UW-Green Bay creates ‘Community Partnership Award in Business’

Recognizing and encouraging campus-community collaboration is the aim of a newly created awards program open to students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Beginning in 2016, the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business will annually present a $5,000 scholarship to a selected undergraduate or graduate student and a $5,000 cash award to a faculty or staff member whose efforts are viewed as best exemplifying the University’s commitment to regional growth and development.

Made possible through private donations, the program will be coordinated by the Cofrin School of Business.

Tim Weyenberg, longtime CEO and current executive board chairman of the Foth Companies, is funding the program’s launch. Weyenberg serves as the Cofrin School’s first-ever Executive in Residence.

“This is another way to further connect the Cofrin School of Business to the regional business community, and to highlight the collaboration already taking place,” he says. “Those partnerships can take place in a variety of ways. The plan here is to honor that work and, additionally, incentivize even more partnerships in the future.”

The presentation of the first Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business to a UW-Green Bay faculty or staff member will most likely take place at the annual campus-community Business Week reception, scheduled this year for the last week in March. A committee with both campus and community representation will review nominations and applications to choose the recipient.

The student scholarship award will be earmarked for an outstanding student with a demonstrated record of achievement or potential in business leadership. Specific criteria and details of the application process will be finalized later in 2016, with the first award to be made during the 2016-17 academic year.

Weyenberg notes that although he and UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller see the awards program having a natural home in the Cofrin School of Business, the selection committees will also invite nominations and applications from individuals outside the Business and Accounting programs and Master’s in Management track.

Miller says creation of the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business is in keeping with UW-Green Bay’s commitment to the powers of Place, Innovation and Transformation.

“This University is poised to pursue even more value-adding partnerships involving business, government and the nonprofit sector,” Miller says. “We need to anticipate the changing economy and support entrepreneurism and commerce.

“We also need to build more opportunities for students and faculty, and take a direct role in developing the talent for that innovation economy. The new Community Partnership Award highlights that work and also encourages and rewards those at UW-Green Bay who lead those efforts.”


Online feature celebrates Dahlin Family philanthropy

It’s a story we told in May in the print edition of the inaugural UW-Green Bay Foundation annual report. Bernie and Alyce Dahlin have endowed the new Dahlin Family Scholarship to make awards to new or continuing UW-Green Bay students who demonstrate financial need and have grade point averages between 2.5 and 3.49. They say criteria favoring those who draw the occasional B or C is recognition that many student scholarships already flow to the straight-A crowd. It’s a nice story, now online on the main UW-Green Bay homepage. Read story.

We need $30 apiece from 100, or $3,000 from one of you

Tracey Heaser in University Advancement reports that the 2012-13 fiscal year has been a strong one for alumni giving to the annual fund. Alumni donors have contributed to the annual fund a record $97,280 — to be precise, it’s a record for a non-match year — with proceeds benefitting student scholarships and academic programs. This week, Heaser is distributing an eleventh-hour appeal to alumni to push the total past $100,000. Interested in helping? Email Heaser at HeaserT@uwgb.edu.

Alumni Phone-a-Thon team sets new over-the-phone record

Some serious congratulations are in order for our crack team of UW-Green Bay Phone-a-Thon callers, who set an all-time monetary milestone Wednesday (April 17), hitting — and exceeding — the $50,000 mark in pledges for the first time ever. In the past, we’ve shared some pretty impressive fundraising totals with you, and this over-the-phone-only record (in the event’s 16th year) certainly fits in with that list.

Development officer and alumni Phone-a-Thon coordinator Tracy Heaser has high praise for her hard-working student team, which dialed up UWGB grads for 85 nights since last fall — and rightfully so! She’s thanking them with chocolate; we’re giving them props here. No students called every night, but every student called some nights … so kudos to that larger team including Kristi Auner, Danielle Brocker, Mackenzie Daley, Kaylie Fisher, Morgan Hansen, Farin Ludtke, Holly Troeller, Katelyn Staaben, Anna Amelse, Anastasia McCain, Paul Heitman, Carli DeFelice, Kelsey Ginnel, Ashten Bartel, Sarah Busko, Morgen Clarey and Sara Lueth — not to mention Heaser herself, without whom the dialing for dollars record wouldn’t have been possible.

Da Vinci buzz grows: Statue is off campus, but he’ll be back

UW-Green Bay’s newly acquired statue of Leonardo Da Vinci temporarily left campus yesterday, bound for its pedestal fitting and, ultimately, official unveiling and display. But the quarter-ton Renaissance Man’s arrival continues to draw media attention, with TV, radio and newspapers alike noting this terrific donation — and the UW-Green Bay connections that led to it all. Check out the following stories from NBC 26 and the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Leonardo, hurry back!
NBC 26
Green Bay Press-Gazette

In the media: Da Vinci’s arrival continues to make news

UW-Green Bay’s new Leonardo Da Vinci statue continues to draw media attention, with WBAY, Channel 2 coming to campus Monday (March 11) and NBC 26 today to do a story on the quarter-ton bust. Associate Profs. Sarah Meredith Livingston and Derek Jeffreys spoke with WBAY reporter Kristyn Allen about the statue, which is one of just five worldwide — and the only one in the U.S. — being donated to universities thanks to the Romualdo Del Bianco-Life Beyond Tourism Foundation. The donation represents not just a great international relationship, but also UW-Green Bay’s new 360° of Learning brand — Da Vinci was the quintessential Renaissance Man, excelling across disciplines, and UW-Green Bay is known for its multifaceted approach to learning. By this morning (Tuesday, March 12), the Associated Press had picked up the story, as well. A sampling of press coverage is as follows, along with our original University news story:
WBAY, Channel 2
Fox 11
Green Bay Press-Gazette
UW-Green Bay News

In the news: WPR, WBAY tell story of Da Vinci statue arrival

We told you last week that a quarter-ton statue of the original Renaissance Man has arrived on campus, the generous donation of an Italian foundation that has fostered ties with our campus and other universities around the world. Wisconsin Public Radio and WBAY, Channel 2, have picked up the story of the Leonardo Da Vinci statue’s arrival at UW-Green Bay, one of only five universities worldwide — and the only one in the U.S. — to receive this once-in-a-lifetime gift. The links below take you to the WPR story and our own News Bureau coverage; the WBAY story is expected to air at 5 p.m. today (Monday, March 11). We’ll bring you that link tomorrow.
WPR story
UW-Green Bay News feature story

If you missed Extra, you missed Da Vinci, ‘After Thoughts,’ Good Times

Most, but not all, of our daily LOG subscribers also subscribe to the periodic, photo-illustrated LOG Extra. That’s why we include links to features and galleries that made their debut Thursday in Extra. In case you missed these links:

UW-Green Bay welcomes Leonardo bust – See story
Snapshots from Prof. Heidi Fencl’s talk at ‘After Thoughts’ – See story
Good Times turns 40 with entertaining history – See story
Roma advocate receives warm Green Bay welcome – See story