UntitledTown Book and Author Festival features many UW-Green Bay campus community members


An inaugural festival uniting readers with authors, writers, publishers, podcasters and philosophers will feature many members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus community.

The “UntitledTown Book and Author Festival,” April 28-30, downtown Green Bay, will bring together people of all ages and abilities to share their stories and celebrate the community’s love of reading. The Festival will feature a diverse lineup of more than seventy readings, discussions, panels, workshops and other events of interest to writers and readers, including a book expo.

Campus community members presenting during the Festival include founding member of the Board of Directors and Festival Chair Prof. Rebecca Meacham (English, Humanistic Studies and Women’s Studies), Assistant Director of Archives and Area Research Center Deb Anderson, English Composition and Writing Center Instructor Nichole Rued and Continuing Education and Community Engagement Lecturer Tara DaPra. Students involved in the coordination of the Festival include Eric Jorgenson, Kelsey Langlitz and Corey Reed. The student-run Sheepshead Review Journal of the Arts will launch its spring issue at the book fair during the Festival.

The Alumni Association is a sponsor and several alumni are participating in the Festival. Lisa Fay Coutley, Casey Thayer and Grant Cousineau are presenting. Founding board members and festival planners include Wendy Wimmer Schuchart and Brian Simons. Morgan Moran (Bloohm) is marketing the event with the Karma Group. Ami Irmen, Nick Reilly and Amy Casey (Harter) are among the bloggers for the UntitledTown Blog.

Confirmed Festival venues include the Brown County Library, Titletown Brewery’s Larsen Room, The Meyer Theatre Backstage, Kavarna Coffeehouse, the KI Center, St. Brendan’s Inn and Old Fort Square, with more to come. A complimentary UntitledTown trolley will be available for attendees to access each venue easily. Nearly every event is free and open to the public.

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival will host a public Press Conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 29 on the main level of the Brown County Central Library.

Q&As will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 30 at the Titletown Tap Room and 1 p.m. April 15 at the Reader’s Loft. The Reader’s Loft Q&A session will award free swag bags filled with books to the first 15 attendees. Each session is free and open to the public.

For more information, follow UntitledTown Book and Author Festival on:
Twitter @untitledtowngb
Instagram @untitledtown
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/untitledtown/
Or visit UntitledTown.org

Division of Outreach name change

Moving forward, the Division of Outreach and Adult Access is now named the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement to best reflect the expertise of its staff and the communities it serves. The Division will continue to offer personal and professional development opportunities and services for all ages through K-12 Education Outreach, College Credit In High School, Government and Economic Development, Continuing Professional Education, Wisconsin Caregiver Academy, Wisconsin CBRF Registry, Camps and Conferences, UW-Extension Collaborative Degrees and the Lifelong Learning Institute.


Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement awarded contract

The Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement (formerly Outreach and Extension) was awarded a five year contract from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), and the Bureau of Assisted Living (BAL) to maintain the Community Based Residential Facilities (CBRF) Training Registry for the State of Wisconsin. The CBRF Training Registry serves as the sole verification for assisted living professionals who have successfully completed state required courses in accordance with the Wisconsin Administrative Code, DHS 83. The registry was successfully launched on Jan. 1 through collaborative efforts of UW-Green Bay Computing and Information, Marketing and University Communication and the entire Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. Contact Margie Reichwald at ext. 2321 (reichwam@uwgb.edu.) or visit www.uwgb.edu/cbrf-registry for more information, or like them on Facebook.


UW-Green Bay and CAVU Flight Academy offer aviation training

Registration now open for course beginning in February

GREEN BAY — Students ages 16 and older can discover the realm of flight and aerodynamics with “Aviation and Aerodynamics for Private and Sport Pilots,” a UW-Green Bay Education Outreach offering. This course will meet each Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning February 13, 2017 and running through April 10, 2017.

Designed to help participants understand the aerodynamic principles and physics of powered flight as well as to explore the exciting field of aviation as a career or hobby, the course prepares students for successfully passing the FAA Private Pilot or Sport Pilot written exam. There is no prerequisite for the course, which is held at CAVU Flight Academy in the Executive Air Building at Green Bay’s Austin Straubel Airport. Upon completion of the nine-week course, participants receive an endorsement to take the FAA Private Pilot or Sport Pilot Knowledge Test.

Aviation and Aerodynamics for Private and Sport Pilots is taught by Dr. Sherwood (Woody) Williams, flight instructor and owner of CAVU Flight Academy in Green Bay.

The course fee is $300 for private or sport pilots and includes course materials. Registrants must specify their choice for private or sport pilot track upon registration. Course fee does not include FAA Knowledge Test fees.

Interested individuals should contact Crystal at the UW-Green Bay Education Outreach Office, at (920) 465-2480. Office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration deadline is January 30, 2016 or until all spots are filled. For questions about this training, please contact Dr. Williams, at (920) 850-0263 or dr-w@new.rr.com.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Staff note: VanRemortel

Kassie VanRemortel, director or government affairs and economic development in the Office of Outreach and Adult Access, presented at the annual International Institute of Municipal Clerks Conference in Omaha. Her all-day workshop entitled “Become a Value Added Institute” was a training for university institute directors from around the United States. The workshop focused on curriculum development, assessment of learning, retention and cost saving ideas.

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.

Coming to an NFL stadium near you: Lambeau Lectures

UW-Green Bay Professors Lucy Arendt, Ryan Martin and John Katers will give prospective students and parents an idea of what it is like to hear a lecture from a UWGB faculty member in an exciting “TED Talks” format. Add in the fun and excitement of an evening with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, and UWGB has itself a nice recruitment event. The evening also includes a presentation by Craig Benzel, Packers VP of Sales and Business Development, and welcoming comments by UWGB Chancellor Gary Miller and Packers President Mark Murphy. Rob Davis, Packers Director of Player Development will emcee the event. Lambeau lectures will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in Lambeau Field Legends Club (4th Floor of the Packers Atrium). Doors open at 5:30. Seating is limited, register before Friday, February 26. Please forward to students and families considering UWGB. http://www.uwgb.edu/packers/

Outreach welcomes ‘media specialist’ Donna Mleziva

Returning “home” is UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access new hire, Donna Mleziva, a 2006 UWGB graduate. She is the division’s new design, marketing and media specialist. This position became available when long-time designer Dan Moore, ’00, left that post to accept an appointment as UW-Green Bay’s new campus photographer and videographer. Read more about the Luxemburg native and what she’s been doing since 2006.

Outreach welcomes scholarship winners

UWGB Adult Degree students, Amanda Kuettel and Mary Vanden Boomen, are recipients of the spring 2016 Patricia L. Hoppe Scholarships. UW-Green Bay, with the generous support of the family of former Adult Degree student, Patricia Hoppe, is proud to make these scholarships available to adult learners who strive to earn their bachelor’s degree through the Adult Degree Program while working, supporting families and balancing the demands of busy adult learners. Read more about the recipients.