We all have a story. It’s the one thing that binds us all together. Far too often, we brush people off for what you perceive about them rather than getting to see their true self, or their ‘human beingness’ in this case. In this talk, Dan Terrio shares the importance of embracing your human beingness and sharing your stories so others can see who you really are. Dan Terrio has inspired countless youth and adults from all walks of life with his story of perseverance, strength and determination. Terrio began his motivational speaking career while recovering from injuries sustained in a car/train accident that left him temporarily confined to a wheelchair. To date, he has traveled to all 50 states presenting his inspiring story from growing up on an Indian Reservation to working in Washington D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies ’12 and a master’s degree in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning ’14 from UW-Green Bay. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay team that hosted the first-ever National Security Agency (NSA) GenCyber Camp in the state of Wisconsin, July 31 through August 4. Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Information and Computing Science) led the way with the curriculum, and UW-Green Bay alumnus Joel Williquette ’12 ’15 (Interdisciplinary Studies, Masters of Management), CIO of Capital Credit Union (a sponsor of the camp) served as an instructor.
Students entering grades seven through nine received practice and exposure to safe online practices, network security, privacy and got a feel for what a career in cybersecurity would entail. More than 100 students participated in the camp, administered by UW-Green Bay’s Jason Mathwig, Director of Camps and Conferences, Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.
Joel Williquette ’12 ’15 (Interdisciplinary Studies, Masters of Management), Vice President/CIO of Capital Credit Union and an instructor at UW-Green Bay’s GenCyber Camp, says there is a huge shortfall of cyber security professionals in the nation. The program hopes to be part of that solution. “After universities have created new programs, we now have a gap of a million jobs, so that gap’s not shrinking, it’s actually increasing,” Williquette told Fox 11. Watch the interview.
Capital Credit Union, Green Bay, recently named Joel Williquette vice president and chief information officer. He earned both a bachelor’s degree ’12 (Interdisciplinary Studies) and master’s degree ’15 (Management) from UW-Green Bay.
The latest issue of the The Flame, the newsletter of the Adult Degree Program, carries a profile of Interdisciplinary Studies and Teaching and Learning graduate Dan Terrio ’12 and ’14. A former resident of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican reservation near Shawano, he has worked as a youth development manager for the Greater Green Bay Chamber and, more recently, as a wellness educator for Humana. See http://blog.uwgb.edu/adults/meet-dan-terrio-working-serving-and-dancing-in-the-green-bay-community/
As soon as Jennifer Randall finished her associate degree, she knew she wanted more.
Randall, 33, had delayed going back to school while her children were young, working as a Certified Nursing Assistant to support them in the hopes she’d someday return to the classroom. When the time came, Randall earned a paralegal degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College — then set her sights on her bachelor’s.
“I contacted UWGB’s Adult Degree Program and was amazed at how helpful the staff was and how easy the transition was from NWTC to UWGB,” Randall said. “A total of 60 credits earned at NWTC transferred to UWGB and that put me at junior status when I started. It was a wonderful feeling to know that in just two years I would have a bachelor’s degree.”
More wonderful, still, was Saturday, Dec. 14, when Randall crossed the Weidner Center commencement stage as one of UW-Green Bay’s newest alumni. The transfer program that helped her finish so quickly is one of numerous options officials say can expedite the time — and mitigate the cost — associated with obtaining one’s degree. And yet many prospective students remain unaware that such opportunities exist.
“There is a great deal of buzz in the media recently about ‘new’ options for completing a bachelor’s degree in ways that involve online options and Credit for Prior Learning,” said Steve VandenAvond, UW-Green Bay Associate Provost for Outreach and Adult Access. “UW-Green Bay has been offering these and other similar options for adult and distance learners for more than 10 years.”
Degrees that transfer; learning that works
The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree, which Randall completed, allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree entirely online, with face-to-face options available in the evenings, during the day or on weekends. In addition, full-time UW-Green Bay recruiters and academic advisers are located in Appleton, Wausau, Milwaukee and Waukesha to better serve students. The BAS degree allows students to transfer a minimum of 60 credits from an associate degree education to UW-Green Bay, and, like any other UW-Green Bay junior, leaves them with only 60 credits to complete. So technical college transfer students can use the BAS program to finish quickly, and with less cost.
“The Bachelor of Applied Studies degree is a practical, no-nonsense approach to earning a bachelor’s degree that respects the valuable applied learning taking place in Wisconsin’s technical colleges,” VandenAvond said, “and provides graduates with the critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills that employers are requiring.”
BAS degree holders complete a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, which is UW-Green Bay’s second most popular major. In 2012-13, 149 students graduated with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree, ahead of Psychology (140 grads), Human Biology (128) and Human Development (122), according to the UW-Green Bay Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. For the past two academic years, only Business Administration has had more graduates.
For December 2013 grads Cassie Dufek and Melanie Lovato, the Interdisciplinary Studies major was a perfect fit.
“It was very flexible, and the Adult Degree Program staff worked with us so well,” Dufek said of herself and Lovato, who became friends during technical college. “We both had a full-time job and with family and jobs — we just couldn’t pass it up. …I’ve become a more well-rounded person. The learning was just unbelievable.”
Initially hesitant about returning to school, Lovato said she’s thrilled with what she’s accomplished — and how it will help her in her career.
“The learning was practical,” Lovato said. “It was, for me, very commonsense courses — it’s stuff that I can use with my career and throughout my life. Whereas with some of the other programs (I considered), it just didn’t interest me as much because it didn’t have that commonsense, practicality of putting it in your everyday life.”
Credit where credit is due
UW-Green Bay’s options for online learning also appealed to current student Joy Hart, who found another way to expedite her time to degree — the University’s Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) offerings. From competency exams to military training, a portfolio option and retroactive credit, students like Hart are finding what they know can help them get to where they want to be.
“I was saying, ‘how can I finish as quickly as possible?’ ” said Hart, 36. “I found the CPL program and it was an advantage to me because I didn’t have to take another class.”
Hart parlayed her municipal clerk certificate into credits for prior learning by writing a paper detailing how she uses it in her current job as a city clerk. She had put her bachelor’s degree on hold to pursue the certificate, and was finally ready to go back to school about two years ago. With experiences like an internship having added to the experience of pursuing her degree, Hart is excited to graduate in May — though she jokingly admits she’s not sure how she’ll fill her time without classes and homework.
“Credit for Prior Learning is an invaluable option for adult learners and others,” VandenAvond said. “Credit is awarded not just for experience, but for demonstrated learning — students must clearly show what they learned, not just what they did. Numerous options exist, and staff members are willing and eager to help students discover if CPL will work for them.” Additional information about Credit for Prior Learning is available online.
For students like Randall and Hart, options for adult and distance learners have made all the difference. They’re finishing more quickly, with less cost — but with every bit of satisfaction for what they’ve achieved.
“UW-Green Bay accepted 60 credits from my associate degree,” Hart said. “They also transferred in 24 credits of additional coursework from other schools I attended, and for that I am grateful. …It’s helped me reach my goal of obtaining my bachelor’s degree. I’ve got my eye on the prize.”
The New North B2B publication has a great story in its January issue about UW-Green Bay Adult Degree and Masters of Management alum Ken Eggen, who recently was promoted to president of Dean Distributing. Eggen dropped out of college the first time around, but felt it was important to return — and he did, earning his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies some two decades later. Three years after that, Eggen earned his UW-Green Bay Masters in Management degree, and now he’s helping others pursue their educational dreams, as well. “We want our people to grow personally and professionally,” said Eggen, an Alumni Association Board member. “And the adult degree program — at UWGB anyway — is aligned with that.” Dean offers tuition reimbursement and other incentives for employees to return to the classroom, part of a broad company philosophy on education. The B2B story quotes our own Eric Craver and Christina Trombley, and offers some great additional info on adult degree. (Michael Bina, a longtime public relations practitioner and now an instructor in the Adult Degree Program, is the author.)
Balancing home life and two jobs while working toward her bachelor’s degree, Fay Lau went from trepidation about her academic ability to having a world of confidence.
Lau completed high school years ago but delayed her dream of a bachelor’s degree. Instead, she pursued two associate degrees, at Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
“I simply didn’t have the confidence to pursue a four-year degree,” says Lau, who is now a special education aide with the Denmark School District. “It was my students at Denmark whose questions about where I went to college made me feel that it was time that I took my own advice. So when my son was a junior in high school, I applied to UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program.”
Why UW-Green Bay?
“I just think that UWGB had everything I needed to complete my degree,” she said. “I knew that I wanted a University of Wisconsin degree. And as a busy wife and mom working full time, I needed to access classes online, but I lived close enough to the University that I could take classes on campus, as well, and also take advantage of everything that UW-Green Bay has to offer. Finally, UWGB transferred in my technical college credits and I started at the University as a junior, saving me time and money.”
Lau has also worked for many years with the Educational Resource Development Trust (ERDT) SHARE program, a non-profit organization which coordinates international exchange programs for high school students. Fay’s position with SHARE focuses on recruiting families to host international students. And true to her desire to “put her money where her mouth is,” Lau and her family began hosting international students when her son was in the fifth grade.
Lau’s passion for helping students and her love of learning about cultures, people and places around the world did not stop with her exchange students. Lau’s interest in education and international studies culminated into several experiences at UW-Green Bay that have shaped her life.
In a pivotal moment in her college career, she requested to do an Independent Study that took her to Budenheim, Germany to study the differences between German and American approaches to secondary education.
“I used this course to satisfy my World Culture requirement at UW-Green Bay and had the experience of a lifetime!”
She continued to broaden her understanding of international issues by completing a summer internship in UWGB’s Office of International Education.
As Lau prepares to proudly cross the stage for the Saturday, December 14, 2013 commencement, she can’t help but think about all the places she has gone and how far she has come. She will graduate summa cum laude this weekend with her Bachelor of Applied Studies degree, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a Human Development emphasis.
“My time with UW-Green Bay and the Adult Degree Program has helped me to move outside of my comfort zone,” she says. “My UWGB education made me try things that I may not have tried otherwise.”
The question of “what next” remains for this woman of new-found confidence.
“I plan to continue to travel, adding a summer 2014 trip to Brazil to a passport that already reflects trips to Germany, France, Italy and Belgium.
“The possibilities are endless now,” she says brightly. “I am even considering graduate school!”
“Ultimately, my long-term goal is to work with at-risk students. No matter how troubled a student is, I always try to see the good in each one of them. If I can make a difference in just a few kids’ lives, then my own life has had purpose.”
Story by Eric Craver, director of Marketing and Recruitment, UW-Green Bay’s Office of Outreach and Adult Education
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