Melissa Srnka of Algoma, Wis. was awarded $1,000 towards her education as the Joan Behr Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. (WORF) Board Scholar. She was selected from over 300 applicants from rural Wisconsin. “This scholarship directly reflects all of my hard work in community service, sports, academics, and 12 years of schooling,” says Srnka. “With this scholarship, I am able to lighten my financial burden and focus on the most important part of my schooling, learning.”
She graduated top of her class from Algoma High School and is now attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay pursuing an education in physical therapy. “UW-Green Bay will allow me to make connections for my future in the workforce by being connected to the Green Bay Packers and Bellin Health,” she states.
Source: Inaugural Winner of Joan Behr Rural Opportunities Scholarship Announced
Community columnist Lori (Starks) Linna got into the 50th anniversary spirit with a heartfelt tribute to UW-Green Bay printed in the Saturday (Oct. 31) edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. She writes that she was introduced to the new university as a child in the late 1960s, when her father, the late Bernie Starks, was hired as a faculty member in physical education. She witnessed the construction of the Phoenix Sports Center, kept stats for Phoenix basketball, enrolled as a student herself, worked for the Bursar’s Office, and now has a daughter enrolled at UWGB. “Happy 50th anniversary to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Linna writes, “you have served my family well.”
The fourth season of After Thoughts at UW-Green Bay wrapped up in energetic fashion Tuesday (April 1), when life coach and UW-Green Bay Associate Lecturer Jane Birr presented “Hall of Fame Habits: Bridging the Gap from Frustrated to Fit and Free” before a full house in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center. Birr, also an alumna (’85 and ’90), encouraged attendees to explore their passions, set goals and start “living on purpose” by prioritizing their health and making meaningful change. Her presentation also featured alumna Jenni Ulrich, who Log readers may recall from her odds-defying walk across the stage during May 2013 commencement. As we told you here the other day, Ulrich has made great strides (literally and figuratively) thanks to her own grit and her goal-setting work with Birr. For more on Birr’s presentation, including story and photo gallery, check out our news feature.