Tag: Cofrin Library

Passing of Marlys Brunsting

Marlys Brunsting passed away Sept. 22 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. She worked 17 years for UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library — first as an interim circulation supervisor, a part-time reference librarian and then as the full-time coordinator of library automation — before accepting the position of library director at UW-Stout. She was awarded the title director emeritus at Stout upon her recent retirement in recognition of the significant positive impact she had in the two short years she was there. Brunsting is survived by her husband, Larry Segriff, two daughters, Megan Reyes and Caitlin Collins and other relatives. Memorial services will take place this Friday (Sept. 25) at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Green Bay. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. The family requests donations to the Susan G. Komen foundation in lieu of flowers. The family would also like to express their deep appreciation to the nurses and staff at St. Croix Hospice, who brought great comfort in a difficult time.

Bash in the Stacks 2015

Putting to rest the stale notion that modern libraries are always quiet and serious — the award-winning Cofrin Library hosted more than 600 students Thursday evening (Sept. 10) for its annual, informal open house, Bash in the Stacks. The library was at full staff, with help from Student Ambassadors and a few other staff members to oversee the fun, food and games.

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Bash in the Stacks

Be aware that the Cofrin Library will host, from 8 to 11 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Sept. 10), the annual Bash in the Stacks event featuring food, games, crafts, prizes, music, Nerf Tag, mini golf, and the taping of a mash-up video montage for students and the young of heart. It’s fun, helps orient newcomers to where things are, and playfully bashes the notion that libraries are places where you’re told, “Shhhhhhhhh. Quiet, please.” We’ll have links to fun photos, and maybe the video, in a future issue.


Dr. Coussons gives the gift of music

The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s 100-year collection of music scores will remain available for the community via UW-Green Bay’s David A. Cofrin Library on a limited basis. The music collection has been donated to the Cofrin Library and can be accessed by local music groups requesting the scores at the service desk on the library’s third floor. The historical documentation about the GBSO was donated to the library’s Archives and Area Research Center, on the library’s seventh floor.

“This substantial musical score collection will remain a community resource thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Herbert Coussons,” said Paula Ganyard, Director of the Cofrin Library.

Both the youth and orchestral music libraries were purchased and donated by Dr. Coussons (a Green Bay-area physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology) after the GBSO disbanded as a professional organization in the past year. The Youth Symphony, Civic Symphony and music programs at UWGB and St. Norbert College retain access to the collection that includes photos, news clippings, season program books and historic audio recordings of concerts.

“The UWGB Archives is pleased to add the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra historical records to its collections,” said University Archivist Deb Anderson. “The original documents date from the Symphony’s inception in 1913 to its final performance in 2015. Included in the collection are photographs, recordings, programs, and scrapbooks. The collection of Green Bay Symphony Orchestra records helps us preserve the rich musical heritage of the area.”

The Symphony records will complement the Green Bay City Band records also housed in the Archives Department.

Green Bay Symphony Archives will go to Cofrin Library

The newsletter of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is reporting that the organization’s extensive library of orchestral music will remain available for community use through an arrangement that will place the collection at the Area Research Center at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library.

The library of musical scores was collected over the course of the GBSO’s 100-year history. It was announced previously that the organization will disband as a professional orchestra after this season’s final concert. That concert, titled “Celebrating the Youth Orchestra,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Weidner Center. The evening will spotlight visiting professional performers who are graduates of the GBSO youth orchestra program.

The youth and orchestral music libraries are being purchased by Green Bay physician Herb Coussons, M.D., who has agreed to house the collection at UW-Green Bay. Access will be available to local performance organizations including the Youth Symphony, the Civic Symphony and the music programs at UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College.

The Area Research Center will also become home to the GBSO’s collection of archival materials including audio recordings of concerts, photos, news clippings, season program books and additional historical items.

Cofrin Library wants your book donations

The Cofrin Library is calling for book donations for their spring book sale. If you’re doing some spring cleaning or finishing that “beach read” over break, consider donating your unwanted books to the Library’s book sale. The sale will be held April 13-17 as part of National Library Week. All donations may be dropped off at the Library Welcome Desk on the second (plaza) level and should be in by April 8. Thank you for your support!

National History Day competition to bring hundreds to campus

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition Saturday, March 7, marking the 13th consecutive year the event has been held on campus.

The competition will welcome more than 350 students from grades 6 through 12, representing 19 schools from throughout the region, with a total of just over 200 projects.

In keeping with this year’s theme of Leadership and Legacy in History, project topics include John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vince Lombardi, Gandhi, and many others. Students hail from public and private schools, as well as homeschools, in a multi-county area including Brown, Oconto, Shawano, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Marinette, and Manitowoc counties.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host to one of the largest regional competitions in the state,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way. I am impressed by the depth and breadth demonstrated by the students…in their topic selection, research, and final projects.”

Anderson shares the story of one young student who was making a research-oriented, pre-competition field trip to the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library’s archives and local history center, who remarked to his teacher, “Best day ever! I have never done anything this cool in school before.”

“When you hear something like that,” Anderson adds, “it makes it exciting to be part of creating a strong passion for history”

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

The 2015 National History Day competition will be held in the Kress Events Center and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., with judging taking place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Kress Events Center at 4 p.m.

Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 25 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. On an annual basis, National History Day serves more than 600,000 students annually in all the U.S. states and territories.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on 100 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members, to keep it running smoothly, Anderson said.

Its financial sponsors are the Brown County Historical Society, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society, the Jean Nicolet chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership, the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, the Historic Allouez Society and the De Pere Historical Society.

For more information contact Deb Anderson at UW Green Bay Archives at (920) 465-2539; or andersod@uwgb.edu.
Photo at top of post was taken at the 2014 National History Day held on the UW-Green Bay campus, April 5, 2014