UW-Green Bay’s Elaina Koltz receives commendation for work with veterans

Elaina Koltz (holding plaque) from UW-Green Bay receives a UW System Board of Regents 2019 Academic Staff Excellence Award in the Individual category at the Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee on June 7, 2019. Also pictured (from left): UW System President Ray Cross, Regent Janice Mueller, Regent Drew Petersen and Regent Scott Beightol. See the full story about her recognition.


Elaina Koltz holding the flag at Lambeau Field

Elaina Koltz named as Regents’ 2019 Academic Staff Excellence award-winner

Congratulations to Elaina Koltz ’06 (Human Development), selected to receive the Regents’ 2019 Academic Staff Excellence Award, as announced this week. Koltz is a financial aid advisor and Veteran Services coordinator for UW-Green Bay.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor this year’s recipients of the Academic Staff Excellence Awards in Milwaukee on June 7. These awards recognize exceptional service to the university and are the UW System’s highest recognition bestowed on members of its academic staff.

Elaina Koltz
Elaina Koltz

“This year’s award recipients reflect the high caliber of our academic staff across the UW System,” said Regent Janice Mueller, chair of the selection committee. “We are delighted to recognize their wide-ranging and significant accomplishments as they work to support student success and strengthen their institutions and communities.”

Award recipients are selected for superior performance resulting in significant contributions to the department and institution; use of positive personal interaction to manage work changes; and a consistently creative approach that improves productivity and work quality. Each recipient is awarded $5,000.

Koltz is widely respected for her knowledge of complex student veteran education benefits and her dedication to helping students succeed. In 2002, she became UW-Green Bay’s school certifying official, the liaison between the university’s students and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As the financial aid advisor for Veteran Services, she assists the growing population of student veterans at UW-Green Bay.

She has helped the University expand its programming, including forming and leading the Veterans Support Team, a campus-wide group that assists the more than 500 student veterans and dependents who use veteran education benefits. She helped implement a Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge where veterans can find resources and build relationships to support each other. The lounge is the site of a monthly Veteran Open House featuring community resources for veterans. As advisor for the university’s Vets 4 Vets Student Veteran Club, Koltz assists with programs in which the group is involved, such as the City Stadium Run for Veterans and the Northeast Wisconsin Veterans Treatment Court. She is president of the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Battalion Bravo Company, which helps connect veterans with community resources. She is currently working to bring to UW-Green Bay the Vet Success on Campus program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which would be the second such program in Wisconsin.

For information on the other recipients, see the UW System press release.

Call for nominations: Regents’ Academic Staff Excellence Awards

It’s that time of year again where the UW System honors colleagues with awards recognizing outstanding service and achievement by nominating colleagues for the Regents’ Academic Staff Excellence Award. To nominate a colleague, please submit the nominee’s name along with a brief rationale via e-mail to Lynn Niemi at niemil@uwgb.edu by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. All of the nominations will be reviewed by the ASC and the top recommendations will be forwarded on to Associate Provost, Clif Ganyard. Then, Provost Davis will review the recommendations and a formal submission will be made to UW System.

Regents (officially) announce UW’s most outstanding teachers, including UW-Green Bay History

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Some members of UW-Green Bay History program faculty.

Announced on campus a few weeks ago, the UW System Board of Regents will honor the 26th annual winners of its Teaching Excellence Awards on June 8 in Milwaukee at the next Regents meeting. UW-Green Bay History is among the award winners. See the UW System release. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in teaching. They are the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff. The monetary value of the award is $5,000 for each recipient. “These outstanding educators inspire students and fellow teachers alike with their innovative approaches to teaching and learning,” said Regent Janice Mueller, chair of the selection committee. “We are pleased to recognize their dedication to student success, demonstrating how learning can change lives.”


Award-winning Aldrete to Regents: History isn’t history, it’s asking questions

UW-Green Bay Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete gave the UW System Board of Regents a little history lesson upon receiving the Regents Teaching Excellence Award Friday at the board’s meeting in Waukesha. He told them he favored the ancient Greek usage of the word “historia” — the asking of questions — over the more modern sense that it’s a record of past events. Aldrete told the Regents he doesn’t employ textbooks in his classes:

“The readings consist entirely of material written by the actual people that we are studying. And when I read these ancient texts with my students, we are not passively absorbing information: we actively engage the texts, we aggressively interrogate them, we rip them apart and look both for the meanings that the author intended to convey as well as those he or she did not, we consider issues of bias, and think about what sources the author had to draw upon, and we always ask, can we believe what the author says, and why, or why not.”

Aldrete went on to describe the three fundamental skills he seeks to encourage in his students — organizing and assessing information, communicating effectively, thinking critically — and why they’re essential in any career. He also urged the board never to lose sight of the core values of history and the humanities and the role of universities as places where questions are asked. We’ll have a link to Aldrete’s archived remarks in our next issue of our weekly community e-publication, the Log Extra.

Live, from Waukesha: The Board of Regents

The April meeting of the UW System Board of Regents, hosted by UW Colleges and UW-Extension, will be webcast this week from the two-year campus at UW-Waukesha. Live video streaming is scheduled at these times:
· Thursday, April 9, 1:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
· Friday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
A link to the webcast will be on the UW System homepage. (Please note: We’ll try to pin down a precise time for presentation of the UW System teaching awards, and share that as it becomes available.)

More on Aldrete: 2015 Regents Teaching Excellence Award recipient

Mentioned yesterday, it bears repeating. UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies Professor Greg Aldrete, will receive the UW System’s highest honor — the 2015 Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching. It’s more of the same for Aldrete, a passionate educator with a long list of national recognition and even some international fame. We tried to capture most of it here.

Aldrete to receive 2015 Regents Teaching Excellence Award

Just released today, UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete is one of two professors and an academic program recognized for outstanding achievements in teaching, and will receive the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff on April 10. Aldrete, along with Shubhangi Stalder and the Department of Mathematics at UW-LaCrosse will be honored with the 2015 Regents Teaching Excellence Awards. We will have more on this tomorrow, but if you can’t wait, here is the UW System release.

UW System announces Board of Regents Diversity Awards

Congratulations are in order for this year’s UW System Regents Diversity Award Winners, announced by System today. Individual award-winners are Victor M. Macías-González, Professor of History at UW-La Crosse; and Erik R. Brodt, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. The Research Apprenticeship Program at UW-Whitewater was named this year’s winner in the Institution/Unit category. Read more about the recipients.

Associate Prof. Ganyard, Chancellor Harden honored during UW Regents meeting

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Clifton Ganyard and outgoing Chancellor Tom Harden were honored during Friday’s (June 6) UW System Board of Regents meeting at UW-Milwaukee.


During the morning session, Ganyard accepted his Regents Teaching Excellence Award, the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff. Introduced by Regent Chuck Pruitt, who praised his passion for teaching and commitment to interdisciplinarity, Ganyard said he truly loves what he does — and how his colleagues and UW-Green Bay help him do it.

Prof Clifton Ganyard“I love teaching, so this award really means a great deal to me,” said Ganyard, Humanistic Studies (History). “I love interacting with my students — it’s why I went to graduate school; it’s why I chose to work at UW-Green Bay.

“For me, teaching is learning — I think that’s why I love it so much. I’m constantly learning new material as I teach, and I learn the most from my students. … It means a great deal to me that you have recognized me for something I really enjoy.”

Ganyard added that his fellow UW-Green Bay faculty members — several of whom were present, along with his wife and Cofrin Library Director Paula Ganyard — motivate him to be a better teacher.

“It’s because of my colleagues,” he said, “that I’ve really been moved and inspired to become the best teacher I can.”

Chancellor Tom Harden

Chancellor Harden also was honored during the meeting, as Regent Tim Higgins read a resolution praising Harden for his years of service at UW-Green Bay. Higgins recalled a holiday party he’d hosted, and the feedback one of his guests — a UW-Green Bay alumna — had about “that darling Tom Harden.” The encounter prompted the alum to send a donation to the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Higgins added.

“I’m jealous,” he said, to laughs. “People love you and they want to send you money.”

Chancellor Tom HardenIn accepting the honor, Harden said he knew the time was right to step down, noting “I didn’t think it’d be emotional, but it is.”

“I feel very fortunate to be here, to have had this opportunity to work with a phenomenal university,” Harden continued. “If you’ve been there, you would agree that we have really, really good people, and they are as committed as any people I’ve ever worked with. And I’ve worked for a long time and I’ve worked with a lot of people.”

Harden recognized his wife, Cathy, as well as UW-Green Bay Provost Julia Wallace and Chief Budget Officer Kelly Franz, calling on Cathy to stand and noting, “that’s my best decision, but the others that have been outstanding have been associated with the people I’ve hired.”

UW-Green Bay’s fifth chancellor closed his remarks with a word about transition, expressing confidence in his successor, the newly hired Gary L. Miller.

“I step aside,” Harden said, “a really happy man.”