GB Orientation: Call for faculty advisors by Friday, Mar. 15

New Student Programs (formerly known as FOCUS) is seeking members of the faculty to serve as advisors for the freshmen advising registration program GB Orientation (formerly FOCUS Registration and Resources). This year’s GB Orientation will take place on Wednesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, June 14, 2019. Faculty will have the opportunity to earn up to $800 while advising new freshman. The application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019. Questions can be directed to Prof. Steve Meyer, GB Orientation faculty liaison, at

A typical UW-Green Bay welcome

Mild temperatures, sunshine and smiles were the order of the day when an army of volunteers — faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni and friends — pitched in to get about 600 new freshmen into their new rooms in a matter of a few hours. Once again, thanks to the organization of Residence Life, it ran like clockwork and new Phoenix families received a very warm UWGB welcome.

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Freshman Move-in Day, August 30, 2015
Photos by Jena Richter and student interns Kayla Teske and Kayla Ermer

Jen Jones seeks volunteers to call transfers, freshmen

Jen Jones of Admissions, who is heading up UW-Green Bay’s 2015 enrollment initiative, says she and others have created a volunteer phone team to call students who have applied to UWGB and those whom we want to apply to UWGB. “This spring semester we are calling transfer students and freshmen,” Jones says, “and I welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering to let me know.” No prior knowledge is necessary — scripts, FAQ’s and an expert adviser will be on hand to help if callers have questions. “We have set call team hours in the Admissions Office every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. The call team begins this week and continues through May 14. If someone is interested in helping out they should email me.”

More on $161,000 grant for new approaches to first-year achievement

We included a link to the news release in Friday’s LOG Extra, but for the benefit of non-subscribers and those who might have missed it, here goes:

UW-Green Bay has received a grant award of $161,504 for the “Phoenix GPS Program” from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. Denise Bartell, associate professor of Human Development, wrote the proposal in her capacity as director of UW-Green Bay’s Students in Transition Center, and in collaboration with Michael Stearney, dean of enrollment services. Phoenix GPS builds on promising retention strategies used in FOCUS, first-year seminars, the TOSS program and related initiatives. The new program creates a year-long support community for a group of 125 first-year students, placing them into small groups of 25, each with a faculty mentor, a peer mentor, and an academic adviser. Over the course of the year, students will:
• Complete a first-year seminar course together
• Participate in TOSS study session
• Participate in Student Success Workshops
• Engage in co-curricular and social activities
• Consult regularly with faculty mentors and academic advisers
• Complete a service learning project together.
Attention to retention is especially important at UW-Green Bay, Bartell says, where nearly two-thirds of students are from one or more of the three historically under-represented constituencies (low-income households, students of color and/or first-generation college students). In a given year, roughly 60 percent of UW-Green Bay students are first generation, 40 percent are eligible for federal Pell Grants and 10 percent are people of color. For the full story on the new Phoenix GPS program.

About that ‘GPS’ name…
The “GPS” in Phoenix GPS is both a play on the ‘ph” in Phoenix and fitting metaphor. The initials stand for Gateways to Phirst-Year Success and, says Prof. Denise Bartell, who guided development of the proposal, “The choice of a GPS as a metaphor was quite intentional. The Phoenix GPS Program is designed to help students navigate their first year of college, anticipate the roadblocks, and chart a course to first-year success… Phoenix GPS offers these students a comprehensive array of services intentionally designed to increase student success in the first year by addressing the specific barriers to success our research indicates students at UW-Green Bay face.”

FOCUS folks say thanks for the help

Thank you to all of the students, staff and faculty that helped make FOCUS-Registration and Resources 2013 a very positive experience for new students and their parents. That’s the message today from Brenda Amenson-Hill, dean of students and co-director of the FOCUS First-Year Experience program. See a short presentation and video of some of the highlights (go to Thanks FOCUS 2013).

New Phoenix get FOCUSed

It is time to FOCUS (First-year Opportunities and Connections for UW-Green Bay Students), and hundreds of new students are on campus to register, prepare for academic success, meet people and develop friendships. Continue reading “New Phoenix get FOCUSed”

By the numbers: Incoming freshman class is most diverse to date

UW-Green Bay will welcome its most diverse freshman class to date this fall, with more than 100 students of color — 12 percent of the class — set to start classes Tuesday (Sept. 4). We’ll have a total of 897 freshmen this fall, including 104 students of color — the first time ever our freshman class will contain more than 100 students of color. More than 700 of those students will move into their residence hall homes Thursday (Aug. 30), part of a record 2,050 students set to live on campus. The new freshman class is 69 percent female and 31 percent male, and its students hail from 64 Wisconsin counties, nine other states and several other countries. For more stats about this year’s freshmen — and the student population as a whole — link to our full news release. A special thanks to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment for crunching the numbers.

By the numbers: UW-Green Bay’s freshman class is most diverse to date

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will welcome its most diverse freshman class to date this fall, with more than 100 students of color — 12 percent of the class — set to start classes Tuesday, Sept. 4.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 29, UW-Green Bay will welcome 897 freshmen, including 104 students of color. That’s an increase from 84 students — about 9 percent of the class — one year ago, and marks the first time in history the freshman class will contain more than 100 students of color. Following recent trends, the freshman class is heavily female, 69 percent women to 31 percent men. The University’s total student body is 65 percent female and 35 percent male. Here’s a look at some other key numbers this fall, courtesy of UW-Green Bay’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment:

University enrollment figures
— As of Wednesday, Aug. 29, UW-Green Bay has registered 6,272 students for fall classes, a figure that is approximately the same as at this time last year. That number is expected to increase considerably in the coming weeks as enrollments continue. Many classes — especially for returning adult students — begin throughout the semester.

— Ninety-six percent of students will pursue a bachelor’s degree, with the rest pursuing master’s degrees or taking courses outside of a particular degree program.

— Twenty-nine percent of registered students are considered “nontraditional,” meaning they are age 25 or older. Half of those nontraditional students are majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies or Nursing, two of the University’s fastest growing majors in recent years.

— As in past years, UW-Green Bay’s most heavily enrolled majors will be Business Administration, Human Biology, Human Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing and Psychology. Each of these majors typically enrolls more than 200 students.

— More than 10 percent of registered students — 669 of 6,272 — come from a minority background. Students of color come from Asian (33 percent), Hispanic (26 percent), First Nations (21 percent), African American (13 percent) and mixed race (7 percent) backgrounds. First Nations students come largely from Oneida and Menominee tribes, and represent more than 25 other tribes and bands as well.

Freshmen enrollment figures

— This year’s freshmen have home addresses in 64 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, nine other states (Alaska, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and New Hampshire), Puerto Rico, Canada and Germany. Additional international students will register later this week.

— Some of the high schools contributing the largest number of freshmen to UW-Green Bay’s new class are Green Bay East (24 students), Bay Port (22 students) and Green Bay Preble (21 students).

— Eighty percent of new freshmen students finished high school with at least a ‘B’ average. The average high school grade point average for the class is 3.35, similar to last year’s 3.33. The average ACT composite score is 22.6, with half of the incoming freshman scoring 23 or higher. The national average is 22.

— Seventy-nine percent of freshmen will live on campus, part of a record 2,050 students who will do likewise.