Double-diploma day for the Troesters

Troester photo
Mother and son Gloria and Nathan Troester

They had vastly different reasons for beginning their adventure at UW-Green Bay, but mother and son, Gloria and Nathan Troester, completed their journey together.

The Troesters both graduated on Saturday, May 13, 2017 with degrees in Integrative Leadership Studies through UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement (formerly Adult Degree).

Nathan, who is a deputy treasurer for a local municipality, heard about the Integrative Leadership Studies degree and decided it was the best path for increasing his knowledge and giving him the best opportunity to succeed. “My focus in Leadership in Public Service fit me perfectly,” he said. “With the support of my fiance’ I was able to take 45 credits in 14 months and completed my last class in July.”

For Gloria, the degree path was a fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

“All of my adult life I have been working and knew that education is the key to providing a better life for my family,” she said. “My mother had always wanted me to attend college and one of our last conversations was her asking me to promise that I would finish my degree.”

She started with an associates degree followed by accounting classes at UW-River Falls, and finally, while participating in the Clerks and Treasurer’s Institute in Green Bay, heard a presentation about degree completion by UW-Green Bay’s Eric Craver, and envisioned the path that could help her meet her goal of a bachelor’s degree.

“My overall experience at UWGB was wonderful,” Gloria said. “If I were ask which professor had the most influence on my learning experience or made a difference, I would not be able to say because each and everyone of them added to my learning by doing a great job making it easy to follow the curriculum and staying engaged.”

Although they didn’t live in the same residence, Nathan was able to help Gloria negotiate the math requirement. And then it was a race to the finish. “I was working on my general education requirements, and Nathan was working on his area of emphasis,” Gloria said. “There has been plenty of discussion regarding who would finish first. My husband would kid around about starting a wager board.”

Campus officials are calling it a tie.

Grandparent's University

Grandparents University class of 2016

August 5th marks the conclusion of another successful year of UW-Green Bay’s Grandparents’ University (GPU). This outreach program engages children (aged 7-14) and their grandparents in activities in different “majors” in a college setting. Activities offered include basket weaving, cartoon character drawing, rocket building, improvisation courses and more. GPU is designed to promote higher education to children in the community, while providing a setting in which grandparents and their grandchildren may bond, learn and have fun. Accommodations are offered in the UWGB residence halls, and classes take place in classrooms on campus. See pictures of the GPU class of 2016.

Grandparents University 2016

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.

New hires in Admissions: assistant director, bilingual recruiter

The Office of Admissions shares announcement of two new staff hires who will play essential roles in the University’s recruitment of prospective students. Bridget Derge has been named Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment. Marisa Leza is the new bilingual (Spanish/English) local high school recruiter. Derge worked previously for UWGB as an enrollment services manager with GBOSS, the student services center, and prior to that as admissions director for a for-profit trade school. Leza, an SNC grad, worked formerly as Hispanic outreach coordinator for Notre Dame Academy.



Chancellor shares plan for administrative reorganization 

In an email communication Monday to UW-Green Bay faculty and staff, Chancellor Gary L. Miller shared an overview of a plan to reorganize the University’s operational and organizational structure. The new model, with four academic deans reporting to the provost and vice chancellor, will replace a two-dean structure largely unchanged since 1996. (Current titles are dean of the College of Professional Studies and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.) The four colleges and schools under the new structure will be:
• Cofrin School of Business

• College of Health and Education

• College of Science

• College of Liberal Arts

The faculty University Committee and the chairs of the Academic Staff and University Staff committees have endorsed the concept. Miller says he will seek UW System approval at the December meeting of the Board of Regents, with implementation by July 2016. With an accompanying reshaping of the Division of Outreach and Adult Access, reallocation of vacant positions and integration of some services into other budgetary units, the changes project as cost neutral or a net savings. The Chancellor says the need for reorganization was illuminated over the past year through the efforts of the Invent the Future work groups, the new University Planning and Innovation Council, and individuals across campus charged with managing unprecedented state budget cuts. UW-Green Bay’s new administrative structure will better position deans to support faculty, pursue fundraising opportunities, foster innovation and community engagement, and grow their respective programs, Miller says. To see his message to faculty and staff, which includes budget projections, a pledge of continuing governance involvement and a draft plan for how academic programs will be grouped, visit the Chancellor’s website.

UW-Green Bay offers fall 2015 courses for educators

UW-Green Bay has announced its autumn course offerings for educators who wish to obtain license renewal, achieve personal or professional developmental goals, or seek salary advancement. Educators with basic experience using Google tools can further their technology skills through the popular class, “Google Tools: Moving your Skills to the Next Level.” Two new courses in the science area include a new field biology course, “Methods of Field Biology for Educators: Natural History and Biology of Lake Michigan Salmon,” and a course on how to bring archeology into the elementary classroom. Also back by popular demand is the course, “Interventions: Evidence-Based Behavioral Strategies for Individual Students.”

UW-Green Bay Outreach offers Robotics and STEM Camps

Students entering grades 6 through 9 in fall 2015 can enroll now for Robotics and STEM Camp, to be held Sunday-Wednesday, July 19-22 and 26-29, at UW-Green Bay. The camps challenge students to learn the basics of the engineering design process using hands-on learning with the Lego Mindstorms platform. Camp information and registration are available online.

UWGB Outreach, Bellin College offer ‘Life’s a Lab Reality Science Camp’

Registration is now open for students entering grades 10 through 12 in fall 2015 to enroll now for the Life’s a Lab Reality Science Camp, Sunday, June 14 through Wednesday, June 17, at UW-Green Bay. The camp is a partnership between UW-Green Bay’s Summer Camp program, in the Office of Outreach and Adult Access, and Bellin College. For students interested in health careers such as physical therapy, sports medicine, radiology, emergency medical and research, this camp will offer tours of professional clinics and other medical facilities in the mornings and lab experiences in the afternoons. Camp Director is Associate Prof. Amanda Nelson, Human Biology. For details.

Outreach presents lineup of winter, spring Offerings for Educators

From critical issues to classroom technology, UW-Green Bay Education Outreach is presenting a sizeable and varied lineup of winter and spring Offerings for Educators. Designed to help teachers, administrators and other professionals obtain the practical education they need to apply theory and best practice to the classroom and school environment, these online and in-person courses offer myriad avenues for enrichment.

Show your smarts: Girl Scouts trivia contest is May 20

Outreach and Adult Access’ Eric Craver, whose LeadershipGreen Bay team joined forces with the local Girl Scouts on an anti-bullying project last year, is inviting UW-Green Bay faculty and staff to form teams for another Girl Scouts event — the annual Winner Trivia contest. This year’s event takes place from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at The Marq in De Pere. Teams of up to four people compete for the coveted traveling Winner Trivia trophy and other great prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.