Campus mourns loss of distinguished alumnus, Judge Patrick Madden

Judge Patrick Madden
Judge Patrick Madden

He was the first editor of UW-Green Bay’s longstanding campus newspaper, The Fourth Estate, and he was named one of the University’s most distinguished alumni in 1990. Campus learned of the passing of Judge Patrick Madden (’71, Modernization Processes) last week. More on Madden in the UW-Green Bay book, “From the Beginning.”

According to the book, “The opening of the new campus in 1969 was ‘like Christmas’ for Madden and his friends. ‘I’d been in, on or around every one of the foundations and structures of those buildings as they were put up,’ Madden recalled. ‘It was as though we had a stake in every one of them. We’d go out and visit them like they were friends.”

There will be a memorial service held in his honor at the Iron County Courthouse on July 27, beginning at 10:44 a.m. Read Madden’s obituary.

UW-Green Bay’s Fourth Estate says ‘so-long’ to print

The Fourth Estate, UW-Green Bay’s student newspaper launched its new digital-only version last week which spurred some media coverage. Both WTAQ and Fox 11 covered the digital launch. According to UW-Green Bay archivist Deb Anderson, the first published issued of the Fourth Estate was March 4, 1970. An article on the editorial page for that first issue indicated the name Bay Badger had been used intermittently since 1956. Prior titles included the Ex-Press and Gizmanian. The name Fourth Estate was chosen…

“because of the implication of its definition, and its striving for the idea of the four freedoms expressed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his State of the Union message on January 6, 1941…. The four freedoms expressed by Roosevelt which the Fourth Estate is striving to meet are: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, freedom from want and freedom from fear, especially as Roosevelt stressed, freedom from the fear of wars.”

Business grad will receive Outstanding Student Award at UW-Green Bay

Emily Blaha of Sturgeon Bay has been chosen the December 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Emily Blaha
Emily Blaha

The Business Administration senior with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in design arts will receive her diploma at UW-Green Bay’s mid-year commencement ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Blaha from among approximately 450 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at December commencement.

A 2012 graduate of Southern Door High School, Blaha will complete her degree requirements on an accelerated, three-and-a-half-year timetable.

Additionally, Blaha will be part of the platform party at commencement as student speaker for the ceremony. She was chosen to deliver remarks on behalf of her class by a committee of UW-Green Bay faculty members and administrators. She was nominated by Management Prof. Lucy Arendt, who describes her as “an exceptional asset to the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay and the greater Green Bay community.”

Through work and paid employment, Blaha has served as a marketing and communication assistant for the University Union, and as marketing coordinator and social media specialist for UWGB’s College of Professional Studies. Her independent study topic was “Managing Culture in a Small Business,” and her senior year placement was a product-strategies internship with Schreiber Foods, Inc., headquartered in Green Bay.

She was one of a dozen standout students appointed an inaugural member of the Cofrin School of Business Student Advisory Board, providing input on curriculum and programming.

Blaha is the recipient of academic merit scholarships and dean’s list honors, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. She has been active in a range of programs across campus, including service as advertising manager for The Fourth Estate, the weekly student newspaper. When she increased advertising sales by 20 percent, she was selected to serve as the organization’s business manager.


4E: Rally planned for 4 p.m. on March 4

The Fourth Estate website has an article about a rally planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday (March 4) outside the University Union. Paul Ahrens, chair of the Student Government Association’s Academic Affairs Committee and a senior Democracy and Justice Studies major, is campus spokesman for the group UW Students Against Education Cuts. “Our story is we want to oppose the cuts, preserve the Wisconsin Idea and preserve the Wisconsin state statute of shared governance,” Ahrens told the 4E. The group also started an online fundraising effort to try to raise $1,971 to help cover a postcard campaign and, the student newspaper reported, to purchase hand warmers and coffee for students attending their rally. Read the story.

‘Fourth Estate’ earns first place at WNA annual convention

The Fourth Estate on Friday won the first-place award for “General Excellence” among the state’s college weeklies at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual convention. Also taking a first was the Fourth Estate entry in the best advertisement category (photographers). A second place went to Brandon Langer and staff in the General Web Excellence category, and the photographers took a third place for coverage of the Phoenix appearance in last spring’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Current editor-in-chief is Megan Hanna. Faculty adviser is lecturer Hannah O’Brien of Communication.

‘Fourth Estate’ wants alumni to share old-time (and even newer-time) memories

Staff members with the student Fourth Estate are looking for alumni to answer a few questions for the Oct. 31 edition of the weekly newspaper, in advance of Alumni Reunion Days. Those who respond will have their name entered in a Phoenix Bookstore gift card drawing. The 4E also welcomes submissions of vintage photos. If you’re a grad, send your responses to Cheyenne Makinia at by Saturday, Oct. 26. The questions:
- What year did you graduate?
- What were your major(s) or minor(s)?
- What do you do now? (Job, family, location, etc.)
- What is your favorite memory of UW-Green Bay?
- What has changed most, if anything, from when you attended UWGB?

Fun run, lasting vibe: Student paper devotes bright center spread to Color Run 5K

The good vibe from Sunday’s (Sept. 29) Color Run 5K has lasted all week at UW-Green Bay, where our own Fourth Estate student newspaper devoted a very colorful Thursday (Oct. 2) center spread to the event. With 7,000 participants, plenty of students and alumni and ample social media buzz, the fun just couldn’t be contained to a single day. See more.

In the news: our recent snowstorm and the use of GB Alert

Student journalist Michael Duenkel did a nice job for the Fourth Estatee in offering a comprehensive overview of the safety factors that figure into cancelling classes. He also looks at the ways the University communicates this news, including (and here’s another plug for an important service) the GB Alert text-messaging system. Read more.

More awards for Fourth Estate

Fresh off a nice haul at the Associated Collegiate Press’ Best of the Midwest competition earlier this month, staff members of the UW-Green Bay Fourth Estate are garnering some more awards. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual convention and trade show in Madison saw collegiate-division awards for several articles from last spring. Allie Reinikainen placed third for sports reporting for her article, “Phoenix women’s basketball breaks school record as 12/13 in nation.” Erika Bonnell, Sadie Wilson, Lea Spude, Lindsey Puls and Kerrie Balcaitis won third in investigative reporting for their piece, “Tough Times for UW-Green Bay faculty.” The latter article won second place at the Associated Collegiate Press last weekend.