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UW-Green Bay offers popular Grandparents’ University® for summer 2015

Grandparents and their grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 14 can share their love of learning at the two-day Grandparents’ University summer camp at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

At one of 13 Grandparents’ Universities in the country, UW-Green Bay participants will enjoy the camaraderie of other families, quality time with grandchildren and learning together. Many families make this event their annual reunion for the young cousins each year.

Grandparents’ University takes places Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10, offering a unique opportunity for grandparents and their grandchildren to explore together topics of interest and enjoy summer activities on the scenic bayshore campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Grandparents’ University offers 17 courses from which to choose. For more detailed course descriptions, please see the camps website at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/html/program_majors.asp.

Class selections and their instructors include:

Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum — Instructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator, Richter Museum of Natural History, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

(Full) Nutritional Science — Instructor: Debra Pearson, associate professor, Human Biology

(Full) Memory-Making Clay Designs — Instructor: Dean Hoegger, artist/teacher

You’re the Artist: Learn How to Draw Cartoon Characters! — Instructor: Addie Sorbo, lecturer, artist, teacher

Artist Books: Visual Journeys — Instructor: Chris Style, professor, Art and Design

Four Hand Piano — Instructor: Michael Rector, assistant professor, Music

Letterboxing — Instructor: Illene Cupit, professor, Human Development

Geology — Instructor: John Luczaj, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Meteorology — Instructor: Steve Meyer, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Hands-on Rocketry — Brian Ewenson

Fitness and Health on Purpose — Jane Birr, associate lecturer, Physical Education


Aquatic Ecology — Patrick Forsythe, assistant professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Heirloom Gardens — Vicki Medland, associate lecturer, Environmental Science and Policy; Associate Director, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Game Theory — Bryan Carr, assistant professor, Information and Computing Science

How To Be Smart With Money — Ryan Kauth, Director, Small Business Development Center

There’s An App For That: Using Mobile Apps to Connect, Learn and Have Fun — Nathan Kraftcheck, instructional technologist

Improvisation and Theatre — Laura Riddle, professor, Theatre and Dance

Registration for Grandparents’ University continues through July 1 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will meet at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 9, and the program ends at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 10, following a graduation ceremony.

The fee for Grandparents’ University is $195 per adult and child pair. The fee includes instruction, activities, a cookout meal on Thursday night, parking, and a t-shirt. Each additional adult is $125 and each additional child is $75.

Grandparents’ University attendees may commute or choose to stay in UW-Green Bay student suite apartments for an additional fee.

Information and registration are available online at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/index.asp. Information also is available by calling (920) 465-2775. Email: summercamps@uwgb.edu.

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New in video, pictures: Sights and sounds of Grandparents’ U 2014

We told you here last week about another terrific year for Grandparents’ University, the multigenerational summer camp that recently wrapped up its eighth year at UW-Green Bay. Nearly 200 grandparents and grandkids took part in the 2014 iteration of GPU, taking classes, learning the campus ropes and — most important — spending time together. We’ve collected our favorite interviews and images from this year’s camp, producing a new video and photo gallery from GPU 2014. You can check them out, here:
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Press-Gazette coverage
The Green Bay Press-Gazette was among media outlets covering GPU (we brought you the others Friday), running a front-page centerpiece story in Saturday’s (July 12) newspaper. You can check out that story, along with accompanying video, click here.

Picture this: Generations learn together during Grandparents’ U at UW-Green Bay

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There was a class for every interest — and every age — at Grandparents’ University 2014, held July 10-11 on the UW-Green Bay campus.

From nutrition to rocketry, game theory to geology, nearly 200 grandparents and grandchildren enjoyed multigenerational fun in learning during the two-day program.

This was the eighth year for UW-Green Bay’s GPU, which has grown from 80 people in five or six classes to more than double that in 12 different on-campus offerings. Grandparent/grandchild pairs can attend as commuters or spend the overnight in the UW-Green Bay residence halls, offering yet another taste of campus life.

More information about GPU is available online.

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— Photos by Dan Moore, Office of Outreach and Adult Access

Click here to watch a video from Grandparents’ University 2014.

 

Togetherness, fun in learning at heart of Grandparents’ University

Grandparents UniversityGrandparents’ University at UW-Green Bay continued a proud tradition of multigenerational fun in learning July 10-11, when nearly 200 grandparents and grandkids took part in the eighth annual camp.

“We have 198 people who have registered for Grandparent University,” said Camps Director Mona Christensen. “It’s a two-day program where grandparents and grandkids sign up for a class that they take together.”

Nine-year-old Calista Wright was attending her first Grandparents’ University with grandma Joanna Cloud.

“It feels very awesome,” Calista said, “because you get to have – because I’ve been having a lot of fun with my grandma.”

Fun is just one aspect of the two-day experience, Christensen said.

“It’s really multifaceted. It’s intergenerational learning, so they’re spending time with each other. They’re learning from each other,” she said. “It isn’t just the adult teaching the grandkid — it’s grandparents learning things that their grandkids know, too. And they’re doing things together in the classrooms.”

GPU veteran Pat Schaetz was happy to be returning for another year, attending with granddaughter Ava.

“We did the nutrition class last year,” Pat Schaetz said. “We did the wellness class, the rocketry class. Next year they’d like to take the cartooning class and there’s so many different things that they could take here. It’s just endless, the learning opportunities for them.”

Those opportunities extend beyond the classroom, Christensen said, as grandchildren get a taste of life on a college campus.

“They’ve experienced living on campus, eating in the University Union, taking classes out here,” she said. “And it’s really not so big. It’s something they can aspire to do in the future and that learning is something they can do for the rest of their lives, event when they get to be old enough to get to be grandparents.

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“They just love being together — hands down the most important thing is that we had time to spend, quality time together. It was undistracted time; they could spend time in conversation with each other.”

That rang true for Tina Mercier, who attended camp with her two granddaughters.

“I guess what I’m realizing is,” Mercier said, “the best part of spending time with them — I’m going to start crying — is having talks with them. That’s what’s most precious to me.”

Added Cloud:

“She’s had a good time. I’ve had a good time. So it’s just been a real positive experience.”

Calista, Cloud’s granddaughter, didn’t hesitate when asked what she likes best about her grandmother.

“I like best that she loves me. “

Click here for a photo gallery from Grandparents’ University 2014.

More information about Grandparents’ University is available online.

In the news: Grandparents’ U wraps up another successful year

UW-Green Bay’s Grandparents’ University wrapped up another terrific year Friday (July 11), bidding farewell to nearly 200 grandparents and grandkids who took part in this year’s camp. The pairs (and some trios) enjoyed multigenerational fun in learning with course options focused on art, science, wellness, communication and more. They also enjoyed time together, bonding over shared discoveries and a mutual enjoyment of campus and community. Media coverage Thursday included TV news stories from WLUK, Fox 11 and NBC 26. You can check those out below, and we’ll bring you more from GPU next week.
WLUK, Fox 11
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Invasion of the Grandparents begins Thursday

Grandparents’ University, the innovative multigenerational summer camp experience at UW-Green Bay, will welcome 200 grandparents and grandkids ready to have some fun and learn new things during this year’s camp, Thursday and Friday (July 10 and 11). The enjoyable, hands-on classes such as Animals on the Wild Side, Memory-Making Clay Designs, Nutritional Science, Geology, Meteorology and Aerospace, Game Theory and more. We’ll have links to photo and video in a future edition of the Log.
 

Grandparents University goes big in 2014, with 15 courses


Grandparents and their grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 14 can share their love of learning at the two-day Grandparents’ University summer camp at UW-Green Bay Thursday and Friday, July 10 and 11. The dates and topics for the popular annual camp were announced earlier this week. Class selections and their instructors include an all-star lineup of mostly UW-Green Bay instructors:
• (Full) Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum — Instructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator, Richter Museum of Natural History; Cofrin Center for Biodiversity
• (Full) Nutritional Science — Instructor: Debra Pearson, associate professor, Human Biology (Nutritional Science/Dietetics and general), Nutritional Biochemistry
• Memory-Making Clay Designs — Instructor: Dean Hoegger, artist/teacher
You’re the Artist: Learn How to Draw Cartoon Characters! — Instructor: Addie Sorbo, senior lecturer, artist, teacher
Artist Books: Visual Journeys — Instructor: Chris Style, professor, Art and Design
4-Hand Piano — Instructor: Abigail Mace, lecturer, Music, Piano
Letterboxing — Instructor: Illene Cupit, professor, Human Development
Geology — Instructor: John Luczaj, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
Meteorology — Instructor: Steve Meyer, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
Hands-on Rocketry — Daniel Bateman, executive director, Spaceport Sheboygan
Aquatic Ecology – Kevin Fermanich, professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
Radio Broadcasting … alive and well! — Danielle Bina, senior lecturer, Communication
Game Theory — Benjamin Geisler, lecturer, Computer Science
Better Than the Lemonade Stand — Ryan Kauth, director, Small Business Development Center
Fitness and Health on Purpose — Jane Birr, associate lecturer, Physical Education

Interested, or know someone who might be? You can learn more at our full press release.

UW-Green Bay offers popular Grandparents’ University® for summer 2014

Grandparents and their grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 14 can share their love of learning at the two-day Grandparents’ University summer camp at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

At one of 13 Grandparents’ Universities nationwide, UW-Green Bay participants will enjoy the camaraderie of other families, quality time with grandchildren and learning together. Many families make this event their annual reunion for the young cousins each year.

Grandparents’ University takes places Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11, offering a unique opportunity for grandparents and their grandchildren to explore together topics of interest and enjoy summer activities on the scenic bayshore campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Grandparents’ University offers 15 courses from which to choose. Class selections and their instructors include:

(Full) Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum — Instructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator, Richter Museum of Natural History; Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

(Full) Nutritional Science — Instructor: Debra Pearson, associate professor, Human Biology (Nutritional Science/Dietetics and general), Nutritional Biochemistry

Memory-Making Clay Designs — Instructor: Dean Hoegger, artist/teacher

You’re the Artist: Learn How to Draw Cartoon Characters! — Instructor: Addie Sorbo, senior lecturer, artist, teacher

Artist Books: Visual Journeys — Instructor: Chris Style, professor, Art and Design

4-Hand Piano — Instructor: Abigail Mace, lecturer, Music, Piano

Letterboxing — Instructor: Illene Cupit, professor, Human Development

Geology — Instructor: John Luczaj, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Meteorology — Instructor: Steve Meyer, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Hands-on Rocketry — Daniel Bateman, executive director, Spaceport Sheboygan

Aquatic Ecology – Kevin Fermanich, professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Radio Broadcasting … alive and well! — Danielle Bina, senior lecturer, Communication

Game Theory — Benjamin Geisler, lecturer, Computer Science

Better Than the Lemonade Stand — Ryan Kauth, director, Small Business Development Center

Fitness and Health on Purpose — Jane Birr, associate lecturer, Physical Education

For more detailed course descriptions, please see the camps website at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/html/program_majors.asp.

Registration for Grandparents’ University continues through July 1 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, and the program ends at 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, following a graduation ceremony.

The fee for Grandparents’ University is $189 per adult and child pair. The fee includes instruction, activities, a cookout meal on Thursday night, parking and a t-shirt. Each additional adult is $125 and each additional child is $75. Grandparents’ University attendees may commute or choose to stay in UW-Green Bay student suite apartments for an additional fee.

Information and registration are available online at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/index.asp. Information also is available by calling (920) 465-2775 or emailing summercamps@uwgb.edu.

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Grandparents’ U video captures fun, learning of record year for camp

We told you here recently about the record year for Grandparents’ University, the multigenerational UW-Green Bay summer camp that welcomed more than 200 grandparents and grandkids during its two-day run last week. We had the chance to grab our video camera and tag along, capturing the fun of “major” classes (including way-cool rocketry) and talking to campers about what makes GPU so great. You can check out the finished video on our YouTube page, or as part of our freshly updated news feature (which includes some great still photos), here:
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New video: Grandparents’ U celebrates record year of learning, fun

Grandparents' University, UW-Green Bay

It’s summer on the UW-Green Bay campus, but the learning hasn’t stopped. It’s just that some of the students are a little younger — and a little older — than the University’s normal clientele.

It’s all part of Grandparents’ University, the multigenerational summer camp that bridges the generations for two days of learning and fun. The 2013 Grandparents’ U welcomed a record 204 students, taking an array of classes in arts, the sciences, business, communications and more.

“It’s a special relationship that the grandkids have with their grandparents,” said Mona Christensen, UW-Green Bay Director of Camps and Conferences, “and it’s a special place to be and they get to experience college life at the same time.”

GPU campers “major” in one of a dozen course offerings, taking classes from UW-Green Bay faculty members or community instructors with special expertise. The emphasis is on hands-on instruction, giving grandparents and grandkids the chance to learn new things together.

“I was very surprised how fast I learned and how easy it was, actually, to learn,” said 11-year-old Hunter McGowan, who attended the camp’s Hand Drumming course with his grandpa, Danny. “It’s very fun to do it. Once you get the hang of it, it’s quite easy. And I always like spending time with my grandpa.”

And while GPU is a lot of fun, organizers and grandparents alike say there’s a deeper goal — exposing kids to college, and boosting their aspirations to one day attend.

“I’ve had grandparents say to me you know, there’s nothing more important to me than to make sure my grandson or granddaughter is going to college,” Christensen said. “And this is just the perfect opportunity to help them feel comfortable, and what a beautiful campus … they just love UW-Green Bay.”

It was the McGowans’ first time at GPU, and already they were making plans to come back.

“This gives him an idea of what campus life may be like and you know, how a class is structured with the teachers and so on and so forth,” Danny McGowan said. “So I think that’s — it’ll leave an impression on him.”

Make that, on both of them.

“This is just a great opportunity for any grandparent to spend time with one of their grandkids,” Danny McGowan said. “It just gives you an opportunity to hold hands, talk to each other, look each other square in the eye — all kinds of neat stuff. So it’s cool.”

Check out the Grandparents University website for more information.

Photos by Dan Moore, Outreach and Adult Access

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