Hundreds of faculty, staff and friends of the University shared in the holiday spirit at receptions hosted by UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller and his wife, Georgia, last week at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. University photographer Eric Miller and student photographer Lauren Hlvaka captured the festive events.
UW-Green Bay recognized its most faithful donors Dec. 9 with an on-campus reception honoring Dr. Herbert and Crystal Sandmire and their $1 million capstone gift endowing additional scholarships for students pursuing careers in medicine or related fields. The gathering in the Laboratory Sciences Building was hosted by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and his wife, Georgia.
The Sandmires’ latest and largest gift to the Herbert F. and Crystal J. Sandmire Scholarship will create dozens of additional scholarships annually, helping more pre-med and other students prepare to meet a critical regional need. UW-Green Bay records identify the Sandmires as having the longest uninterrupted string of annual giving — 46 years — among the thousands of private individuals who have supported the University and its students throughout the years. For more on the million-dollar gift and what it will mean for students and the region, see the news release.
Among those speaking during the brief program were Herb Sandmire, Chancellor Miller, student Julia Shariff, faculty member Craig Hanke and Assistant Chancellor Jeanne Stangel.
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In case you missed it in our Log Extra newsletter: UW-Green Bay’s longest-running donors have stepped up big-time with a record-tying $1 million gift for student scholarships. Dr. Herbert and Crystal Sandmire’s donation will support students who intend to pursue a career in medicine or related medical fields, and will enhance a legacy of generosity that dates back 46 years. “This generous gift will provide a tremendous boost for our Human Biology program and related areas, which are helping to prepare the medical professionals of tomorrow,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “Our regional economy depends on training and equipping more doctors and other professionals to provide the best care possible for the people of Northeastern Wisconsin.” The Sandmire gift ties a record for UW-Green Bay’s largest-ever single scholarship donation. In 2008, the family of Capt. Craig A. Mueller gave $1 million in scholarships, in accordance with the late alumnus’ wishes. The donation also comes at an important juncture for the future of healthcare in the region, as UW-Green Bay is a partner institution for a new Medical College of Wisconsin satellite campus that will be housed at St. Norbert College in De Pere. For more.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s longest-running donors are enhancing a decades-long legacy of generosity with a $1 million scholarship gift for students who intend to pursue a career in medicine or related medical fields.
Dr. Herbert and Crystal Sandmire’s gift ties a record for the University’s largest-ever single scholarship donation. In 2008, the family of Capt. Craig A. Mueller gave $1 million for scholarships, in accordance with the late alumnus’ wishes.
Established in 1987, the Herbert F. and Crystal J. Sandmire Scholarship is awarded to continuing UW-Green Bay students who plan to enter the medical field. The pair’s latest gift will provide perhaps dozens of additional scholarships annually, helping more pre-med and other students prepare to meet a critical regional need, said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller.
“This generous gift will provide a tremendous boost for our Human Biology program and related areas, which are helping to prepare the medical professionals of tomorrow,” Miller said. “Our regional economy depends on training and equipping more doctors and other professionals to provide the best care possible for the people of Northeastern Wisconsin.”
The Sandmires’ gift comes at an important juncture for the future of healthcare in the region, Miller added. UW-Green Bay is a partner institution for a new Medical College of Wisconsin satellite campus that will be housed at St. Norbert College in De Pere.
“Many of our students wish to remain in the area, and the new MCW campus will allow them to do that,” Miller said. “Herb and Crystal’s generosity will help these students pursue their dreams, which truly benefits us all.”
UW-Green Bay records identify the Sandmires as having the longest uninterrupted string of annual giving — 46 years — among the thousands of private individuals who have supported the University and its students throughout the years. An award-winning doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Sandmire was a UW-Green Bay community lecturer in Human Biology from 1968 to 1989. Crystal Sandmire, a University alumna who earned her Communication and the Arts degree in 1980, was a charter member and officer of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. The Sandmires received UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, in 2006.
UW-Green Bay has made a positive contribution to healthcare in the area, Herb Sandmire said.
“Based on my affiliation with UW-Green Bay, and as an instructor in the college of human biology,” he said, “I have always been impressed with the quality of the institution’s faculty and the many students who have gone through the laboratory instruction and pursued careers in the health sciences or medicine.”
Leanne Haddad has a soft spot for kids who’ve had a rough go of it.
When a family career change didn’t give her the time to work regularly with at-risk children, she turned her attention to helping them in other ways.
Haddad now runs her own photography studio, Clicks for a Cause, and donates 100 percent of the sitting fees to three area non-profits — the Make a Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, CASA of Brown County (Court Appointed Special Services) and Community Partnership for Children.
The 2005 UW-Green Bay Human Development and Psychology graduate says it is the perfect fit for her current lifestyle and roles as mother, grandmother, spouse, business owner and community advocate.
“I have been taking pictures since I was eight, and was encouraged through the years to open my own business. After my husband, Mike, became president and CEO of Schreiber Foods, I stopped working due to increased responsibilities that accompany his work, but continued working with children in need on a volunteer basis, while still caring for my family and pursuing my passion and hobby of photography.
“Opening a photography business was something I had dreamed about but had never seriously considered until later in life when our children were grown, and we moved into a home that had a detached garage that had great potential as a studio space.”
She and her husband transformed that garage into a two-story studio with natural light. It was at this point, Haddad recalls, that she began to reconsider her preferred return on investment from a full-time photography business.
“I struggled with the thought of marking up prints and doing all the work to make a profit when I felt that we were already very blessed, in so many ways. Then I realized, it doesn’t have to be a for-profit business. I run it as a business, but I donate all fees to the three non-profits. The photo client chooses one of the non-profits, and writes a check out to them, instead of me, for the session fee. I send in the check to the organization with a donation letter from Clicks for a Cause.”
Haddad selected the agencies because of her close history with them.
“Mike and I are longtime ‘wish granters,’ with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which we became familiar with after our niece was granted a wish through the foundation before she passed away at the age of nine. I have been a longtime advocate for CASA, which serves a population that really needs help. These are the children who are abused or neglected and taken out of the home because of it.”
Haddad also served on the United Way’s Community Impact Council for Families and Children, and has been actively following the progress that the CPC has made in the area. All three organizations help children in need in different ways.
The couple has been generous to UW-Green Bay as well, having recently established the Leanne and Michael Haddad Annual Scholarship and the Annual Scholarship for Human Development.
Through the years, Haddad has worked in Head Start and Early Head Start programs both in Maine, where she grew up, and in Green Bay, with Family Services.
“When I worked with these children, I often thought that the couple of hours they spent with me were possibly some of their only good hours in a day. Serving them, giving them that, was what made me happy. These children struggle so much, it’s nice to be that person that can put a smile on their face, and let them know they are important.”
Just through word-of-mouth marketing and a Facebook site, Clicks for a Cause has raised a significant amount of money for organizations that remain close to her heart.
“I have been pleasantly surprised,” she said. “Often times I have been referred by friends of friends, and that is a nice way to work, because we have common ground coming into the shoot. It has been nice to meet a family for the first time at their newborn’s first session and form a nice friendship over the year as they continue to return every few months for updated pictures.”
And leaving a career in psychology or human development behind? Haddad says that very often she draws upon her undergraduate experience to guide her in a specific work situation.
“At nearly every photo session I think about some of those lessons at UW-Green Bay… I go back to classes such as Infancy and Early Childhood class with Illene Cupit, and think about the baby’s development in relation to the photo shoot. Or I think about the positive effect of reassuring the parents, especially first-time parents, that every child is different, that their baby is doing exactly what he should be doing at that stage in life. Every child is different. Even the challenging ones have their great moments. I love to capture those, and I love to hear from the parents when they see their photos from the session and are so excited to show them off to family and friends. I feel like I’m capturing a moment in time for these parents, so they can look back at the pictures and say, ‘Yes, I remember when he was 18 months old and we chased him through the yard, and got those great smiles and fits of laughter from him!’ Kids grow up so fast, it’s great to have those memories preserved.”
Haddad’s favorite clients are infants to children five-years old. Perhaps because her favorite model is her grandson, Vincent (pictured), who has “has had had a camera in his face since birth!” You can see Haddad’s work by searching “Clicks for a Cause” on Facebook.
A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay pilot program will allow seniors from three Green Bay Area Public School District high schools to apply to the University at no cost, and also will provide trained application assistance for students during October and November.
Private donors will cover application costs for seniors from Phuture Phoenix partner schools Green Bay East, West and Preble high schools now that the fall 2015 application period has opened, said Jennifer Jones, UW-Green Bay assistant director of Admissions. Students at Green Bay Southwest High School, though not eligible for the free applications, also will be able to take advantage of the special “Hit Submit” application assistance sessions. The UW-Green Bay application fee is $44.
The application pilot program is the latest initiative from UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program, which since 2002 has been increasing the odds that disadvantaged students will graduate from high school and pursue higher education. The program’s fall tour days bring fifth-graders from Title I schools throughout Northeastern Wisconsin to campus, connecting them with UW-Green Bay student mentors who help boost their college aspirations. The mentors work closely with students in grades 6-12, and once they are admitted to UW-Green Bay, these students are eligible for scholarships if they participated in the program’s tour day or tutoring/mentoring components. The Phuture Phoenix Primary Program at Green Bay’s Jefferson and Eisenhower elementary schools starts reinforcing the go-to-college message even sooner, with special programming and other elements beginning in kindergarten.
“This exciting initiative takes the Phuture Phoenix program to yet another level, providing high school seniors with the personal and financial support they need to apply to UW-Green Bay,” said UW-Green Bay Trustee and Phuture Phoenix co-founder Ginny Riopelle. “Thanks to these generous donors, we can show even more students we’re invested — in them, and in their future.”
The program will make a difference for students, added Green Bay district Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld.
“In partnership with UWGB, GBAPS students have participated in a number of Phuture Phoenix programs, affording them the opportunity to learn more about higher education. However, financial barriers have kept some students from achieving their dream of attending a postsecondary school,” Langenfeld said. “By removing these barriers, students who are college, career and community ready can attain their goal of higher education. We are grateful to the UWGB donors whose generosity will make a difference in the lives of GBAPS students.”
The Phuture Phoenix program and UW-Green Bay Admissions, with input from the Green Bay School District, will train a team of 12 UW-Green Bay students who will make up the “Hit Submit” application assistance team. This assistance will be offered during October and November for seniors from any high school who wish to attend any 2-or 4-year college or University. Session times, locations and other information will be provided at a later date.
“Phuture Phoenix continues to look for innovative ways to help more students become college bound,” said Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich, Phuture Phoenix interim director. “This new application team initiative will give assistance to high school seniors by allowing them to work one-on-one with college students on their admissions paperwork. The goal is to help more students apply and get in to the college of their choice.”
Visit www.uwgb.edu/admissions/ or call (920) 465-2111 for more information about visiting or applying to UW-Green Bay. More information about the Phuture Phoenix program is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/.
“My family and I deeply appreciate your kindness. It means so much to me that you believe in, and encourage, the studies of UW-Green Bay students like me.”
Early this year, Linda Vang, a senior Biology major, got the chance to meet the couple whose generosity made possible her UW-Green Bay scholarship.
The young woman from Green Bay had written a thank-you note but it wasn’t until she attended a donor-recipient reception with them that she discovered much in common with Mike and Gloria Morgan. They believe in education as a life-changing opportunity. They regard UW-Green Bay as a special place. They share a passion for the study of environmental sciences.
Vang also learned that Mike Morgan, professor emeritus of Natural and Applied Sciences, has reason to be especially proud of her chosen program, Biology. He helped create the major when the University was new (1968), taught thousands of students in 37 years, and wrote the book on the emerging field of environmental studies. (In 1973, Morgan, Joseph Moran and James Wiersma co-wrote An Introduction to Environmental Sciences, one of the first comprehensive and widely used textbooks on the topic.)
Mike, who retired about a decade ago, says the decision to stay involved and take the additional step of establishing a scholarship fund seemed like a natural. Gloria, who founded and taught a preschool program for 24 years, felt the same way.
“We know how challenging it has become over the years for students to afford college,” Mike says. “With my history with the University, knowing students and alumni, and our shared history in education, we decided to make a gift.”
The Morgan/Macaluso Family Endowed Scholarship in Natural Sciences is named for the couple’s parents. Gloria notes her father, George, had to leave school early to support his family but remained an active adult learner throughout his 95 years. The scholarship gives preference to upper-level students with proven field experience in botany, ecology or field biology.
Vang says she plans to pursue graduate studies in entomology with the aim of contributing to better insight into plant-insect interactions and improved conservation management.
A version of this article was published previously in the 2013 Annual Report of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation Inc.
We posted an item Wednesday about the passing of UW-Green Bay and Phoenix Athletics friend Patricia Hinckley, a former recipient of the Chancellor’s Award who passed away Sunday at age 67. We also included a link to information about arrangements. Today, there’s word that the family has asked acquaintances who are current and former Phoenix women’s basketball coaches and players to honor Pat’s memory by serving as pallbearers at Friday’s funeral mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Among those expected to participate are Amanda Leonhard Perry, Sara Boyer Rohde, Kayla Tetschlag, Jeanne Stangel, Chandra Johnson Francies and Heather Golden.
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.
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.”