Joshua Vollmar

Josh Vollmar recognized as UW-Green Bay’s ‘Most Outstanding Student’

Being good at something is one thing. Being passionate about learning is another. Outstanding Student Award Recipient, Joshua Vollmar, came to appreciate the difference after taking an Introduction to Human Biology class, realizing that learning about health science while sharing compassion through active volunteerism were key to how he wanted to build his future career. That combination of learning and living make Vollmar a most deserving recipient of this year’s Outstanding Student Award.

Joshua Vollmar-1Vollmar was presented with the award by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association at a May 17 student award ceremony on campus and was recognized on Saturday, May 18 at the 99th Commencement Ceremony at the Kress Events Center. The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award Recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Vollmar for his undergraduate success as a student and volunteer service for others and the community. He was nominated and selected from all students eligible to receive diplomas at May commencement.

Vollmar graduates today with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with a Health Science emphasis. A native of Suring, Wisconsin, Vollmar first came to the UW-Green Bay campus as a fifth grader on a Phuture Phoenix field trip more than 11 years ago. Today, he crossed the stage as an example of UW-Green Bay’s finest: a graduate with a 3.787 GPA, five semesters earning honors, a student highly engaged on and off campus, a Chancellor’s Medallion recipient and a Phoenix ready for more.

Throughout childhood, money was tight and an education past high school was rarely discussed. “I never thought getting a degree was an option for me, let alone being able to have an extensive resume,” Vollmar wrote in his award application. “Attending UW-Green Bay has changed my life for nothing but the better. I have found passion in pursuing a career in medicine and am hoping to return to the area to continue serving the community.”

As a first-generation college student and Phuture Phoenix, Vollmar received several scholarships upon enrolling at UW-Green Bay. He credits these scholarships as the turning point in his education, when he was able to focus more on his academics than on his financial responsibilities. These awards also granted him the opportunity to experience a human biology travel course to Germany and Poland.

Vollmar also worked throughout college to fund his education, starting as a table assembler for a woodcrafts organization and ending as a Certified Nursing Assistant for Bellin Health.

As a human biology major aiming to make a difference, Vollmar immediately got involved in campus organizations including the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, where he assisted in turning the organization from inactive to a bustling chapter with 68 members and 22 graduate members and helped create the Human Biology Professional Development Council. Vollmar is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and has participated in the UW-Green Bay Fall Research Symposium, the Tiny Earth Research Symposium and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) Symposium.

Vollmar’s community volunteer record is impressive and includes giving of his time and talent to numerous community and campus events over the last four years. “Every chance I was given to give back to the community through donations or assisting with an event revolved around one driving force, and that is compassion. While there may be times when the world needs more of it, I am grateful to have witnessed the power of compassion and the effect it can leave on a community. I am excited to carry these qualities into my future career.”

2019 Student Nominated Teaching Award winners

The Student Nominated Teacher Award is an effort of the Instructional Development Council and Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning that recognizes excellent teaching from a student perspective. This year, the committee changed the administration of the award to reflect the breadth and diversity of outstanding teaching that is taking place on this campus. The IDC will no longer limit the award to one early career and one experienced teacher. Instead, any instructor who receives three or more nominations demonstrating real impact on the student experience is recognized as a recipient. The IDC’s goal in making this change is to celebrate a larger group of instructors, and endow students with greater agency over the process. The campus community thanks the following 16 instructors for their dedication to teaching and to their students:

Franklin Chen – Natural and Applied Sciences
Heather Clarke – Business Administration
David Coury – Humanities
Jason Cowell – Human Development
Lydia Dildilian – Art and Design
Peter Fields – Humanities (English Composition/Writing Center)
Patrick Forsythe – Natural and Applied Sciences
Kevin Kain – Humanities
Carly Kibbe – Human Biology
Alan Kopischke – Theatre and Dance
Katia Levintova – Democracy & Justice Studies
Rebecca Meacham – Humanities
Uwe Pott – Human Biology
Sarah Schuetze – Humanities
Aaron Weinschenk – Public Environmental Affairs
Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges – Human Development

Research in the Rotunda 2019

Marinette, Green Bay and Manitowoc Campuses represent at Research in the Rotunda

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the annual Research in the Rotunda was held in the Capitol Rotunda in Madison. Undergraduate researchers from across the state, together with their faculty advisors, shared their research findings on a variety of important topics with state leaders and legislators. Take a look at this impressive list of UW-Green Bay participants:

Water Research Fellows: 

  • The Absorptive and Adsorptive Capacity of Cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa) Exopolysaccharide Sheath for CR(VI): Environmental and Health Implications,” Becky Berry (Marinette), and Sarah Klemp (Green Bay), Green Bay and Marinette Campuses
  • “Walleye, Lake Whitefish, and Yellow Perch Predation on Round Goby in Green Bay,” Alexandria Keiler-Klein (De Pere), Green Bay Campus

Green Bay Campus students:

  • “Chloroplast DNA Sequencing Reveals the Presence of Two Exotic Phragmites Haplotypes in Northeast Wisconsin,” Rebecca Malcore, Brussels
  • “Discovery of Antibiotic-Producing Soil Bacteria with Broad-Spectrum Activity,” Halee Behrens, Waubeka, WI and Katlyn Tappy, Green Bay
  • “Do You Seriously Care About the Environment? Perceived Underlying Motives Can Impact Customer Relations,” Noah Redfearn, De Pere
  • “Exploring Reflectacles as Anti-Surveillance Glasses and for Adversarial Machine Learning in Computer Vision,” Ryan Jackson, Green Bay
  • “From Good to Great: The Qualities of Effective Coaching,” Austyn Everingham, Noblesville, IN and Nicholas Livingston, Two Rivers
  • “The Criminalization of Sex at the Wisconsin Industrial Home for Women, 1920-1933,” Jacqueline Grabowski, Sheboygan, WI, Whitlee Neuens, Niagara, WI and Megan Schoenauer, Green Bay

Manitowoc Campus students:

  • “Monitoring of Water Quality Restoration Area at Centerville Creek in Manitowoc County,” Nicholas Geiger, Manitowoc; Meghan Jackson, Two Rivers and Josh Steckmesser, Two Rivers

Faculty Advisers:

  • UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe (Natural and Applied Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay Prof. Patricia Terry (Natural and Applied Sciences)
  • Marinette Campus Associate Prof. Mark Klemp (Chemistry)
  • Marinette Campus Assistant Prof. Renee Richer (Biological Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Lisa Grubisha (Natural and Applied Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Brian Merkel (Human Biology)
  • UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal (Business Administration)
  • UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Natural and Applied Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Timothy Kaufman (Education)
  • UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Kimberley Reilly (Democracy and Justice Studies)
  • UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Associate Prof. Rebecca Abler (Biological Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Prof. Richard Hein (Biological Sciences)

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Posters in the Rotunda 2019

– Photos by Janet Bonkowski, Marketing and University Communication

Nutrition Students

UW-Green Bay Dietetics students, once again, receive internship matches far above national average

The dietetic internship (DI) match results for December 2018 and May 2019 graduates are in, and UW-Green Bay students are once again far above the national average. The DI is the necessary next step for graduating seniors to fulfill 1,200 required practicum hours and gain the skills necessary to take the registered dietitian examination. Competition for dietetic internships is fierce, with only 50% to 60% of national applicants receiving a match each year.

This year 12 of 15 senior applicants earned a match, with many students matched to their first choice program. Over the last five years, there has been a 89 percent average when it comes to students matching. The success is a testament to the dedication of the students, the high quality mentoring and advising provided by faculty, the quality and rigor of the Nutrition and Human Biology Programs and the high impact practices that students receive through  community collaborations.

Please congratulate the following UW-Green Bay Nutritional Sciences students as they prepare to begin their dietetic internships:

  • Kelley Encinas – Mount Mary, Milwaukee
  • Lacey Strehlow – Dominican University, Chicago (combined internship and MBA program)
  • Megan Labine – Priority Nutrition Care, Boston (distance track)
  • Caitlin Balliet – St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud
  • Emily Burger – UW-Green Bay
  • Rachel Coady – UW-Green Bay
  • Samantha Inman – UW-Green Bay
  • Stephanie Peterson – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program
  • Abby Waydick – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program
  • Morgan Thums – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program
  • Erin Diederich – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program
  • Kiara Heider – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program

Seven members of Green Bay Nordic ski team named National Collegiate All-Academic

Seven members of the Green Bay Phoenix Nordic ski team were named to the 2019 National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team:

  •  Jake Ajax (Business Administration)
  • Emily Burger (Human Biology)
  • Quinn Duffy (Communication)
  • Shad Kraftson (Accounting, Business Administration)
  • Maddie McKeefry (Environmental Science, Geoscience)
  • Sam Myers (Business Administration)
  • Sadie Peterson (Elementary Education)

To qualify for the team, skiers must have a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and participate in the NCAA Central Region Championships. Read more.

UW-Green Bay Dietetics students featured at CSA Expo

UW-Green Bay Dietetics students Stephanie Taddy, Kirsten White and Carolynn Claussen were featured at the 7th Annual CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Expo on Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019 at Badger State Brewing. They prepared samples of healthy, tasty meals prepared from locally grown produce donated by Ledgeview Gardens. Photos from the CSA Expo can be viewed on Facebook.

Helping Professions Open House is Friday, Feb. 15

On Friday afternoon (Feb. 15, 2019), the University is hosting the Helping Professions Open House, a collaborative program between five helping professions academic programs and admissions. Nursing, Social Work, Education, Psychology and Human Biology will be featured. More than 135 Green Bay Area Public School students and more than 75 prospective students and guests will be on campus to learn about a variety of helping professions majors. Please help welcome these students!