With high school graduations across the state being canceled due to COVID-19, the UW-Green Bay Office of Admissions wanted to make sure the incoming Class of 2024 was properly celebrated for all of their accomplishments. Over the course of a few weeks, the admissions team designed and distributed more than 500 yard signs to students with the help of staff on all four campuses. They targeted admitted students who have committed to UW-Green Bay for the Fall 2020 term. The yard signs lead to some great conversations. As a team, we were able to answer a lot of student and parent concerns on the spot and in person – from a safe distance. For some counselors who missed their spring travel dates, it was a great opportunity to get back on the road.
As she neared the end of high school, Clare Kelnhofer’s future had its share of uncertainties. But where she’d go to college wasn’t one — at least at first.Kelnhofer, of Brandon, had decided she’d go to Holy Family College — the only college she’d applied to. The fit was perfect: the right size, the right values, passionate professors, close proximity to family in Manitowoc.The school recruited her to play basketball. She won a prestigious, full tuition scholarship to pursue a degree in actuarial science. Then, without warning, Holy Family announced May 4 that the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity had decided to close the college at the end of the summer term.”It was just very heartbreaking and a loss of words,” Kelnhofer said. “What am I going to do now?”
The University of Wisconsin System, in a press release, said that it is offering an 11-day free application period for anyone applying to one of its branch campuses for fall 2020 or spring 2021 semesters. The free application period will run June 5–15, 2020—for UW-Green Bay, that would be for students applying to Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses.
Students who attend these campuses praise the individualized attention from faculty, the ease of getting involved in groups and activities, and the lower cost to attend.
“I am so grateful that my community offers a place to start out my college career,” said Meghan Finger, a UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus graduate now studying at the Green Bay campus. “UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus made the transition from high school to college so smooth. The faculty and staff are wonderful and the classes they offer made it possible for me to receive my general education requirements. The transition from the two-year branch campus to the main campus is easily accessible for students.”
Faculty say they can involve students in research in their first year.
“Most freshman science students entering college don’t think about research assistantships or internships until their junior or senior year,” said Rick Hein, biology professor at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. “At UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, biology students have that opportunity when they first step on campus as freshmen. “
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has found its new executive director of admissions 40 miles to the south of the Green Bay Campus. Rachele Bakic, who has served as campus executive officer (CEO) at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus the past two years, will begin as UW-Green Bay’s executive director of Admissions beginning May 11.
UW-Green Bay Director of Career Services Linda Peacock-Landrum, advises new graduates and job seekers to use this current COVID-19 experience to their advantage when applying for jobs.
Hello, May graduates. My name is Linda Peacock-Landrum and I’m director of Career Services at UW-Green Bay.
I wanted to take a few moments to really talk with you about your life after graduation and what might be in store for you as a new professional. Trust me when I understand that this is a difficult time this pandemic has impacted the job market in ways that we’re not going to understand for many months in the foreseeable future. But what’s critical for you to understand is that UW-Green Bay and Career Services are here to support you and assist you for the months ahead your Handshake account will remain active. If you’ve not utilized Handshake please take time to login and learn how this tool can assist you. It is a way for you to complete a profile upload a resume and search for jobs online you also can access a vast number of videos recorded workshops and other resources made available by Career Services.
Another thing that I want you to think about too, is focusing on strengthening connections. You can do this easily by utilizing LinkedIn. If you’ve not created a profile, take the time to do that today. LinkedIn is a way that you can network with professionals and connect with organizations to learn about things that will help you in your job search in the months ahead. Once you’ve had a chance to do that, take some time thank those professionals and make certain that you make a timeline to follow-up with them sometime in the future.
Secondly, I want you to reflect a moment about what this pandemic has really done for you and how it has impacted your skills. How have your technology skills changed? Have they gotten better? How have they become enhanced? Think about the transition to online course delivery changes. You can speak to employers about how you’ve become flexible and adaptable. Trust me, your peers have shared stories with me and your stories and their stories are going to help employers to value the commitment, the dedication and the work ethic that you can bring to them into their workplace.
Try to focus on what’s positive in this new normal. I know that might not be easy, but that may help you in the long run.
Thirdly, I want you to think about opportunities that you wouldn’t have been open to before. I know that you may have had a dream to be able to be living somewhere and doing something but that might not be possible at this particular moment, but be open to opportunities. What does that mean? Look at organizations that are in certain industries or organizations that offer the types of opportunities that can help you get your foot in the door for the future. It might mean that you take a short term or temporary assignment. Those are perfectly okay and acceptable but really think about opportunities that might add to your experience base could also add to your skillset or in some cases may allow you to enhance something that needed to have further development.
Lastly, I want you to think about your academic courses and your projects. Likely many of you had good work experience, internships and research opportunities. But also think about your coursework and your projects. What are the things that you can bring from those experiences? Document those on your resume. The best resume for any opportunity is going to be tailored for that unique position that you’re looking for. Think about in detail, how you can adapt to a changing work environment and what critical unique value you can bring to an organization.
I want to circle back to where I started, which is that UW-Green Bay Career Services is here to support you and offer any assistance that we can. We will be available through the summer for appointments by phone and virtual platforms. We can assist you with exploring options and understanding how to apply for jobs, search strategies, reviewing your resume, talking about interviews. But what is critical is understanding that we’re here to help you. Please reach out. Trust us, we’re here to help you and we want you to succeed once you’ve graduated from UW-Green Bay. Remember this is your time to rise as a Phoenix and offer your unique talents to an organization.
Congratulations Class of May 2020! We look forward to celebrating in person with you in August.
CEO of Manitowoc Campus Rachele Bakic named new Executive Director of Admissions; Jamie Schramm to be CEO at both Sheboygan and Manitowoc Campuses
Green Bay, Wis.—Look no further, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has found its executive director of Admissions 40 miles to the south of the Green Bay Campus. Rachele Bakic, who has served as campus executive officer (CEO) at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus the past two years, will begin as UW-Green Bay’s executive director of Admissions beginning May 11, 2020.
Jamie Schramm, currently CEO of the Sheboygan Campus will be CEO for both Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses moving forward.
“We are very fortunate to have great leadership at our Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses,” said Chancellor Michael Alexander. “In order to fully utilize their skills, we have expanded the roles of Rachele Bakic and Jamie Schramm. While Rachele is leading our full University recruitment efforts, Jamie will be able to create a cohesive vision for how the Sheboygan and Manitowoc campuses can serve their communities. Jamie’s incredible energy and history working in the region will bring both campuses to new heights.”
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Jennifer Jones said University leaders had an opportunity to think innovatively about how to best fill the Admissions position.
“Fortunately, the best candidate for the job already works at UW-Green Bay, which will give us a distinct advantage to move quickly towards enrollment growth because Rachele already has strong working relationships and is passionate about seeing all the UW-Green Bay campuses grow to their fullest potential.”
Bakic, named to “Manitowoc’s Future 15” by the Young Professionals of Manitowoc County in 2019, will be responsible for the vision and overall leadership of the Admissions Office including recruitment, marketing, application processing and admission decisions, international admission, supervision, budget oversight and development, admissions policy development and implementation, and both long-term and short-term planning for the purposes of meeting University enrollment goals.
“Since joining UW-Green Bay two years ago, I have been energized by the passion and dedication of faculty and staff colleagues, and by the student body across the entire University,” Bakic said. “I’m proud of the strong momentum the Manitowoc Campus has built during my time as CEO, our many achievements are a direct result of the team’s hard work day-in and day-out. Although I am sad to leave behind a campus and a community that became home, the opportunity to lead the Admissions Office enables me to focus on partnerships and drive enrollment growth at all four of our campuses. As we navigate these unprecedented times, I look forward to collaborating with internal and external partners to diversify and grow our student body while fostering UW-Green Bay’s commitment to access and student success.”
Schramm was named CEO of the Sheboygan Campus in December of 2019. He is an active member of the Sheboygan community, serving as a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, Acuity Business Challenge coach, INCubatorEDU Entrepreneurship Program community champion, and advisory board member and volunteer in many areas of business development and higher education.
“I am grateful and honored for the continued opportunities UW-Green Bay has afforded me since starting as the campus executive officer (CEO) of our Sheboygan Campus,” he said. “In the four months since joining the University, I have been surrounded by a collaborative, innovative and future-focused group of professionals. As we have navigated the COVID-19 crises, the level of teamwork and diversity of thought has positioned us to successfully serve our students. I would like to congratulate Rachele Bakic as she moves into her role at our main Green Bay campus and look forward to strengthening relationships across both the Sheboygan and Manitowoc region in order to connect both campuses to their respective communities. I am a firm believer that what happens at our campuses is only a beginning—and that success for a modern university is measured by its collaboration with, and contribution to, the communities in which they reside.”
“UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus is a natural haven to discover the best in yourself, a launching pad to the future and a place where some best memories and life-long friends are waiting to be made. See the virtual tour with admissions counselor Jennie Strohm.
(WLUK) — The University of Green Bay is offering virtual tours during the pandemic. Katelyn Dolezal, UW- Green Bay student recruitment and enrollment coordinator takes us on a tour. Source: Colleges offer virtual tours | WLUK
Colleges in Northeast Wisconsin are trying to raise their enrollment by changing requirements for high school seniors, and offering virtual tours. So far, UW-Green Bay administrators say their numbers are holding steady during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Colleges try to increase enrollment | WHBY
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Tuesday announced all of its more than 200 summer courses and youth education camps will be provided entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The university also announced it would create more sections of summer courses for students who want to stay on track academically over the summer. UWGB Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven said the university made the decision to go all-online as it balanced health and safety concerns with providing access to courses for students. Source: Green Bay coronavirus update: Brown County total reaches 180, Green Bay Press-Gazette.