The Saldaña family is Green with Phoenix Phever

AN_Feature_Saldana-Family-4-624x416Antonio and Judith Saldaña never lost their flame after graduating from UW-Green Bay and have passed on the spark to their two children Nicholas and Savanah. This family of four proudly represents the Phoenix green.

Both Antonio and Judith grew up in Green Bay, and chose to attend UWGB because it was close to home and it was easy to commute back and forth.

“It had a ‘small town’ feeling to it in that the professors seemed to connect with the students,” says Judith.

After Antonio and Judith got married, they continued to live in Green Bay where they have raised their two children Savanah and Nicholas. Nicholas chose to go to UW-Green Bay to further develop his musical abilities while remaining close to his family. Savanah completed her general studies at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), and then decided to follow in her parent’s footsteps and transferred to UWGB.

“Both of my parents are alumni and I have grown up seeing them consistently employed and competent. I believe that this is because of the education they received at this university,” Savanah says.

Antonio received his Associate’s degree in Social Work in 1985, but pressed on and graduated in December of 1988 with a Bachelor’s in Spanish Literature and Language. Receiving his college degree was a huge accomplishment for him and his family.

“I was a migrant worker from age four to age eighteen. Although I am a fourth generation American, I was the first Saldaña to graduate from high school. When I received my college degree, it was an even bigger milestone.”

He might have come from a background of inadequate education, but Antonio truly felt like he belonged at UWGB.

“I had the capability to better myself. The professors were very interested in my background and wanted to hear what I had to say.”

Immediately after graduating, Antonio began his teaching career, and is now in his 28th year of teaching Spanish in Brown County. He was also given a free-lance writing opportunity with the Green Bay-Press Gazette where he was able to educate people about discrimination, prejudice, and racism for 13 years. To date, he is still asked to be a guest speaker and lecturer at UWGB.

Judith’s time at UWGB was split into two parts. Her first phase was when she was 18 years old, and she was considering studying Business or Political Science. She completed her second phase with getting her Associate’s of Arts and Sciences.

“When I returned, the classes meant so much more because I was now ready to ‘learn’ not just memorize. My younger classmates now were also teachers as they offered viewpoints and experiences that were completely different than my experiences at their age.”

Judith is currently employed as the Pre-employment and Certification Test Examiner at NWTC.

Savanah, a senior graduating this May, is majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis on Health Sciences and minoring in Chemistry. She is the Historian for Tribeta, Omega Eta Chapter. While attending UWGB, she has come to appreciate the importance of teamwork and peer support.

“My peers and I are mostly all aiming for professional careers. Having a Human Biology major and a Chemistry minor involves regular late nights of studying after long days in lectures and labs. This rigorous sequence of classes has often involved having classes with the same students semester after semester. Eventually, my classmates and I opened up to each other and have become extremely close. By supporting each other, we have not only been able to succeed in terms of our individual grades, but also by building a great sense of camaraderie.”

After graduation, she will be applying to dental schools for Fall 2017 admissions. Her ultimate goal is to become an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon, to work on patients with extreme facial and dental trauma and deformities.

Nicholas is a Music Performance Major and an Arts Management minor, and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma as a freshman.

“I remember entering UWGB as an 18 year old kid with some good foundational music skills and a mild ability to articulate relatively difficult ideas, and now I find myself to be a 21 year old senior who is reaching a graduate level of musical abilities and tackling tough questions of comparative religion. Being at UWGB has made me ask myself what I most value in life and that has led me start living out my Apostolic Faith.”

He will complete the family Phoenix team by graduating in May 2017, and will press onward to graduate school and pursue a double Masters in music performance and composition.

Feature published on June 1, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website here.

Human Development students hop into YMCA partnership

When the YMCA Youth Development Heidi Marquardt (also a UW-Green Bay Human Development alumna) spoke in Prof. Joel Muraco’s (Human Development) Middle Childhood and Adolescence course, she couldn’t have guessed that she would walk away with eight UWGB students who would sign on for volunteer opportunities at the YMCA.

Rachel Cammack (left), Human Development major, Hannah Lilly (right), Human Development minor.

Out of the eight, three signed on for the “Girl’s Night Outprogram and another student started working at a “21st Century Community Learning Center (21C)” at-risk after school site.

“The student-community connection is pivotal for all students today,” said Muraco. “Increasingly, it is not enough to just have a degree. Students also need real world experience in their field. The best way to get this experience is through volunteer and intern opportunities. Connecting our students with the community ultimately benefits all.”

Girl’s Night Out is an eight-week program designed to specifically offer advice for fifth-grade girls as they get closer to attending middle school.

“These kinds of programs are important because the kids are in the transition phase into middle and high-school,” said Skyler Toyne, a UWGB student volunteer for Girl’s Night Out. “As they transition, it helps provide a role model for them to identify with, and that college isn’t as hard or unattainable like it’s often perceived. They need some sort of support system as they go through this transition phase.”

Story by Marketing and Communication intern Angel Kingsley. Photo by University photographer Dan Moore.

Feature published on May 9, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website here.

Students board the Train Jam express for real-life gaming experience

They were sore-eyed, fatigued and disheveled, but a 52-hour train ride from Chicago to the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco this spring was still the ride of a lifetime for UW-Green Bay students Tom Rismeyer and Jacob Labeots. They were accompanied by UWGB lecturer Ben Geisler (Computer Science) as well as 200 game designers, programmers and artists from across the country.
Left to Right: Ben Geisler, Tom Rismeyer, and Jacob Labeots.

“We’re thrilled to continue sending student ambassadors to Train Jam each year. This is the second year we’ve done so, and results from both years are very positive,” Geisler said.

The participants met in Chicago and split into groups. The groups were then given the theme “Maximum Overdrive” and tasked with creating a game that incorporated the theme in the time it took to travel to the conference.

Rismeyer and Labeots joined forces with professional Ryan Smith of Human Head Games in Madison to create their game, “Tickets Please.” Focusing on keeping it simple, they had a working version of the game after 45 hours and a completed game close to the time limit.

“Our game was based around the idea that the player was in charge of a train station,” said Labeots. “The player’s job is to place passengers onto their respective trains based off of the information on their tickets. If the train reaches the maximum amount of passengers it can hold before it leaves, the player gets an extra bonus.”

“It involved a lot of new concepts including user interface programming, artificial intelligence work, and animating in-game models,” said Rismeyer.

Labeots and Rismeyer said that working with the professionals was an incredible opportunity.

“The first big developer that I met was actually a technical lead from one of my favorite game companies, and I was almost shocked at how approachable he was. He seemed like just another game developer among the crowd,” Rismeyer said. “While there was a difference in the quality of work between a professional developer and somebody like me, I found it to be very motivating.”

“It was great getting to work with people already in the field. Their knowledge was invaluable,” said Labeots.

Rismeyer learned about this opportunity in the fall semester when there was an e-mail sent to all of the Computer Science students regarding two slots that were open for students from UWGB to take part in the Train Jam and Conference.

“I decided to apply because I have always loved the challenge of game programming, and saw this as the best opportunity to gain practical experience while meeting new people and making important connections in the industry,” he said.

Looking to the future, Labeots, a fourth-year Computer Science major, looks forward to taking this experience and applying it to his future. “Game development is a main goal for employment coming out of college. This was a great opportunity to get to network with people already in the field and get a sense of what it is like to work in the game industry.”

Rismeyer, a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics, aspires to become a data analyst post-graduation.

“While I do enjoy programming games, I do not want to bank completely on game development for my future,” he said. “I hope to be a data analyst of some sort after college. It has become obvious to me that this is an emerging field both within game development and the general information technology field, and data analytics and statistical analysis are things that I thoroughly enjoy.”

Geisler said the Train Jam opportunity is an incredible portfolio-building experience for his students.

“Both of the students that took advantage of this opportunity last year are working in the game development field,” said Geisler. “That’s a great track record and we hope to continue this especially as we launch the Game Studies major in fall 2016. Interested students in game development and design should keep their eyes on the Information Sciences section of the UWGB course catalogue, which will officially roll out Game Studies as an emphasis this year.”

Story by Marketing and University Communication Intern Angel Kingsley; photos submitted.

Published on May 6, 2016, on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website here.

Campus Cupboard, a hidden treasure

Tucked away in a corner near the Phoenix Club in UW-Green Bay’s University Union is an often-overlooked room filled with non-perishable items that are free for UWGB students and community members in need. What is this hidden treasure? It’s known as the Campus Cupboard.

Originally sponsored through UWGB’s Pride Center, Campus Cupboard is a student organization that helps provide food and other essentials to students and community members in need. Students are welcome to come once a month and fill a brown paper grocery bag with selected items. Since September, Campus Cupboard has provided services to more than 75 students, filling a total of more than 85 brown paper bags.

Skyler Toyne

Skyler Toyne found out about Campus Cupboard through Stacie Christian, coordinator of Pride Center, and their work at the Pride Center. “It has a nice selection of organic food and a great selection of personal hygiene products,” Toyne says.

“I learned about Campus Cupboard because I’m an intern at the Pride Center, and through the guidance of Stacie was given a wonderful volunteer opportunity,” says Joe Stempski, a graduate Social Work intern, and assistant president of Campus Cupboard. “My experience has been both inspiring and thought provoking to witness these resources being given to the people in need within the community.”

The Campus Cupboard is home to non-perishable food items, along with hygiene products like soap and toothpaste. Every semester, the Campus Cupboard partners with the Pride Center for a Clothing and Household Item Swap, where community members can donate items and take what they need. The next Swap will take place in the Phoenix Rooms from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 4. This is free for any student and community member.

The hours for the Campus Cupboard are 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. It’s located on the lowest floor of the University Union, in the hallway that leads to the Union loading dock — look for the green and white signs outside of the Phoenix Club near the former Erbert’s and Gerbert’s location.

One student has commented that the experience with Campus Cupboard has been exceptional.

“I’ve been able to find a lot of food, and people who work there are really nice, and respect your privacy.”

Story by University Communication editorial intern Angela Kingsley
Photo by Dan Moore

Feature published on March 24, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Website.

‘Once’ upon a time, Lane Lee won a song-writing contest

As people sipped their beverages at UW-Green Bay’s Common Grounds Coffee House during a recent Open Mic Night, they may have listened to a local artist whose voice is as heart-melting as the snow on a spring day. From Suring, a small town just northwest of Green Bay, singer and songwriter Lane Lee has been on quite the musical journey.

Lane Lee (his stage name) or Lane Ludtke as he is known by some, has been strumming the guitar since he learned how to walk.

He recently won the “Once” singer/songwriter contest with his original “Runaway Train.” It was a competition, sponsored by the ARTgarage and UWGB’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts to encourage local singer-songwriters to submit an original song to be judged by a panel of local music experts. As the winner, Lee received priority participation lane-lee-250x250at a music showcase at the ARTgarage, an opportunity to record his song at the Rock Garden Studio in Appleton, Wis. and complimentary tickets to “Once,” the Tony-Award winning musical based on the film of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their passion for music, which played at the Weidner Center.

It’s the second time he won a singer/songwriter competition on campus. He won a contest a few years ago sponsored by the University Union. But this contest has showcased his talent on a new level. Lee said he is constantly drumming up song ideas, and thought of “Runaway Train” in his free time.

“I see and hear of so many people leaving to far away places, thinking that it will make them happy, and that they are free from everyone else’s views,” he explains. “However, I never really looked at it in that way, and I like the place that I’m from. So I pieced it together and created a story line for it.”

Lee’s passion for music, which he shares with his mom and sister (who both attented UWGB for music), along with his appreciation for a “country setting,” brought him to UW-Green Bay, where he studies music education. Lee is student teaching this semester and will graduate in May 2016. He aspires to be a music educator.

“I really enjoy being a singer and songwriter and working on original music,” he said. “I hope to expand on it and make it a bigger part of my life. One of my dreams is to make writing and performing my original music a career. It’s something that I really enjoy and work hard at, but teaching is also one of my passions. I enjoy sharing what I know with students and getting them involved with everything music has to offer.”

— Photo by Dan Moore, University Photographer

Feature published on March 4, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Website.

Record number of scholarship funds presented to science students

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay honored some of its top science scholars Friday, Jan. 29, with more than $32,900 in scholarship funding presented to 30 recipients. Flanked by parents, faculty members and donors, students were recognized for high grades, outstanding scholarship, innovative research and overall academic excellence. Receiving awards:

Cody Becker (So. Environmental Science and Geoscience major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Chad Moritz and Beth Meyer Annual Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Worked in the robotics laboratory at UW-Milwaukee, where he studied, designed, and built a kite-based multispectral imaging system to rapidly assess the growth of near-shore algae in Lake Michigan and a large radio-controlled pontoon boat for plankton sampling. In Spring 2015, he presented his research from UW-Milwaukee at the UW-System Undergraduate Research Symposium and won the Most Outstanding Poster Presentation Award for his aerial imaging research. He has since worked with Prof. Bob Howe at the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity on a multitude of projects, including vegetation mapping, mammal surveying, and the creation of a drone program. Based on his drone research experience and summer aerial imaging work, Becker has become involved with UWGB’s Risk Management Committee to aid in creating a UW-Systemwide policy on drone use.

Krystal Clark (Sr. Environmental Science major, Menominee, Mich.) receiving the Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: An active member of the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC), Round River Alliance, American Fisheries Society (AFS), SLO Foods, and the Geology Club. She was elected President of PEAC this year. Served a summer 2015 internship as a research assistant for the Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Lab where she assisted with a Sea Grant project on quantifying coastal wetland in the area. Recently returned from the travel abroad course to Panama. She is interested in a career involving environmental consulting, pollution control/prevention, and waste management.

Molly Dederich (Sr. Mathematics major, Menomonee Falls, Wis.) receiving the Todd and Julie Bartels Annual Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Extensively involved in the Green Bay Optimist Club and serving her third year as co-president for the organization. Lead staff member with the Greater Green Bay YMCA’s school age childcare program. Volunteer with Terror on the Fox, Kid’s Autumn Adventure, the Center for Childhood Safety, the Brown County Library, the Neville Public Museum, and Green Bay Preble High School helping students prepare to take the math portion of the ACT. Member of the UWGB Pep Band. Her goal is to teach math at the middle school level.

Amy Deringer (Fr. Environmental Engineering Technology and Business Administration major, Ringle Wis.) receiving the Faith Technologies, Inc. Annual Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Participated in a porcupine ecology study conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In high school she was part of the Wisconsin Youth in Government program sponsored by the YMCA. Currently, she is working 10 hours a week as a drafting intern for a window and door manufacturing company. Her plan is to pursue a law degree in either environmental or corporate law.

Stephanie Hermans (Jr. Animal Biology major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Herbert Fisk Johnson Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Active volunteer at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for the past five years. In summer 2015 interned with Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River, Wis. Worked with graduate student on researching and collecting data on mushrooms in Door County. Was a resident assistant for Residence Life last year, and now serves as a community advisor. She is vice president of Student WEA, and is active in other organizations including Healthy Choices Task Force, Residence Green Life Committee, and Phi Eta Sigma. Her goal is to work with animals in a wildlife sanctuary or zoo prior to becoming a science teacher.

Elisabeth Hidde (Fr. Environmental Science major, Appleton, Wis.) receiving the Carol R. De Groot Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: For a class project, she observed and noted the effects of a controlled prairie burn. Has had multiple opportunities to observe and study an entire pond ecosystem at her high school. Faculty member noted that her essays are easily among the best in class. She is interested in the NAS integrated bachelor’s to master’s degree program.

Dessiray Koss (Jr. Mechanical Engineering Technolgy, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Susan Finco and Ed Kralovec Endowed Scholarship, and the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Future All-Stars Annual Scholarship.

Accomplishments: In May 2013 received and Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Design Technology from NWTC as well as a Parametric Modeling and CAD Certificate. Was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa while attending NWTC. Has worked full-time as an engineer designer at Essco Inc. for more than two years.

Allison LeMahieu (So. Mathematics Statistics major, Franklin, Wis.) receiving the Herbert Fisk Johnson Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Serves as a resident assistant. Is vice chair for SUFAC, and the secretary of “Love Your Melon.” An active member in Public and Environmental Affairs Council, Habitat for Humanity and Oxfam America. Is involved with various committees including the Dining RFP Committee, Inclusivity in the Workplace Subcommittee, and the Childcare Alliance. Intends to pursue a career in actuarial science.

Faith Lindermann (Jr. Chemistry major, Cleveland, Wis.) receiving the Nancy Sell Memorial Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Serves as a resident assistant. Completed a research project with Dr. Mike Mcintire in studying the oxidation rate of iron. Will be working with Dr. Franklin Chen in the area of polymer chemistry soil research. Will be joining Tutoring Services next semester as a tutor for Chemistry.

Haley Lucas (Jr. Environmental Science major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Brown County Waste Transformation Team Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Developed a volunteer internship through the Richard Mauthe Center, in which she researched, engineered, and constructed an aquaponics system, consisting of a 350-gallon fish tank and a 100-gallon grow bed. Has launched and maintained several projects including community composting, vermicomposting and a vegetable garden. Summer 2015, she interned for the Green Bay Botanical Gardens as the invasive species manager. Active member since 2013 of the UW-Green Bay Phoenix women’s swimming and diving team. Made the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll and also received the Team Leader Award in 2015. She has been inducted into the Phi Eta sigma National Freshman Honor Society. She is looking forward to continuing research in sustainable land management, and receiving her master’s degree at UW-Green Bay.

Matthew Malcore (Sr. Environmental Science and Environmental Policy and Planning major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Active member of Public and Environmental Affairs Council since Fall 2012, and managed the budget as the PEAC treasurer since Spring 2013. In Spring 2014, he received an EMBI internship with Zeus Recycling, and established a plastic film recycling program on campus. He is considering graduate school for Environmental Science and/or Policy. He is interested in renewable energy and in pursuing a career in nuclear power or the solar photovoltaic industry.

Samuel Mantel (Sr. Cellular and Molecular Biology major, New Berlin, Wis.) receiving the Nancy Sell Memorial Scholarship.

Accomplishments: In summer 2015, was given a fellowship in the lab of Dr. Andrea Sweigart at the University of Georgia, where he worked with a graduate student on a portion of his dissertation research investigating the effects of transmission ratio distortion on the maintenance in a 2-locus Dobzhansky-Muller Incompatibility in Mimulus. He is currently conducting research with UWGB Prof. Uwe Pott on developing a size standard of the human D1S80 VNTR. Inducted into Tribeta, the National Biological Honor Society, is president of the Newman Club and has worked for the grounds crew at UWGB for three years. He is planning on a career in genetic research and is pursuing admission to several Ph.D. Programs in genetics for next fall.

David Maruszczak (Sr. Mechanical Engineering Technology major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Beth and Richard Gochnauer Scholarship.

Accomplishments: His interest in mechanical engineering blossomed during his youth on a farm and helping his father maintain the farm machinery. His acquired knowledge about mechanics which has fueled his interest in mechanical engineering technology. His dedication and persistence is noted by UWGB faculty.

Brianna Messner (Sr. Mathematics and Spanish, from Seymour, Wis.) receiving the Science and Mathematics Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Member of the Phoenix soccer team, Spanish Club, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the freshman honor society Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi — the academic honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all fields of higher education. As a freshman she presented at the Academic Excellence Symposium after working closely with Prof. Greg Davis on a study regarding math and sports.

Ashley Morin (Sr. Animal Biology and Ecology and Conservation Biology major, Niagara, Wis.) received the Herbert Fisk Johnson Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Worked with a graduate student through electrofishing of Green Bay tributaries, performing seine hauls, and conducting fyke net surveys. Assisted the DNR with duck banding at the George W. Mead Wildlife Area. Volunteered to restore the Keith White Prairie on campus, and assisted with the prescribed burn last November. She has worked for the USDA-Wildlife Services on research related to wolf depredation on livestock for the past two years. Inducted in 2014 to the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Joshua Moyer (Sr. Cellular and Molecular Biology major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Ganga and Elizabeth Nair Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Working with graduate student Samantha Nellis on performing research looking at microbial populations in nectar. He was inducted into the TriBeta, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies. He volunteers with his church’s confirmation program. He plans on finishing his undergraduate degree in Biology, and then pursuing higher education in graduate or medical school.

Matthew Nichols (Sr. Chemistry and Individual major, Wausau, Wis.) receiving the Northeast Wisconsin Engineering Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Interned for the past two summers at the Marathon County Health Laboratory where he performed bacteriological and chemical laboratory testing on private drinking water, sewage effluent, hotel pools, and hotel whirlpools. Volunteered for the DNR as a lake water quality monitor in Lincoln County for the past two summers. Currently working on a research project with Prof. Ryan Holzem to provide the company ProfitProAG with a performance evaluation on their Manure MasterTM product. Member of UWGB Nordic ski team, serving as captain for three years. His goal is a career in environmental engineering or environmental science, focusing on water quality.

Kenzie Ostien (Fr. Environmental Science major, Appleton, Wis.) receiving the Carol R. De Groot Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Passionate about environmental topics such as agriculture, alternative energy resources, and hydrology. Immersed in many organizations like the Camping and Climbing Clubs, Ballroom Dancing Club and intramurals. Volunteer for Good Times Programming (GTP).

Eric Short (Jr. Environmental Engineering Technology major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Dykema Family Endowed Scholarship and the Superior Diesel Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Has balanced work in a construction company for five years, and in a bakery for two years, while taking classes at NWTC. Aspirations for a career in environmental engineering technology.

Jeremiah Shrovnal (Sr. Ecology and Conservation Biology major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the James E. Casperson Memorial Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Actively engaged, and current president of UWGB’s American Fisheries Society, which has provided him many opportunities such as assisting in a Manitowoc based pre-restoration, working at the Strawberry Weir fishery, catching and documenting returning Chinook Salmon, sampling larval Lake Whitefish on the Menominee River, monitoring Northern Pike populations in the Green Bay wetlands, and attending the Wisconsin state chapter conference of the American Fisheries Society. Involved with Round River Alliance on campus, along with HIVE, and SLO. Last summer he researched the spider communities in Phragmites in Green Bay, and volunteered for Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey. Inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor society. Has plans to apply to graduate school to study terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems’ ecology, conservation, and restoration.

Angela Smet (Jr. Environmental Science major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Katie Hemauer Memorial Scholarship and the Herbert Fisk Johnson Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Volunteered this past summer 230+hours as a National Park Volunteer for Pictured Rocks in Munising, Michigan. Taught as a graduate mentor for the TRIO and Precollege Comparative Anatomy students this past summer. Working with Dr. Franklin Chen in researching the effects of the polymers on sand soil nutrient retention property using EDTA titration route. Inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Societies in 2015. Hopes to use her background in Environmental Science to understand the negative health effects to humans at home and across the globe.

Benjamin Stratman (Fr. Pre-engineering major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Northeast Wisconsin Engineering First Year Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Contributed to the Einstein Science Expo by building and testing models present at the expo, and helped build a pitching machine and a billiard ball machine. Was a state championship qualifier for Bay Port High School. Active member of church functions at Celebration Church and St. John the Baptist parish. Will participate in a 10-day mission trip to India this spring. His goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Sahara Tanner (Sr. Environmental Science major, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Morgan/Macaluso Family Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Represented the Wisconsin Farmers Union in the National Famers Union Washington D.C. Fly-In in fall 2013. Was a teaching assistant for Prof. Patrick Fosythe’s Introduction to Environmental Science course. Worked with Prof. Mathew Dornbush and graduate student Brianna Kupsky on the Cat Island/Duck Creek Habitat Restoration Research Project. Managed UWGB’s organic garden as co-president of Sustainable Local Organic (SLO) Food Alliance. Works with Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, helping with events such as the prairie burn, and organizing/consolidating data from numerous Green Bay research projects. Recently returned from a study abroad trip to Panama.

Emily Vandersteen (Jr. Ecology and Conservation biology major, De Pere, Wis.) receiving Moose Lodge Rod and Gun Club Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Worked for the Door County Soil and Water Department as a conservation LTE, where she managed and controlled terrestrial invasive plant species. Currently serves the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and its campus natural areas. Tutors biology and environmental science students. Active volunteer at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. She hopes to acquire a position with the DNR or U.S. Fish and Wildlife after graduation.

James Vasquez (Jr. Mechanical Engineering Technology, Green Bay, Wis.) receiving the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Future All-Stars Annual Scholarship and the Lee and Kathy Anderson Endowed Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Worked full time in manufacturing for more than five years at Krueger International in Green Bay. Is s transfer student from UW-Milwaukee and aspires to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering technology. Said a faculty member, “James’ engineering judgment, while still developing, is at the top of his class.”

Touhue Yang (Sr. Humanistic Studies and Ecology and Conservation Biology major, Suamico, Wis.) receiving the Bradford L. Cook Memorial Scholarship.

Accomplishments: Worked as a student intern for the Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Lab at UW-Green Bay. Currently assisting a graduate student on looking at the distribution of larval fish in Green Bay and is organizing, enumerating and identifying the larval fish samples. Currently working with Prof. Patrick Forsythe examining the distribution of zooplankton in Green Bay. Active volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay. Has plans to pursue a master’s degree.

Feature published on Feb. 4, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Website.
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