Meet Our Campus Community

Charlie L.

UW-Manitowoc Alumni, pursuing BA in Electrical Engineering from UW-Platteville

The best part about UW-Manitowoc is how the teachers are so helpful and accommodating. It’s also a great place to get involved with campus events and clubs right away as a freshman and sophomore.

Jade Arneson

Jade Arneson

AAS Degree, UW-Manitowoc; BS Degree Wildlife Ecology UW-Madison 2015; Door Peninsula Conservation Intern, The Nature Conservancy

In high school it seemed as though a lot of my peers had these big universities that they always knew they wanted to attend, whether it be because of their sports reputation, the fact that it was their mom or dad’s alma matter, etc. I on the other hand would be a first generation college student with very little direction from my parents because this was all new to them. I also grew up in the small town of Newton and attended parochial schools, both of which fostered very valuable friendships and ties to the community that I couldn’t imagine parting with at the time. And then there was the fact that I had a vague idea of what I would major in and center my college career around, which was an unsettling feeling; I knew I wanted to continue my education but I also needed more time to reflect. As time passed and the decision of choosing a college weighed on me, I came to the conclusion that attending UW-Manitowoc was the most sensible thing for me to do. It made sense financially; it meant that I could stay with my friends, family and community; and it meant that I had time to reflect more on a career path and how I would utilize my educational opportunities to foster career development.

Now a college graduate from UW-Madison, the professors who most made my overall college experience enriching and valuable were those at UW-Manitowoc; they are unparalleled in that they genuinely love what they do, making it evident through their work and their interactions with students. I will never forget the professors who on a day to day basis worked closely with students like me, helping us succeed, inspiring us to learn more about ourselves, and making the classroom experience enjoyable and worthwhile.

Roz Vossen (Diedrich)

AAS degree UW-Manitowoc, Head Service Technician at Milwaukee PC, author

I chose UW-Manitowoc because I wanted to further my knowledge and skills in my passion of writing and the campus was local and affordable.

I greatly enjoyed all of my time spent performing and aiding the campus theatre and its productions. I was one of the originating members of Guerilla Theatre in which I played roles as a writer, actor, tech, or director.

John Wright (associate professor of communication arts/theatre) was a very influential part of my time at UW-Manitowoc. Not only did I perform in many of the theatre productions he directed, improving my skills as an actor, but I also participated in a game he ran outside of school which later led to the inspiration and creation of a book I co-authored, “Winds of Fate.” I learned a lot of time management, and stress-reducing skills during those performances. I also was able to be very creative and honed a lot of my script-writing skills - writing a majority of the plays performed for the shows. I honestly feel a lot of the dialogue I write in stories now is snappy and witty because of all that I learned cranking out 3-4 page scripts in the duration of a few hours.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

UW-Manitowoc Alumnus, UW-Manitowoc Foundation President, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Program Manager

As a first generation college student, I was very unaware of how to navigate the higher education channel. What UW-Manitowoc taught me was that it didn't need to be difficult. They were a family of professionals who were all well trained and committed to helping students achieve.
The best part of my experience was having access to opportunities related to academics, athletics, student government, clubs and more. UW-Manitowoc was able to provide access to opportunities that I just would not have had on other campuses and they were experiences that extended learning beyond the classroom while stretching what the professors were teaching by providing the opportunity to learn firsthand about the practical application of what they were teaching.


Elizabeth Binversie

UW-Manitowoc alumna, BS Degree in Dairy Science from UW-Madison, Graduate Assistant, pursuing master's degree in Dairy Health Managment

I chose to attend UW-Manitowoc so that I could take my general education classes and save money before transferring to UW-Madison.

The best part of my experience at UW-Manitowoc was working on a stream quality research project in summer 2012 with Dr. Hein and Dr. Abler in the biology department.  I did not expect to have a research opportunity while attending UW-Manitowoc, so this was an awesome experience.

All of my professors genuinely cared about their students and made themselves available to help in any way possible.  Specifically, Drs. Hein and Abler, and my chemistry professor, Dr. Kabrhel, were very influential.  They are outstanding professors and individuals.  I learned a lot and was able to enjoy their classes.  They were all influential in helping me remain a science major, and I received the building blocks needed for my advanced classes at UW-Madison.

UW-Manitowoc was also very helpful in preparing me for and promoting career opportunities and internships.  I've held an internship every summer since I started my undergraduate career.

If I were to give advice to those considering attending UW-Manitowoc I'd say that UW-Manitowoc offers great opportunities for advanced education.  Don't be afraid to get involved in what you're interested in, whether that be research, clubs, or sports.  The faculty and staff are all very welcoming and willing to help you.  It's a great place to start your college career, especially if you plan to transfer to another university.  I had already chosen a major while attending UW-Manitowoc, so I was very careful in choosing my classes.  I was able to save a lot of money  and I received a high quality education.


Lindsay B.

Lindsay B.

UW-Manitowoc Alumna, BA in English from UW-Green Bay, pursuing master's degree at Colorado State University and Graduate Teaching Assistant

My experience at UW-Manitowoc changed my life. I started school as a non-traditional student with a small child. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. The resources and professors at UW-Manitowoc helped me find direction and realize what my passions were. Attending UW-Manitowoc was the greatest life change I ever made and the guidance of the professors and staff helped me realize my true potential and life goals!

Professor Kabrhel

Dr. Amy Kabrhel

UW-Manitowoc Alumna, Associate Professor of Chemistry

As a student, the best part of my experience at UW-Manitowoc involved the instructors because they were incredibly helpful. I could tell from day one on campus that they truly wanted me to succeed, and they would help me be successful in any way that they could.

The best part about being a professor at UW-Manitowoc is that I get to know every one of my students and help them succeed. Students are not just a number at UW-Manitowoc! Students get the high level of education you would expect from a four-year university with the small class environment of a private college – it’s the best of both worlds!


Professor White

Dr. V. Alan White

Professor of Philosophy, 1996 Carnegie/CASE Wisconsin Professor of the Year, 2009 UW Colleges/Extension Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Our campus offers an educational experience that is unmatched by many 4-year campuses simply because we employ the most qualified instructors—most with PhDs as opposed to using graduate teachings assistants—who not just know their stuff by academic qualification, but are tried-and-true experts with years of experience of how best to deliver the highest quality of UW education.  We are second to no one in the freshman-sophomore experience of higher education in the state of Wisconsin, and deliver that experience at the lowest cost of obtaining a UW degree.

I have had opportunities to go elsewhere, but I am here because I believe in the value of UW education, and anything else would be a step down from that.

Chelsea Rank

Chelsea Rank

AAS degree, UW-Manitowoc 2014, Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies from UW-Green Bay expected May 2016

I chose UW-Manitowoc for a number of reasons. It made the most financial sense, because I was still living in Manitowoc under my parent's roof at the start of my college career, while still being able to keep my job from high school. I also received enough scholarship money to cover the cost of tuition for two years, so I was 100% debt-free by the time I was ready to move on. Since general education courses can be completed at any two-year or four-year campus, and it just made sense to me to complete these classes in an atmosphere of personable professors with small class sizes, with an affordable price tag. 

Elected as the student speaker for graduation in May 2014 was the biggest highlight of my time at UW-Manitowoc. I felt prepared and confident for the next chapter in my life, and ready to take the knowledge ingrained in me from this campus onward. I will never forget the encouraging staff members, and the genuine connections they made with their students. These are individuals who truly want to see students succeed.  They were helpful finding me resources for internships, and I held an internship related to my major every semester I was a student there. 

As I am entering my senior year at UW-Green Bay, I continue to be debt-free, partially because of my great start at UW-Manitowoc. I transitioned smoothly into my upper-level classes, and I'm currently looking into graduate school programs. I credit my academic success and preparedness to UW-Manitowoc, and the wonderful resources it provided to me.

Brooke Alice Koenig

AAS degree, UW-Manitowoc, 2009 BS degree in biotechnology, UW-Stout Junior Chief Operating Officer at Turning Earth, LLC, author

In all the years of going to school, transferring on to other universities, and finishing degrees, the faculty and staff at UW-Manitowoc have been the most dedicated and amazing people I have ever met. They truly care to see students succeed.

I managed to get as far as I am today in my educational goals because of professors like Dr. Amy Kabrhel and Dr. Rebecca Abler. I logged in an insane amount of time in Dr. Kabrhel’s office trying to get my head wrapped around chemistry and I credit Dr. Abler with introducing me to microbiology. Dr. Abler took extra time to teach me my first hands-on microbiology skills in the lab before I ever stepped into a microbiology course. I fell so much in love with research, and microbiology, that I am now completing a Masters in Microbiology. 

I would strongly recommend attending UW-Manitowoc to ANY student considering a college degree, whether it be an associate’s degree or a bachelor's degree.  The smaller class sizes in combination with passionate, dedicated professors are a recipe for success.