The year that was: Highlights from 2011-12 at UW-Green Bay

Uploaded by UWGBnews on 28.08.2012


From classroom to stage, center court to the great outdoors, it was a great year to be
green at UW-Green Bay.
We saw it in record commencements, and the University’s 30,000th alum. We felt it in
vibrant campus life, and took it with us in memories made to last.
It was a year of academic milestones and honors. There was another teacher of the year. Nursing
turned 30, hit 1,000 grads and announced plans to grow again. First Nations Studies earned
a major statewide award. Adult Degree continued to grow and expand, opening up new worlds
for the students it serves. The Cofrin School of Business is a regional leader seeking elite
accreditation, and newly revamped Graduate Programs are adding depth and breadth to the
UW-Green Bay experience. Motivated in part by our top faculty and stellar pre-med programs,
the Medical College of Wisconsin chose Green Bay for a satellite campus. And the University
hosted a major teaching conference, demonstrating our role as a statewide leader. Our students
come in strong and leave stronger, with the class of 2011 achieving a placement rate of
nearly 97 percent.
Tricia Mahnke: They want you to succeed here -- everybody.
They’ll give their best effort to help you have the best college experience possible.
UW-Green Bay’s signature Weidner Center for the Performing Arts got a fresh start
during the year, thanks to a re-launch that is part of the University’s larger Strategic
Plan. Excitement continues to build around a dynamic 2012-13 Performing Arts Season that
includes Broadway, comedy, dance and more. The Strategic Plan also includes a critical
rebranding initiative to focus energy and attention on what UW-Green Bay does best.
UW-Green Bay continues to enhance its commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity, working
to make our campus a vibrant, welcoming place. We’ve also ramped up our efforts to ‘go
green,’ embracing the University’s ‘Eco U’ roots with a host of activities and initiatives.
In 2012, students were stars. UW-Green Bay Theatre and Music scored a big hit with Cabaret,
in a return to the Weidner Center mainstage, The Phoenix women’s basketball team achieved
its highest-ever national ranking, cracking the Top 10 in the AP poll; and was ranked
first nationally in academics with an all-time high team GPA.
A strong University relies on strong support, and two prominent alumni stepped up in a big
way during the year. Businessmen Rick Chernick and Jim Wochinske’s alumni match challenge
was a huge success, raising more than $142,000 to fund academic programs and student scholarships.
The Chancellor’s Scholarship Dinner set a new record for attendance, showing the commitment
of University and community alike to a strong UW-Green Bay.
As we look back, so too do we look ahead -- to another great year to be green at UW-Green
Amy Manske: That’s what UW-Green Bay is about. It’s
about community, it’s about -- we’re kind of one big happy family. And you may not know
all the cousins’ names, but when you walk by them and you see familiar faces in the
hallways, you know that they’re part of what you are, which is UW-Green Bay.