Strength Training 101

Chrisanna Colletta at the Kress Events Center is suggesting a way to start the semester off strong — “Feel empowered, reduce stress levels, increase mental clarity and bring even more quality to the life you’re living” — with techniques introduced during just one simple session. The fitness staff will be hosting a free Strength Training 101 session at the Kress from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. No special gear or clothing necessary; just meet at the front desk.

Celebrating the UWGB concourses (tunnels)

A fun Press-Gazette feature suggests that UW-Green Bay students haven’t been all that bothered by the extreme cold: “The University, like a handful of others across Wisconsin, has a system of tunnels and hallways connecting its main academic buildings. That means students can walk comfortably from class to class without piling on the layers.” There are photos, and quotes from Paul Pinkston, director of facilities management and planning, about the system that Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner justified in budget requests as intellectually necessary for an interdisciplinary institution where everybody was interconnected and working with others across campus every day. Read more.

Remembering Al Rheinschmidt

During a 30-year career with UW-Green Bay, Alan Rheinschmidt was a respected, dedicated employee known for his cheery trademark saying, “Proud to be here, happy to serve.” Rheinschmidt, of Mosinee, died Dec. 19 after a lengthy illness. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private memorial for family will be held at a later date. He is survived by two daughters, his former wife, and many other relatives. Rheinschmidt served for many years as UW-Green Bay’s director of institutional services. At one time or another, he worked in or supervised insurance claims, risk management, capital inventory, duplication, stores, the mailroom and others, in the process working with countless individuals across campus. He joined UW-Green Bay in 1970 as assistant to then-Business Manager Cyril (Zeke) Backes. Rheinschmidt transferred to UW-Green Bay from the former UW-Fox Valley Center where he was business manager, a position he took after serving in the U.S. Navy and earning his business degree at UW-Milwaukee. Rheinschmidt retired in 1997. A half dozen years later he surprised the University with an out-of-the-blue donation of $30,000 to help cope with tight budgets. “I can remember times when we didn’t even have money to buy beakers for the science labs,” he told an interviewer at the time. “As long as I had the opportunity to give a little, I would. I hope it inspires others to do the same.” For a photo of Al and a 2003 story about his career and philanthropy, see the article “Mailbox surprise” in our magazine archive.

Interview with new A’viands dietitian Laura Rowell

A’viands at UW-Green Bay has posted to the site Student Health 101 a Q&A with Dietitian Laura Rowell, who joined their staff in October and is available to assist with nutritional questions on a variety of topics, and as an additional campus resource. We repeat that feature here:
What type of dietetic support do you provide to the UW Green Bay community?
My job is to support students in balanced and healthy eating to achieve their optimum health for enhanced learning. I enjoy educating students on making healthful and informed nutritional choices both on and off campus. Whether he or she has been newly diagnosed with a food allergy or are just trying to lose the freshman 15, I provide a safe environment to learn strategies, set realistic goals, and have some fun for a healthy and successful college life!
What is your mantra or philosophy about nutrition?
I believe nutrition is positive nourishment for your body and soul. Balance, variety, and moderation are best and one healthy sweet a day keeps your cravings away!
Outside of your work life, what do you enjoy?
I enjoy baking and canning. I instruct exercise classes, and I enjoy spending time with my husband and children.
Anything else you would like to share?
I surround myself with positive people and opportunities. I have two little boys who are turning into great chefs. I have a wonderful husband and some seriously great friends and co-workers. I love both of my jobs at UW Green Bay. In addition to my dietitian role with A’viands, I also lecture for the Human Biology department. Both jobs challenge me to do more and to be better every day for you, the UW Green Bay community.
What is the best way to connect with you?
I encourage anyone with a health question to e-mail me. I’m also available via phone at (920) 737-7095. I’d love to set up a time to sit down and chat about your personal health goals. It’ll be great fun!

To learn more about the dietitian services from A’viands, please visit their website. Individuals can access nutritional information, review menus, hours of operation and more about all things dining at UW-Green Bay.

In the news: Second AD candidate visits campus; next interview is Thursday

The second of three candidates for the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics interviewed Tuesday (Sept. 24), telling the public forum audience he views the UW-Green Bay job as a destination, not a stepping-stone. Dan Schumacher is currently the AD at Chicago State University, and there are few opportunities that would cause him to consider leaving that post, he told presentation attendees. “I enjoy this way of life,” the Green Bay Press-Gazette quoted Schumacher as saying. “Division I athletics is a big thing for me to continue to excel. I think I thrive in these types of atmospheres from a community standpoint. … This is my calling in life for what I do for a living, and if you ask anybody close to me, the first thing they say is, ‘this is a perfect fit for you.’ ” The next AD candidate is Tim Van Alstine, former Director of Athletics and Assistant Vice President, Western Illinois University. His public presentation will take place at 1:15 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 26) in the Special Events Room at the Kress Events Center. Read the full story on Schumacher’s presentation.

UW-Green Bay rock camp director, band open for Chicago

A reference to UW-Green Bay’s Rock Academy summer camp kicked off Press-Gazette reporter Kendra Meinert’s entertainment column last week, mentioning the great stories a homegrown guitarist will have for campers next summer. Green Bay native Michael Tahlier opened last week for the legendary band Chicago, as a member of the Illinois band Tim Stop, Meinert reported. It was the last of five dates the band has played with Chicago this summer, she added — “and a definite pinch-me music moment for Tahlier …” And while Meinert points out that the Rock Academy camp director likely will have to explain to his middle-and high-school aged students exactly who Chicago is, it will nonetheless be an outstanding chance to share stories from the road. Full column.

Harden tells TV-2 he’s not seeking shakeup; community relations will be vital

WBAY-TV 2 sports director Chris Roth came to campus Wednesday to interview Chancellor Tom Harden about the announcement that Phoenix Athletics Director Ken Bothof would be resigning to accept a similar position with Northern Kentucky University. In the first of two segments that aired on the evening news, Harden noted that a top priority for Bothof’s replacement will certainly be fundraising, par for the course at any Division I program, and maintaining strong community relations. In the second segment, the Chancellor dismissed speculation that program shakeups and coaching changes can occur with changes in athletics administration. Harden indicated he would approach the search with an eye for candidates who recognize the Phoenix program’s existing strengths and potential, and want to build on that success. View the interview segments here.

Bothof is longest-tenured AD, and first from outside

With 11 years as Phoenix AD, Ken Bothof is the longest-tenured individual in that position in the program’s 44-year history. At his hiring, he was the first AD to come from outside of the University. The all-time roster:
• Donald Makuen (1969-70) previously had been executive director of student affairs.
• Dean Austin (1970-73) previously had been head tennis coach.

• Bruce Grimes (1973-81) was acting chairman of the communication-action concentration and associate professor of communication-action.

• Donald Harden (1981-85) acting athletics director, also served as UW-Green Bay associate chancellor.

• Daniel Spielmann (1985-94) had been a faculty member and UW-Green Bay special assistant to the chancellor.

• Dennis “Otis” Chambers (1994-2001) was previously assistant athletics director, and head athletic trainer.

• Kenneth Bothof (2002-2013) had been associate athletic director-external operations with Saint Louis University.

Weidner advertises for marketing director

Worth noting is another small milestone in the rejuvenation of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Perhaps some of you took note of the recent job posting for the newly created (or restored) position of Weidner Center Director of Marketing. We would simply note that the posting is in keeping with the strategic plan/timetable for restoring and ramping up staffing and activity at the center. Oh, and if you know somebody who might be interested, look for the marketing-job entry here.