Student Charles Reimer wins the 360° Kress Challenge

As part of the 360° Brand Celebration last semester, the Kress Events Center provided prizes to those who walked or ran laps and recorded them at the Kress during launch week. Winner of the challenge was Charles Reimer, a junior originally from Marinette, majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in management.

Kress 360° Challenge winner Charles Reimer (left) and personal trainer Jake Kornetzke, hamming it up for the camera.
Reimer is a veteran, who spent 10 years living near Charleston, SC, serving in the Air Force as a C-17 loadmaster (cargo aircraft aircrew). About UW-Green Bay and his 360° experience so far, he had this to say: “UWGB provides a great opportunity for me. It’s less than an hour’s drive to visit family; the campus is small enough to get to know your professors and classmates; it’s within a few miles of the city of Green Bay; and the classes are challenging yet rewarding.”

He said the Kress Center is important to his goals for health and wellness.

“Having the Kress Center as a student is great. I love having the weight room, cardio deck, and classes available free of charge, and the paid services offered to students are inexpensive. Being fit is important because health is a big part of being a well rounded person. I find that, when I put effort into being fit, my stress levels are lower, my confidence is higher and I look better, and I am able to think and concentrate better.”

While finalists received 360° t-shirts and water bottles, Reimer won the grand prize — a training session from personal trainer Jake Kornetzke, a junior from Kiel, majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis in Exercise Sciences.

Marketing intern Tayler Zajac planned, promoted and executed the event.

Pumpkins, Zumba: A photo recap of Halloween on campus

From the cute to the spooky (and even the pukey), a photo gallery of entrants in this year’s Cofrin Library Pumpkin Carving Contest is below. As you will see, entrants went all out for their craft. You can check out the winners of this year’s contest on the Cofrin Library website.. Also, below, there is a photo gallery as the Kress Events Center hosted its annual Halloween costume and Zumba workout night.

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Boo! Pictures of, results from Cofrin Library’s Pumpkin Carving Contest

From the cute to the spooky (and even the pukey), entrants in this year’s Cofrin Library Pumpkin Carving Contest went all out for their craft. The competition drew dozens of entries from carvers and painters whose works decorated the third-floor library shelves for viewing and judging Wednesday. Check out the Library’s Flickr set for pics of each pumpkin and a list of the winners.

Northwest Indian College, UM win tribal rocket honors

Final results have been posted from the 2011 First Nations national rocket competition held in May at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area near Burlington, Wis.

The “REZriders” team from Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash., won top honors in the competition involving tribal college entries. In the “AISES” division for public and private institutions with student chapters of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the winner was the “Northstar” team from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

The annual competition is organized by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) headquartered on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Teams tested their engineering and rocket science skills. To have a successful flight, the rocket had to reach at least 2,000 feet and be recovered safely, in a flyable condition, as near as possible to a predetermined target. Rockets must carry a payload of some sort, and/or perform a mission. The flight itself is judged mainly by the degree of accuracy with which the college students predict their rockets’ altitude, trajectory and flight path, as measured by tiny flight-data recorders.

Competitions are judged by benchmarks at various stages along the way, preliminary planning and pre-flight procedures among them, with oral presentations to judges on the eve of the launch day at Bong.

Final results from the May 7 launch were not available for several weeks afterward, as participating teams are required to file written, post-mission reports. The top three in each division are as follows:

AISES
1st Place: Northstar, University of Minneosta-Twin Cities
2nd Place: Whiterabbit, Azusa Pacific
3rd Place: Ghostspears, Haskell Indian Nations University

Tribal College
1st Place: REZriders, Northwest Indian College
2nd Place: FDLTCC, Fond Du Lac Tribal Community College
3rd Place: Space Eagles, Haskell Indian Nations University

For photos of the launch day in May, click http://www.uwgb.edu/WSGC/aises/Photos.html

Space Grant hosts annual First Nations Launch

Haskell Launching
Haskell launching at 2010 event

The Richard Bong State Recreation Area near Burlington, Wis., will be the site Saturday (May 7), weather permitting, of the second annual First Nations national rocket competition.

The competition is organized by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) headquartered on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The First Nations Launch is expected to have seven entries from a half dozen schools. Teams representing tribal colleges are the “FDLTCC” team from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minn.; “Space Eagles,” Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kan.; “Cloud 9,” Navajo Technical College, Crownpoint, N.M.; and the “REZriders” team from Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash.

Teams competing in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society division are student chapters including the “White Rabbit” team from Azuza Pacific University, suburban Los Angeles; “Northstar,” University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and the “Ghostspears” from Haskell.

The tribal competition is taking place alongside Space Grant’s 2011 Collegiate Rocket Competition, which will involve twelve rocket teams from five Wisconsin colleges and universities: the Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Madison, Marquette University, Ripon College and UW-River Falls.

(Saturday’s dual competitions will takes place at Bong’s Parking Lot F, with a launch window of roughly 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spectators are welcome to attend; park admission is $7.  There is a launch hotline at (262) 677-2249 with a recorded message verifying that launch will occur, as wind and weather conditions allow. The rain date is Sunday, May 8. The site director, Dr. Bill Farrow, will be available for interviews at the launch. His cell phone number is (262) 993-3041.)

Teams will test their engineering and “rocket science” skills. To have a successful flight, the rocket must reach at least 2,000 feet and be recovered safely, in a flyable condition, as near as possible to a predetermined target. Rockets must carry a payload of some sort, and/or perform a mission. The flight itself is judged mainly by the degree of accuracy with which the college students predict their rockets’ altitude, trajectory and flight path, as measured by tiny flight-data recorders.

Sizes vary from a few feet in length to a dozen feet long or more. Most rocket bodies today are fiberglass or heavy cardboard tubes reinforced with plastic mesh and capped with enamel paint. The one area of standardization is in the motors. All are solid-fuel cylinders with ammonium perchlorate the primary propellant, not all that different in basic design from the boosters that powered NASA’s space shuttles. Only certified experts are allowed to purchase, handle and deploy the motors.

Competitions are judged by benchmarks at various stages along the way, preliminary planning and pre-flight procedures among them, with oral presentations to judges on the eve of the launch day at Bong.

The tribal competition originated last year and is supported by a grant from NASA. Evidence of the space program’s investment in the competition is the fact the chief onsite judge is scheduled to be James S. Wood of Cocoa Beach, Fla. He is chief engineer for the Launch Services Program at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He provides technical insight and approval for all NASA missions, with recommendations for final “go/no go” launch decisions. Working with Wood as part of the First Nations Launch judging panel will be Mary Gustafson, an engineer with Orbital Technologies, of Madison, Wis., and Frank Noble, an officer for the Tripoli rocketry club of Wisconsin.

Likewise, the three-member judging panel for Wisconsin schools competing in Space Grant’s 2011 Collegiate Rocket Competition includes two NASA professionals from the Johnson Space Center in Houston. John Connelly is deputy project manager for the Altair Lunar Lander Project Office, and Todd Issacson is systems engineer for the MAGIK Robotic Analysis Team. The third judge is Todd Treichel, a senior systems engineer for Orbital Technologies, Madison.

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium is a NASA-supported endeavor aimed at delivering education, research, and outreach programs to assist in training America’s next generation of aerospace professionals. Advocates for the First Nations component of the college rocketry program say it encourages young people, especially First Nations people, to pursue studies in the so-called S-T-E-M fields of science, technology, engineering and applied mathematics. They also say it counters pop-culture stereotypes that native people find comfort only in traditional ways, and shy away from space-age technology.

Final results from this weekend’s launches near Kenosha will not be available for several weeks, when participating teams are required to file their written, post-mission reports. Those results will be posted at the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium website.