The confusion seems to come into play because UWGB did not have a mid-year convocation this year. However, faculty and staff will still be recognized for years of service and emeritus status, from 4 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 in Phoenix AB. All of campus is invited and encouraged to attend the recognition ceremony. Following the ceremony, there will be a brief reception in Phoenix C, only for recipients and members of their families.
The campus community is asked to help celebrate those receiving Emeritus and Service Awards from 4 to 4:45 Thursday, Feb. 11 in Phoenix A/B. Secretary of the Faculty and Staff (corrected) Steve Meyer will emcee the event hosted by Chancellor Gary L. Miller. See the list of award recipients.
Faculty, staff and friends gathered to celebrate tradition and tomorrow Jan. 22, taking part in Mid-Year Convocation in the Phoenix Room.
As is customary during the winter event, individuals celebrating service milestones were honored for anniversaries ranging from 10 years to 40. Recognized for his four decades at UW-Green Bay, event emcee Prof. Cliff Abbott drew a standing ovation as the distinction was announced.
Also as part of the ceremony, two new academic staff emeriti were honored for their service to UW-Green Bay. Gary Fewless, longtime lecturer and curator of the University Herbarium that now bears his name; and Mike Herrity, former UW-Green Bay Registrar and academic adviser, were recognized. Neither was able to attend the event, but each received hearty applause as his citation was read.
Click here for more information about the service anniversary and emeriti honorees.
The University community also celebrated a brand-new distinction as Associate Prof. David Radosevich was formally recognized as the first-ever Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair of Business. The position is the University’s second endowed chair, joining the John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communications, which was established in 2005. Click here for more on Radosevich and his honor.
Following the recognitions, Chancellor Gary L. Miller took the stage to deliver his Mid-Year Commencement remarks. The prepared text of his remarks is available here, and a summary is as follows:
Miller remarks: Challenges await but ‘the future is ours’
Chancellor Gary L. Miller painted a realistic yet forward-looking picture of the challenges and opportunities facing UW-Green Bay during his Mid-Year Convocation remarks Thursday, Jan. 22.
Speaking before faculty and staff members who assembled for the annual winter gathering, Miller offered updates on a variety of University activities and initiatives; addressed a bleak state budget picture; spoke about the future of shared governance and tenure; and concluded with a short-and longer-term look ahead.
“I am so excited about this place and its future,” Miller said. “The power we have to create our future through innovation, to transform the lives of many more students in this region by inviting them to join the extraordinary learning community, and to change this place to improve the human condition are limited only by our imagination. It is a great privilege to be your partner in this wonderful journey.”
Among the issues addressed:
Review of activities and initiatives
- Miller welcomed Provost Stephen Fritz, who began his new role in January. Praising Fritz’s academic and leadership background, Miller expressed confidence in the provost’s ability to lead during what will be an important time of transition for UW-Green Bay.
- The enrollment issue continues to be a challenge for UW-Green Bay, Miller said, but he praised progress that has been made (and thanked the majority of people present for their efforts in just a few short months) in analyzing enrollment’s effect on the budget; addressing various enrollment needs; and partnering with the Green Bay community. “We have much to do about enrollment,” Miller said, “and we’ll continue to look at this process. I’m very excited about where we are versus six months ago.”
- Miller also addressed his “Invent the Future” transition initiative and lauded the work of faculty and staff members who comprise its steering committee and working groups. The process will conclude during spring semester, leaving leadership with “a deep catalog of innovations and recommendations upon which we can draw as we shape our future.”
- Continuing with the theme of looking ahead, Miller spoke about the University’s new planning process, which will be guided in large part by the University Planning and Innovation Committee (UPIC). During spring semester, this group will take on an “ambitious curriculum” of learning about budgets, enrollments, the regulatory environment, athletics and other areas in an effort to inform better planning and allow the University a better strategic position in the years ahead.
The state budget
Miller offered a sobering assessment of the state budget, noting that while concrete information is lacking, the UW System is likely to face a significant and potentially painful cut during the next biennium. Even as specifics remain unknown, Miller emphasized the need for a “strong, transparent and inclusive budget reduction and reallocation process.”
That process will be spearheaded by Provost Fritz, who will organize the development of recommendations for reductions and reallocations based on advice from numerous leaders and stakeholders. The UPIC will vet those recommendations before they are submitted to the Cabinet and ultimately himself, Miller said. Regular town hall-style meetings will be held to communicate activities, answer questions and get ideas.
“The coming round of reductions,” Miller said, “will not diminish this University or alter our course to greatness.”
Shared governance and System flexibility
Shared governance and tenure are likely to be moved from state statute, Miller said, with the authority for both transferred to the UW System Board of Regents. And while he said such a move is neither optimal nor desirable, Miller reiterated his steadfast support for both provisions and expressed his confidence that the change would not diminish shared governance or threaten tenure.
“These institutions are part of the higher education systems in all 50 states,” Miller said, “and continue to survive attempts to alter or dissolve them, primarily because everyone understands they are both essential to the capacity of this great enterprise.”
The chancellor also addressed efforts to secure increased flexibility for the UW System, clarifying certain aspects of the proposal while inviting those assembled to ask questions if they seek additional information.
Additional flexibilities won’t prevent drastic state budget cuts — “the fact is, the state budget’s in extremely bad shape,” Miller said — but it will be beneficial in the long term as the Board of Regents, not the Legislature, guides UW System recovery and growth in the future. Miller is a “strong supporter” of obtaining the additional flexibilities, he said.
‘The future is ours’
Miller concluded his address on a high note, reiterating the powers of transformation, innovation and place and looking ahead to UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
“The excitement of this celebration is what will take us into the next half century,” Miller said. “The thrill of designing a future for this University. The possibility of even greater things to come. These are the things I think about every day, and when I talk to you, this is what I hear coming back from you.
“And I am so fortunate to be with you on this great journey. Let’s have a great year — it’s a New Year — and Go Phoenix!”
UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members gathered together Jan. 22 to celebrate the annual Mid-Year Convocation, a ceremony that serves as the unofficial kickoff to the University’s spring semester. The formal program included granting of emeriti status to distinguished retirees, as well as years-of-service recognition for longtime UW-Green Bay employees.
Two academic staff members were granted emeritus status in recognition of their service to UW-Green Bay.
Longtime lecturer and curator of the University Herbarium — now renamed in his honor — Gary Fewless was recognized for his “unrivaled devotion to science, students and the priceless environmental diversity of our region.”
Former UW-Green Bay Registrar and academic adviser Michael Herrity was honored “for a distinguished career in service to students, community and the power of higher education.” Neither Fewless nor Herrity was able to attend, but both received generous applause as their citations were read.
Years of Service Honorees
UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members celebrating 40-, 35- and 30-year anniversaries during Mid-Year Convocation posed for a photo at the program’s conclusion. They are (L-R) Cliff Abbott (40), Bob Howe (30), Mike Stearney (30), Dave Kieper (35) and Mark Damie (35).
UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members marking 20- and 25-year anniversaries at the Jan. 22 gathering were (L-R) Jeff Benzow (25), Donna Ritch (25), Linda Toonen (25), Stephen Gering (20), Deb Anderson (25), Mike Kline (25), Dianne Gordon (25), Christine Terrien (20), Bill Hubbard (25), Sherry Lacenski (25) and Colleen Wilde (25).
Gathering for a group photo of those honored for 10-year employment anniversaries were Mary Valitchka, Bob Blihar, Diane Nagy, Eric Amenson, Bonnie Delsart, Jeff Gross, Atife Caglar, Katrina Hrivnak, Javier Martinez, Brent Blahnik, Darrel Renier, Joe Brzezinski, Judi Pietsch, Janet Reilly and Paula Marcec.
Please join faculty and staff colleagues in turning out for the annual UW-Green Bay Mid-Year Convocation at 10:30 a.m. next Thursday (Jan. 22) in the Phoenix Room. As always, one of the highlights will be our collective congratulation extended to co-workers celebrating significant service anniversaries. Eligible for recognition are:
40 years — Cliff Abbott
35 years — Mark Damie, David Kieper
30 years — Forrest Baulieu, Illene Cupit, Jeffrey Entwistle, Robert Howe, Michael Stearney, Matthew Williams
25 years — Deb Anderson, Jeffrey Benzow, Dianne Gordon, Bill Hubbard, Mike Kline, Sherry Lacenski, Donna Ritch, Linda Toonen, Donna Van Straten, Colleen Wilde
20 Years — Theresa Adsit, Denise Carlson-Gardner, Marcelo Cruz, Stephen Gering, Karla Larson, Jeanette Skwor, Christine Terrien
10 years — Eric Amenson, Brent Blahnik, Bob Blihar, Joe Brzezinski, Atife Caglar, Bonnie Delsart, Sabrina Duchateau, Jeff Gross, Katrina Hrivnak, Mark Kiehn, Javier Martinez, Diane Nagy, Judi Pietsch, Janet Reilly, Darrel Renier, Jolanda Sallmann, Tammy Snortum, Mary Valitchka
UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members got geared up for another semester Jan. 23, celebrating mid-year convocation in the Phoenix Room of the University Union.
Chancellor Tom Harden’s final convocation — he’ll step aside as chancellor in August — was filled with moments both poignant and light-hearted, as he offered his final address to faculty and staff. UW-Green Bay also honored employee service anniversaries, ranging in duration from 10 to 45 years, and welcomed three new emeriti faculty — including the late Prof. David Dolan, who passed away suddenly in June.
Spring semester begins Monday, Jan. 27.
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Economist Kumar Kangayappan, professor of Urban and Regional Studies, earned an extended ovation at the annual mid-year convocation of faculty and staff at UW-Green Bay.
The gathering includes recognition of employees celebrating service anniversaries, and at 45 years, Kangayappan was by far the most veteran individual to be recognized Thursday (Jan. 23).
“As UWGB’s senior faculty member, Kumar has the honor of carrying the ceremonial mace at commencement,” noted Provost Julia Wallace, who read the citation honoring Kangayappan. “In turn, we have the honor of serving alongside one of the most dedicated and respected educators this University has ever known.”
Kangayappan joined the UWGB faculty in 1968, the University’s first year offering upper-level courses. He continues to teach a full load of courses each semester and has contributed greatly in terms of institutional and community service. With the five years he taught economics in his native India, his college-teaching career dates to 1963 — making this academic year the start of his second half-century in higher education.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden, who spoke later in Thursday’s program, added his personal congratulations to Kangayappan on his long and distinguished career in service to students, and for many years to come.
He also referred, humorously, to Kangayappan’s ceremonial position as bearer of the University mace. The mace bearer walks just ahead of the chancellor in academic processions, carrying the heavy, silver art object. It’s a nod to centuries-old academic tradition, believed to be based medieval practice when a member of the king’s court would carry an ornate club as a symbol and also to protect the monarch.
“I know this…” Harden joked. “Since Kumar took over as commencement marshal a few years ago, carrying the mace, I have not been attacked by anyone.”
Seniority ruled when several hundred UW-Green Bay employees turned out Jan. 23 for the annual Mid-Year Convocation to mark the imminent start of the second semester. The gathering in the University Union’s Phoenix Room was highlighted by the recognition of employees celebrating 10-, 20-, 25-, 30-, 35- and 45-year service anniversaries.
Posing above following the ceremony are the longest-tenured individuals present to celebrate service anniversaries with the University. From left, they are Ann Selk (30 years), Tim Helein (30), Kumar Kangayappan (45), James Carncross (35), Dan Spielmann (35), Don McCartney (30), Betsy Bassett-Piehl (30), Kelly Franz (30)
The University’s 25-year honorees attending the ceremony were, from left: Kevin Collins, Robert Nagy, Kevin Fermanich, Sarah Meredith Livingston, Cheryl Pieper, Deb Strelka, James Marker, Mike Herrity
Posing for a 20-year snapshot were, from left: James Rohan, Mike Ingraham, Cristina Ortiz, John Gerow, Laura Riddle, Rick Warpinski
Celebrating 10-year anniversaries and present for a post-ceremony snapshot were, from left: Amy Ibuaka, Dan Meinhardt, Craig Compton, Deanne Kusserow, James Fonder, Jan Malchow, Sharon Denzel, David Voelker, Dan Moore
One of the highlights of Mid-Year Convocation at 10:30 a.m. this Thursday (Jan. 23) will be recognition of UW-Green Bay colleagues celebrating service anniversaries. Not all will be present in the Phoenix Room to stand and hear kind words recited about their careers, but most will. Here’s the full list of those eligible for recognition:
10 years — Paul Baumgart, Kevin Borseth, Craig Compton, Sharon Denzel, Sarah Detweiler, Renee Ettinger, James Fonder, Clif Ganyard, Amy Ibuaka, Deanne Kusserow, Sue Machuca, Jan Malchow, Dan Meinhardt, Dan Moore, Valerie Sue Pero, David Voelker
20 years — Scott Furlong, John Gerow, Victoria Goff, Mike Ingraham, Cristina Ortiz, Laura Riddle, James Rohan, Rick Warpinski
25 years — Kevin Collins, Kevin Fermanich, Mike Herrity, James Marker, Sarah Meredith Livingston, Robert Nagy, Cheryl Pieper, Deb Strelka
30 years — Betsy Bassett-Piehl, Kelly Franz, Pam Harvey-Jacobs, Tim Helein, Don McCartney, Ann Selk
35 years — Clint Arrowood, James Carncross, Harvey Kaye, Dan Spielmann
45 years — Kumar Kangayappan
Emeritus status for Goff, Hussin and late Dave Dolan
It is UW System and Regent policy that the institution may honor members of the faculty and academic staff, following lengthy and distinguished careers, with the awarding of emeritus status. Former Information and Computing Science faculty member Victoria Goff will be awarded the title “Associate Professor Emerita”; Brent Hussin of Business Administration will be granted “Senior Lecturer Emeritus” status; and a special presentation will be made to representatives of the late NAS faculty member Dave Dolan, who will be posthumously granted the title “Professor Emeritus.”
There’s a nice list of nice people — employees marking notable years-of-service anniversaries — eligible to be recognized at the mid-year faculty/staff convocation on campus. The event is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 18) in the Union’s Phoenix Room. The honorees:
10 years of service — Dick Anderson, George Berger, Derryl Block, Mary Compton, SuAnn Detampel, Alison Gates, Mary Goral, Glenn Gray, Craig Hanke, Woo Jeon, Kelly Kramp, Jennifer McNeill, Steven Meyer, Sue Miller, Ron Morris, Stephanie Reilly, Kristin Sanders, Marlene Strebel, Lisa Tetzloff, Sherry Toseland, Kassie VanRemortel, Jean Wentz, LuAnn Wickeham, R. Aileen Yingst
20 years of service — Amy Bartelme, Toni Damkoehler, Dean Defere, James Doering, Kim McKeefry, E. Nicole Meyer, Maxine Novitski, Marlene Regan-Osmanski, John Salerno, James Sams, Peter Smith, John Stoll, Sherri Urcavich
25 years of service — Jeanne Berg, Brent Hussin, BillLepley, Lore Slattery, Patrick Sorelle
30 years of service — Dennis Bailey, Phillip Clampitt, Gary Fewless, Joan Robb
35 years of service — Steven Dutch