Greg Davis, Lou Lecalsey and Chancellor Miller

Founding UW-Green Bay Soccer Coach, Council of Trustees President and Retired Business Executive Lou LeCalsey Receives Honorary Degree at Spring Commencement

Shares with Students: “It’s the Soft Skills in Life That Will Shape Your Success”

Few individuals represent the enduring and powerful relationship between community and university than this year’s commencement speaker and Honorary Doctorate Award recipient, Louis (Lou) LeCalsey, III.

In his address to Saturday’s Spring 2016 Commencement audience, Lou shared the “Life Lessons in Practical Leadership and Success Working with and Through People” that he’s personally experienced from a career that encapsulates athletics, the military, business, community and family.

Acknowledging that today’s graduating class is leaving the University with a tool kit filled with both hard skills and soft skills, he noted: “I believe your soft skills of working effectively with and through people to achieve target outcomes will largely shape the extent of your relative competitive success.”

With that in mind, LeCalsey offered graduates seven key thoughts on leading and working through people that he’s found helpful in delivering desired results and success in life:

  1. Leadership is exhibiting behaviors and communicating in a way which promotes people wanting to work together to achieve target outcomes… even (and especially) when under pressure and things are going badly.
  2. Leadership is based on earned respect and trust and never on an organization structure and a job title.
  3. A primary incumbency as a leader is to develop other leaders.
  4. Change is the only constant you will have in your career. Embrace it as an opportunity to refresh and generate new energy toward new objectives.
  5. Always treat your co-workers, subordinates and superiors with the respect, dignity and fairness with which you want to be treated.
  6. When working with others in a team environment there are four rules to remember:
    • First, don’t guess….deal in data and facts.
    • Second, be honest…always.
    • Third , always deal with issues and never with personalities.
    • And fourth , always focus on outcomes and do not get caught up in the minutiae and tasks which lead to the superordinate target outcomes.
  7. Last but most important, have fun! You will spend more time in a work week at your job than at home so you need to enjoy your work…..or look for something else where you can hardly wait to get to the place where you enjoy working and being with your co-worker teammates. Having fun and truly enjoying your work is the primary difference between a job and a career.

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LeCalsey is awarded with an horary degree at 00:42:58 and his speech begins at 00:47:40 in the 3:03:22 spring commencement live stream video recording.

About Lou LeCalsey

LeCalsey’s affinity for, and commitment to, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay date back to the University’s early years when the Philadelphia native began putting down roots in Northeast Wisconsin. Working in manufacturing for Fortune 100 Scott Paper, he was eager to stay involved in coaching the sport he loved, soccer.

A 1962 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA), he was a star soccer goalkeeper. In the mid-60s, he became the founding men’s head soccer coach at the UW-Green Bay, with his 1969 and 1970 teams going 22-4-2, ranking nationally, and receiving the University’s first post-season tournament bid in any sport and effectively putting UW-Green Bay athletics on the map during the University’s infancy.

What the University didn’t know at that time was that LeCalsey was just getting started. After a
30-year professional business career with Scott Paper, he moved into the role of President and CEO of Tufco Technologies, a market leader in dry and wet wipes converting and printing. Under his leadership, the Green Bay-based Tufco was reinvented and grew from $12.5 million in annual sales with 65 employees to more than $122 million with roughly 400 employees. Tufco Technologies is now North America’s largest contract manufacturer of branded wet and dry wipes.

During this time of incredible growth for the company, LeCalsey continued to share his time and talents with the University. For the past 18 years his primary non-work commitment has been in serving as the founding Chair of the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees and, since its inception in 2010 through May 2015, as founding President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation.
The Council of Trustees provides counsel and advice to the chancellor on innovative ideas and initiatives and communicates institutional objectives and goals to the community at large, while the Foundation oversees the development and implementation of friendraising and fundraising plans. Both teams work in tandem to create a margin of excellence for the student learning experience at the University and are critical in the University’s long-term sustainability, growth and service to community.

Retiring from Tufco Technologies in 2012, LeCalsey now provides management consulting (Boston Consulting, LLC and Differentiating Strategies of Oshkosh, Wisconsin) for companies nationwide while still providing additional, unparalleled leadership to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He remains active as Chair of the Council of Trustees and plays an active role in the group’s Advocacy Committee, charged with advocating on behalf of UW-Green Bay interests with state legislators, the UW-System and regents and community leaders in the Northeast Wisconsin region and the state. He is a highly valued and trusted advisor to the Chancellor and his leadership team. Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business.

His accomplishments to collegiate athletics and institutional advancement in Philadelphia and Wisconsin have been duly recognized. LeCalsey was inducted into the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 and remains an active supporter of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay athletics, particularly soccer. He was also inducted into the Franklin & Marshall Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2011. In 2001, LeCalsey received the Chancellor’s Award (the University’s highest recognition of community members) for his service to UW-Green Bay as Chair of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. He was also the first awardee to be recognized with University of Wisconsin-Green Bay honorary alumnus status, conferred by Chancellor Shepard in March 2003. On May 14, 2016 the University bestowed one additional honor: The honorary degree of Doctor of Law.

Longtime advocate Riopelle to be awarded honorary doctorate

We shared the news in Wednesday’s Log Extra that UW-Green Bay will award an honorary doctoral degree to longtime community advocate Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle during commencement ceremonies Dec. 13. A UW-Green Bay Trustee, immensely successful University fundraiser and co-founder of the University’s signature Phuture Phoenix program, Riopelle will receive the honorary Doctor of Laws degree, which recognizes professional contributions to education, government or the common good. Riopelle is just the seventh individual in UW-Green Bay history to be so honored. For more on her legacy, check out our news feature.

Community advocate Riopelle to receive honorary doctorate at UW-Green Bay

Virginia RiopelleThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will award an honorary doctoral degree to longtime community advocate Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle during the University’s commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Riopelle, a longtime UW-Green Bay Trustee, successful University fundraiser and the co-founder of the University’s signature Phuture Phoenix program, will receive the Doctor of Laws degree, which recognizes professional contributions to education, government or the common good.

“Put simply, UW-Green Bay would not be the place it is today without Ginny Riopelle,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “Her enthusiastic advocacy for, and support of, this great University are truly second-to-none. I am so pleased that we can honor her contributions in this way.”

The former Ginny Small has deep roots in both the community and at UW-Green Bay, owing to a family legacy of advocating for and embracing the value of public higher education. Her father, the late Rudy Small, was a vocal supporter of bringing a university to Green Bay in the early-to mid-1960s, prior to UW-Green Bay’s founding in 1965.

“There are so many individuals who are dedicated to furthering the mission of UW-Green Bay, both on campus and in our community, and it means more than I can say to be recognized in this manner,” Riopelle said. “My father was a tireless advocate for bringing this University to Green Bay, and I have done my best to tirelessly advocate for its growth and advancement. He knew then — and I know today — the transformative power of a place like UW-Green Bay.”

A graduate of UW-Stevens Point, Riopelle received her teaching certification from UW-Green Bay, teaching first and second grade here and in Shawnee Mission, Kan., before returning to the area to continue her work with and on behalf of the children of Northeastern Wisconsin. In addition to her roles at UW-Green Bay, Riopelle he has served on the boards of the United Way Community Partnership for Children, Service League of Green Bay, Encompass Child Care, Boys & Girls Clubs of Green Bay, N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation and the Greater Green Bay YMCA.

At UW-Green Bay, Riopelle has served on the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees since former Chancellor Mark Perkins first asked her to join in 1998. She currently is vice chair of that body, which adopted the joint role of serving as the Board of Directors for the UW-Green Bay Foundation when the Foundation launched in May 2011. Riopelle has served on two chancellor search committees and remains a trusted and respected community voice on the UW-Green Bay campus and beyond.

Tom Olson and Ginny Riopelle

During her time with the University, Riopelle has become one of its most successful fundraisers (and is herself a scholarship donor, along with her husband, Jack). Riopelle volunteered along with former paper company executive Tom Olson (shown above) to successfully co-chair the $30 million Campaign for UW-Green Bay, which concluded in 2009. Surpassing its initial $25 million goal, the campaign brought in the University’s largest-ever gift for academics — $5.5 million — funded the extensive upgrades for what became the Kress Events Center, dramatically increased the University’s total endowment, and much more. Riopelle has continued her fundraising work less publicly since the campaign’s conclusion.

In the early 2000s, Riopelle found a way to combine her passion for helping young children with her enthusiastic support of UW-Green Bay. Working with Cyndie Shepard, the wife of former UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard, Riopelle co-founded the University’s signature and widely lauded Phuture Phoenix program. The most visible event for this award-winning initiative is the annual Fall Tour Day, which brings fifth-graders from at-risk schools in Northeastern Wisconsin to campus, pairs them with student mentors, gives them a daylong taste of life on a college campus, and encourages them to pursue postsecondary education. Since the program’s inception in 2003, it has served more than 15,000 fifth-graders, and has grown tremendously to include more tutoring, mentoring and relationship-building opportunities for area youngsters. Phuture Phoenix has been replicated at Western Washington University (Bellingham, Wash.), UW-Eau Claire and Silver Lake College (Manitowoc). In spring 2014, the first-ever Phuture Phoenix program participants to graduate from UW-Green Bay received their diplomas during spring commencement. Riopelle remains a Phuture Phoenix Day staple, greeting students who are learning that college is important — and possible — for them.

Ginny and Jack Riopelle

Riopelle resides in Allouez with her husband, Jack (above). They have two adult children, Abbie Flanagan (Mike) and Jed Riopelle; and two granddaughters, Fiona and Margaret Flanagan.

To date, UW-Green Bay has awarded honorary doctorates on only six occasions. Recipients were Joseph Murphy, chancellor of the City University of New York, 1989; John Gronouski, former U.S. postmaster general and ambassador to Poland, 1990; Henry Cisneros, U.S. cabinet secretary and former San Antonio mayor, 1992; Henry Spille, a former UW-Green Bay administrator who went on to become an officer of the American Council on Education, 1994; Italian entrepreneur, philanthropist and UW-Green Bay partner Paolo Del Bianco, 2007; and Verna Fowler, founder and president of the College of Menominee Nation, 2008. Nominations for honorary degrees are reviewed by a faculty committee and supported with letters of University and community assent. With approval of the Faculty Senate, the Chancellor forwards the candidate’s name and materials to the UW System Board of Regents for confirmation.

Power of partnership: Phoenix Athletics, Prevea make a winning team

top-story-partnershipJeremy Cleven (pictured) head athletics trainer for the Phoenix, is far from alone in his work despite being the only sports medicine professional formally employed by UW-Green Bay.

Take, for example, his colleague Callie Bartel, who has long been steeped in the culture and camaraderie of Phoenix Athletics at UW-Green Bay.

She’s an alumna who ran cross country with the Phoenix before graduating with a degree in Human Biology in 2009. Each day, she reports to her on-campus office and then sets about her day as an athletic trainer, working with student-athletes who want to stay at — or return to — the top of their game.

But Bartel isn’t a University employee. Rather, she’s part of an innovative partnership with Prevea Sports Medicine, a program that provides athletic trainers who are contracted out to UW-Green Bay.

“I knew I wanted to work at the college level right away,” Bartel said. “I wanted those athletes — they were there for a reason, and if they got hurt, they were going to do whatever it takes to get better.”

The partnership allows Bartel and her fellow athletic trainers — Prevea provides two others, plus two strength coaches — to work full-time with Cleven, who is employed by UW-Green Bay. It also provides Phoenix athletes with quick access to Prevea physicians as they need it, offering another big-time benefit for Division I athletes who just want to play — and play healthy.

“The community relationships are something that have really been important to them, and they have a passion for sports medicine,” Cleven said. “It’s kind of in their blood to take care of the local college athletes.”

Prevea is pleased to partner with a great University and the only Division I school in Northeastern Wisconsin, said Michael LaMere, Prevea’s Sports Medicine Outreach Supervisor. Its athletic trainers attend continuing education courses year-round to stay abreast of current trends, and the athletic training team meets frequently to review emergency and rehabilitation protocols to make sure athletes receive the highest level of care possible.

“The athletic trainers are the first line of defense of making sure the athlete is taken care of in a safe and timely manner,” LaMere said. “From a minor injury to a life-threatening injury, the athletic trainers are equipped to manage every situation that is thrown their way. With an athletic trainer on the sidelines, it helps give the student-athletes and coaches the peace of mind that they have someone right there with knowledge and skill to take care of injuries that may happen.”

UW-Green Bay’s longstanding relationship with Prevea is reflected not only on the sidelines of games and practices, but also in the very name of its training room — the Hinckley Sports Medicine Center on the lower level of the Kress Events Center on campus. The room is named after Prevea orthopedic surgeon, longtime team physician and UW-Green Bay philanthropist Dr. James Hinckley, who with his late wife Patricia received UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, in 2012.

The partnership also played a significant role in Bartel’s transition from student-athlete to athletic trainer. While a Phoenix cross country runner, Bartel established relationships with Cleven and then-UW-Green Bay athletic trainer Emily (Meeuwsen) Johnson, daughter of current UW-Green Bay Trustee Kate Meeuwsen ’76. The pair mentored Bartel and helped her land an internship with Prevea and UW-Green Bay between her first and second year of graduate school. It’s yet another example of how a longstanding partnership has paid off — for everyone involved.

“Callie’s experience has really brought a unique outlook to our sports medicine staff,” LaMere said. “Being a UWGB athlete, she came into the position with more knowledge of the University, the Athletic Department and Prevea than most would. Knowing the ins and outs really helped her hit the ground running quickly.

“Callie has always known she wanted to work with athletes, and it is great that she can continue what she started at UWGB.”

Trustees meet for first time with Chancellor Harden

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas Harden met Tuesday (Oct. 13) with the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees — civic and business leaders who serve as ex-officio advisers providing counsel on institutional initiatives. “The Council of Trustees is a very important link between campus and community,” Harden said. “I value their counsel and know that in the past they have been very important to this institution.” It was Harden’s first official meeting with the Council. Campus officials offered the Trustees an update on the implications of state-mandated budget cuts on UW-Green Bay people and programs. Council members, in turn, posed questions and offered suggestions.

Council of Trustees listed

Formed in April 1998, the 20-member Chancellor’s Council of Trustees serves in an advisory capacity and also lends philanthropic support to initiatives that enhance the student learning experience. The Council typically meets three times a year on campus, in January, April and October. Members for the 2009-10 academic year gathered for their first meeting Oct. 13 on campus. Current members are:

Chair, Louis (Lou) LeCalsey, President and CEO, Tufco Technologies Inc., Green Bay
Vice Chair, Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle, UW-Green Bay class of ’70, civic leader, Green Bay
Secretary, Robert Bush, Chair Emeritus, Schreiber Foods, Green Bay
Paul Anderson, ’82, President, M2 Logistics, Inc., Green Bay
Dean Basten, ’89, Secretary/Treasurer, Miron Construction, Neenah
Paul Beideman, President and CEO, Associated Banc-Corp., Green Bay
Richard (Rick) Beverstein, Vice President, AON Risk Services, Green Bay
Robert (Bob) DeVos, ’73, Senior Vice President-Business Development, GENCO Inc., Green Bay
Larry Ferguson, President and CEO, Schreiber Foods, Green Bay
Susan Finco, President, Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Green Bay
Diane Ford, ’75, Vice President and Controller, Integrys Energy Group, Green Bay
Donald Harden, Retired President, Bellin Foundation, Green Bay
Donsia Strong Hill, Attorney, Green Bay
Michael Jackson, ’76, Retired President and COO, SuperValu Stores, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn.
Carl Kuehne, CEO, American Foods Group, Green Bay
Mark Murphy, President and CEO, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay
Kate Meeuwsen, ’76, Civic Leader, New Franken
Thomas Olson, Retired President, Sonoco-U.S. Paper Mills Inc., Green Bay
Kramer Rock, President, Temployment, Inc., Green Bay
Robert Rupp, Jr., ’78, President, The Renewal Group LLC, Kimberly