School of Business’ Radosevich honored as inaugural Cofrin Endowed Chair

Radosevich honored as Cofrin Endowed ChairUW-Green Bay honored the institution’s first-ever Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair of Business during Mid-Year Convocation ceremonies Jan. 22.

Associate Prof. David J. Radosevich, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Master’s of Management program, was recognized and presented with a ceremonial medallion during the annual winter gathering of faculty and staff. He began his term as endowed professor Jan. 1, and will serve an initial appointment extending through June 30, 2018. The appointment is renewable on a 3-year basis thereafter.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller presided over the medallion ceremony, praising Radosevich’s past achievements while keeping an eye on the future.

“He is someone who will interact effectively and proactively with business leaders, colleagues and key stakeholders,” Miller said. “I am confident his work will honor the innovative legacy of Austin E. Cofrin, and help elevate our School of Business to even higher levels of achievement.”

Cofrin founded the Fort Howard Paper Co. in 1919 and turned the Green Bay-based manufacturer into one of the world’s largest tissue products companies. He died in 1980 at the age of 96. Industry colleagues praised Cofrin for his visionary leadership and resourcefulness in solving problems, achieving efficiencies and anticipating new markets.

It was a desire to more fully honor Austin Cofrin that led his son, Dr. David A. Cofrin, shortly before his death in August 2009, to announce a $5.5 million gift to the University. That contribution, the largest single private gift for academics in school history, provided funding for the endowed chair and other academic enhancements, and led to UW-Green Bay renaming its business program the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Taken collectively, Business Administration, Accounting and the Master’s of Management account for about 1,000 students and more than 6,000 alumni, or roughly one-fifth of all current and former students.

Radosevich has been a member of the Business Administration faculty at UW-Green Bay since 2003. He has been a frequent consultant to leading companies in the areas of executive assessment, selection, training, needs assessment, and performance management. Clients have included Wal-Mart, Schering Plough, New York State Police, Bell Atlantic and several other Fortune 500 companies.

His research examines variables in personal motivation and how individuals strive for goals over time. He has published extensively in journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Business Research, Review of Business Research and Innovate. Additionally, he has studied the impact of technology in the classroom on student learning and satisfaction. He has taught courses in leadership and team development, organizational change and behavior, human resource management, research methods, statistics and psychology.

Radosevich received his bachelor’s in psychology from Western Maryland College in 1994 and his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1999.

An endowed chair is a faculty position in a focused area of importance to the University. The chair is filled by a distinguished faculty member who has a national or international reputation in his or her field. The other endowed chair at UW-Green Bay is the John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication, created in 2005 and filled by Prof. Timothy Meyer until his retirement in 2013, when Prof. Phillip Clampitt was named to the position.

The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is in the process of joining a select group of national peers by pursuing accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Chancellor Miller says the addition of an endowed chair to the program, along with the excellence in teaching, research and community service exemplified by Radosevich and his colleagues, should be positive factors as UW-Green Bay prepares for AACSB review.

Reminder: Tomorrow’s Mid-Year Convocation

Here’s a quick reminder that the annual UW-Green Bay Mid-Year Faculty and Staff Convocation will take place at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. We’ll recognize employees marking significant service anniversaries, applaud Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair honoree David J. Radosevich and emeriti Gary Fewless and Mike Herrity, and hear a semester-opening update from Chancellor Gary L. Miller. Followed by lunch. To register for lunch, please RSVP with Paula Marcec in the Chancellor’s Office at marcecp@uwgb.edu.
 

Abbott, Damie, Kieper head seniority list for next week’s Convocation

Please join faculty and staff colleagues in turning out for the annual UW-Green Bay Mid-Year Convocation at 10:30 a.m. next Thursday (Jan. 22) in the Phoenix Room. As always, one of the highlights will be our collective congratulation extended to co-workers celebrating significant service anniversaries. Eligible for recognition are:

40 years — Cliff Abbott
35 years — Mark Damie, David Kieper
30 years — Forrest Baulieu, Illene Cupit, Jeffrey Entwistle, Robert Howe, Michael Stearney, Matthew Williams
25 years — Deb Anderson, Jeffrey Benzow, Dianne Gordon, Bill Hubbard, Mike Kline, Sherry Lacenski, Donna Ritch, Linda Toonen, Donna Van Straten, Colleen Wilde
20 Years — Theresa Adsit, Denise Carlson-Gardner, Marcelo Cruz, Stephen Gering, Karla Larson, Jeanette Skwor, Christine Terrien
10 years — Eric Amenson, Brent Blahnik, Bob Blihar, Joe Brzezinski, Atife Caglar, Bonnie Delsart, Sabrina Duchateau, Jeff Gross, Katrina Hrivnak, Mark Kiehn, Javier Martinez, Diane Nagy, Judi Pietsch, Janet Reilly, Darrel Renier, Jolanda Sallmann, Tammy Snortum, Mary Valitchka

Reminder: Mid-year convocation is next Thursday

It’s the annual UW-Green Bay Mid-Year Faculty and Staff Convocation, set for 10:30 a.m. next Thursday (Jan. 22) in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. We’ll recognize employees marking significant service anniversaries, applaud Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair honoree David J. Radosevich and emeriti Gary Fewless and Mike Herrity, and hear a semester-opening update from Chancellor Gary L. Miller. Followed by lunch. To register for lunch, please RSVP with Paula Marcec in the Chancellor’s Office at marcecp@uwgb.edu.

Convocation remarks, reminder: Offer your thoughts on Chancellor’s speech

Chancellor Gary L. Miller offered gratitude for a warm welcome, a look toward the University’s future and — lest we forget — the promise of ice cream during his Wednesday convocation. He also asked the convocation crowd of 500 to answer a one-question online survey on his remarks. (Some initial users might have experienced a glitch in accessing the survey; we’re told it has since been fixed.) We’ve linked to both, here:
Chancellor’s remarks
Survey

Another look: Convocation videos

This year’s fall convocation included two videos — the traditional year in review and a lighter, more tongue-in-cheek piece featuring Coach Phlash and his UW-Green Bay Training Camp trainees. You can take another look at both:
Looking back, looking ahead: The year in review at UW-Green Bay
Titletown’s other training camp: Back to school at UW-Green Bay

Photos: Smiles, awards, Convocation ’14

top-story-convocationLess than one week out from the official start of the fall 2014 semester, UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and community friends gathered in the University Union’s Phoenix Room on Aug. 27 for the annual kickoff convocation. Relaxed smiles, laughter and school spirit were on prominent display. As always, a high point was announcement of the Founders Association Awards for Excellence, acknowledging the contributions of outstanding colleagues for service to the University and its students. (Among them, above, was financial specialist Cheryl Pieper, recipient of the award for classified support staff, crossing the stage to accept her plaque and greetings from Chancellor Gary Miller, selection committee chair Lidia Nonn and Founders President Anita Resch.) Also popular: Introduction of new faculty and staff, who stood while brief introductions were read from the stage by University officers, officials and deans.

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UW-Green Bay faculty and staff standouts honored with 2014 Founders Awards

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2014 Founders Association Awards for Excellence. The award winners, honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, are:

Teaching — Associate Prof. Sylvia “Mimi” Kubsch
Scholarship — Associate Prof. Amy Wolf
Community Outreach — Prof. Illene Cupit
Institutional Development — Senior Lecturer Don McCartney
Academic Support — Mark Olkowski
Classified Staff — Cheryl Pieper
Collaborative Achievement — Cuernavaca (Mexico) Partnership Team

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, incoming Founders Association President Anita Resch and awards committee chairperson Lidia Nonn presented the awards before an audience of more than 500 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. The Founders Association, a community-based philanthropic organization, began its support of the awards program in 1975, and the presentations have been part of the fall-semester kickoff event ever since.

Kubsch, the recipient of the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, is an associate professor of Nursing who has taught a variety of courses since joining the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1980, when she helped develop the program’s initial curriculum. She has led her students in exploring topics related to nursing research, advanced health assessments, theoretical foundations of nursing, and complementary therapies. The awards citation noted “she is well known for meaningful, engaging interactions with students, whether in ‘face-to-face’ or ‘virtual’ classrooms,” and that she helps them navigate their multiple, complex roles as care providers, researchers, advocates, learners and teachers.

Kubsch won praise for emphasizing quality teaching and adopting best practices regardless of delivery method. UW-Green Bay’s degree-completion program allows registered nurses with two- or three-year diplomas to obtain additional education and their bachelor’s degrees. From its start three decades ago with on-campus offerings, the Professional Program in Nursing has expanded via online delivery to attract significant statewide and national enrollment. Nursing is now one of UW-Green Bay’s half dozen largest majors, with about 100 graduates per year. Kubsch holds a Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee, a master’s from UCLA and a bachelor’s in nursing from Cal State-Long Beach.

Wolf, recipient of the award for scholarship, or research, is a biologist and associate professor of Natural and Applied Sciences. Her studies of plant-animal interactions, of native bee populations, and of forest dynamics in Northern Wisconsin are highly regarded. Her work has earned grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Smithsonian, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. The awards citation said Wolf stands out “for obtaining numerous grants, for the quality and quantity of her collaborative research, and for involving both undergraduate and graduate students in nearly all of her projects.”

A member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 2005, Wolf earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2009. She holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and received both her bachelor’s in Biology and master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay.

Cupit, recipient of the Founders’ Award for Community Outreach, was honored for being “a dedicated educator whose research interests, passion for learning and caring nature have built bridges to the community.” In particular, the award singled out her tireless efforts in establishing and developing Camp Lloyd, the week-long summer camp at UW-Green Bay for children who have suffered the death of a family member.

Cupit is a professor in the Human Development academic area who has taught courses in Psychology and Women’s Studies and specialized in cognitive development, infancy and early childhood, and death, dying and grieving. She organized the first Camp Lloyd in 2006 and named it for a family member who had to deal with the death of his father at a very young age. She envisioned the experience as a typical, fun summer camp, but one that provides a place for participating children to discover that there are other kids like them, and to learn that grieving is natural. The UW-Green Bay students who staff the camp — undergrads and advanced students completing field work in counseling or therapy — gain professional-level experience. Cupit, who holds a Ph.D. from Temple University, joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1984.

In McCartney, the selection committee presented the Award for Excellence in Institutional Development to a longtime faculty member in business and marketing who “in terms of his commitment to UW-Green Bay,” the citation read, “bleeds green and white.”

The awards committee praised McCartney’s dedication to serving students — teaching at least 12,000 since joining the University in 1983, and his efforts as an academic adviser and counselor for students, and friend and colleague to graduates. “(He) always makes time to assist students, or to embrace yet another project.” Over the years he has volunteered his time and expertise to numerous institutional and community marketing campaigns and committees, feasibility studies and economic impact assessments. Colleagues note his work has contributed to the continuing growth of the marketing track and the larger Business Administration major, and he was a key figure in the launch of school’s Master’s of Management program. McCartney is a senior lecturer of marketing and the assistant chairperson of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. He holds degrees from Indiana University and UW-Oshkosh. The 2014 award for McCartney is his second; he earned recognition in the category of Community Outreach in 2002.

Olkowski holds the title of judicial affairs coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Students. In presenting the Award for Excellence in Academic Support, the committee described him as “an unsung hero on campus… a troubleshooter with a positive attitude… a cool-and-collected problem solver.”

Olkowski typically serves as the University’s point person in resolving issues with students who are struggling academically or personally. His caseload can involve those who are causing disruptions, experiencing legal jeopardy, or struggling with serious illness, personal problems or even homelessness. While disciplinary sanctions or even expulsion are possible, the citation notes, Olkowski often succeeds in bringing the student and institution together on a corrective course of action that is in the best interests of all involved. Olkowski joined the Dean of Students staff in 2001. He earned his bachelor’s at UW-Stevens Point and his master’s from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Pieper, recipient of the Founders Association Classified Staff Award for Excellence, is a financial specialist in the Office of the Controller. She earned praise for her diligence, expertise and patience in serving employees across campus in her current role as the institution’s travel-expense specialist. “She helps make sure institutional dollars are expended in the most effective fashion to obtain the best possible service,” the citation said, “yet she does so with common sense and a personal touch that make the ‘red tape’ seem a little less restrictive.” Pieper joined the University staff in 1988 and worked for the Phoenix Bookstore, the Bursar’s Office and Purchasing before moving to the Controller’s Office in 2009.

The Cuernavaca Partnership was recognized in the category of Collaborative Achievement for embodying both the global and the interdisciplinary, across-departments aspects of a UW-Green Bay education.

The University’s relationship with educators, officials and citizens of Cuernavaca, Mexico gained traction with efforts by Profs. Steven Kimball and Aurora Cortes to have some of their UW-Green Bay Education students fulfill their student-teaching requirements at the Discovery School of Cuernavaca. The students tutor elementary school children in English, and live with local families during the course of their stay.

Their success encouraged other academic units at UW-Green Bay — Business Administration, Nursing and Social Work among them — to explore similar placements. “Students from across campus are learning the value of “cultural competence,” the citation read. “Our students live, work and study in Cuernavaca as they train to become Green Bay’s future teachers, nurses, business professionals and social workers. They learn how another culture balances school and family time… how business negotiations are conducted… how local hospitals and shelters are run… how individuals and society deal with poverty and basic services.”

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Founders’ Resch shares own reasons for giving back

Anita Resch, President, UW-Green Bay Founders Association

Anita Resch, the incoming president of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association, shared a powerful testimonial on Wednesday (Aug. 27) about the power of higher education.

Resch is a vice president and trust officer with Nicolet National Bank in Green Bay. As the new executive officer of the Founders Association board — the oldest fund- and friend-raising organization rallying private support for UW-Green Bay — she had the honor of bringing greetings from the Founders as part of the annual faculty/staff convocation on campus.

Resch told the more than 500 current and former employees, and fellow community representatives, that local support for the University is deep. Last year, more than 3,100 citizens, employees and alumni made financial contributions to the cause.

“We all have our own reasons for loving this University,” Resch said. She then went on to describe her own experiences as a part-time student who persevered to earn her degrees.

“My reason, as a single, non-traditional student and, at the time, a single mom, was that this campus and my professors gave me the opportunity to become strong and independent.”

There were many times, Resch recalled, that she brought her young daughter to class because she couldn’t find or afford a babysitter.

“She had her backpack of crayons and fruit snacks and, together, we went to class,” Resch said. “My professors and advisers were accepting… and amazing.”

Those faculty and staff encouraged her to continue down “the long road” of a part-time student, she said, and promised that she could do it if she didn’t give up.

“And they were right. I didn’t give up, and after my bachelor’s, I got my master’s. I truly believe that no other university would have helped me achieve my education the way that UW-Green Bay did.”

Resch closed by applauding today’s faculty and staff — including more than a few she knows well from her days on campus — for extending the same professionalism and encouragement to all students.

“On behalf of the Founders,” Resch said, “we continue to be amazed by the impact you have not only on students, but on this community as a whole. We’re honored to help support an institution that features so many employees determined to make a difference in the lives of others. It’s a partnership, and a partnership the Founders Association is incredibly privileged to be a part of.”

Resch earned bachelor’s degrees in both Business Administration and Human Development, and a master’s in Management.

Faculty and staff standouts honored with 2014 Founders Awards

2014 Founders Awards recipientsThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2014 Founders Association Awards for Excellence. The award winners, honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, are:

Teaching — Associate Prof. Sylvia “Mimi” Kubsch
Scholarship — Associate Prof. Amy Wolf
Community Outreach — Prof. Illene Cupit
Institutional Development — Senior Lecturer Don McCartney
Academic Support — Mark Olkowski
Classified Staff — Cheryl Pieper
Collaborative Achievement — Cuernavaca (Mexico) Partnership Team

Posing in the photo, above, standing from left are Wolf, Pieper, Olkowski, Kubsch, Cupit and McCartney. Seated are faculty members representing the Cuernavaca partners: Senior Lecturer Karen Jick of Social Work; Assistant Prof. Aurora Cortes of Education; Associate Prof. Lucy Arendt, Cofrin School of Business; and Associate Prof. Kristine Vandenhouten, Nursing.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, incoming Founders Association President Anita Resch and awards committee chairperson Lidia Nonn presented the awards before an audience of more than 500 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. The Founders Association, a community-based philanthropic organization, began its support of the awards program in 1975, and the presentations have been part of the fall-semester kickoff event ever since.

Kubsch, the recipient of the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, is an associate professor of Nursing who has taught a variety of courses since joining the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1980, when she helped develop the program’s initial curriculum. She has led her students in exploring topics related to nursing research, advanced health assessments, theoretical foundations of nursing, and complementary therapies. The awards citation noted “she is well known for meaningful, engaging interactions with students, whether in ‘face-to-face’ or ‘virtual’ classrooms,” and that she helps them navigate their multiple, complex roles as care providers, researchers, advocates, learners and teachers.

Kubsch won praise for emphasizing quality teaching and adopting best practices regardless of delivery method. UW-Green Bay’s degree-completion program allows registered nurses with two- or three-year diplomas to obtain additional education and their bachelor’s degrees. From its start three decades ago with on-campus offerings, the Professional Program in Nursing has expanded via online delivery to attract significant statewide and national enrollment. Nursing is now one of UW-Green Bay’s half dozen largest majors, with about 100 graduates per year. Kubsch holds a Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee, a master’s from UCLA and a bachelor’s in nursing from Cal State-Long Beach.

Wolf, recipient of the award for scholarship, or research, is a biologist and associate professor of Natural and Applied Sciences. Her studies of plant-animal interactions, of native bee populations, and of forest dynamics in Northern Wisconsin are highly regarded. Her work has earned grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Smithsonian, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. The awards citation said Wolf stands out “for obtaining numerous grants, for the quality and quantity of her collaborative research, and for involving both undergraduate and graduate students in nearly all of her projects.”

A member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 2005, Wolf earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2009. She holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and received both her bachelor’s in Biology and master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay.

Cupit, recipient of the Founders’ Award for Community Outreach, was honored for being “a dedicated educator whose research interests, passion for learning and caring nature have built bridges to the community.” In particular, the award singled out her tireless efforts in establishing and developing Camp Lloyd, the week-long summer camp at UW-Green Bay for children who have suffered the death of a family member.

Cupit is a professor in the Human Development academic area who has taught courses in Psychology and Women’s Studies and specialized in cognitive development, infancy and early childhood, and death, dying and grieving. She organized the first Camp Lloyd in 2006 and named it for a family member who had to deal with the death of his father at a very young age. She envisioned the experience as a typical, fun summer camp, but one that provides a place for participating children to discover that there are other kids like them, and to learn that grieving is natural. The UW-Green Bay students who staff the camp — undergrads and advanced students completing field work in counseling or therapy — gain professional-level experience. Cupit, who holds a Ph.D. from Temple University, joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1984.

In McCartney, the selection committee presented the Award for Excellence in Institutional Development to a longtime faculty member in business and marketing who “in terms of his commitment to UW-Green Bay,” the citation read, “bleeds green and white.”

The awards committee praised McCartney’s dedication to serving students — teaching at least 12,000 since joining the University in 1983, and his efforts as an academic adviser and counselor for students, and friend and colleague to graduates. “(He) always makes time to assist students, or to embrace yet another project.” Over the years he has volunteered his time and expertise to numerous institutional and community marketing campaigns and committees, feasibility studies and economic impact assessments. Colleagues note his work has contributed to the continuing growth of the marketing track and the larger Business Administration major, and he was a key figure in the launch of school’s Master’s of Management program. McCartney is a senior lecturer of marketing and the assistant chairperson of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. He holds degrees from Indiana University and UW-Oshkosh. The 2014 award for McCartney is his second; he earned recognition in the category of Community Outreach in 2002.

Olkowski holds the title of judicial affairs coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Students. In presenting the Award for Excellence in Academic Support, the committee described him as “an unsung hero on campus… a troubleshooter with a positive attitude… a cool-and-collected problem solver.”

Olkowski typically serves as the University’s point person in resolving issues with students who are struggling academically or personally. His caseload can involve those who are causing disruptions, experiencing legal jeopardy, or struggling with serious illness, personal problems or even homelessness. While disciplinary sanctions or even expulsion are possible, the citation notes, Olkowski often succeeds in bringing the student and institution together on a corrective course of action that is in the best interests of all involved. Olkowski joined the Dean of Students staff in 2001. He earned his bachelor’s at UW-Stevens Point and his master’s from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Pieper, recipient of the Founders Association Classified Staff Award for Excellence, is a financial specialist in the Office of the Controller. She earned praise for her diligence, expertise and patience in serving employees across campus in her current role as the institution’s travel-expense specialist. “She helps make sure institutional dollars are expended in the most effective fashion to obtain the best possible service,” the citation said, “yet she does so with common sense and a personal touch that make the ‘red tape’ seem a little less restrictive.” Pieper joined the University staff in 1988 and worked for the Phoenix Bookstore, the Bursar’s Office and Purchasing before moving to the Controller’s Office in 2009.

The Cuernavaca Partnership was recognized in the category of Collaborative Achievement for embodying both the global and the interdisciplinary, across-departments aspects of a UW-Green Bay education.

The University’s relationship with educators, officials and citizens of Cuernavaca, Mexico gained traction with efforts by Profs. Steven Kimball and Aurora Cortes to have some of their UW-Green Bay Education students fulfill their student-teaching requirements at the Discovery School of Cuernavaca. The students tutor elementary school children in English, and live with local families during the course of their stay.

Their success encouraged other academic units at UW-Green Bay — Business Administration, Nursing and Social Work among them — to explore similar placements. “Students from across campus are learning the value of “cultural competence,” the citation read. “Our students live, work and study in Cuernavaca as they train to become Green Bay’s future teachers, nurses, business professionals and social workers. They learn how another culture balances school and family time… how business negotiations are conducted… how local hospitals and shelters are run… how individuals and society deal with poverty and basic services.”