Adam Waszak graduated in May of 2015 with majors in Public Administration, Political Science, and Environmental Policy and Planning. Adam now works as the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry for the Village of Bellevue, WI.
What do you do now? I am the Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry for the Village of Bellevue, WI. My position is responsible for directly overseeing the planning, development, maintenance and operations of the Village’s parks and recreational facilities. The Village manages around 330 acres of parkland and conservancy areas, and sees over 7,500 participants annually in our recreational programs and community-wide events.
Why did you decide to major in Public Admin, Political Science, and EPP? Working in the public sector has always been appealing to me. Local government was a natural fit as it allows me to be closely connected to a community, and directly see the benefits of my work. Parks have always played an important role in my life, so it makes sense that this is the facet of government I would migrate towards. I chose the majors I did, as I believed they would give me a well-rounded educational background as I pursued positions in the local government sector.
What academic experiences or accomplishments are you most proud of? Internships were an integral part of my time at UWGB. I had the opportunity to intern with the Village of Bellevue and with the Town of Ledgeview during my Senior year at UWGB. These experiences not only reaffirmed my passion for local government, but also allowed me to make important connections in our area, and eventually lead to first professional position.
What is an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on? Professional development should be a center piece in everyone’s career plan. My current role with Bellevue has me overseeing several areas across the Park & Rec field. While it’s impossible to be an expert in everything, I am continuing to take classes and work towards additional certifications that not only round out my professional skill set, but will directly benefit the residents of Bellevue as I work on ensuring my department is providing high quality services and continuing to increase the quality of life in our community.
What do you do for fun? As you may have guessed, I enjoy being outdoors. My wife and I spend a lot of time hiking and exploring the natural areas all around Wisconsin. And while I don’t classify myself as a golfer, I do spend a lot of free time on the course with friends and family. I still try to patron Shorewood Golf Course as frequently as possible; it is one of many great assets of the University.
What else do you want people to know about you? UWGB is a very special place. Looking at all the great things UWGB alumni have accomplished is a testament to what a great University it truly is. I would not be where I am in my career if it wasn’t for the resources that the University offered me during my time as a student. There are so many amazing individuals on staff always going above and beyond to ensure that students are given everything they need to succeed, both in the lecture hall; and after graduation. Through UWGB I was able to cultivate amazing relationships with those on campus or associated with the University, including mentors in my industry, people who will become life-long friends, and my amazing wife.