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At Ease: UW-Green Bay dedicates new veteran service lounge

Veterans & Service Member Student Lounge dedicationUW-Green Bay’s student veterans and military service members now have their own space to be “at ease,” thanks to a new dedicated space bearing the military-inspired moniker.

The At Ease Veteran & Service Member Student Lounge was dedicated Friday, Feb. 14 before a standing room-only crowd on the lower concourse of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. UW-Green Bay Vets 4 Vets student club President Ken Corry, who led the efforts to establish the new center, told attendees he was elated with the space.

“It’s amazing — it came to fruition and here it is. It’s awesome,” a beaming Corry said. “I’m at a loss for words because of how awesome it is.”

Corry, an Air Force veteran, explained and demonstrated the difference between the states of alert for service members — including the well-known “at attention,” the modified “parade rest” and the further modified “at ease,” which allows conversation and a more relaxed posture.

“It’s a time for us to relax,” he said, explaining the connection between stance and center. “A time to get away from everything.”

That relaxation, and a sense of place, are critical for returning vets and others, said Elaina Koltz, UW-Green Bay Veteran Services Adviser.

“Our new veteran center will help build camaraderie among the veterans and service members here on campus, facilitating and enhancing a much-needed network of support for these students,” Koltz said. “Providing this space is one way for us to acknowledge their experience, which often differs from that of nonmilitary students — and also to thank them for their service.”

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— Photos by Veronica Wierer, photography intern, Office of Marketing and University Communication

The new space was identified last year and announced during the 2013 Chancellor’s Veteran Reception on Veterans Day. UW-Green Bay alumnus, philanthropist and past commencement speaker Craig Dickman, along with his wife, Karen, donated the furnishings for the space, which is the former “grad pad” in MAC Hall 124, located near the foot of the building’s main staircase. They were on hand for the dedication and were the recipients of thank you gifts from the Vets 4 Vets student organization. Craig Dickman offered brief remarks that included an expression of gratitude and respect for the student veterans and military members.

Chancellor Tom Harden also addressed attendees before officially dedicating the At Ease lounge. He mentioned the University’s Military Friendly School honor, recently awarded for the fifth consecutive year by Victory Media Inc.

“We’re very proud of our military-friendly designation,” Harden said. “We want to be a very hospitable, friendly and productive place for veterans who come to school here.”

UW-Green Bay has more than 400 individuals receiving veteran benefits, including 302 veterans and service members, as well as more than 110 dependents. Creation of the new veteran center is just one way in which UW-Green Bay has ramped up efforts to serve student veterans in recent years. The November Chancellor’s Veteran Reception kicked off an entire week of events including an awareness walk, volunteer organization panel, military speaker, veteran picnic and more. UW-Green Bay graduate student Mike Crum led a collection drive for homeless veterans, and members of the UW-Green Bay community wore military-insignia apparel to show support for military members and veterans.

In addition to UW-Green Bay faculty, staff, students, administrators, and alumni, a number of local and state dignitaries were on hand to help dedicate the center. Among them were state Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay; state Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Allouez; and state Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay. Tim Deacy, administrator of the new veterans clinic located just down the road from UW-Green Bay, also was on hand for the celebration.

At ease: University to dedicate new veteran center Friday

UW-Green Bay’s student veterans have a new space to call their own, and will celebrate its grand opening Friday (Feb. 14) with an afternoon dedication event. The “At Ease: Veteran & Service Member Student Lounge,” located in MAC 124 (the former Grad Pad) is a space designed to help build camaraderie and facilitate and enhance a network of support, says Veteran Services Adviser Elaina Koltz. Chancellor Tom Harden and Vets 4 Vets Club president Ken Corry will speak during Friday’s event, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the new center. Refreshments will be served. Read more.

UW-Green Bay to unveil Veteran & Service Member Lounge during dedication event

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will celebrate a brand-new space for student veterans with a dedication event at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The “At Ease: Veteran & Service Member Student Lounge” recently has opened in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, Room 124, as a space for veterans to gather for support, socialization, studying and more. Veteran Services Adviser Elaina Koltz announced formation of the new center Nov. 11 during the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception on campus.

“Our new veteran center will help build camaraderie among the veterans and service members here on campus, facilitating and enhancing a much-needed network of support for these students,” Koltz said. “Providing this space is one way for us to acknowledge their experience, which often differs from that of nonmilitary students — and also to thank them for their service.”

UW-Green Bay created the center due in part to the grassroots efforts of student veterans, who said it is important for them to have their own space on campus. Student vet Ken Corry of the Vets 4 Vets student organization, who will speak during Friday’s dedication, spearheaded the efforts. Chancellor Tom Harden also will speak during the dedication event.

Creation of the new veteran center is just one way in which UW-Green Bay has ramped up efforts to serve student veterans in recent years. The November Chancellor’s Veteran Reception kicked off an entire week of events including an awareness walk, volunteer organization panel, military speaker, veteran picnic and more. UW-Green Bay graduate student Mike Crum led a collection drive for homeless veterans, and members of the UW-Green Bay community wore military-insignia apparel to show support for military members and veterans.

UW-Green Bay has more than 400 individuals receiving veteran benefits, including 302 veterans and service members, as well as more than 110 dependents. In fall 2013, UW-Green Bay was named a Military Friendly School for the fifth consecutive year, an honor bestowed by Victory Media Inc. that recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus.

More information about Veteran Services at UW-Green Bay is available at www.uwgb.edu/veterans/.

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Moulin Rouge The Ballet will be dedicated to late Linda Erwin

When Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet visits the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts for a performance one month from now, Green Bay friends and colleagues of the late Linda Erwin will remember her legacy. The Weidner Center has announced that the troupe’s presentation of “Moulin Rouge the Ballet” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, will be dedicated to her memory. It’s possible (likely) there will be a special observance or informal gathering before or after the performance, details TBA closer to performance night. Erwin passed away earlier this year at the age of 69 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She had retired from UW-Green Bay in September 2001 as managing director of the Weidner Center to cap a 28-year career in which she served as arts and performances coordinator and was instrumental in the early programming success of the Weidner Center. The Weidner’s current executive director, Kate Green, says choice of a dance performance at which to remember her late co-worker is fitting, given Erwin’s love of that art form.
 

Slideshow: Keihn ceremony

Former Dean of Students Sue Keihn was honored April 26 with the dedication of the Sue Keihn Living Learning Center, a gathering space in Keith A. Pamperin Hall. Keihn had a 34-year career in student affairs including 14 at UW-Green Bay. It was a reunion of sorts, as a large crowd including co-workers past and present filled the Keihn room for the short program. Her parents made the trip to Green Bay, too. See photos.

Date set for dedication of Sue Keihn room

The formal dedication of the Sue Keihn Living and Learning Center will take place Tuesday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m., outdoors at the main entrance to Pamperin Hall. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the event recognizing UW-Green Bay’s former dean of students. The short program will be followed by a social with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments inside the Center on the first floor of Pamperin Hall.

Carillon-area dedication remembers Doris Madigan

In a small, private celebration on May 12, the Madigan family and University friends remembered Doris Madigan with the dedication of two benches in her memory near the Weidner Carillon outside the University Union. A dedication plate reads, “In loving memory of Doris M. Madigan ’78 and ’83. Friend and avid supporter of UW-Green Bay. 1925-2009.” Doris and her husband, Jim, worked to establish the Ecumenical Center and were long active on the UW-Green Bay Board of Visitors and with the Founders Association. The family founded Feeco International and encouraged partnership with University researchers, students and alumni. Doris Madigan earned a bachelor’s in Social Change and Development with honors, and later completed her master’s in Environmental Arts and Sciences. View a photo gallery of the site and dedication activities.