Doug Wirth ’89 (Social Work) entered UW-Green Bay feeling good about who he was, but unsure about who he would become. According to Wirth, a degree from UW-Green Bay prepares you well for the world of work. Wirth is the president and CEO of Amida Care, a Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan in New York City. More on Wirth.
Sheila Kohl ’96 ’05 (Elementary Education, Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning) said UW-Green Bay helped her become open to new experiences and opportunities. Through the University, she was able to transform into a person who values multiple perspectives. Kohl is a sixth-grade teacher at West De Pere Middle School, as well as an adjunct instructor and advisor for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. More on Kohl.
Daniel Keegan ’72 (Art) was ready for the opportunity to explore, experiment and create, and UW-Green Bay provided him with all of those opportunities. He says that the University gave him permission to be himself. The cultural leader, Keegan served as director for the Milwaukee Art Museum from 2008 to his retirement in 2016.
UW-Green Bay was honored by the return of six distinguished and outstanding alumni who returned to campus Oct. 2, 2018 to accept awards recognizing their contributions to campus, communities and workplace.
This year’s honorees were Daniel Keegan ’72, Sheila Kohl ’96 and ’05 and Doug Wirth ’89, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award; and Cordero Barkley ’09 and ’16, Lisa Fay Coutley ’04 and Joshua Kaurich ‘07, recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.
Bios for each are available here. The ceremony took place on the Weidner Center stage, with a reception in the newly remodeled Weidner Grand Foyer. Each recipient was given a hand-made award crafted by artist and alumna Barbi Gossens ’03.
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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
What a weekend! A special 50th Anniversary Alumni Days gave UW-Green Bay alumni and friends a chance to reunite with the campus community October 16 and 17. Among the highlights: about 70 alumni joining the UWGB Music students and faculty in concert, excitement at the Kress with the Green Bay athletics teams, mini-Bayfest in Phoenix Park, alumni musicians, affinity groups, a Habitat for Humanity reunion and build, resurrection of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse and so much more. See some of the best images here and thank you to alumni Dan Moore, Jena Richter, Sue Bodilly and adopted alumnus Kimberly Vlies for the fantastic photos!
Four of the five individuals who will receive UW-Green Bay Alumni Association awards tonight are on campus early for “Phlash Talks,” set for 2 to 3 p.m. today (Friday, Oct. 16) in the Union’s Christie Theatre. In the spirit of TED Talks, they’ll share observations including how UWGB influenced their careers. Free and open to all faculty, staff, students, alumni and guests. Speakers are:
• Dr. Jack Potts, 1971, Humanism and Cultural Change
• Kelly Ruh, 2001, Accounting and Business Administration
• Andy Rosendahl, 2007, Public Administration
• Patrick Madden, 1971, Modernization Processes
(Tonight’s fifth alumni honoree, adidas North America CEO Mark King ’81, is due in on a later flight.)
Returning to the UW-Green Bay campus Friday are five outstanding graduates being honored during the Alumni Awards Night dinner at the Weidner Center. Sporting equipment and apparel CEO Mark King, class of 1981, power industry exec Barbara Nick ’83 and noted forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jack Potts ’71 (who consulted on the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shooting aftermath in Tuscon) will each receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Additionally, mayoral aide Andy Rosendahl, ’07 and CFO and former Alumni Association president Kelly Ruh ’01 will receive Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards, and Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer will share the Honorary Alumni Award.
UW-Green Bay will recognize a total of five meritorious graduates at the 2015 Alumni Association Awards Night on Friday evening, Oct. 16. The program is part of the annual, two-day Alumni Days celebration, which this year coincides with UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary. The list of honorees begins with Mark King, class of 1981, Barbara Nick ’83 and Dr. Jack Potts ’71, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. King is President of adidas Group North America, Nick is President and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, and Potts is among the state of Arizona’s leading forensic psychiatrists and has taught both law and social work at Arizona State University. The awards night takes place in the Grand Foyer and on stage at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Open to the public, the event has tickets on sale at $35 per person. For more, see the full news release.
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Awards for recent alumni, honorary alumni — Also being honored at the Oct. 16 Alumni Association Awards Night on campus will be mayoral aide Andy Rosendahl ’07 and PDQ Manufacturing controller Kelly Ruh ’01, each receiving the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize a total of five meritorious graduates of the institution at the 2015 Alumni Association Awards Night on Friday evening, Oct. 16. The program is part of the annual, two-day Alumni Days celebration, which this year coincides with UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary.
The list of honorees begins with Mark King, class of 1981, Barbara Nick ’83 and Jack Potts ’71, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. Additionally, Andy Rosendahl, ’07 and Kelly Ruh ’01 will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.
The annual awards spotlight UW-Green Bay alumni who have made special contributions to the University, their communities and professions.
The ceremony takes place in the Grand Foyer and on stage at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay.
The event is open to the public. It begins with a 5 p.m. social and includes dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the program. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office — (920) 465-2226 or e-mail.
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Mark King is a 1981 Business Administration graduate of UW-Green Bay. As President of adidas Group North America, King oversees adidas and Reebok in the U.S. and Canada and is responsible for driving the brand strategy and direction for the worldwide company’s North American operations. King began his current role in June 2014 after 34 years with TaylorMade. King’s celebrity status within the golf industry derived from making TaylorMade the No. 1 brand on the PGA tour and boosting sales from $300 million to $1 billion annually. He was named golf executive of the year within two years of being named president in 1999, at age 40. He has been profiled in PGA Magazine, Fortune and the Harvard Business Review, among others. He was inducted into UW-Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2011 the UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. added King to its board of directors.
Barbara A. Nick received her bachelor’s degree in Communication and the Arts in 1983. Since December 2014, she has served as President and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, which provides wholesale electricity to more than 40 member cooperatives and municipalities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Nationwide, she’s one of only a few female chief executives in her industry. Nick joined Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (now Integrys Energy Group) in 1981 as a technical writer. At WPS, she rose through the ranks to become senior VP of energy delivery and customer service. She was president of the Upper Peninsula Power Co. subsidiary, and by 2014, when she concluded her career at Integrys, she was president of its Minnesota Energy Resources and Michigan Gas Utilities corporations. Nick is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Dr. Jack Potts graduated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Humanism and Cultural Change. He received his medical degree in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and has been a practicing psychiatrist for 36 years, primarily in the state of Arizona. Throughout his career, Potts became active in various issues involving forensic psychiatry including working on insanity and competency legislation, human rights activities, and pro bono service to many. He taught both law and social work at Arizona State University, and served for a decade as chief of the Forensic Services Unit for the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County before returning to private practice in 2002. He is a past president of his state’s American Psychiatric Association affiliate.
Outstanding Recent Alumni
Andy Rosendahl graduated in 2007 with a Public Administration degree and began work as a neighborhood development specialist for the City of Green Bay. Since 2013, he has served as the Chief of Staff for Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. Rosendahl has been president of the Astor Neighborhood Association, VP of the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay and a board member of Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity and the Bay Area Community Council, and co-chair of its Self-Sufficiency Committee. In 2014 he received the community’s Inky Meng Resident Leadership Award for volunteer service to others.
Kelly Ruh graduated in 2001 with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. She is the controller for PDQ Manufacturing Inc., based in De Pere, widely known for its service and industry-leading advances in touchless car wash technology. Ruh started as a staff accountant, spent time as a CFO at a local non-profit, and returned as controller of PDQ at age 32. She recently completed her MBA with a focus on international business. An active volunteer, she serves as an officer of the Brown County Trust for Historic Preservation and the Brown County Republican Party and as a coach for the Junior Achievement Business Marathon. She is a former president of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.
Honorary Alumni Award
Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer are longtime friends of, and advocates for, UW-Green Bay. Ron was recently named Associate Chancellor for External Affairs at UW-Green Bay. He came to UWGB from Schneider National Inc., where he worked as Associate General Counsel since 2013 following a 28-year career as an employment-law attorney with Godfrey & Kahn. In 2012, the Pfeifers endowed a Phuture Phoenix Scholarship to help students at Green Bay East High School involved in the Institute for the Fine Arts to attend UW-Green Bay. They are active supporters of Phoenix Athletics. Ron has served on the board of directors for both the Phoenix Fund and the former Fast Break Club, and for the University’s Founders Association philanthropic organization. Suzy Pfeifer, recently retired as Director of Marketing and Fund Development for Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc., was employed by UW-Green Bay as Director of Major Gifts in the early 2000s. She is a past member of the Council of Trustees.
UW-Green Bay honors outstanding graduates at the annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner, this year set for Thursday evening, May 1. The event starts with a 5 p.m. reception and social, with dinner at 6 p.m. and awards presentations to follow. The cost is $35 per person. All are welcome. (If you’d like to join us, email Kari Moody in Alumni Relations at MoodyK@uwgb.edu or, better yet, register online by this Friday, April 25).
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Honoree from Business, Environmental master’s, Biology, Environmental Planning and Policy — This year’s honorees are Craig Dickman, Class of 1982, Constance Downs ’96, and Bob Pyle, ’83, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award; and JoAnn Miller ’01 and Crystal Osman ’08, recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Read more information on the award recipients.