Faculty note: Ruzek receives Shining Star Award

Brown County United Way recognized Joy Ruzek, Executive Director, Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement (formerly Outreach and Extension), with the Shining Star Award at its annual breakfast and awards ceremony Feb. 21. The Shining Star Award honors individuals or organizations which have had an extraordinary impact on the United Way organization. Tundra Lodge Resort & Conference Center was the host site.

Update: Brown County United Way campaign

The campaign to generate pledges to support the local United Way is coming to a close.  Please consider making a pledge at any level of support for this excellent support network right here in Brown County. This year’s campaign has generated 48 pledges totaling more than $9,500 in support of the United Way’s efforts to strengthen our local community. If you are interested in making a pledge, please see your email inbox messages from Tuesday, Jan. 10 where your unique link grants you access to the United Way’s secure E-Pledge server. Consider helping us reach the goal of 60 pledges and $12,000 in support for the Brown County United Way. Feel free to contact Rick Warpinski, Campaign Chair, at warpinsr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2090, with your questions or to have your unique link resent to you. Thank you!

Green Bay Athletics is helping the United Way, too

Green Bay Athletics is once again supporting the United Way by providing an incentive for participation in the campaign. Tickets for women’s basketball games are being offered at the following levels:

  • Donate at least $25 and receive a “Buy One Ticket, Get One Ticket Free” offer
  • Donate at least $50 and receive two tickets for free

Final recap: United Way campaign at UW-Green Bay

Campus chairman Rick Warpinski provides one final update on pledges to the fall 2015 United Way campaign at UW-Green Bay.  The final numbers: $10,582 to the United Way from 67 donors.  That’s up two donors from last year.  Also worth mentioning:

  • New Donors — 22, with total pledges of $1,281.00
  • Average Pledge — $157.94
  • Most Common Giving Method — Payroll Deduction, 43 pledges, $7,388
  • Non-Renewals due to Retirement, Departures — 12 ($2,809 in prior year)

Warpinski says he was very encouraged by the results, especially the number of new donors outpacing the number of departing donors.  “I know the United Way truly appreciates our commitment to this fundraising effort,” Warpinski says. “Thanks much, everyone.”


United Way campaign ‘coming to a close soon’

Campus campaign manager Rick Warpinski extends a sincere note of thanks to the 60 staff and faculty members who have pledged a financial commitment to the Brown County United Way.  The UW-Green Bay total is over $9,000.  This is the final week to commit your pledge to support the Brown County United Way through the annual corporate campaign.  UWGB is just one group of employees from many employers in the county that will help United Way raise more than $4 million in support of those with needs “greater than ours” as well as the many agencies in the area that provide social support services.  Your “E-Pledge” email arrived early today (Monday) and committing a pledge is simple.  You can choose to pay with cash, check, credit, or through payroll deduction in 2016.

2015 United Way campaign off to strong start on campus

As of last Friday (Oct. 30), at least 42 fellow university employees had collectively pledged more than $7,500 to the Brown County United Way. This includes 12 new donors. Employees received an email from the Brown County United Way through Campaign Chair Rick Warpinski’s email earlier this week with a secure link to the E-pledge online system used by the United Way. Employees can choose many methods of payment for their pledge including calendar year 2016 payroll deduction, credit, cash/check, or via invoice. On behalf of the Brown County United Way, Warpinski adds, “We thank all who have given and those that plan to give through this year’s campaign.” Questions or inquiries regarding the campaign and pledge opportunity can be made by contacting the Rick Warpinski, campaign chair, ext. 2090.

A thank-you to A’viands

About 100 university staff and faculty enjoyed a free picnic lunch sponsored primarily by A’viands (our on-campus food service provider) held at Shorewood last Thursday (Oct. 29). “Thank you, A’viands!” Highlights included Phoenix-shaped cookies, tasty hamburgers and a special appearance of the Fiat 500 Pop vehicle being given away to one lucky donor through the Brown County United Way campaign.

United Way campaign launches with free, picnic-style lunch Thursday

UW-Green Bay Brown County United Way campaign opens with a new wrinkle this year, a complimentary kickoff lunch, served picnic-style, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 29) at the Shorewood Clubhouse. Sponsors are corporate partners A’viands, Pepsi and the Shorewood Golf Course. Campaign director Rick Warpinski emphasizes the event “is a FREE, no-obligation, no-hard-sell lunch” meant to drum up awareness of the United Way’s good work locally. “Please join your fellow colleagues at this new event in support of our collective efforts to strengthen our local community through Brown County United Way programs, services, and agency-funding support,” he writes. “We will have materials about Brown County United Way programs and services and the fundraising campaign if you are interested.” RSVPs are requested.

— Here’s information about United Way and its role in the community
— Make a pledge and you enter the drawing for a FIAT 500 Pop, which will be onsite for your viewing pleasure
— Green Bay Athletics is also helping to encourage participation in the campaign: A $25 pledge gets you a Women’s Basketball BOGO ticket offer. Pledge $50 and receive two 2015-2016 Women’s Basketball tickets for free. To check out the schedule of games.

United Way campaign at UW-Green Bay closes on high note

As of Tuesday (Dec. 30) and the final business day of 2014 at UW-Green Bay, a total of 65 employee/donors had collectively pledged $12,512 to the United Way of Brown County. The $12,512 is the highest pledge total since the current records-management system was begun in 2001, and the second highest number of pledgers. (There were 82 pledges from UW-Green Bay staff and faculty in 2002, totaling $12,074.) On behalf of the Brown County United Way, the campus team again thanks all who gave to this year’s campaign. If you missed the opportunity to pledge you still can do so for 2015 by contacting campaign chair Rick Warpinski at warpinsr@uwgb.edu or at phone extension 2090.

United Way campaign is off and running

Last Thursday (Nov. 13) all staff and faculty members received their first message announcing the launch of campus participation in the Brown County United Way employee campaign. “We are proud to participate in this vital local community fundraising effort that is making positive changes right here where we live,” said an email from Rick Warpinski, campaign chair. (The Nov. 13 email also included a personalized on-line giving link to make it easy to contribute.) “Please join the many in Brown County who will give of their time, talent, and treasure to the United Way in support of their efforts to strengthen our local community.” The Log will carry periodic updates over the course of the campaign.

Early returns are positive… and sign up for this Saturday’s tailgate

With last week’s “soft launch” of the United Way campaign at UW-Green Bay, it didn’t take long for results to roll in. Within three days, some 17 people stepped up with $2,500 in gifts and pledges. Our campus goal is 100 donors and $13,000 in pledges. “Please help us help UWGB meet this goal. Any and all amounts are welcome and if you maintain last year’s pledge amount or if make a new pledge of $26 or more you earn an entry into a drawing to win a new Ford Fiat.”

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Tailgate prior to Duquesne game at Kress: The United Way Employee Campaign is about to kickoff and so is the Phoenix women’s basketball home schedule. Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie is announcing that Phoenix Athletics is supporting the campus campaign by offering a free tailgate party at noon in the Kress poolside room, along with one complimentary admission to the Green Bay-Duquesne game (1 p.m. tipoff) for those employees who RSVP for the game. You can do so here.

Those who’d like to purchase additional tickets may do so for $5 from Ticket Star Online with the password “UNITEDWAY.”