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Melissa has been serving the non-profit community for 10+ years now, which includes the music, academic, and health sectors. After attending UW-Fox Valley, she transferred to UW Oshkosh where she received her Bachelor’s of Music Performance Degree. Melissa H

Name: Melissa Huempfner

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Current Residence: Fox Cities

Current Work Title and Employer: Development Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Wisconsin

Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Fox Valley?

I chose UWFox because of the affordability and unique opportunities. I estimated a savings of $20,000 by starting my education at UWFox. I also knew the campus and faculty prior to enrolling through volunteer opportunities available on campus.

Is there a professor or staff member at UW-Fox Valley who made a difference in your life or inspired you?

Each faculty and staff made a unique impact on my life and education: Jim and Joy Perry, John Beaver, Lirong Ding, Peter Gibson, Terri Gonya, Kelley Johnson, Dave Jordahl, Karen Klamczynski, Dubear Kroening, Rose Marie Lewis, Evelyn Li, Juli McGuire, Kathy Phillippi-Immel, Lee Watson and Lynda Zimmerman.

What stood out to you about your time as a student at UW-Fox Valley?

I could be more than a student. I was part of the diverse campus community. Faculty and staff went the extra mile to know me and my colleagues by name and led campus clubs and organizations in addition to their academic profession.

Outside of the classroom, what activities, clubs or organizations did you participate in at UW-Fox Valley?

Astronomy Department, Ballroom Dance Club, Barlow Planetarium, Biology Preparatory Lab, campus fundraisers, College for Kids Program, Dean’s Office and all music ensembles.

What is your best piece of advice for an incoming UW-Fox Valley student?

Embrace all that the campus and faculty have to offer. Engage in the campus community by joining a campus club, ensemble, production, or volunteer committee. You will learn skills even beyond the classroom, learn how to make an impact in the greater community, and meet fellow colleagues who will be involved in your future in ways you never imagined.

Knowing what you know now…what would you tell your college self?

First, “Thanks for choosing UWFox to launch your(our) education and community involvement.” Second, “Thanks for saving (us) $20,000(!) by starting at UWFox.” Third, “It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. You got this.”


Laurie Krasin