Emily Zilliox

‘Potential is unlimited’ for Wisconsin Women in Government award winner, Zilliox

“Unlimited potential” is how chair of the UW-Green Bay’s Political Science program, Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk describes UW-Green Bay student Emily Zilliox, a fall 2019 recipient of the Wisconsin Women in Government Scholarship award.

Zilliox is a junior majoring in Political Science and Democracy and Justice Studies with an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies. She also has a minor in Public Administration. In fall 2019, she received a scholarship from the nonprofit organization Wisconsin Women in Government—not an easy feat. The scholarship is intended for women who plan to pursue careers in public service, public administration or governmental affairs. Those selected for the scholarship must demonstrate their leadership abilities and positive contributions to society. Zilliox said she is proud and honored to be acknowledged and awarded a scholarship.

Emily Zilliox“Going into the public sector can often feel like a thankless job, so getting recognition like this really serves to lift you up,” she said.

Zilliox is chair of the Health and Safety Committee for Student Government, vice president of Theta Eta Alpha and vice president of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance. She is also a student employee, working as a student lead at the David A. Cofrin Library. She is committed to continuous improvement, and this commitment is evident to her faculty advisors.

“If Emily tells you she is going to do something, she will do it,” states Weinschenk in his recommendation letter for her scholarship application. “Emily is exactly the type of student you want to have in your classes—she shares her ideas, works well with others, does what she says she’ll do and maintains a positive attitude.”

It’s her professors that have been influential to her success, Zilliox said. When asked what her favorite part of UW-Green Bay is, Zilliox’s response… “One hundred percent the professors. The faculty of all the areas I am involved in have helped and supported me since I was a freshman, and I really cannot even put into words all that they’ve done or how thankful I am.”

Not only is Zilliox, a LaCrosse, Wis. native, incredibly active on campus, but an internship with the Green Bay Mayor’s Office has expanded her responsibilities and her opportunities. Zilliox is also dedicated to helping the surrounding community through this internship — a position she gained with the help of Associate Prof. Katia Levintova (Global Studies and Political Science). Her main task is to work on figuring out the logistics for a new Public Safety building for the City of Green Bay.

“It has been a really fun experience, and it’s taught me a lot about how local government works,” she reflected.

Her fall 2019 semester wasn’t without some difficulty. After learning she earned the scholarship, she soon learned she would need an emergency surgery, which was a setback for her. Once again, it was her perseverance and the willingness of the faculty that helped her get back on her feet.

“I had a medical issue this semester, and all the professors have gone above and beyond to help me catch up and even checked in to make sure I was okay,” she explained, “which is something that really meant a lot to me.”

Through everything Zilliox has experienced, from both successes and challenges in her college career, she credits her father for motivating her and influencing her to continue working hard and having an impact on what she does. While political role models include Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Zilliox credits her father with being her greatest role model.

Emily Zilliox

“My mother passed away when I was four, and he really just became the ultimate parent and taught me so many life lessons, like personal responsibility, having a good work ethic and taking pride in the work you do while staying humble,” Zilliox said. “He really is the hardest working and strongest person I know, and even though we don’t agree on everything politically, I do try to make him proud in everything I do.”

When Zilliox graduates from UW-Green Bay, she hopes to continue to make her father proud by creating a lasting impact in Wisconsin.

“I would love to work as a legislative aide in a State Assembly person’s office in Madison,” she says. “My big dream is to become a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, but we will work our way towards that.”

Based on Zilliox’s accomplishments and passion to succeed, her future is certainly bright!

Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant Emily Gerlikovski

Faculty note: Associate Prof. Warner facilitates non-profit discussion at Weidner Center

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Prof. Warner facilitates

Associate Prof. Lora Warner (Public Administration) facilitated a discussion on the topic of Fund Development at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Initiative Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. The discussion, which had about 150 attendees, took place at the Weidner Center.

UW-Green Bay Public Administration degree and Nonprofit Management Certificate now offered online

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Public Administration program announces its Public Administration Major and Nonprofit Management Certificate are now achievable online as well as in-person. This endeavor will make the program more widely available for employed adults while allowing a new generation of college students to pursue their UW-Green Bay education online.

Associate Professor Lora Warner calls this new online expansion “advantageous,” stating students can take control of how they wish to complete their education with greater access to our strong undergraduate program. The online options for the Public Administration Major and Nonprofit Management Certificate are the same as obtaining the major or certificate in person on UW-Green Bay’s campus. Students also are welcome to take a blend of in-person and online courses in ways that best fit their schedules. Warner noted that online students, like those who physically attend classes, will engage in high-impact, hands-on curricula taught by exceptional faculty.

Individuals can obtain Certificates in Emergency Management or in Nonprofit Management (with 15-18 credit hours) by completing designated courses offered by the Public Administration major. These certificates may also be pursued online by non-degree-seeking students such as employed professionals who seek to advance their careers.

Recent UW-Green Bay Public Administration graduates have obtained careers as city administrators, fund-raising professionals, parks directors, budget analysts, program managers, human resources assistants, environmental planners, volunteer coordinators, emergency management directors, and claims analysts, among others. Many graduates pursue graduate degrees in public administration, public policy or political science.

Questions about the program can be directed to Associate Professor David Helpap at helpapd@uwgb.edu. More information about the Public Administration program can be found on its website, https://www.uwgb.edu/public-administration/.

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Alumnus Brad Pfaff: ‘We need leaders that can build connections, move people forward’

Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection secretary designee and UW-Green Bay alumnus, Brad Pfaff ’90 (Public and Environmental Affairs) says college allowed him to expand his horizons beyond his rural community and work with people who were not farmers. “I needed to meet and work with people that didn’t know the difference between a cow and a steer,” Pfaff said in a story by Wisconsin State Farmer. “I needed to challenge myself in a different way. I didn’t know where to go or what to do. But I know I needed to go somewhere.

That “somewhere” was UW-Green Bay—205 miles away from the farm—where he studied business and public administration. As a freshman far from home, Pfaff said the new beginning pushed him out of his comfort zone and allowed him to learn how other people approached issues and led him to better understand what issues were important to him.

“I got to better understand and appreciate what agriculture and rural communities really meant to me. And I started to think about what I wanted to do with my life,” he said. “How I can better connect the dots between agriculture, rural communities, rural people and those that live in cities and suburbs and have no idea what agriculture is all about?”

In time Pfaff became a better listener and communicator and was able to put himself in others’ shoes. Read more via Pfaff: We need leaders that can build connections, move people forward.

Alumnus Vanya Koepke receives Washington County’s outstanding alumnus award

UW-Green Bay alumnus Vanya Koepke ’15 (Public Administration, Political Science) has been named the recipient of UW-Milwaukee at Washington County’s 2019 outstanding alumnus award. Koepke attended UW-Milwaukee at Washington County before transferring to UW-Green Bay. He currently works as a Senior Carrier Sales Executive at Schneider National in Green Bay. Koepke also has a strong interest in politics. Read the full story from UW-Milwaukee at Washington County and Washington County Insider.

UW-Green Bay alumnus featured in “Wisconsin State Farmer”

UW-Green Bay alumnus Brad Pfaff (Public Administration, Business Administration), Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, was featured in the Wisconsin State Farmer. Pfaff is looking forward to serving “the farmers of Wisconsin and the rural communities of the state.” Read more.

Alumna pursues career in agriculture, fights stereotype

Katie Werner ’13 (Public Administration and Environmental Planning and Policy), is not your stereotypical nutrient management planner. She has no farm background, and she is in a field typically dominated by males. However, that hasn’t stopped her in her role with the Country Visions Cooperative, a company in Reedsville that provides services to 14 counties in eastern Wisconsin. Read the full story in The Country Today

Faculty note: Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk compares Clinton and Obama’s success in demographics

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk’s (Public Administration) study in the Journal of Political Marketing concludes that former presidential candidate Hilary Clinton was less successful in gaining the interest of demographic groups in the 2016 election than Barack Obama in 2012. Weinschenk said that by using state-level data, he found out that Clinton underperformed Obama in 83% of the demographics he studied. Read the full story on LongRoom News.