This from our inbox: “Mary Sue Lavin, Zach Taylor, Ann Vandenack, and the Phuture Phoenix program would like to extend another thank you to all of the UWGB faculty and staff members who contributed to this year’s campus visits. All told, over 1,350 fifth graders visited campus, led by over 200 UWGB student role models. But more impressively, over 200 UWGB faculty and staff members pitched in by opening up their classrooms, facilitating activities, and helping coordinate sites and events, making the 2015 campus visits unforgettable. Thank you from everyone at Phuture Phoenix!”
Phuture Phoenix Day was repeated today (Thursday, Oct. 15) for about 500 fifth-graders from low- to moderate-income schools invited to campus to sample college life. We’ll have a link to a new photo gallery in Friday’s issue of this newsletter.
The first of two Phuture Phoenix Days this fall brought 950 fifth-graders from across Northeastern Wisconsin to the UW-Green Bay campus on Oct. 13 for a full day of tours, activities and fun. The program builds connections with young students to promote educational attainment and get them thinking about secondary education at a younger age. Student photography interns captured the day in photos.
Photos by Kayla Ermer and Kayla Teske, photo interns, Marketing and University Communications
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UW-Green Bay will host its 12th annual Phuture Phoenix Days Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 15, welcoming nearly 1,400 area fifth-graders who will tour campus and explore life as potential college students. The program partners with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. The program has hosted a total of 17,241 fifth grade students on tour days since 2003. To help support the large number of participants, there will be more than 250 UW-Green Bay students serving as role models and group leaders for the day and at least 120 faculty and staff members participating. This year, every visiting fifth-grader will visit a lecture, a residence hall, the Kress Events Center, and enjoy a meal on campus.
UW-Green Bay will host its 12th annual Phuture Phoenix Days Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 15, welcoming nearly 1,400 area fifth-graders who will tour campus and explore life as potential college students.
UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program partners with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education.
The program has hosted a total of 17,241 fifth grade students since it began in 2003. To help support the large number of participants, there will be more than 250 UW-Green Bay students serving as role models and group leaders for the day and at least 120 faculty and staff members participating.
This year’s campus visit intends to offer the visiting fifth-graders a varied look at the college experience, introducing them to multiple aspects of campus life. Every fifth-grader and their UWGB mentors will visit a lecture, a residence hall, the Kress Events Center, and enjoy a meal in the Weidner Center or the University Union’s Phoenix Room. Additionally, numerous UW-Green Bay students and faculty members have planned special, large-group activities for students to interact with peers from their own and other participating schools. A few of these activities include exploration of the Cofrin Library archives, interactive improvisational games, a “slime laboratory,” printmaking, and “College 101” presentations touching upon financial aid, admissions, advising and social work.
Phuture Phoenix Day is a coordinated effort to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities available to them. Phuture Phoenix programming helps prepare elementary school students for college early, says Jenny Woldt, a fifth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School and fan of the program.
“You have to start in kindergarten, get it in their brain that they are college bound no matter where they come from, and that they just need to work hard in school and work hard in their community, and they can get there,” Woldt says.
New to the Tuesday field trip this year are expanded opportunities for fifth-graders to explore the Kress Events Center and UW-Green Bay’s Office of Residence Life, getting a feel for fitness and recreational options and on-campus housing.
“The Office of Residence Life is happy to be able to participate in the Phuture Phoenix program, as it’s never too early to introduce the concept of attending college,” says UW-Green Bay Director of Residence Life, Gail Sims-Aubert. “It’s so important that today’s youth understand going to college means they will be a part of a vibrant educational experience both inside and outside the classroom. This program is an outstanding opportunity to provide a sneak peak of life on campus.”
Brent Tavis, Assistant Athletics Director for Events and Operations, agrees, adding, “The Kress Events Center is very excited to be able to host the Phuture Phoenix participants every year. It’s an excellent experience for the participants and for the Kress. We get to expose kids to a great atmosphere of sports, fitness, and activities that we hope will make their time here at UW-Green Bay more memorable.”
For more information about Phuture Phoenix.
Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Patti Zarling on Thursday (Oct. 23) gave readers an inside look at UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program, writing about last week’s tour days for the newspaper’s “Today’s Take” column. Zarling attended the second of two fall tour days last week, checking out the morning’s opening pep rally and talking to some students from Abrams Elementary School about their college aspirations. “ …how cool is it that the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay runs its Phuture Phoenix program, offering Green Bay area fifth-graders a close-up look at campus life?” Zarling writes. “They get to see what the future could be. Those in charge say kids are fascinated by the idea of living on campus and about the chance to choose their own classes.” You can read Zarling’s full column, and check out some great Phuture Phoenix photos.
UW-Green Bay welcomed its largest-ever Phuture Phoenix fall tour day Tuesday, Oct. 14, when more than 1,050 area fifth-graders got a firsthand look at what college has to offer.
“When I go to college, I want to study nature,” said Joclyn, a fifth-grader at Green Bay’s Danz Elementary School.
“I want to be a veterinarian, and work with animals,” added Amanda, who attends Hemlock Creek Elementary School in West De Pere.
“Today is all about inspiration and dreams,” said Phuture Phoenix interim director Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich. “Today we want students to think big about their future, so we’re putting them with college role models for the day to walk around and spend a day on campus — in their shoes, to figure out what college really means so that they can envision themselves going on to college in the future.”
Phuture Phoenix pairs fifth-graders with UW-Green Bay student role models like Chloe Anderson. A freshman, Anderson was enjoying her very first Phuture Phoenix Day.
“It’s just such a cool opportunity to see someone older and what they do and their daily lives and to get kids (to) start thinking about future education,” Anderson said. “The biggest thing, I think, is how awesome curiosity is and how far you can go with it, you know — if you can imagine it, you can be it kind of thing, and it just shows all the options.”
Phuture Phoenix works with students from low-income schools, many of whom could be the first in their family to go to college.
“I think it’s really important to put kids in front of students who may be like them,” Cataldo-Pabich said, “and first-generation college students make up a huge majority of UW-Green Bay — there’s a lot of first-generation students here.
“And what we want to say to them is, ‘you know what? It’s kind of hard when you’re the first one in your family to do something, but that doesn’t make it so you shouldn’t do it.’ And so that’s what we want these kids to hear because you know what? A lot of them are going to be the first generation kids in their families, too.”
Fifth-grader Amanda heard the college-attainment message loud and clear.
“It’s just as important as to go to school,” she said. “College just helps you learn more stuff for a job, and for your future, later on.”
It was a special day for fifth-graders and UW-Green Bay students alike, Anderson said.
“It’s not only a good experience for them, but it’s a great experience for us, and we love getting to know them,” Anderson said. “They’re so sweet and wonderful.”
Phuture Phoenix makes an impact — on campus and beyond, Cataldo-Pabich said.
“I think it’s important for our University to reach out into the community, and this is a great way to do that,” she said. “Our program is really strongly supported in the community and I think that’s in part because they see the value of what’s going on today.”
More information about the Phuture Phoenix program is available online.
The Phuture Phoenix program welcomes hundreds more fifth-graders for the second of this week’s campus tour days, tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 16). Here’s hoping for nice weather. We’ll have another photo gallery to share when things quiet back down.
UW-Green Bay is hosting its 11th annual Phuture Phoenix field trip days this week, welcoming 1,460 area fifth-graders to explore campus and envision life as a college student. The first group, roughly a thousand in all, came through Tuesday (Oct. 14). A second and smaller group was scheduled to tour campus on Thursday the 16th.
– Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication
The next generation of college students is set to take campus by storm this week, as UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program welcomes a record 1,460 area fifth-graders for the annual program tour days tomorrow and Thursday (Oct. 14 and 16). As we told you here last week, the theme for this year’s tour days is “hands-on history,” which will offer students a first-hand glimpse of experiential learning in a University setting. To help support the record number of fifth-graders, 268 UW-Green Bay students and 90-plus faculty members will participate in this year’s tour days. Read more.