New strategy for Vets 4 Vets Club involves helping local family

In previous years the UW-Green Bay Vets for Vets Club has collected donations to fill care packages for military personnel on active duty. With fewer students “down range” (deployed), the club is doing something different this holiday season. The UW-Green Bay club is teaming with its counterparts at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to assist a family in need. The veteran student’s family has experienced a recent job loss, and with three children (a boy, 15; and girls 8 and 7), would likely welcome some holiday generosity. Veterans services adviser Elaina Koltz shares word that student veterans here and at NWTC would like to give the family gift cards for needed items such as groceries, clothes and gas. Gifts should be dropped off with Koltz in the Financial Aid Office, SS 1203. Checks can be made out to Student Veterans of America NWTC Chapter. If you plan to help, please have your gifts in no later than Thursday, Dec. 18. If you would like more information, contact Elaina at koltze@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2065.

TRiO teams up with campus vets for holiday card-a-thon to King residents

Green Bay area high school students in the Upward Bound program, hosted in the TRiO and Precollege office under the leadership of Michael Casbourne, are teaming up with veterans on campus to help bring holiday cheer to Wisconsin veterans. The little town of King (near Waupaca) is the site of a residential veteran’s facility with 720 residents. Upward Bound is looking to send a homemade holiday card to every resident. A tall order — but by partnering with the campus vets club, and devoting Upward Bound’s December community service hours to this project, TRiO will have a head start on this ambitious undertaking but will still need your help: “Please consider making a holiday card thanking a vet. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. We will personalize the card, and together with members of the Vets 4 Vets Club, deliver the cards on Dec. 14. We need all cards turned in to the TRiO office by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Wouldn’t it be great if we had enough cards to give each veteran two cards? Please help us spread the holiday cheer!”

Chancellor’s Veteran Reception 2014

Chancellor's Veteran Reception

The UW-Green Bay community celebrated and remembered campus and community military veterans Nov. 11, honoring them with the annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union.

The UW-Green Bay Veterans Day tradition honors past and present service members from all branches of the U.S. military, and specifically recognizes UW-Green Bay students who have returned to school to obtain their degrees.

“This is indeed a great honor as an American, and as someone who has benefited from the veterans in this room,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said, offering welcome remarks on behalf of himself and wife Georgia, also in attendance. “We are so grateful for your presence today.”

UW-Green Bay student Major Gena Selby offered keynote remarks for the event, noting not just the sacrifices of veterans, but also of their support systems back home. She recalled not being there for her mother’s surgery due to a deployment to Iraq, and missing her grandfather’s funeral due to serving in Afghanistan. What got her through, Selby said, was the unwavering support of friends and family.

“Each of you has these stories of separation,” she told the veterans in attendance. “I am forever grateful that my support network made my service possible.”

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– Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication

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Live from campus: Koltz, student vets promote Chancellor’s Veteran Reception

UW-Green Bay veteran services adviser Elaina Koltz and two members of the Vets 4 Vets student organization got some airtime Tuesday (Nov. 11) morning, appearing on two local news shows to promote today’s Chancellor’s Veteran Reception and related activities. Koltz got up extra early to appear on the NBC 26 Today morning program, and she was joined later on by students Terry Spangler and Jared Spude for two segments on Local 5 Live. As a reminder, the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception takes place from 4-6 p.m. today in the Union’s Phoenix Room, and is free and open to the public. You can watch all three of this morning’s segments, listed here in chronological order, by clicking the links:
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Local 5 Live, Part 2

In the news: Second annual Stair Climb honors fallen, heroes of 9/11

UW-Green Bay’s second annual 9/11 Walk the Stairs event drew considerable media attention Thursday (Sept. 11), as 118 students, faculty and staff traversed floors two through eight of the Cofrin Library in solemn remembrance. Leading the way were Green Bay Firefighter Logan Simkowski and Freedom volunteer firefighter Jesse Brody, an admissions advisor in UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree program, who climbed the stairs, in full turnout gear, 12 times to equal the number of stairs climbed by firefighters in the Twin Towers. UW-Green Bay’s Vets-4-Vets student organization and University Wellness Committee sponsored the event.

You can check out our UW-Green Bay news story and photos, a terrific video piece from the Green Bay Press-Gazette and more, here:
UW-Green Bay News
Green Bay Press-Gazette
WLUK, Fox 11 News
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Repeat of 9/11 “Walk the Stairs” event

Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record and for benefit of our off-campus readers: The stairs of the eight-story Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay once again be opened all the way to the top on Sept. 11 for a 9/11 memorial event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will walk the stairs of the library floors 2 through 8 to honor and pay tribute to the victims, families, military personnel and protective services officers affected by the tragic events of 9/11/2001. Also, a fruit and yogurt station will be set up on the second floor of the Cofrin Library for the first 75 participants. Sponsored by the Wellness Committee and Vets4Vets, it’s a chance stop by to share memories and socialize with our veteran students.

Fore! Alumni, friends set scholarship record during annual golf outing

A record number of golfers (an event-maximum 144) raised a record number of dollars (15,000) during the June 13 Alumni Scholarship Golf Outing. UW-Green Bay’s Vets 4 Vets Club also raised more than $1,000 for veterans scholarships, our friends in Advancement tell us — and everyone had a blast hitting the links. Bellin Health and Heartland Business Systems/Microsoft were the event’s major sponsors. Scholarship dollars were raised through auction and raffle items and sponsorship and participant fees. “Our sponsors, Alumni Board and committee members did a fantastic job,” said Alumni Director Kari Moody. “It was a beautiful day and a spirited event.” Need proof? Check out our new photo gallery, which has great pics from the outing.

Alumni enjoyed golfing ‘fore’ scholarships

alumni scholarship golf outingAlumni and friends raised a record $15,000 in scholarships during the annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Outing, Friday, June 13, and according to Alumni Director Kari Moody, had a blast doing it. UWGB’s Vets 4 Vets Club also raised $1,000-plus that will go toward scholarships for veterans who are enrolled at UWGB. A record number of golfers — the 144 maximum — participated in the 2014 event. Bellin Health and Heartland Business Systems/Microsoft were major sponsors. Scholarship dollars were raised through auction items, raffle items, sponsorship fees and participants fees.

“Our sponsors, Alumni Board and committee members and volunteers did a fantastic job,” Moody said. “It was a beautiful day and a spirited event.” 

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– Photos by Kelly Selner, Office of University Advancement

Today’s Memorial Garden reminder

Here’s one final invitation to attend the annual planting of the Campus Memorial Garden from 3-5 p.m. Thursday (May 8) at the garden just outside the University Union. The garden was created for students, faculty, alumni and staff to plant a flower in remembrance of deceased loved ones. It is promoted by the Students of AMF, a student-led grief support group. All members of the campus community are invited to participate. Flowering annuals and planting tools are provided; no need to bring your own. The garden is located immediately adjacent to the Weidner Carillon. The event begins with brief remarks about the project, comments by Chancellor Harden and participation by campus Vets for Vets.

At Ease: UW-Green Bay dedicates new veteran service lounge

Veterans & Service Member Student Lounge dedicationUW-Green Bay’s student veterans and military service members now have their own space to be “at ease,” thanks to a new dedicated space bearing the military-inspired moniker.

The At Ease Veteran & Service Member Student Lounge was dedicated Friday, Feb. 14 before a standing room-only crowd on the lower concourse of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. UW-Green Bay Vets 4 Vets student club President Ken Corry, who led the efforts to establish the new center, told attendees he was elated with the space.

“It’s amazing — it came to fruition and here it is. It’s awesome,” a beaming Corry said. “I’m at a loss for words because of how awesome it is.”

Corry, an Air Force veteran, explained and demonstrated the difference between the states of alert for service members — including the well-known “at attention,” the modified “parade rest” and the further modified “at ease,” which allows conversation and a more relaxed posture.

“It’s a time for us to relax,” he said, explaining the connection between stance and center. “A time to get away from everything.”

That relaxation, and a sense of place, are critical for returning vets and others, said Elaina Koltz, UW-Green Bay Veteran Services Adviser.

“Our new veteran center will help build camaraderie among the veterans and service members here on campus, facilitating and enhancing a much-needed network of support for these students,” Koltz said. “Providing this space is one way for us to acknowledge their experience, which often differs from that of nonmilitary students — and also to thank them for their service.”

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The new space was identified last year and announced during the 2013 Chancellor’s Veteran Reception on Veterans Day. UW-Green Bay alumnus, philanthropist and past commencement speaker Craig Dickman, along with his wife, Karen, donated the furnishings for the space, which is the former “grad pad” in MAC Hall 124, located near the foot of the building’s main staircase. They were on hand for the dedication and were the recipients of thank you gifts from the Vets 4 Vets student organization. Craig Dickman offered brief remarks that included an expression of gratitude and respect for the student veterans and military members.

Chancellor Tom Harden also addressed attendees before officially dedicating the At Ease lounge. He mentioned the University’s Military Friendly School honor, recently awarded for the fifth consecutive year by Victory Media Inc.

“We’re very proud of our military-friendly designation,” Harden said. “We want to be a very hospitable, friendly and productive place for veterans who come to school here.”

UW-Green Bay has more than 400 individuals receiving veteran benefits, including 302 veterans and service members, as well as more than 110 dependents. Creation of the new veteran center is just one way in which UW-Green Bay has ramped up efforts to serve student veterans in recent years. The November Chancellor’s Veteran Reception kicked off an entire week of events including an awareness walk, volunteer organization panel, military speaker, veteran picnic and more. UW-Green Bay graduate student Mike Crum led a collection drive for homeless veterans, and members of the UW-Green Bay community wore military-insignia apparel to show support for military members and veterans.

In addition to UW-Green Bay faculty, staff, students, administrators, and alumni, a number of local and state dignitaries were on hand to help dedicate the center. Among them were state Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay; state Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Allouez; and state Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay. Tim Deacy, administrator of the new veterans clinic located just down the road from UW-Green Bay, also was on hand for the celebration.