Phuture Phoenix

Photos: Phuture Phoenix inspire, energize the Green Bay Campus

They came, they toured, they played, they ate, and they energized UW-Green Bay. Nearly 1,600 fifth-graders spend much of their day at UW-Green Bay, Oct. 16-17. It was the 15th annual Phuture Phoenix Phuture Phoenix Campus Visit. Students from 26 Northeast Wisconsin Schools were inspired to “dare to dream about going to college.”

UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program partners with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education.

The program has hosted nearly 22,000 fifth-grade students during the annual campus visits every October since it began in 2003. More than 300 UW-Green Bay students volunteered to serve as role models and group leaders for the day and 107 faculty members participated in various activities and sharing their classrooms on campus.

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Phuture Phoenix 2019

Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communications

UW-Green Bay to host nearly 1,600 fifth graders Oct. 16-17

Green Bay, Wis. — UW-Green Bay will host its fifteenth annual Phuture Phoenix Campus Visit on Oct. 16-17, 2019, welcoming 1,595 students from 26 Northeast Wisconsin Schools to the Green Bay campus to inspire the students to “dare to dream about going to college.”

UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program partners with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education.

The program has hosted nearly 22,000 fifth-grade students during the annual campus visits every October since it began in 2003. To help support the campus experience for fifth graders, there will be over 300 UW-Green Bay students volunteering to serve as role models and group leaders for the day and 107 faculty members participating in various activities and sharing their classrooms on campus.

Phuture Phoenix is a coordinated program to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities that are available to them. College prep starts early, and the Phuture Phoenix campus experiences offer students a first-hand look at the necessary steps to pursue and attain higher education goals, as well as everything a university education can offer. Phuture Phoenix programming helps prepare elementary school students for college early, according to Jenny Woldt, fifth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School.

“You have to start in kindergarten, get it in their brain that they are college-bound no matter where they come from, and that they just need to work hard in school and work hard in their community, and they can get there,” Woldt said.

Included in this fall’s campus experience are expanded partnerships with the Kress Events Center and UW-Green Bay’s Office of Residence Life, making it possible for fifth graders to experience two essential elements of college life: recreational opportunities and on-campus housing.

“The Office of Residence Life is happy to be able to participate in the Phuture Phoenix program, as it’s never too early to introduce the concept of attending college,” said UWGB Director of Residence Life, Gail Sims-Aubert. “It’s so important that today’s youth understand going to college means they will be a part of a vibrant educational experience both inside and outside the classroom. This program is an outstanding opportunity to provide a sneak peak of life on campus.”

All students who participate in the Phuture Phoenix Campus Visit days are eligible to apply for a Phuture Phoenix Scholarship if they choose to attend UWGB after graduating high school.

More information about Phuture Phoenix is available at http://www.uwgb.edu/phuture-phoenix/.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, Division I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Phuture Phoenix students returning Oct. 16 and 17

It is that time of year again! On Wednesday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s campus will be flooded with visiting fifth graders in their safety green T-shirts. The visit is accomplished through UW-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program.

The visiting youth will check out a college class, learn from faculty and staff, check out campus housing, tour the Kress, admire the view from the top of the Cofrin Library and so much more.  Please join Phuture Phoenix in creating a positive post-secondary experience the young visitors will remember for years to come.

Get 2 the Point: Phuture Phoenix program helps students dream

Students are getting ready to head back to school, from kindergarten to college. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students start classes on Sept. 4. Later this fall, a new influx of students will arrive at UW-Green Bay for a day, courtesy of the Phuture Phoenix program.

It’s a campus visit program that started in 2002 by Cyndie Shepard, faculty member and wife of then-UWGB Chancellor Bruce Shepard, and Ginny Riopelle, who currently sits on the University’s Board of Trustees. The ladies had volunteered at an elementary school and encountered a young boy waiting to talk with the principal. Phuture Phoenix program director Mary Sue Lavin tells what happened next. More via Get 2 the Point: Phuture Phoenix program helps students dream, WBAY-TV.

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.”

Phuture Phoenix Grads

Wow! 31 former Phuture Phoenix fifth-graders are now graduates

Thirty one students who first came to campus from throughout Northeast Wisconsin as fifth graders will participate in Commencement on Saturday at the Kress Center. All of these students, hailing from all four colleges, participated in a Phuture Phoenix campus visit at least nine years ago. Please join Phuture Phoenix  in congratulating these students. You will recognize them as they will be wearing “safety-green cords” as part of their Commencement regalia, reminiscent of their safety-green-colored Phuture Phoenix shirts received on their tour day. Most of them managed to get together for this photo at Spring Commencement 2019.

Phuture Phoenix program to bring 800 eighth graders to campus in April 2019

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a vision to expand its Phuture Phoenix program. The signature program is best-known for hosting fifth graders from across the region in October of each year. In the month of April 2019, it will be expanding the program to include 800 eighth graders from Franklin, Edison and Washington Middle Schools. Within the next few years, organizers hope to host every eighth-grader in the district. All tours begin and end at the Kress Events Center. Students arrive at 9 a.m. and return to their schools before noon. Members of the media are welcome. This year’s campus visits are:

  • April 1-2, Franklin Middle School
  • April 10-11, Edison Middle School
  • April 23-24, Washington Middle School

Phuture Phoenix collaborates with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. The program is expanding to bring students to campus prior to beginning high school. Due to family transiency, nearly 30 percent of local eighth-graders did not get a chance to visit campus as fifth-graders.  To help support the eighth-grade campus experience, more than 75 UW-Green Bay students will serve as role models and group leaders for the day and more than 30 UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members are contributing with mock lectures and college-going of activities.

This year’s campus experience will differ from the fifth-grade trip, as eighth graders will actively participate in a wide range of college-going activities, including a financial literacy seminar, an admission and advising session, and an abbreviated lecture or activity—delivered by a UW-Green Bay professor. Additionally, all eighth graders will tour the Kress Events Center, on-campus housing, and the University Union to experience what a “college day” feels like. Director of Phuture Phoenix, Mary Sue Lavin, will emphasize to the eighth graders that once they enter high school, “everything counts.”

“Grades, participation, extracurricular activities, attendance and positive attitude are all building blocks to an enjoyable high school career that leads to post-secondary success, a fulfilling career, and meaningful involvement in one’s community,” said Lavin. “We are excited to give the eighth graders this experience on the UW-Green Bay campus. We feel the more ‘touches’ we can provide, the more likely students are to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.”

Phuture Phoenix is a coordinated program to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities that are available to them. College prep starts early, and the Phuture Phoenix campus experiences offer students a first-hand look at the necessary steps to pursue and attain higher education goals, as well as everything a university education can offer.

Included in this spring’s campus experience are expanded partnerships with the Kress Events Center and UW-Green Bay’s Office of Residence Life, making it possible for every eighth grader to experience two essential elements of college life: recreational opportunities and on-campus housing.

“The Office of Residence Life is happy to be able to participate in the Phuture Phoenix program, as it’s never too early to introduce the concept of attending college,” said UW-Green Bay Director of Residence Life, Gail Sims-Aubert. “It’s so important that today’s youth understand going to college means they will be a part of a vibrant educational experience both inside and outside the classroom. This program is an outstanding opportunity to provide a sneak peak of life on campus.” More information about Phuture Phoenix is available at http://www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, Division I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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