Remembering Al Rheinschmidt

During a 30-year career with UW-Green Bay, Alan Rheinschmidt was a respected, dedicated employee known for his cheery trademark saying, “Proud to be here, happy to serve.” Rheinschmidt, of Mosinee, died Dec. 19 after a lengthy illness. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private memorial for family will be held at a later date. He is survived by two daughters, his former wife, and many other relatives. Rheinschmidt served for many years as UW-Green Bay’s director of institutional services. At one time or another, he worked in or supervised insurance claims, risk management, capital inventory, duplication, stores, the mailroom and others, in the process working with countless individuals across campus. He joined UW-Green Bay in 1970 as assistant to then-Business Manager Cyril (Zeke) Backes. Rheinschmidt transferred to UW-Green Bay from the former UW-Fox Valley Center where he was business manager, a position he took after serving in the U.S. Navy and earning his business degree at UW-Milwaukee. Rheinschmidt retired in 1997. A half dozen years later he surprised the University with an out-of-the-blue donation of $30,000 to help cope with tight budgets. “I can remember times when we didn’t even have money to buy beakers for the science labs,” he told an interviewer at the time. “As long as I had the opportunity to give a little, I would. I hope it inspires others to do the same.” For a photo of Al and a 2003 story about his career and philanthropy, see the article “Mailbox surprise” in our magazine archive.

Packers Foundation awards include scholarship gift, Phuture Phoenix dollars

Phuture Phoenix Director Kim Desotell and other program representatives were on hand Tuesday (Dec. 17) for the Green Bay Packers’ Foundation annual grants awards presentation at Lambeau Field. The $750,000 in gifts included the Foundation’s largest ever-single award, the $250,000 for UW-Green Bay student scholarships we told you about earlier this month. The Packers also gave $3,500 to Phuture Phoenix, the University’s signature program to boost college aspirations for kids from low-income schools. We’ve linked to the Packers’ complete press release, as well as a local news story on the event, below:
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Here’s a nice story about gratefulness…


When UWGB donor Marcia Mueller was in town for a scholarship reception, she asked that all recipients of the Craig Mueller Scholarships (more than 20 were on hand for the reception) put their name in a hat for two free Packers tickets that she would provide. The winner was Holly Anderson, a junior from Madison, majoring in arts management and design arts. Holly took her mom to the game against the Minnesota Vikings — their first ever Packers game. So grateful for the experience, Holly contacted the UW-Green Bay Advancement Office to see how she could reach Marcia, and thank her for the “amazing” time. Holly hopes to one day become a community arts developer, similar to visiting artist Candy Chang, who spent time at UW-Green Bay in fall as part of the Campus Common Theme. “I want to work with a community to establish their needs, then figure out how I can help them using art.”

Funeral is Saturday for University friend Temp

We told you earlier this week about the passing of University friend Jim Temp, who died Sunday (Nov. 25) at the age of 79. Temp’s full obituary, including memorial arrangements, appears in Wednesday’s Press-Gazette. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 30) at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Drive, Allouez. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 1), with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11. You can read the complete obituary, here.

Munich muralist is third Art Agency guest artist through Mueller gift

Wendy Bell, a painter and muralist who teaches and lives in Munich, Germany, will visit UW-Green Bay for a one-week residency. Among the highlights of her visit: She’ll work on an interactive art piece called “valuable GreenBay” in the Studio Arts cafeteria Monday through Thursday (Nov. 5 through 8), where she will be asking participants to provide one word about what is valuable to them, and then incorporate those words in a large-scale drawing. Bell will also give a free public lecture about her work on Monday (Nov. 5) from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in Studio Arts Room 350. There will be a reception immediately following the talk to publicly honor and thank philanthropist Marcia Mueller for her generous donation to the fine arts and the student Art Agency at UW-Green Bay. Mueller’s gift supports a series of lectures and workshops, of which Bell’s visit is the third. Prof. Jennifer Mokren, chairperson of the Art and Design program, says next week’s events are free and open to the campus community.

A UWGB champion: Southard honored for nearly 50 years of service

With Robert “Bob” Southard in its corner, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has done nothing but grow and prosper.

On Tuesday night (May 1, 2012) Southard was recognized by his peers — members of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association Board and friends of the University — Continue reading “A UWGB champion: Southard honored for nearly 50 years of service”

Services set for friend of University, Leona Cloud

We brought you the sad news yesterday of the passing of Leona Cloud, a woman who gave so much to UW-Green Bay and our students. Cloud died Saturday at the age of 90.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. Tenth Street, De Pere, according to today’s Green Bay Press-Gazette. Visitation will continue at St. John Lutheran Church, 1700 Lost Dauphin Road, De Pere, from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 20. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.

A complete obituary will run in tomorrow’s Press-Gazette.