Live and online: University Catalogs up and running thanks to new system, efforts of many

The Registrar’s office is pleased to announce that the 2014-15 University Catalogs are now live, and can be accessed at www.uwgb.edu/catalog/. As many will know, a cross-campus team worked very hard through the 2013-14 academic year to transition the project of building and maintaining the catalogs from a tedious manual endeavor to a new software-managed process. CourseLeaf, the new system, provides much-needed automation, efficiency and web integration to the annual project of updating these critical University documents. The CourseLeaf project was co-led by Registrar Amanda Hruska and former Associate Provost Andy Kersten. Many others, including Cliff Abbott, Lucy Arendt, Betsy Bassett-Piehl, Greg Davis, Dean Defere, Laura Delikowski, Cheryl Grosso, Shannon Hartell, Barb Holschbach, Katrina Hrivnak, Holly Keener, Eileen Kolb, Bill Lepley, Cris Nelson, Donna Ritch, Marlene Strebel and Teri Ternes contributed time, ideas, feedback and expertise to the project. The CourseLeaf project enters Phase II this summer and fall with expanded functionality to manage the entire curriculum approval process — initiation of changes and approvals, integration with SIS and archiving of curriculum documents. Congratulations and gratitude to all who contributed to this very successful business automation project.

GBOSS is one-stop shop at ‘GB’

Five years ago, the Enrollment Services Division completely reorganized space, staffing and service delivery consistent with a vision of providing fully integrated services at a “one-stop” service center. The goal was to provide single-point-of-service transactions for the offices of the Registrar, Financial Aid and Admissions, assure accuracy and consistency of information, coordinate incoming and outbound communications from and to students, minimize student run-around, enable student self-service where appropriate, and aspire to excellence in customer service. Mike Stearney, dean of enrollment services, says the move was a success, adding “We have decided that it is now time to make this quiet success story much more public, and give the Student Services Center its own identity and a higher profile…. We would like to introduce you to GBOSS; the Green Bay One Stop Shop.” You will start to see this phrase and an associated logo appearing in taglines, on the front window of the One Stop Shop in the Student Services Building, in communications to students, and in some promotional materials that will be given to new students and parents. It’s the same old “front desk,” just with a new name. Says Stearney, “We welcome your assistance in helping us transition to this new identity and continuing to promote the excellent services students receive at GBOSS.”

Stearney says UW-Green Bay best at attending to ‘business side’
The new acronym is GBOSS and the term “one-stop shop” will be heard more frequently, but Dean of Enrollment Services Mike Stearney explains there’s no need for dramatic changes in what has to this point been called The Student Services Center. Just the opposite, in fact. Four staff members (currently, Bridget Derge, Allen Voelker, Kristina Berg and Mandy Collura) handle in excess of 60,000 inquiries a year (email, telephone, and face-to-face). They communicate regularly and proactively with students via email and social media to apprise them of upcoming deadlines in an effort to help them anticipate matters that demand attention and prevent student problems. They assist students daily with everything from application questions to financial aid application and verification, to registration and enrollment matters. Stearney says the Student Services Center (now GBOSS) is unique in the UW System — “no other UW school has achieved this level of integration and efficiency in helping students attend to the ‘business’ side of life as a university student.”

Reminder: Novitski farewell


Our friends in Admissions remind you to join them in celebrating Maxine Novitski’s retirement from the Admissions Office at a gathering next Tuesday (June 25) from 3 to 5 p.m. in the 1965 Room of the University Union. Maxine has worked in the Registrar and Bursars’ offices during her career at UW-Green Bay but, most recently, Maxine has served this university as the primary contact for prospective student’s campus visits. She has worked with many of you to schedule countless special appointments and ensure that we have facilities to show prospective students. “Most of all Maxine, will be missed for her heart for students. Please join us in thanking Maxine for her years of hard work and dedication to UW-Green Bay.”

Flummoxed by FERPA? New website is here to help

What’s new with FERPA? Courtesy of the Dean of Students Office and the Registrar’s Office is a new website dedicated to everything FERPA: www.uwgb.edu/ferpa. What’s FERPA you say? The Family Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), or some may refer to it as the Buckley Amendment, is the federal law that governs the confidentiality of student records. A lot has changed in recent years both with the law and federal guidance for how to apply it. Please give it a look so you know what you can and cannot say, post or write about students. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Hruska in the Registrar’s Office or Mark Olkowski in the Dean of Students office.  

And the winners are … Laffle drive wraps up another great year

UW-Green Bay’s “Laffle” charity drive officially concluded Wednesday (Oct. 31), marking the fifth drive with a drawing for some terrific prizes — and some great donations for this year’s charity partners. As we told you here before, the grand prize was a cool and unusual handmade children’s play kitchen, four feet high by five feet long. The Registrar’s Office held the Laffle drawing at noon, and the lucky winner was … well, you’ll have to click the link to find out. We’ve got the full list of winners and some new pics.

Pics, list of winners: Laffle charity drive wraps up another successful year

Another year, another successful Laffle at UW-Green Bay. The popular raffle-like charity drive wrapped up Wednesday (Oct. 31) with a drawing for some really cool prizes.

Throughout the month of October, faculty and staff were encouraged to bring in food, supplies or monetary donations for Paul’s Pantry and the Bay Area Humane Society, this year’s chosen charities. The Registrar’s Office collected the donations, coordinating this awesome charitable effort for the fifth straight year.

As we told you earlier, this year’s grand prize was a hand-crafted kitchen play set, about four feet high by five feet long. The lucky winner of that item was Elaina Koltz.

The rest of this year’s winners are as follows:

Kristy Aoki — Tickets for Gallery of Shoppes
Karla Miller — Packer bracelet
Lynne Kimball — Artist book
Kelly McBride — Fused glass dish
Jan Snyder — Periscope
Gloria Meyer — Periscope
Barb Tomashek-Ditter — Periscope
Laurel Phoenix — Periscope

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Grand prize:  A really cool children’s play set

We’re making a final push for Laffle V and the drive to collect food for Paul’s Pantry and misc. items for the Humane Society. We remind you that Wednesday morning (Oct. 31) is the deadline to contribute and still be eligible for the fun prize drawing. Top prize is a very impressive play set — a kitchen play set that measures about four feet high and five feet long — hand-crafted from a recycled home entertainment center. It includes some play food boxes, an apron and chalkboard, and would make a wonderful plaything for children, grandchildren or even your favorite childcare center or family shelter. Delivery included (if it’s not too far). See photo.

Reminder: Donate food, misc. items by Wednesday
Please bring your nonperishable food items, and/or pet supplies (including used towels, blankets and sheets) to the Registrar’s Office in the Student Services Building. Or give them a call (Eileen at ext. 2126) and they’ll arrange for pick-up. The drive to collect items for the Paul’s Pantry food service and also the Bay Area Humane Society will conclude Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a noon prize drawing in the Registrar’s suite.

Laffle drive: seeking donations for Paul’s Pantry, Humane Society

Play Kitchen, Laffle prize

It wouldn’t be a ‘Laffle’ without fun prizes
It’s serious business collecting donations for worthy causes, but it’s also fun. Your donations earn tickets to enter into the raffle-like drawing. There’s a terrific grand prize on display in the Registrar’s Office, with more on the way — and also a few offbeat prizes that put the laugh in the “Laffle.” Here’s the latest look at the expanding prize array (your contributions are welcome, too).

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Laffle posterWith fewer than 10 days to go, the good people in the Registrar’s Office are urging immediate action in support of the annual “Laffle” campus charity drive.

Please bring your nonperishable food items, and/or pet supplies (including used towels, blankets and sheets) to the Registrar’s Office in the Student Services Building. Or give them a call (Eileen at ext. 2126) and they’ll arrange for pick-up.

The drive to collect items for the Paul’s Pantry food service and also the Bay Area Humane Society will conclude next Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a noon prize drawing in the Registrar’s suite.

Laffle stretch drive: seeking donations for Paul’s Pantry, Humane Society

With fewer than 10 days to go, the good people in the Registrar’s Office are urging immediate action in support of the annual “Laffle” campus charity drive. Please bring your nonperishable food items, and/or pet supplies (including used towels, blankets and sheets) to the Registrar’s Office in the Student Services Building. Or give them a call (Eileen at ext. 2126) and they’ll arrange for pick-up. The drive to collect items for the Paul’s Pantry food bank and also the Bay Area Humane Society will conclude next Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a noon prize drawing in the Registrar’s suite.

And it wouldn’t be a ‘Laffle’ without fun prizes

It’s serious business collecting donations for worthy causes, but it’s also fun. Your donations earn tickets to enter into the raffle-like drawing. There’s a terrific grand prize on display in the Registrar’s Office, with more on the way — and also a few offbeat prizes that put the laugh in the “Laffle.” For the latest look at the expanding prize array (your contributions are welcome here, as well), click here.
 

Laffle to benefit Paul’s Pantry, Humane Society

That’s right, it’s Laffle time! This popular raffle-like charity drive is back for its fifth straight year, with donations benefitting Paul’s Pantry and the Bay Area Humane Society. You can bring nonperishable food items and/or pet supplies (including used towels, blankets and sheets) to the Registrar’s Office during the month of October — or just give the office a call and they’ll pick up the items for you. There’s a terrific grand prize on display in the Registrar’s Office, with more on the way — so bring those items in today. For more info, contact Eileen at Ext. 2126. And get ready to Laffle!