The American Intercultural Center shares word that the Fall 2014 Welcome and Student Showcase will take place Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the AIC on the lower level of the University Union. Faculty and staff are encourage to come to the AIC and meet new and continuing students, and students and others will have the opportunity to learn more about the center and its services. Then, step down the hall to the Christie Theatre and watch multicultural student organization members represent, perform, and showcase diverse talents. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact the AIC at 465-2720.
Drop in any time! The American Intercultural Center hosts its annual Welcome Back Gathering from 11:30 to 1:30 today (Wednesday, Sept. 11) at the AIC, located in Room 150 of the University Union. It’s an opportunity for faculty and staff to enjoy a casual lunch with new and returning students to the AIC. “Please drop in to share in our excitement in welcoming students to the AIC!”
We see that the Adult Degree Program, building on the success of its initial efforts in getting new students acclimated to a campus that most visit only occasionally, is planning another new-student convocation. The event on Saturday, September 14, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., headquartered mainly in MAC Hall, will feature how-to workshops, a luncheon, a campus tour and more, all to formally mark the students’ entry into the University. If you’re interested, see more details.
The second annual Adult Degree Convocation and Family Welcome was a definite success, welcoming 75 students, family and friends during a daylong event Saturday. Featuring tours, panels, breakout sessions and more, the welcome program is a chance to acclimate adult students with campus — even though many of them may not be back here anytime soon. This semester, 71 percent of nontraditional students (age 25 or older) are taking a least one distance-education course, according to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Fifty-four percent are taking all of their classes online. We’ve got more info and some great photos, here.
UW-Green Bay officially welcomed a new class of adult students Sept. 15, bringing together learners and their support teams for a day of information and fun.
The second annual Adult Degree Convocation and Family Welcome was a daylong event designed to acquaint adult students with campus — even though many of them won’t be returning anytime soon. This semester, 71 percent of UW-Green Bay’s baccalaureate students age 25 or older — defined as “nontraditional” — are taking at least one distance education course. Fifty-four percent of students in this age group are taking all of their classes online.
“With so many students taking their coursework online, it is important that we build a connection between them and our University,” said Christina Trombley, director of Adult Degree Programs. “They are as much a part of UW-Green Bay as any of our traditional students, and we want to make sure they know that.”
And while many students will rarely, if ever, come to campus in person, officials say it’s important to help them acclimate to returning to school. Many returning adults have been out of the classroom for years, and are balancing a host of academic, family, work and life demands. That’s why UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access welcomes family members and friends to its Convocation event — their lives are changed when loved ones head back to school, and they serve as a critical means of support for the returning learners.
“When an adult comes back to school, it affects the whole family,” Trombley said. “Our event helps everyone understand what this journey is while also celebrating his or her decision. Many students talk about their decision to come back so they can set an example for their children. We want to make sure that the children see that and share in the pride of that decision.”
The day’s events included a welcome and tour for students and families, as well as a variety of sessions on topics from personal finance to writing. A panel discussion featuring current and former adult learners and their families offered stories of personal experience, along with tips for the incoming students. About 75 students, family and friends attended the convocation event.
More information about UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program is available at www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees/.
The American Intercultural Center is a place for people of diverse backgrounds to gather, to learn and to enjoy each other’s company. The center’s annual fall welcome-back luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 6 was another big success, drawing a cross-section of UW-Green Bay students, staff and faculty to the AIC lounge and office suite on the lower level of the University Union.
Commented Deborah Rezac, diversity director (and image 24, below), “It’s great to see the students back in the American Intercultural Center… the excitement and the energy are wonderful… meeting new students, catching up with returning students and with seeing our faculty, administrators and allies from all corners of campus all here together… It’s a wonderful way to start the semester”
— Photos by Kimberly Vlies, University Communication
One hundred U.S. Army Reservists officially will be welcomed home from Afghanistan Saturday (June 9) during the Welcome Home Warrior Citizen ceremony at the Kress Events Center. Members of the Ashwaubenon-based 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, which returned home in March, will be honored during the event. Click here for more info, and to see photos from the unit’s return home in March.