Linda Peacock-Landrum receives Impact Award

The organization, Women in Technology Wisconsin (WIT), announced its Impact Award winners for the 2018-2019 season at an annual meeting, July 11, 2019. Receiving an award was UW-Green Bay Director of Career Services, Linda Peacock-Landrum, for her involvement with WITOnCampus at UW-Green Bay. The non-profit organization, founded in 2014, focuses on collaborating with the community of Northeast Wisconsin to help encourage girls and retain women in technology careers. Their involvement reaches more than 16 counties in Northeast Wisconsin and has impacted more than 11,000 students. An Impact Award recognized WIT member role models who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication.



Open Forum Monday (Feb. 4) for Asst. Director of Admissions for Regional Recruitment

There will be one additional candidate joining the interviewing process for the Assistant Director of Admissions for Regional Recruitment next week. Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 from 11:15 p.m. to Noon in the University Union, Manistique Room. Gema Garcia will give a 15-minute presentation with the prompt: “Please role-play that you are talking to juniors at Green Bay East High School who are listening to a 15 minute presentation about UW-Green Bay.” After the presentation, there will be a session for questions and answers. Your insight and feedback on the candidates is appreciated, and there will be feedback sheets for you to return after the session. Copies of cover letters and resumes will be available at the session.

International Day of Peace celebration to take place this Friday (Sept. 21)

Celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on UW-Green Bay’s rooftop plaza outside of Student Services. There will be a presentation at Noon with cupcakes to follow. The Winter Garden at Mary Ann Cofrin Hall will serve as the rain location. Learn more.

Fifth Annual Student Veterans of America Scholarship Scramble

The Fifth Annual Student Veterans of America (SVA) Scholarship Scramble will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Ledgeview Golf Course. Last year the event raised more than $9,000 that went toward scholarships for students at UW-Green Bay and NWTC. Most of the proceeds were made from sponsors, raffles, and silent auction prizes/baskets. If you or your department would like to donate a prize or basket for the golf scramble, please contact Elaina Koltz by Friday, August 3. Donations of new or gently used baskets are also needed. If you are interested in golfing, there is room for three more teams. Please email Elaina at or stop by her office in Student Services, UW-Green Bay.

UW-Green Bay recognizes excellence in the awarding of Founders Awards

Green Bay, WI — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized some of its top faculty and staff members August 23, 2017, with 2017 Founders Awards for Excellence. The awards were presented before an audience of more than 450 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, UW-Green Bay. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campus-wide committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others. The award winners honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Fall Convocation are:

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching — Phil Clampitt
The Founders Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognized Prof. Phil Clampitt for going the extra mile to the help students obtain the best educational experience during college. His dedication to challenging students with independent study experiences, research and teaching assistantships, honors projects and internships was noted in his nomination, as was his demonstrated enthusiasm, teaching relevance and academic rigor. A student nominator described Clampitt as a teacher who “challenges each student, strives for continual improvement, teaches students to think critically and provides interesting and engaging content in lectures.” Clampitt is known to stay closely connected to many of his students as they graduate and contribute to the greater community.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship — Bob Howe
Prof. Bob Howe’s scholarship is exceptional by any metric. This faculty member has published more than 65 peer-reviewed articles, written numerous article in his field and has been cited thousands of times. He has been an author or co-author for multiple grant applications, that in the past decade alone, has brought approximately $2 million to the University. While scholarship is at the center of his career, it also extends into every aspect of his teaching and service. His research is particularly valued in the wider community because of its intentional focus on biological conservation, making it directly relevant and of great concern to the public. In the summer of 2017, he and his colleagues had their work published in the foremost science journal in the world — Science. Howe’s efforts are noted at the national, state and community level in areas of ornithology, forestry, environmental protection and wildlife, with a special emphasis on Great Lakes ecosystems.

University Award for Collaborative Achievement — Vicki Medland, NAS Heirloom Plant Sale
For nearly two decades, a collaborative team of faculty, staff, students and volunteers, has been making a huge impact on the UW-Green Bay landscape. Led by Vicki Medland and faculty and staff from Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), it is estimated that the annual NAS Heirloom Vegetable and Plant Sale has generated about $100,000 for student research and academically related travel. The collaborative nature of this program is manifest at several levels — “Involvement of community members as volunteers in the growing process, involvement of the general public (as well as faithful UW-Green Bay faculty/staff customers) as eager growers of the heirloom plant varieties, and involvement of students who have been able to use the funds to complete and present their work,” according to one nominator. Results of the sales help UW-Green Bay students to achieve their academic goals, learn practical field experience and attain an affordable education by providing thousands of dollars for student academic development opportunities. In the greater Green Bay area, this team has committed to providing education programs that support our communities, public entities, park programs and organizations.

University Staff Award for Excellence — Janet Ludke
Academic Department Associate of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), Janet Ludke is recognized as a staff member whose activities, accomplishments and service within the University and the community are most deserving of acknowledgement by the University. Ludke has been described by her colleagues as “extremely dedicated, effective and efficient, helpful, knowledgeable, accomplished, proactive and remarkable.” She is said to carry excellence in all aspects of her career. She is a creative problem-solver and engages in positive interactions with community, faculty, staff and students. Due to staffing shortages in recent years, Ludke has served as the only administrative support person in an area which typically has multiple support staff. Her unwavering support has helped the academic unit to train new personnel and maintain accreditation standards and budget oversight on grants and external funding obtained by the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty.

University Academic Support Award for Excellence — Darrel Renier
Director of Academic Advising, Darrel Renier is being recognized for his exemplary commitment to work, collaboration, innovation and creativity in activities that are valuable to the institution or helpful to a range of people in a number of ways. Renier is noted as an exceptional leader on campus who approaches work with an unshakeable commitment to student success and the questions, “How will this promote student success?” and, “How will it move us forward in efforts to improve the student experience at UWGB?” Renier has gained tremendous respect from different constituencies across the University. He helps students reach their goals efficiently and effectively. Faculty and staff view him as a valuable coach, resource and fierce advocate for students. Renier has led the Office of Academic Advising successfully through a period of significant change. He created new programs such as the advising task force and student success committee to better address student success and has been a major collaborator in the development of the Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS) program.

University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development — Andrew Austin
Professor Andrew Austin has a record of extraordinary service to the University. He has not only served as a member of innumerable University and departmental committees, but also played a leading role at most every opportunity. Austin led in efforts to transform Social Change and Development into Democracy and Justice Studies (DJS). He fought to keep DJS thriving despite staffing shortages and dramatic change. While serving as department chair DJS was transformed with reinvigorated faculty, revised curriculum and a dramatic increase in student majors and minors. His campus contributions include service on Faculty Senate, University Committee, General Education Committee, Institutional Review Board, Research Council , Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Team, Board of the Center for History and Social Change , Writing Across the Curriculum Task Force, Invent the Future Steering Committee, Online Education Vision Working Group and the Interdisciplinary Education Task Force.

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Reminder: still time to nominate outstanding student employees

The Student Employment Office is still collecting nominations for the 2016 Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) competition. Take this opportunity to share stories and honor student employees who have made an impact through their positions. A special ceremony to recognize nominees and award winners will be held April 11, 2016.  All nominations (form available online) are due to the Student Employment Office (SS1100) by February 19.  Please note that you do not need to be a supervisor in order to submit a nomination.  Questions?  Contact Allen Voelker at or (920) 465-2556.

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.”

Repairs to new roof deck 

Already broadcast campuswide but repeated here for the record: Facilities Management will be making some “fairly significant repairs” to the new roof deck on the Student Services Plaza. Contractors will begin the estimated weeklong project on Tuesday (Oct. 15). Dust and noise will be a necessary inconvenience as crews cut into the concrete to complete the work.

UW-Green Bay wins $161k grant for new approaches to first-year achievement

With a grant award of $161,504 for the “Phoenix GPS Program,” UW-Green Bay is one of more than two dozen institutions across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa receiving support for new initiatives meant to keep students in college and on track academically, socially and financially.

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation is distributing a total of $4.5 million in grants this fall.  The non-profit company favors initiatives that serve students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and those who are first in their family to attend college.

The Great Lakes grant to the Phoenix GPS Program will enable UW-Green Bay to create a year-long support community for a group of 125 first-year students, placing them into small groups of 25, each with a faculty mentor, a peer mentor, and an academic adviser. Over the course of the year, students will:

— Complete a first-year seminar course together — The first-year seminar courses are designed to offer a small-class, high-impact learning experience that involves challenging assignments, support to develop the skills necessary for academic success and an introduction to the interdisciplinary mission of the University;
— Participate in TOSS study sessions — These workshops have been found to eliminate the achievement gap in UW-Green Bay’s Introduction to Human Biology course, and the weekly, hands-on study sessions will be offered for GPS students;
—Participate in Student Success Workshops – These workshops provide students with opportunities to develop skills essential to academic success including time management, to polish relevant life skills such as financial management, to begin work on academic-major exploration and career planning, and to learn about the resources and services the University provides to support student success;
— Engage in co-curricular and social activities — GPS students will meet regularly with program staff and other students, including monthly dinners;
— Consult regularly with faculty mentors and academic advisers — GPS students will meet regularly with faculty mentors and academic advisers in order to identify and address any problems early, receiving individualized support if necessary; and
— Complete a service learning project together.

The activities aim to improve retention and persistence by helping students develop academic success skills, become familiar with campus resources, develop helpful relationships with mentors and peers, and connect to the campus community through co-curricular and service involvement.

The “GPS” in Phoenix GPS Program is an acronym for Gateways to Phirst-Year Success.

“The choice of a GPS as a metaphor was quite intentional,” says Denise Bartell, an associate professor of Human Development and Psychology who guided development of the proposal. “The Phoenix GPS Program is designed to help students navigate their first year of college, anticipate the roadblocks, and chart a course to first-year success.”

Bartell is director for the Students in Transition Center at UW-Green Bay, and has been active in promoting programs and teaching practices that are intended to improve graduation rates and year-to-year retention. Bartell wrote the Great Lakes grant proposal in collaboration with Michael Stearney, the University’s dean of enrollment services.

Attention to retention is especially important at UW-Green Bay, Bartell says, where nearly two-thirds of students are from one or more of the three historically under-represented constituencies. In a given year, roughly 60 percent of UW-Green Bay students are first generation, 40 percent are eligible for federal Pell Grants and 10 percent are people of color.

“Since these students often have a more difficult transition to college, they are statistically more likely to leave before completing their degree,” Bartell says. “The Phoenix GPS Program offers these students a comprehensive array of services intentionally designed to increase student success in the first year by addressing the specific barriers to success our research indicates students at UW-Green Bay face.”

“Success for a first-year student certainly includes getting good grades in their first semester,” Stearney says. “But success is also about building deep and supportive relationships with fellow students, faculty and staff, developing the skills and habits of a successful college student, growing in self-confidence, and getting connected with the Green Bay campus and community.”

The Great Lakes grant also supports more academic support to first-year students in the form of additional assistance from staff members in the University’s Academic Advising office, student tutors and peer mentors.

Bartell says total funding for the project is more than $260,000, which includes a match of approximately $100,000 by the University to the Great Lakes grant. She says more than 20 faculty and academic staff members and students from across campus will be involved in implementing the program.

“It’s very important to all of us at UW-Green Bay that all students who enroll at our University are given every chance to succeed,” Bartell says. “The funding from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation allows us to develop a sustainable program to ensure that historically under-represented students succeed and thrive in college.”

“The programs being funded by this round of College Success grants are providing services proven to help students make progress toward their degree,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ president and chief executive officer. “Each program has been thoughtfully designed to address the challenges known to keep students from graduating, helping them to develop connections to their campus, peers, faculty and staff and overcome financial obstacles. We look forward to seeing the impact of each of these programs in helping their students persist toward graduation.”

Along with UW-Green Bay, Wisconsin institutions receiving Great Lakes College Success grants are Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Mount Mary University, Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, College Possible of Milwaukee, Madison College, St. Norbert College in De Pere, UW-Eau Calire, UW College-Marathon County, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Parkside.

To see the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation news release and details on all of the projects, visit the webpage here.