UW-Green Bay Public Administration degree and Nonprofit Management Certificate now offered online

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Public Administration program announces its Public Administration Major and Nonprofit Management Certificate are now achievable online as well as in-person. This endeavor will make the program more widely available for employed adults while allowing a new generation of college students to pursue their UW-Green Bay education online.

Associate Professor Lora Warner calls this new online expansion “advantageous,” stating students can take control of how they wish to complete their education with greater access to our strong undergraduate program. The online options for the Public Administration Major and Nonprofit Management Certificate are the same as obtaining the major or certificate in person on UW-Green Bay’s campus. Students also are welcome to take a blend of in-person and online courses in ways that best fit their schedules. Warner noted that online students, like those who physically attend classes, will engage in high-impact, hands-on curricula taught by exceptional faculty.

Individuals can obtain Certificates in Emergency Management or in Nonprofit Management (with 15-18 credit hours) by completing designated courses offered by the Public Administration major. These certificates may also be pursued online by non-degree-seeking students such as employed professionals who seek to advance their careers.

Recent UW-Green Bay Public Administration graduates have obtained careers as city administrators, fund-raising professionals, parks directors, budget analysts, program managers, human resources assistants, environmental planners, volunteer coordinators, emergency management directors, and claims analysts, among others. Many graduates pursue graduate degrees in public administration, public policy or political science.

Questions about the program can be directed to Associate Professor David Helpap at helpapd@uwgb.edu. More information about the Public Administration program can be found on its website, https://www.uwgb.edu/public-administration/.


College no laughing matter for Kimmel’s production assistant

At 26 and living in California, Joey Bina is not, by any means, a traditional UW-Green Bay student. By day he works on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! — ABC’s late-night talk show — as Kimmel’s personal production assistant, by night he is a hard-working honors student, ready to graduate this Saturday (Dec. 16, 2017) with a 4.0 gpa.

Bina has earned his bachelor’s degree in Integrative Leadership Studies — a fully online program designed to meet the needs of adult students who have work, family or other obligations. Balancing his exciting career, a social life, and going back to school has been a bit of a challenge, he says, but overall what he believes to be the best decision for his future.

“It was a difficult change to get back into schoolwork while balancing work and other responsibilities,” Bina said. “I just had to get into a routine and it became a lot easier.”

Bina left college in 2013 to pursue the professional opportunity with Kimmel’s show. (His contract prevents him from discussing much detail about his day-to-day experiences on the set). He wanted to complete his degree, and after some influence from his parents, UW-Green Bay Lecturers Michael and Danielle Bina, Joey made the decision to finish at UW-Green Bay.

“I knew that if I wanted to do anything else in my career, I would eventually need to have a degree,” he said. “Going back to school was a big investment in my future.”FullSizeRender

The most rewarding part about going back to school was doing so well even when there were many factors working against him, he said, like living far away and working full time.

“I would not have been able to do it without the UW-Green Bay Adult Degree (now Continuing Education and Community Engagement) program, professors that were empathetic regarding my hectic lifestyle, and the encouragement of others every step of the way.

“My time here has been extremely eye-opening,” Bina said. “I can’t thank everyone enough for being so helpful throughout my process of moving to California and finishing my degree.”

Story by Amanda Rice, Marketing and University Communication intern

Nicole and Tanya Babich

‘Special Coincidence’ has Laona, Wis. Mother and Daughter Both Earning Degrees on Same Day

Growth of Online Programs for Both Traditional and Adult Students Makes for a New Kind of College Experience

Tanya Babich began her University of Wisconsin-Green Bay college career in the Summer of 2013 as an online student. Daughter Nicole Babich enrolled in her first
UW-Green Bay course in Summer 2014, taking online courses for a few semesters while simultaneously completing her Associate’s Degree at Nicolet Area Technical College.

Tanya is graduating today with a degree in Applied Studies (major: Integrative Leadership Studies); Nicole with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Psychology. Tanya has stepped on campus only a handful of times to visit her daughter (not to attend classes); Nicole arrived on campus in Spring 2016, experiencing campus life to the fullest in the semester she spent as an on-campus resident.

Their experiences, while different than what most people think of as a traditional college reality, are becoming more prevalent as delivery of higher education is going the way of the digital age. It’s also presented a special circumstance in that mother and daughter are surprisingly-and happily-graduating on the same day on May 14.

When asked questions about their shared college adventure (via an e-mail interview, of course), both Tanya and Nicole had a lot to share.

Tanya Babich (Mother)

UW-Green Bay Career Began: Summer 2013
Degree: Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree
Major: Integrative Leadership Studies

Your path to UW-Green Bay:

I attended Nicolet Area Technical College where I earned my Associate’s Degree. I’ve also taken courses from UW-Platteville and NWTC.

Why did you choose UWGB?

UWGB willingly accepted all of my credits from Nicolet Area Technical College.

Q: How would you describe your UWGB experience?

TB: My experience at UWGB has been great. The professors are helpful and prompt. D2L is user friendly and the library system is amazing.

Q: It’s pretty unique that both you and your daughter are graduating on the same day. Was that a part of your master plan or did things just work out that way?

TB: We knew our graduation dates would be close, but it was mostly by chance. I only took one to two courses a semester, and Nicole finished her Bachelor’s Degree in three years instead of four. Had we done anything differently, we may have graduated college at the same time my youngest daughter graduated from high school. Either way, it’s a special coincidence.

Q: How did it feel to have your daughter going through the same experience at the same time?

TB: We provided a much needed support system for each other. It was an honor to share the experience with her. We learned from each other and pushed each other to excel in our classes.

Q: Did you ever run into each other or meet up on campus?

TB: I am an online student so I was never on campus unless I was visiting her.

Q: Did you ever study together?

TB: We would help each other proofread papers.

Q: Did you ever take any of the same classes, either at the same time or in different semesters?

TB: Both of us minored in Human Development, so a few of our courses were the same. We completed Infancy and Early Childhood a semester apart, but with different professors. We did take one course together, Middle Childhood and Adolescence, in the Summer 2015 Semester; we shared a textbook.

Q: Did you ever have the same professors, allowing you the opportunity to “compare notes” on their personality, teaching style, etc.

TB: Over the years I believe we have shared two or three professors, but it was for different courses, with the exception of the course we took together. We always share our thoughts on our professors and unique assignments we are able to do.

Q: Did your college paths cross in any unique or surprising ways?

TB: I never met my advisor in person, but Nicole bumped into him at a college fair when she was finishing her Associate’s Degree, also at Nicolet Area Technical College. She recognized his name, so after getting some information about UWGB she asked him about me. He remembered a lot of our email discussions, so they chatted for a few minutes. It was cool to hear her describe him for me.

Q: Did you lean on each other for help and support? Who leaned more? Who supported more?

TB: I leaned on Nicole more than she leaned on me. She proofread my papers for me and helped me understand some algebra concepts that were challenging for me. She is a great teacher and very patient. She realized it had been over 20 years since I have had algebra classes and she explained the processes completely.

Q: How easy was it to turn on/off being Mom to a college student versus being a fellow student to your own daughter?

TB: Nicole and I have always had a close relationship. She is responsible, organized, and determined to succeed. She does not need me to be in the mom role very often. When she does, it is easy for me to shift into that role and provide her with motherly advice. She also understands many issues from my perspective when we talk to each other.

Q: What did people say when they heard you and your daughter were attending the same college at the same time?

TB: Most people say it is awesome and how impressed they are with both of us. Not many people know we are graduating on the same day, including my parents. They think they are attending Nikki’s graduation; I cannot wait to surprise them.

Q: What’s in store for life after college for you?

A: I am currently employed at CoVantage Credit Union and I enjoy my work immensely. I don’t plan to make any big changes. I will have more down time to spend outside and pick up a few hobbies once I’m done with all my coursework, though. I also plan to spend more time with both of my daughters and continue to guide them through their educational journeys.

Q: Do you have a favorite memory (or 2) about your time at UWGB?

A: I did visit my daughter a couple of times and she took me through the library. It was unbelievable. I love to read and I was amazed at the size of the library. I was snap chatting the library to all of my friends. I would have loved to have spent more time there.

Q: What will you miss the most?

A: I will miss the interesting books I have been reading for my classes.

Q: What won’t you miss?

A: I will happily say goodbye to discussion boards.

Q: Do you have any advice for other adults who are considering “going back to school” or getting their degree through an online program?

A: I would encourage anyone that is interested in continuing their education to go for it. It takes time and dedication, but it is worth the effort. The adults that hesitate because they don’t know if they can fit college courses into their schedules need to be encouraged to take one or two courses at a time. It is possible to fit college into a busy life and the knowledge is priceless.

Q: Would you recommend UWGB’s online degree program to other people? Why or why not?

A: I would recommend the online program to other people and I have. It is convenient to learn at home during your spare time, it provides a good example for your children, and earning a degree will help you improve your future as well as your families.

Nicole Babich (Daughter)

UW-Green Bay Career Began: I enrolled in my first UWGB course in the Summer 2014 Semester. I took online courses at UWGB for a few semesters while I was simultaneously completing my Associate’s Degree at Nicolet Area Technical College (NTC). Spring 2016 was my first semester on the GB campus, and coincidentally it is also my last semester on campus because I graduate on May 14!
Degree: Bachelor of Sciences Degree
Major: Psychology

Q: Your path to college:

NB: I earned an Associate of Arts from Nicolet Area Technical College and I completed a course at NTC during high school.

Q: Why did you choose UWGB?

NB: A few reasons come to mind: my credits transferred easily, I was more familiar with the area than any other UW college, my grandmother and aunt both graduated from UWGB, and my mom was having a great experience so far when I chose to enroll.

Q: How would you describe your UWGB experience?

NB: My short time with UWGB was a blast. I’m not sad that I only had one semester of the campus life and experience. I actually feel like it was better for me to spend my final semester soaking everything in. I had a wonderful internship with Transformation House this spring and I know I’m going to miss the staff and residents. Even before I “arrived” on campus, my experience was great. Being able to take online courses helped my educational career move forward faster, to suit me best. My professors took a genuine interest in my education, making recommendations for other courses or projects and offering positive feedback. One of my online professors nominated me for a University Award, which I will receive this Friday; it goes to show how supportive the atmosphere at UWGB is.

Q: It’s pretty unique that both you and your mother are graduating on the same day. Was that a part of your master plan or did things just work out that way?

NB: When our required course lists started dwindling down, we both thought we would graduate next spring with my sister, who is graduating from high school. However, I enrolled in an Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate Program last summer from UW-Superior that knocked out quite a few elective requirements. I’ve always taken 15 or more credits a semester as well, so I was able to graduate a year early. Meanwhile, my mom took a few more courses than she normally would in a semester and it just panned out this way. She wouldn’t have participated in the graduation ceremony for herself, but because I’m graduating too she’s doing it for both of us.

Q: How did it feel to have your mom going through the same experience at the same time?

NB: My mom has been taking one to two courses a semester for a very long time. When I enrolled as a college student it didn’t feel like anything changed. The homework never ceased for either of us. It was great to have someone who went through a lot of the same procedures, though. She shared a lot of advice about transferring my credits and saved me the headache of having to “retake” courses. It would have been much more difficult without her.

Q: Did you ever run into each other/meet up on campus?

NB: I gave her the first and only tour of UWGB she ever had this spring. She only takes online courses so she only made it to campus to visit me. I had a lot of fun showing her where I spent my time, and it was cool for her to see where she had been attending college for so long.

Q: Did you ever study together?

NB: We edit a lot of each other’s homework. Sometimes it feels like we were taking each other’s courses after reading all of the material, but we only ever had one course together. We didn’t study together because we shared a book; I would finish my work while she was at her job, and she would finish hers when she came home.

Q: Did you ever take any of the same classes, either at the same time or in different semesters?

NB: We both took Family Development, Infancy and Early Childhood, and Middle Childhood and Adolescence. The latter course we took together in Summer 2015. We promised not to comment on each other’s discussion posts because we would essentially be talking about one another in the life examples. Our professors probably guessed that we were mother and daughter, but we tried to keep our classmates from reacting to it; more comments on a discussion board only meant more responses and work from us.

Q: Did you ever have the same professors, allowing you the opportunity to “compare notes” on their personality, teaching style, etc.

NB: We had maybe two or three shared professors, but not always for the same courses. We would talk about the professors and assignments we especially liked, but for similar courses we discussed how professors modified the coursework. In one case she had triple the work I did because I took an Interim course and she took a regular semester course.

Q: Did your college paths cross in any unique or surprising ways?

NB: I ran into her advisor at a transfer fair. She never met him in person, but she liked hearing about him from me.

Q: Did you lean on each other for help and support? Who leaned more? Who supported more?

NB: We always support each other. She helped me with some questions about transferring credits. I helped her by editing her papers. My parents supported me financially so I could focus on my coursework and my job as a student. I would take care of on-campus business for my mom. I think I leaned more, but I’m sure my mom would say that she leaned more.

Q: How easy was it to turn on/off being a daughter to your mom versus being a fellow student?

NB: I’ve never thought about it in that light. She is never one or the other; she has been both for as long as I remember. I have a super intelligent mom, not a mothering fellow student. We are very similar people too, so I guess it only feels natural that we would both be college students.

Q: What did people say when they heard you and your Mom were attending the same college at the same time?

NB: Most thought it was awesome. In fact, I wouldn’t be completing this interview unless a UWGB staff member thought it was a phenomenal story. The only weird reaction I ever received is when people would ask me, well what is your mother going to be when she graduates? She has a full-time job at a company she has worked at for years, and a family she will always continue to raise. She is going to be whatever she wants, but she will always be superwoman in my opinion.

Q: What’s in store for life after college for you?

NB: I applied to a graduate program in clinical mental health counseling, and I’m looking into a few other programs for the fall. I’ve also applied for a few positions to simply get the practice and to broaden my own choices.

Q: Do you have a job after graduation?

NB: I will continue to work at a resort I’ve been with for almost three years while I wait to hear back from admission departments and continue applying for positions that open during the summer.

Q: Do you have a favorite memory (or two) about your time at UWGB?

NB: It is difficult to pick a favorite because I crammed so many activities into this semester, and everything I did was great. Harry Potter GB Nites, Palette and Pub, Bingo, Celtic Nights, and Can I Kiss You were my favorite events. My favorite memories though, were going to Half Apps with my friends and finding the secret chapel on campus.

Q: What will you miss the most?

NB: I’m going to miss my first and only roommates from UWGB. Gabby and Larissa really helped me immerse myself into student life and they are great friends.

Q: What won’t you miss?

NB: I won’t miss trying to find a close parking space.

Q: Do you have any advice for other college students who might have a parent who’s considering “going back to school” and will be going through the experience at the same time, like you did?

NB: Ask questions; ask your advisor, your professor, friends you know at the campus, past professors, university staff, ask anyone. Navigating the college experience is a million times easier when you have even the simple or “stupid” questions answered; chances are someone else was confused or curious, too.

Try to learn about the courses beforehand. Three credits in three weeks sounds great, but I see so many returning learners get in over their heads because they don’t know what to expect in a college course. The syllabus will say how many hours are a typical commitment, but doing a little more research will help you enjoy your college career.

Q: Would you recommend UWB to prospective students? Why or why not?

NB: I would definitely recommend UWGB. I love the atmosphere, the sense of community, the campus location, the professors, the course offerings, and the support I received.

Todd Dresser now an instructional designer

News out of Academic Technology Services — beginning March 1 Todd Dresser is the new instructional designer. He worked previously as an instructional technologist in ATS. In his new role, he will assist faculty and staff with the quality and design of online courses, and with the development of web-based programs and majors. Curious about how to build an online course, or how to put a face-to-face course online? Set up a time to meet, dressert@uwgb.edu.

Trombley interview: Higher ed, online learning, older adults

Christina Trombley, interim dean for the division of Outreach and Adult Access, was recently interviewed for an article in the online magazine Evolution. Headlined “Transforming the Student Experience for All,” the article quotes Trombley as to the impact of older adult learners on colleges and universities. “Adult students have much higher expectations for the services they receive, not only in the classroom but in all of the services received, such as advising and other student services. They are used to making larger purchases and to measuring costs against what they gain,” Trombley says. The short Q&A addresses a number of trends and issues, at  http://evolllution.com/attracting-students/customer_service/transforming-the-student-experience-for-all/

Nursing Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Teresa Talmadge

Home to Houston with a BSN

Nursing Program graduate Teresa Talmadge met UW-Green Bay Nursing Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak for the first time (in person, at least) prior to mid-year commencement Saturday (Dec. 19) at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Talmadge, of suburban Kingwood, Texas, near Houston, made her first trip to the UW-Green Bay campus this weekend to receive her bachelor’s in Nursing. She took all of her coursework online, as many students choose to do given the solid reputation of UW-Green Bay’s online BSN option.

She left cool 60-degree weather in Houston for a brisk 20-degree day in Green Bay, but relished the chance to soak up the warm commencement-day atmosphere.

Originally from Northwestern Wisconsin (St. Croix Falls), Talmadge earned her nursing diploma a dozen years ago at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She relocated to Texas and today works as an emergency room nurse.

Knowledgeable about the quality of the UW System from earlier studies at Stevens Point, she followed a friend’s recommendation to enroll online with UW-Green Bay when she decided a bachelor’s degree (and perhaps graduate studies to follow) would suit her nursing career and interests.

“It’s a very good program,” Talmadge says of UW-Green Bay Nursing. “I would absolutely recommend it to others.”

New academic year brings new master’s in Data Science

UW-Green Bay marked the Sept. 2 start of the fall semester with the debut of the first online master’s degree in data science ever offered in the UW System. UWGB is a partner in the new Master’s of Data Science degree with UW-Extension and five other UW System universities. Officials say the new degree responds to local demand in one of America’s fastest growing fields. “The exponential growth in data generation, and the need to get hands around this data, has led businesses scrambling for ways to hone their strategies, improve existing processes and bolster innovation in their products and services,” says Gaurav Bansal, associate professor of management, information science and statistics. For more on the new program.

Insight magazine talks higher ed with Adult Degree’s Trombley

“We started doing classes that were weekends and hybrids, and then through the years, as technology advanced, we started incorporating more of the technology into classes,” Christina Trombley, director of UWGB’s Adult Degree Program, said in a recent interview with the local Insight magazine. “It was just the natural progression of trying to continually serve this adult population.” To see the story about “online alternatives.”

New academic year brings new master’s in Data Science

(Photo above courtesy of UW-Extension)

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay marks the Sept. 2 start of the fall semester and the 2015-16 academic year with the debut of the first online master’s degree in data science ever offered in the UW System.

UW-Green Bay is a partner in the new Master’s of Data Science degree with UW-Extension and five other UW System universities, in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior. Faculty from each of the participating campuses will teach the online classes.

Officials say the new degree responds to one of America’s fastest growing fields as businesses and organizations seek to harness vast amounts of data — newly available through various technological innovations — to make better, data-driven decisions.

“The exponential growth in data generation, and the need to get hands around this data, has led businesses scrambling for ways to hone their strategies, improve existing processes and bolster innovation in their products and services,” says Gaurav Bansal, associate professor of management, information science and statistics at UW-Green Bay.

Adds Bansal, who will direct the Master’s of Data Science program at UW-Green Bay, “This program harnesses not only the faculty expertise from different UW campuses but also different academic disciplines including Computer Science, Statistics, Information Technology Management, Business Management and Communication. The program has been developed with input from Industry leaders and is closely aligned with the business needs in this area.”

The curriculum will be grounded in computer science, math and statistics, management and communication. Students will learn how to clean, organize, analyze and interpret large and complex data sets using the latest tools and analytical methods. Admission to the program will require a bachelor’s degree and a 3.0 GPA. Aptitude tests such as the GMAT and GRE will not be required.

“Our ability to collect and interpret data is crucial to the success of our business,” says Matt Mueller, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Schreiber Foods of Green Bay, an advocate of the new program. “Decisions that we make — from providing market insights, to developing modern capabilities, to creating efficiencies in our manufacturing environment and everything in between — are data-driven. We employ a number of professionals (in this area), and I see this online master’s degree program in Data Science as another great resource for us.”

Bansal says tuition will compares favorably to competing graduate programs from other institutions. Like other collaborative online University of Wisconsin programs, students will pay the same tuition whether they live in Wisconsin or out-of-state.

The Master of Science in Data Science program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in math, statistics, analytics, computer science, or marketing; or three to five years of professional experience as a business intelligence analyst, data analyst, financial analyst, information technology analyst, database administrator, computer programmer, statistician or other related position.

Bansal points also to a report by McKinsey Global Institute that predicts demand for “deep analytical talent” in the United States could be 50 to 60 percent greater than projected supply by 2018. Opportunities have been identified in almost every economic sector: manufacturing, construction, transportation, warehousing, communication, science, health care, computer science, information technology, retail, sales, marketing, finance, insurance, education, government, law enforcement, security and more.

The Master of Science in Data Science joins a growing list of online degree and certificate programs available at UW-Green Bay. Prospective students seeking more information about the Master of Science in Data Science program are encouraged to visit the website, call 1-877-895-3276 or email.


Publicity for fall 2015 launch of new master’s in data science

UW-Extension is getting some media attention with its news release announcing the launch of a new, 12-course, 36-credit online master’s degree in the fast-growing field of data science. It’s a collaboration involving Extension and the four-year UW campuses in Green Bay, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior. (UW-Green Bay’s share of the curriculum offerings will be two courses. Rajeev Bukralia expects to go live this fall with Foundations of Data Science, and Gaurav Bansal of Business Administration is planning a spring 2016 course in data analysis.) The major is expecting approval from the Higher Learning Commission. UW Extension Dean David Schejbal anticipates high demand: “In Wisconsin and across the country, employers in most industries are in great need of skilled professionals with the ability to transform big data into actionable insights.” For more, see the release.