Reflection of a student/soldier: UW-Green Bay alumna Misti Brosig ’18

Part citizen/student, part soldier.

(Pictured) UW-Green Bay alumnae Misti Brosig serves as a model for a striking photo taken last year showing both sides of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) students and all students in active military as they both train and work toward completion of their college degree.

As Veteran’s Day approaches, UW-Green Bay honors its active military and veterans with a week’s worth of activity including the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Brosig is now a commissioned officer, Second Lieutenant, serving active duty in the United States Army. The Casper, Wyoming native came to the Green Bay area with an associates degree and eventually decided the time was right to further both her education and take a step toward active service.

“There are a few paths to becoming an officer, and I found it best that ROTC would be able to get me able to commission as soon as I completed my degree and I could begin my career,” she explains. “I wanted to serve for so many years. I am an extremely proud American and I wanted a career where I knew I would love what I do every single day… in an organization that would constantly challenge me to be a better me. Every day is a privilege to put on this uniform. I am continuously learning, given great opportunities, and serve with some of America’s finest.”

Being an officer in training meant balancing an ROTC schedule that included class once a week, a lab once a week and physical fitness classes three mornings a week, with her degree requirements in Business Administration, which she completed in 2018.

From her home base in Fort Stewart, Georgia, she looks back on her UW-Green Bay experience, fondly.

“You learn to be a leader as well as basic soldiering skills. ROTC is a avenue for all officers, whether they wish to be active, guard or reserves. My time in the ROTC program at UW-Green Bay with St. Norbert College, was fantastic. The program sets a high standard and consistently made me a better leader as well as a person. The leadership from the instructors is great. Overall, my favorite part is the camaraderie that I built with my peers.”

UW-Green Bay supports 368 veterans at four campus locations. In total, 514 students, including veterans, their children and spouses, receive veteran benefits at the campuses. Some of the planned Veterans Week activities:

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: Chancellor’s Veteran Reception at 4 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018: Veteran Brunch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018: Veteran Employment Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1965 Room, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018: Ruck March at 2 p.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 2018: Veteran Benefit Forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • ROTC will be raising and lowering the flag on campus and playing taps at 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day during Veterans Week

 Photo by Parker Fuller

 

Veteran employment workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 14

A veteran employment workshop will be taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the 1965 Room located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Steve Newton from Career Services will be present to give an overview of the assistance Career Services can provide. Jeff Orlowski from the Department of Workforce Development will go over resume translation from military to civilian. Recruiters from Associated Bank and Bellin Health will also be on hand to provide interview tips, networking advice and more. This event is one of many taking place during UW-Green Bay’s Veterans Week.

Ruck march planned for Thursday, Nov. 15

A ruck march will be taking place on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, starting at the UW-Green Bay’s Veteran Lounge in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227 at 2 p.m. Participants will be marching the outer road of campus for two miles with 25 pound rucksacks. This event is one of many taking place during UW-Green Bay’s Veterans Week.

Veteran brunch to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13

A veteran brunch will be taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in UW-Green Bay’s Veteran Lounge, located in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227. The complimentary brunch is for veterans who work in and use the Veteran Lounge. This event is one of many taking place during UW-Green Bay’s Veterans Week.

Veteran benefit forum set for Friday, Nov. 16

A veteran benefit forum will be taking place on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. This event will focus on gathering resources in the community in order to assist veterans, and will include a Vietnam veteran display. A luncheon will be held from Noon to 1 p.m.

Chancellor’s Veteran Reception set for Monday, Nov. 12

The Chancellor’s Veteran Reception will be taking place on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Rep. Mike Gallagher, representing Wisconsin’s 8th District, will serve as the guest speaker at the event. Gallagher joined the United States Marine Corps. after graduating from college. Come and enjoy refreshments, music by UW-Green Bay students and veteran camaraderie. All are welcome to join UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students at the reception. This event is one of many taking place during UW-Green Bay’s Veterans Week.

Events planned for Veterans Week, Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16

UW-Green Bay will be hosting several events during Veterans Week, to be held the week of Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 through Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Please consider bringing items or care packages to these events. (Watch your future Log posts for details.)

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: Chancellor’s Veteran Reception at 4 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018: Veteran Brunch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018: Veteran Employment Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1965 Room, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018: Ruck March at 2 p.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 2018: Veteran Benefit Forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
  • ROTC will be raising and lowering the flag on campus and playing taps at 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day during Veterans Week

 

 

Chancellor’s Veteran Reception to be previewed Tuesday on Local 5 Live

The Local 5 Live morning show will air two live segments from campus Tuesday (Nov. 11), previewing that day’s Chancellor’s Veteran Reception and the associated Veterans Week activities. Veteran services adviser Elaina Koltz will be featured in a segment that airs at approximately 9:20 a.m., while student Vets 4 Vets club members Terry Spranger and Jared Spude will be interviewed during the second segment, at about 9:45. Tune in to WFRV, Channel 5, or catch the segments on the Local 5 Live website after the fact. For more information about the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, which is free and open to the public, check out our news release.

Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, other events will honor vets next week

UW-Green Bay will host its annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, welcoming campus and community to honor all who have served. This year’s event will feature UW-Green Bay student Major Gena Selby, who will speak about her experiences as commander of C Company in the Ashwaubenon-based 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion. Chancellor Gary L. Miller also will speak, and he and Selby will present certificates of appreciation to student military members who are present.

Later in the week, campus and community veterans can attend a veteran services open house (2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 in MAC 124), and attend the Phoenix men’s basketball game at no cost during Veteran Appreciation Day (3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Resch Center). Our news release has further details.

UW-Green Bay to host Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, other events to honor vets

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will kick off a week of events celebrating campus and community veterans with the annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Phoenix Room B of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The annual Veterans Day event is held to recognize all campus and community veterans, as well as individuals currently serving in the military. This year’s reception will feature UW-Green Bay student Major Gena Selby, who will speak about her experiences as commander of C Company in the Ashwaubenon-based 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion. Selby is working toward her second bachelor’s degree at UW-Green Bay, majoring in Art and Arts Management. Chancellor Gary L. Miller also will speak, and he and Selby will present certificates of appreciation to student members of the military who are present. Refreshments and a social will follow.

“The annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception allows us to pause and remember the contributions and sacrifices of those who have served,” said Elaina Koltz, UW-Green Bay veteran services adviser. “This event offers the chance to express, in a very real and meaningful way, the gratitude we feel year-round.”

UW-Green Bay has 368 individuals receiving veteran benefits, including 108 dependent spouses and children. That number is expected to increase to more than 400 by the end of the academic year, Koltz said. Twenty of those receiving benefits are currently in the National Guard and Reserve. UW-Green Bay’s Vets 4 Vets student club has about 15 active members.

For six years running, UW-Green Bay has been named a Military Friendly School, an honor bestowed by Victory Media Inc. that recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace military service members and spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus. Last winter, the University dedicated the At Ease Veteran and Service Member Lounge in Mary Ann Cofrin (MAC) Hall.

Additional veterans week events are as follows:

Veteran Open House, 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, At Ease Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, MAC Hall 124. Attendees can visit with local veteran services representatives from the Wisconsin Job Center, Green Bay Vet Center, Green Bay VA Health Care Center, Brown County Veterans Service Office and Green Bay Center for Veteran Issues. Refreshments will be served.

Veteran Appreciation Day, 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, Resch Center, Green Bay. UW-Green Bay Athletics invites all veterans in the community to attend the Phoenix men’s basketball game at no cost. There will be a special recognition of those in the community who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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