Beware of Financial Aid scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning last week notifying students that suspicious emails claiming to be from the “Financial Department” at their respective institutions are advertising how to receive the economic stimulus check.

The phishing email contains a link to a message about the check and asks students to enter their login information for the school, potentially exposing sensitive material to scammers.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has also identified a scam targeting students in which callers are reaching out to student loan borrowers claiming to represent a loan servicer, in this case Navient. The scam is telling borrowers that as part of a lawsuit settlement, their student loan debt is either partially or completely forgiven, but first they must provide their personal information and pay a fee to transfer the debt from the loan provider to the “the Department of Education” or another official-sounding organization.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has a resource list available for students to help them avoid financial aid and loan-related scams. Phishing scams can be reported to the FTC or the BBB scam tracker.

Fill out your legitimate 2020-2021 FAFSA application at studentaid.gov. Call the Student Services Office at (920) 459-6633 with questions. The UW-Green Bay school code is 003899.

Lolar Moua announced as UW-Green Bay Student Employee of the Year

Green Bay, WI—After announcing finalists last week, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced the winner of the Student Employee of the Year on April 27, 2020. Lolar Moua (center of photo), from Green Bay, who works with Web Development staff in the Information Technology (IT) division, received the honor. Students were evaluated on eight National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) core competencies:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Oral/Written Communications
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Digital Technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Career Management
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency

Moua is the student lead web developer, creating and updating websites for personnel and divisions across campus. His work includes spearheading web projects from scoping and planning, to execution. He assures the sites meet accessibility standards, serves as the primary back-up for the other developers, and mentors new student employees.

His supervisors had this to say, “By nature, web development is an ever-changing environment in which technologies and best practices can change very quickly. This never hindered Lolar. In fact, he seemed to thrive with it (he is a Computer Science major, after all). Despite having little-to-no prior knowledge with web development, Lolar was able to work with and learn new technologies and programming languages at an incredibly fast rate. He easily became nuanced in using the Kentico and WordPress platforms, and a list of some of the languages Lolar utilized on the job includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP.NET, C#, SQL, VBScript, and PHP…. Arguably one of his greatest gifts is his ability to transfer his knowledge and the ability to teach them. He has done a great job becoming a mentor to other student employees, as he provides the majority of training during the onboarding process for new students.”

There were 872 student employees at UW-Green Bay (prior to the pandemic). Here’s a full list of the SEOTY nominees along with their departments and job titles:

  • Jenna Bares, University Recreation (Graphic Design/Marketing Supervisor and Events Staff Supervisor)
  • Kiana Bennett, Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment (Office Assistant)
  • Callyn Diamond, Admissions Office (Call Team Lead)
  • Evy (Evelyn) Ehrlich, University Union (Phoenix Club Coordinator)
  • Yaching Kuo, Graduate Studies (Office Assistant)
  • Kyle Loose, University Recreation (Lead Event Staff Supervisor)
  • Lolar Moua, Web Development – Division of IT (Student Lead Web Developer)
  • Rebecca Schwerman, Weidner Center (Production and Event Intern/Assistant)
  • Katie (Kathleen) Stephenson, Marketing and University Communication (Graphic Design intern)
  • Elizabeth Traska, Weidner Center (Valet)
  • Emily Walczak, Office of Student Life (Good Times Programming General Manager and Student Ambassador)

Features and photos of all the nominees are posted on the UWGB Student Employment Facebook page.

In the photo: Moua center, with supervisors Drew Ryan (left) and Brandon Langer (right).

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Now’s a great time to nominate for Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY)!

The Student Employment Office is seeking nominations for the 2020 SEOTY competition. Take advantage of the break between semesters to submit a nomination for your outstanding student employee. The National Student Employment Association adjusted selection criteria for the program, so the form has changed from past years.  Nominees will now be evaluated according to eight career readiness competencies the National Association of Colleges and Employers identified (communication, digital technology, problem solving, professionalism/work ethic, intercultural fluency, career management, leadership, and teamwork). A special ceremony to recognize nominees and award winners will be held April 13, 2020.  Submissions are due February 14, 2020.  Please contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2556 with any questions.

2020-2021 scholarships open for continuing students

Scholarships play an important role in helping many talented students achieve their educational goals at the UW-Green Bay. A wide variety of funding opportunities exist thanks to the generosity of donors. Qualified continuing students may fill out a general application through the Office of Financial Aid to be considered for a large pool of awards. The priority application date for these funds is Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Review the scholarships website for information about additional departmental and private scholarships!  For more information, please contact Allen Voelker, student employment and scholarship coordinator, at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2556.

Reminder: Tommy G. Thompson Scholarship deadline is approaching for students

Faculty and staff, please encourage students to apply. The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is offering a scholarship of $2,300 to one undergraduate student at each of the University of Wisconsin System’s four-year campuses for the 2019-20202 academic year. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Applications are due Nov. 24, 2019.  Additional details about the award (and other outside scholarships) are available on the Private Scholarships webpage.

Students can apply for the Tommy G. Thompson Leadership Scholarship

Faculty and staff, please encourage students to apply. The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is offering a scholarship of $2,300 to one undergraduate student at each of the University of Wisconsin System’s four-year campuses. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson.  Applications are due Nov. 24, 2019.  Additional details about the award (and other outside scholarships) are available on the Private Scholarships webpage.

 

Last call for Oct. 9 On-Campus Job Fair employer registrations

The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment and the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity are hosting a job fair for on-campus employers and community service work study partners. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms. Employers may advertise current openings, recruit for future positions or simply connect with students who are seeking jobs. Registration will be open until noon on Monday, Oct. 7. On-campus supervisors should have received an email with a link to register through Handshake. If you did not receive a link and would like to participate, please contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2556.

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus to Host ‘College Goal Wisconsin’ Event

Families can receive help filling out FAFSA forms

Marinette, Wis. —  The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus will host “College Goal Wisconsin” on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at 6 p.m., Main Building, Room M-117.
This event helps students and parents complete the FAFSA documents needed to obtain federal financial aid. It is highly recommended that a dependent student attends the event with a parent or legal guardian so the FAFSA forms can be submitted that evening. Students that attend this event will also have a chance to win a scholarship.

For other dates, times, and locations, please visit www.CollegeGoalWI.org.

Please contact UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Student Services at 715-735-4301 for more information. business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Mark your calendars, on-campus and community service work study job fair, Oct. 9

The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment and the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity are hosting a job fair for on-campus employers and community service work study partners. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms. Employers may advertise current openings, recruit for future positions or simply connect with students who are seeking jobs. On-campus supervisors should have received an email with a link to register through Handshake. If you did not receive a link and would like to participate, please contact Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator, Allen Voelker, at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2556.

UW-Green Bay’s Elaina Koltz receives commendation for work with veterans

Elaina Koltz (holding plaque) from UW-Green Bay receives a UW System Board of Regents 2019 Academic Staff Excellence Award in the Individual category at the Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee on June 7, 2019. Also pictured (from left): UW System President Ray Cross, Regent Janice Mueller, Regent Drew Petersen and Regent Scott Beightol. See the full story about her recognition.