Joshua Vollmar

Josh Vollmar recognized as UW-Green Bay’s ‘Most Outstanding Student’

Being good at something is one thing. Being passionate about learning is another. Outstanding Student Award Recipient, Joshua Vollmar, came to appreciate the difference after taking an Introduction to Human Biology class, realizing that learning about health science while sharing compassion through active volunteerism were key to how he wanted to build his future career. That combination of learning and living make Vollmar a most deserving recipient of this year’s Outstanding Student Award.

Joshua Vollmar-1Vollmar was presented with the award by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association at a May 17 student award ceremony on campus and was recognized on Saturday, May 18 at the 99th Commencement Ceremony at the Kress Events Center. The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award Recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Vollmar for his undergraduate success as a student and volunteer service for others and the community. He was nominated and selected from all students eligible to receive diplomas at May commencement.

Vollmar graduates today with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with a Health Science emphasis. A native of Suring, Wisconsin, Vollmar first came to the UW-Green Bay campus as a fifth grader on a Phuture Phoenix field trip more than 11 years ago. Today, he crossed the stage as an example of UW-Green Bay’s finest: a graduate with a 3.787 GPA, five semesters earning honors, a student highly engaged on and off campus, a Chancellor’s Medallion recipient and a Phoenix ready for more.

Throughout childhood, money was tight and an education past high school was rarely discussed. “I never thought getting a degree was an option for me, let alone being able to have an extensive resume,” Vollmar wrote in his award application. “Attending UW-Green Bay has changed my life for nothing but the better. I have found passion in pursuing a career in medicine and am hoping to return to the area to continue serving the community.”

As a first-generation college student and Phuture Phoenix, Vollmar received several scholarships upon enrolling at UW-Green Bay. He credits these scholarships as the turning point in his education, when he was able to focus more on his academics than on his financial responsibilities. These awards also granted him the opportunity to experience a human biology travel course to Germany and Poland.

Vollmar also worked throughout college to fund his education, starting as a table assembler for a woodcrafts organization and ending as a Certified Nursing Assistant for Bellin Health.

As a human biology major aiming to make a difference, Vollmar immediately got involved in campus organizations including the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, where he assisted in turning the organization from inactive to a bustling chapter with 68 members and 22 graduate members and helped create the Human Biology Professional Development Council. Vollmar is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and has participated in the UW-Green Bay Fall Research Symposium, the Tiny Earth Research Symposium and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) Symposium.

Vollmar’s community volunteer record is impressive and includes giving of his time and talent to numerous community and campus events over the last four years. “Every chance I was given to give back to the community through donations or assisting with an event revolved around one driving force, and that is compassion. While there may be times when the world needs more of it, I am grateful to have witnessed the power of compassion and the effect it can leave on a community. I am excited to carry these qualities into my future career.”

Reminder: University Leadership Awards nominations due Monday (Feb. 4)

A reminder that the online nomination process for the 38th annual University Leadership Awards program (Chancellor’s Medallion, University Leadership Award and Outstanding Student Award) is now open! The deadline for nominating is Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. The University Leadership Awards honor students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus and in the community, in addition to academic excellence. Currently, only students enrolled at the Green Bay campus are eligible for these awards. Each of the branch campuses administers a unique awards process and ceremony; for more information, contact your Solution Center staff. To nominate, please visit this webpage. Learn more about the awards.

UWGB graduate earns Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Student award

UW-Green Bay December 2017 graduate, Mallory Krueger (Human Biology, Nutritional Sciences Emphasis) has been selected to receive the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Student Award. The award recognizes emerging leadership and achievement of a student in Wisconsin’s accredited undergraduate dietetics programs. Krueger is currently pursuing her Registered Dietitian credential and graduate studies in nutrition at Eastern Illinois University.

Update: Two students inadvertently left out of Leadership Awards announcement

The 36th Annual University Leadership Awards program will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12 in the University Theatre, Theatre Hall. A reception will follow. The awards being presented are the Chancellor’s Medallion, the University Leadership Award, the Outstanding Student Award, two Student Nominated Teaching Awards and the Outstanding Student Organization and Organization Service Project awards. Chancellor Gary Miller and Provost Greg Davis will be participating in the ceremony. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Friday, May 5. Contact Student Life at 920-465-2220 with any questions. An update from the original posting: Students Morgan Storkson and Breanna Suess were inadvertently left out of Leadership Awards announcement. See the full list.

Spring 2017 Recipients

University Leadership Award Winners 

Vianna Alfaro
Casey Aschliman
Nikolas Austin
Brianna Bodoh
Trevor Copeland
Jana Derer
Kayla Duesterbeck
Natalie Eckstein
Lisa Ford
Riley Garbe
Torey Gostas
Alexandra Graff
Sandra Graybill
Sam Hable
Natalie Hartjes
Stephanie Hermans
Nicole Hoelzel
Madaline Jensen
Ashley Keenan
Katelyn Krantz
Mallory Krueger
Shelby Larson
Allison LeMahieu
Hanna Mierow
Nathan Nichols
Tanya Niemi
Trevor Olsen
Trina Pachan
Nathan Rousseau
Heidi Satori
Nicholas Schommer
Danielle Shea
Adrianna Sosnowska
Morgan Storkson
Breanna Suess
Morgan Theobald
Nigel Tourdot
Leslie Trochlil
Phoenix Van Laanen
Katie Voss
Cassandra Walczak
Courtney Zambon

Chancellor’s Medallion Award Winners

Evan Ash
Tonie Bear
Michaella Brickner
Marissa Cherek
Caleb Chmielewski
Rachel Clift
Denise Coppock
Lewis Drumheller
Mackenzie Dunn
Eli Hughes
Andre Johnson
Annie Jones
Gretchen Klefstad
Kyle Leubka
Haley Lucas
Michelle McChesney
Miranda Michaelis
Courtney O’Donnell
Megan Powers
Cassandra Raymond
Katherine Scharenbroch
Allee Schramm
Annemarie Schwery
Jeremiah Shrovnal
Angela Smet
Sierra Spaulding
Taylor Steele
Liza Steffeck
Joseph Taylor
Cody VonRuden
Madelyn Winter
James Wise

Online nomination process for University Leadership Awards now open

The online nomination process for the University Leadership Awards program including the Chancellor’s Medallion, University Leadership Award and Outstanding Student Award is now open. The process is secure and will have the most current information available. The nomination deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Nomination instructions can be found on the nomination webpage. If you have any questions, please call Tina Tackmier at ext. 2220.

Passing of 1979’s top grad, Thomas L. Jones

Among those the UWGB community lost in the calendar year just concluded was Thomas L. Jones, the 1979 recipient of the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Student Award, presented to the top graduating senior from that year’s class. Word has been received that Jones died on Feb. 7, 2015 in Bangor, Maine, at age 62, after a lengthy illness. Jones served in the U.S. Navy before completing his undergraduate degree at UWGB and his law degree at the University of Wisconsin. He was a city attorney in La Crosse and moved to Maine in 1994 to pursue private practice.

Business grad will receive Outstanding Student Award at UW-Green Bay

Emily Blaha of Sturgeon Bay has been chosen the December 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Emily Blaha
Emily Blaha

The Business Administration senior with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in design arts will receive her diploma at UW-Green Bay’s mid-year commencement ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Blaha from among approximately 450 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at December commencement.

A 2012 graduate of Southern Door High School, Blaha will complete her degree requirements on an accelerated, three-and-a-half-year timetable.

Additionally, Blaha will be part of the platform party at commencement as student speaker for the ceremony. She was chosen to deliver remarks on behalf of her class by a committee of UW-Green Bay faculty members and administrators. She was nominated by Management Prof. Lucy Arendt, who describes her as “an exceptional asset to the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay and the greater Green Bay community.”

Through work and paid employment, Blaha has served as a marketing and communication assistant for the University Union, and as marketing coordinator and social media specialist for UWGB’s College of Professional Studies. Her independent study topic was “Managing Culture in a Small Business,” and her senior year placement was a product-strategies internship with Schreiber Foods, Inc., headquartered in Green Bay.

She was one of a dozen standout students appointed an inaugural member of the Cofrin School of Business Student Advisory Board, providing input on curriculum and programming.

Blaha is the recipient of academic merit scholarships and dean’s list honors, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. She has been active in a range of programs across campus, including service as advertising manager for The Fourth Estate, the weekly student newspaper. When she increased advertising sales by 20 percent, she was selected to serve as the organization’s business manager.

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UW-Green Bay named ‘Military Friendly’ again … and vet reminds campus to ‘celebrate daily’

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has earned the 2016 Military Friendly® School designation. The designation reflects positive marks in ten categories including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, military spouse policies, and more.

“It is definitely an honor to be considered a Military Friendly institution,” says Elaina Koltz, UWGB’s Veterans Services adviser. “Not many will understand exactly what these veterans have gone through.

“When they sign up for their GI Bill, they present their DD214 discharge papers and I get a small peek into their sacrifice. I see the Purple Heart awards; the discharges due to service-connected disabilities and the long periods of time spent in a combat zone.”

Koltz says that she and UW-Green Bay staff colleagues see it as an honor to serve these veterans and their families.

“When you are surrounded by these silent heroes on a daily basis it is an honor to serve them,” she says. “Then you see them graduate and become successful like Staff Sergeant Jared Spude, selected speaker for UW-Green Bay’s Veteran’s Day Reception on Nov. 11, and you are again both inspired and humbled. UW-Green Bay recognizes these sacrifices and responds. That is why it is considered a Military Friendly institution.”

UW-Green Bay alumnus Spude is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and Wisconsin National Guard. He presented an impassioned speech on behalf of Veterans, calling those in attendance to think about veterans and those who serve each day, and not just once a year.

Spude thanked the faculty, staff and administration on behalf of his fellow veterans for “going above and beyond to make sure that our needs our met, and for providing us with the tools to be successful in our educational endeavors.”

The following are some other excerpts from his Veterans Day remarks:

“I’m here to remember, encourage, motivate and challenge each and every one of you to reflect on what today is, what it represents, what the sacrifices remembered here today have brought for us and the great nation that we call home. I’m here to remind us that we all need to take a little time out of our day today—and every day to remember those who have served.

“Winston Churchill said, ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” …That is what Veterans Day is all about. As a nation, we have flourished because we’ve always had citizens willing to stand up and answer the call to serve in hours of need. Today, we honor our veterans, past, and present, for their sacrifice and dedication to our great nation.

“As Americans we forget too often and too quickly what it took and continues to take to be alive… even on a day like today, we want to celebrate, bringing in a little pomp and circumstance when too often we forget about what this day is really about — solemn remembrance, peaceful reflection, active thankfulness.

“My call to action and challenge for you this Veterans Day 2015 is to remember Veterans and all they have done not only today, but every day. Thank a Vet. Find time. Make time in your days to reflect for one minute about what it means to be free and remember the sacrifices it took. Make time to educate your children, serve in your community, help others and most importantly live a life that is worthy of the sacrifices Veterans made to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I challenge you today to find a veteran every day. Whether it is your teacher, your coach, your neighbor, or that guy that sits next to you in church and thank them. Thank them for their service. Thank them for their courage. Their commitment. Their sacrifice. I call you to action. To take time out of your day to stand here and look at old glory. Think about these veterans and other veterans you know. Have some pride for this flag and for our country and in our liberty.

“On this Veterans Day, there is so much to commemorate, and so much more to be thankful for. We would not be where we are today without the heroes we call veterans. Today we have the privilege of honoring this very small and special group of Americans, whose service spans every decade of our country’s existence. We owe them so much. But most importantly we owe them our freedom. And today, especially, we owe them our gratitude. Thank you —and God Bless America.”

Jared Spude is a 2008 graduate of Southern Door High School. He was named UWGB’s outstanding graduate in May 2015. He and his platoon served in Afghanistan. His role was to serve as a master navigator and coordinator from the ground as his platoon controlled fires of mortar tubes and artillery cannons. He continues to serve in the Wisconsin National Guard as an Instructor at the Wisconsin Military Academy, Fort McCoy — which is recognized as one of the outstanding artillery training institutes in the nation. He works full-time as a client services manager for Breakthrough Fuel, in Green Bay.

Spude is featured speaker on Veterans Day 


Staff Sgt. Jared Spude — you might recall his selection as the Outstanding Student from among his May 2015 graduating class of roughly 1,000 students — is being featured again, this time as the primary speaker at the 2015 Veterans Day Reception at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 11) in the Union’s Phoenix Room. Fellow veterans Elaina Koltz and Lou LeCalsey will also deliver brief remarks. Open to all.

Nominate now for end-of-semester University Leadership Awards

The 35th annual University Leadership Awards Program is issuing its call for nominations. Forms are currently available in the Office of Student Life, UU150 or nominations may be emailed. The deadline to submit names for consideration has been extended to Monday, September 14 at 4:30 p.m. Nominations may be submitted for:
Chancellor’s Leadership Medallions
University Leadership Awards
Outstanding Student Award
Questions? Please contact Tina Tackmier in Student Life at 2220.