In the news: Columnist has more from military women panel

Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Nathan Phelps had more to say about an on-campus military women panel in a Thursday (March 20) column, adding to his reporting and video on the event from earlier in the month. Log readers will recall the considerable media coverage the panel — and especially 94-year-old WWII vet Betty Strohfus — received after it was presented March 6 in the Christie Theatre. In Thursday’s column, Phelps shares more from Strohfus and other panelists, including reflections on challenges facing women in the military. “You have to work twice as hard to prove yourself as worth as much as some of the guys who come through,” said Navy vet Emily Engelke. “It’s having to prove yourself on every single level of performance. It’s not just the exercise, it’s also getting good grades to prove we’re just as smart as the guys.” You can check out the full column, and a video featuring Strohfus.

Veterans Day observances to include full week of activities


UW-Green Bay will show appreciation for veterans on campus and in the community with a week of events starting with Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Organizers say that since many members of the UW-Green Bay community know someone who is or has been in the military they are encouraged to wear their military branch insignia during this week in support of our military and veterans — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. The schedule is as follows:
· Monday, Nov. 11 — Chancellor’s Veterans Reception, 4-6 p.m., Union’s Phoenix Room
· Tuesday, Nov. 12 — Community Veteran Volunteer Organizations Round Robin, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Phoenix C
· Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Veteran 5k Run, Cofrin Arboretum Trail, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
· Thursday, Nov. 14 — LTC Rasmussen Visit, Christie Theatre, 3 p.m.
· Friday, Nov. 15 — Veteran Open House and Picnic, noon-2 p.m., Mauthe Center

Items needed for soldier ‘care packages’

In conjunction with the annual Chancellor’s Veterans Reception to be held on campus Friday, Nov. 9, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, the UW-Green Bay Vets 4 Vets Club will be collecting donated items to be forwarded to active-duty military personnel.

Following the reception on Friday, there will be a collection point in the Financial Aid Office for care package items until the packages are mailed Dec. 10.  Contact person for the reception and care packages is Elaina Koltz, Financial Aid Office, (920) 465-2065 or koltze@uwgb.edu.

Koltz says the following list has been put together with input from veterans newly returned to campus:

Protein and energy bars (Cliff Bars, Special K Cereal, e.g.)
Drink packets (KoolAid, Crystal Light, e.g.)
Calendars
Hand sanitizer
Christmas candy (chocolate is okay to send during the winter months)
Beef jerky
Protein powder
Sunflower seeds
Tuna in foil pouches
Trail mix
Hard candy/cookies
Microwaveable food item (mac’n’cheese, etc.)
Movies
Toys and candy to distribute to children
Coffee
Tea
Magazines
Books
Crosswords
Games (card games or board games)
Baby wipes
Tissue packets
Floss picks
Body wash
Q-tips
Outdoor magazines
Mechanic gloves
Sugar and creamer packets
DVD’s
Calling Cards (AT&T International, e.g.)
Notebooks

Additional comments from service members about possible items that are most appreciated:

  • “Items that can be put in a microwave as it is rare to find any cooking surface similar to a stove.”
  • “Items that you can add hot water as coffee pots and small portable water heaters are somewhat available, however not as much as a microwave.”
  • “Some travel containers that randomly become needed when least expected like soap dishes accidently left in the shower and lost.”
  • “If you are looking to send to large groups I would recommend big bags of anything, otherwise “fun size” is more than adequate. (Chips, candy, cookies.)”
  • “One thing I would like to note is some things can get redundant and anything random or uncommonly used or eaten is nice (new flavor chips, cookie stix, candy not seen since being a kid). Basically we will try most anything.”
  • “Toiletries are okay if they are brand name.  It’s more of a reminder of being at home.  People will send tons and tons of cheap tooth brushes and off-brand tooth paste, shampoo, body soap, etc.., but it’s cool to get some nicer toiletries such as Axe Deodorant (for men) and Tampax Pearl Tampons (for women).”
  • “Any kind of packaged meat or tuna is really nice.  Tortillas to put that stuff on.   Any sort of simple meal that can be made with just boiling water is always good.”

Donations toward the cost of postage are also greatly appreciated.

UW-Green Bay to host Chancellor’s Veteran Reception Nov. 9

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host its annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The annual event is a chance to honor campus and community veterans and active-duty personnel, all of whom are invited to attend, said UW-Green Bay veteran services adviser Elaina Koltz. Refreshments will be served.

The reception will include remarks from UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden, as well as veteran Jeremy Wildenberg, a UW-Green Bay graduate student, instructor and Institute for Learning Partnership staff member. Wildenberg served 14 years in the military as a linguist and intelligence analyst, including deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a full-time UW-Green Bay student in the Applied Leadership in Teaching and Learning master’s degree program, and he teaches Arabic for UW-Green Bay through the University of Wisconsin’s Collaborative Language Program. Wildenberg also teaches Arabic and Russian for St. Norbert College. He is the father of four children, ages seven to 17.

UW-Green Bay has 355 individuals receiving veteran benefits, including 252 veterans and service members, as well as dependents. That number is expected to increase to more than 400 by early next year, Koltz said. UW-Green Bay recently was named a Military Friendly School for the fourth consecutive year, an honor bestowed by Victory Media Inc. that recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus.

“UW-Green Bay works to serve and honor our veterans and military service members year-round, including through this very special Chancellor’s Veteran Reception,” Koltz said. “When the appreciation for their sacrifice and hard work comes from the top of the University, it makes a wonderful impression on these students.”

Several items will be on display during the veteran reception event, including UW-Green Bay student military scrapbooks and photo albums. The University also will display books from the Veterans Book Project, a library of books authored collectively by artist Monica Haller and dozens of people who have been affected by and have archives of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Visit the Book Project website for more information.

UW-Green Bay’s Vets 4 Vets Club will be collecting items for veteran care packages, and will host a raffle to benefit the purchase of veteran books. For information about veterans’ benefits at UW-Green Bay and veterans’ benefits in the UW System.

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We’re ‘military friendly,’ for fourth consecutive year

We are happy to report that for the fourth year in a row, UW-Green Bay has been named to the list of Military Friendly Schools, compiled by Victory Media Inc. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and ensure their success on campus. “We owe an immeasurable debt to our men and women in uniform,” said Chancellor Tom Harden. “UW-Green Bay supports our students who serve through an annual veterans reception, an active student veterans organization, the work of a dedicated veteran services adviser and numerous other avenues. The University’s inclusion on this list reflects our ongoing commitment to our students in the military and those who have served.” Full details.

UW-Green Bay awarded Military Friendly Schools ® Title from Victory Media Inc.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay once again has been named to the annual Military Friendly Schools ® list from Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The Military Friendly Schools ® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

“We owe an immeasurable debt to our men and women in uniform,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden. “UW-Green Bay supports our students who serve through an annual veterans reception, an active student veterans organization, the work of a dedicated veteran services adviser and numerous other avenues. The University’s inclusion on this list reflects our ongoing commitment to our students in the military and those who have served.”

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.

Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB). This board consists of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The Guide and associated media will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on Nov. 9, between Ohio State and Marquette on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools ®.

System, Extension, Tech Colleges launch mobile Veterans Education Portal

Military veterans now have access to higher education resources through their mobile devices, thanks to a partnership between the UW System, UW-Extension and Wisconsin Technical College System. The groups have released a smart phone-friendly version of the Veterans Education Portal, which launched in November 2010 to help veterans transition from military service to college life. Vets who want to take the first step toward completing their education can access information about Wisconsin’s veteran education benefits, academic programs and support — all in one place, tailored for display on the small screen. More info.

Welcome back! Ashwaubenon reservists to be honored Saturday at the Kress

One hundred U.S. Army Reservists officially will be welcomed home from Afghanistan Saturday (June 9) during the Welcome Home Warrior Citizen ceremony at the Kress Events Center. Members of the Ashwaubenon-based 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, which returned home in March, will be honored during the event. Click here for more info, and to see photos from the unit’s return home in March.

432nd plans homecoming event June 9 at Kress


The Army Reserve 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion is planning to hold its welcome-home event at the UW-Green Bay Kress Events Center at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 9. WBAY-TV’s Bill Jartz is scheduled to emcee and the event will also feature brief remarks by Mayor Jim Schmitt and various state and local officials as family, friends and private citizens greet the soldiers on their return from Afghanistan. The 432nd held its departure ceremony at the Kress in March 2011.

Military sendoff at Kress Center

Approximately 100 soldiers who are bound for Afghanistan later this year were honored March 5 with a sendoff on the UW-Green Bay campus for the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion.

The special community ceremony took place at the Kress Events Center, with several hundred family members and friends in attendance. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that the unit is beginning a nine-month assignment in provinces of eastern Afghanistan in June. It is the unit’s third deployment this decade, but the first two were in Iraq.

The 30-minute ceremony was attended by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh; U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Lawrence; Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt; and Brown County Executive Tom Hinz.

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Deployment ceremony for the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, March 5, 2011, Kress Events CenterDeployment ceremony for the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, March 5, 2011, Kress Events CenterDeployment ceremony for the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, March 5, 2011, Kress Events Center
Photos provided by U.S. Army