at halftime.

Free tickets to all veterans and current service members in the community.  Discounted tickets for guests.  Please contact Elaina for sign up forms at

Broadway Chevrolet Program – Broadway Automotive will help you give back to UWGB organizations that support our veterans and families. From Oct. 26 through Nov. 9, 50% of every oil change at Broadway’s Military Ave. and Ashland Ave. locations will go to support local military charities including Student Veterans of America UW-Green Bay and NWTC Chapters, along with 4th H.O.O.A.H. WI.

The Phoenix Bookstore appreciates the vets, too – Stop in at The Phoenix Bookstore this Friday, Nov. 11 and enjoy a 20% discount on all gift items. Plus, veterans can take an additional 11% off, with valid ID.

UW-Green Bay named ‘Military Friendly’ again … and vet reminds campus to ‘celebrate daily’

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has earned the 2016 Military Friendly® School designation. The designation reflects positive marks in ten categories including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, military spouse policies, and more.

“It is definitely an honor to be considered a Military Friendly institution,” says Elaina Koltz, UWGB’s Veterans Services adviser. “Not many will understand exactly what these veterans have gone through.

“When they sign up for their GI Bill, they present their DD214 discharge papers and I get a small peek into their sacrifice. I see the Purple Heart awards; the discharges due to service-connected disabilities and the long periods of time spent in a combat zone.”

Koltz says that she and UW-Green Bay staff colleagues see it as an honor to serve these veterans and their families.

“When you are surrounded by these silent heroes on a daily basis it is an honor to serve them,” she says. “Then you see them graduate and become successful like Staff Sergeant Jared Spude, selected speaker for UW-Green Bay’s Veteran’s Day Reception on Nov. 11, and you are again both inspired and humbled. UW-Green Bay recognizes these sacrifices and responds. That is why it is considered a Military Friendly institution.”

UW-Green Bay alumnus Spude is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and Wisconsin National Guard. He presented an impassioned speech on behalf of Veterans, calling those in attendance to think about veterans and those who serve each day, and not just once a year.

Spude thanked the faculty, staff and administration on behalf of his fellow veterans for “going above and beyond to make sure that our needs our met, and for providing us with the tools to be successful in our educational endeavors.”

The following are some other excerpts from his Veterans Day remarks:

“I’m here to remember, encourage, motivate and challenge each and every one of you to reflect on what today is, what it represents, what the sacrifices remembered here today have brought for us and the great nation that we call home. I’m here to remind us that we all need to take a little time out of our day today—and every day to remember those who have served.

“Winston Churchill said, ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” …That is what Veterans Day is all about. As a nation, we have flourished because we’ve always had citizens willing to stand up and answer the call to serve in hours of need. Today, we honor our veterans, past, and present, for their sacrifice and dedication to our great nation.

“As Americans we forget too often and too quickly what it took and continues to take to be alive… even on a day like today, we want to celebrate, bringing in a little pomp and circumstance when too often we forget about what this day is really about — solemn remembrance, peaceful reflection, active thankfulness.

“My call to action and challenge for you this Veterans Day 2015 is to remember Veterans and all they have done not only today, but every day. Thank a Vet. Find time. Make time in your days to reflect for one minute about what it means to be free and remember the sacrifices it took. Make time to educate your children, serve in your community, help others and most importantly live a life that is worthy of the sacrifices Veterans made to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I challenge you today to find a veteran every day. Whether it is your teacher, your coach, your neighbor, or that guy that sits next to you in church and thank them. Thank them for their service. Thank them for their courage. Their commitment. Their sacrifice. I call you to action. To take time out of your day to stand here and look at old glory. Think about these veterans and other veterans you know. Have some pride for this flag and for our country and in our liberty.

“On this Veterans Day, there is so much to commemorate, and so much more to be thankful for. We would not be where we are today without the heroes we call veterans. Today we have the privilege of honoring this very small and special group of Americans, whose service spans every decade of our country’s existence. We owe them so much. But most importantly we owe them our freedom. And today, especially, we owe them our gratitude. Thank you —and God Bless America.”

Jared Spude is a 2008 graduate of Southern Door High School. He was named UWGB’s outstanding graduate in May 2015. He and his platoon served in Afghanistan. His role was to serve as a master navigator and coordinator from the ground as his platoon controlled fires of mortar tubes and artillery cannons. He continues to serve in the Wisconsin National Guard as an Instructor at the Wisconsin Military Academy, Fort McCoy — which is recognized as one of the outstanding artillery training institutes in the nation. He works full-time as a client services manager for Breakthrough Fuel, in Green Bay.

Slideshow, and a Veteran’s Day message: ‘Remember every day those who served’

The UW-Green Bay community celebrated and remembered campus and community military veterans Nov. 11, honoring them with the annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception in the Phoenix Room of the University Union.

The UW-Green Bay Veterans Day tradition honors past and present service members from all branches of the U.S. military, and specifically recognizes UW-Green Bay students who have returned to school to obtain their degrees.

Retired UWGB Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Kelly Franz earned special recognition for his deep commitment to military and their families on the UWGB campus.

“We in this country, we enjoy our prosperity and our liberties and I am deeply grateful for the sacrifices and great honor you show to our great nation,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said, offering welcome remarks on behalf of himself and his wife, Georgia Miller.

The longtime president of UWGB’s Council of Trustees, the school’s first soccer coach and veteran of the United States Marines, Lou LeCalsey, provided perspective on the day’s events.

“As UWGB celebrates 50 years and we are commemorating many different facets of University history this fall, one of the very strongest traditions here involves the commitment to recruit, assist and graduate students who are veterans,” he said.

“…I will forever be proud of my association with UWGB, for many reasons, but that particular commitment ranks near the top.”

LeCalsey also announced that UWGB has been named a “Military Friendly School” for the seventh consecutive year, for going above and beyond to provide services to the military and their families. And then his sentiments turned more somber…

“Yet, on this 96th anniversary of the first Veterans Day… it is impossible not to remember those who died in service. Nor can we forget the ‘delayed’ victims of conflict — those never able to find peace, those who failed to make it ‘all the way home’… Friends, family, current or former military, we are all integral to the great fabric of the United States of America.

“Memorial Day… Veterans Day… Every Day… We treasure our freedom, this nation’s remarkable history, and the men and women who make it possible.”
UW-Green Bay alumnus Staff Sgt. Jared Spude offered an impassioned keynote for the event, echoing the call that veterans should be recognized not only on Veterans Day, but every single day of their lives.

“What I am is a Staff Sgt in the U.S. Army and I am here to motivate you, challenge you, and remind you what this day is all about and take time every single day to think about those who serve.”

Spude ended his remarks with this message: “I encourage you to make time to reflect on what it means to be free and what it has taken to get to where we are today. We walk among heroes every single day who have sacrificed everything for something so much bigger than themselves.”