Rick Riehl, one of 78 members of UW-Green Bay’s original, June 1970 graduating class, was in his glory revisiting old times with classmates at the Alumni Days event at Shorewood Clubhouse on Sept. 2. Just a month later, he was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an extremely rare, degenerative and invariably fatal brain disorder. Riehl, a retired English teacher and multi-sport coach at West Bend East High School and a pillar of the community, is described this way by his local newspaper’s sports editor: “…If you went to East or played sports, at some point he entered your life. There’s not a whole lot of people who can say they had an impact on an entire city like he has.” A member of Lou LeCalsey’s first soccer team at UWGB, in his second career Riehl most recently served as Concordia University Wisconsin’s sports information director. On Saturday, Concordia will dedicate the football press box at Tomasini Field in his name. Riehl, his health and memory rapidly fading, will be there for the honor. Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a deeply moving and inspirational feature story about Riehl online.
In celebration of the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary, Green Bay Phoenix Athletics will be counting down the top 50 moments in the program’s history. The list was finalized by a focus group that works closely with Phoenix athletics. Nos. 49 and 50, unveiled this week, are the record-setting hot streak of current golfer Joe Du Chateu and the 2005 dedication of Aldo Santaga Stadium.
With temperatures taking a turn, it is a perfect time for a Phoenix Friday special at The Phoenix Bookstore which includes 20% off hats, mittens, scarves and gloves! Aviand’s has changes to its Phoenix Friday specials beginning Oct. 9. Those wearing Phoenix apparel will still receive a 10% discount, but locations are rotating. October 9 at Rosewood Café, October 16 at the Garden Café, October 23 at the MACH Cart, and October 30 at the Marketplace. Playing at CheapSeats this Friday is the new Marvel film, “Ant Man.” Show times are at 6:30 and 9:05 at the Christie Theatre. Nelly’s Echo comes to Commongrounds Coffeehouse on Friday at 8 p.m. The singer-songwriter from Nigeria, Africa blends soul, reggae and blues. On Friday the Green Bay volleyball team hosts Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. at the Kress. On Saturday, women’s soccer hosts Cleveland State at 1 p.m. and men’s soccer hosts Belmont at 7 p.m. Both matches will be played at Santaga Stadium. Go Green Bay!
Friday is always a reason to celebrate at UW-Green Bay. This Friday (Sept. 25), among other surprises throughout the day, check out the Phoenix Bookstore’s JanSport collection of items and save 20 percent on apparel, backpacks, and other items sporting the Appleton-based company’s mark. (Including the hot new “Digital Burrito Pouch.”) Meanwhile, Aviand’s, as always, honors a 10 percent discount at select dining locations for those wearing Phoenix apparel. Playing at CheapSeats this Friday is the comedy “Ted 2.” Hip hop artist Mac Irv talks about real life experiences, chasing dreams and living life at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Club. On Saturday, it’s the women’s soccer team vs. Oakland at 6 p.m., with softball hosting Madison Area Technical College at 2 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. game against UW-Oshkosh. Go Phoenix. Go Green Bay!
The Phoenix Friday tradition continues this academic year with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members encouraged to share their Phoenix spirit by wearing UW-Green Bay and your favorite green gear each Friday. The Phoenix Bookstore is getting its swoosh on with a 20 percent discount this Friday. Aviands is honoring a 10% discount on beverages. It will be a beautiful night for soccer on Friday when the Green Bay women take on Chicago State at Santaga Stadium. Game time is 5 p.m. The Phoenix hosts Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Check out the news on your favorite Phoenix team. Playing at Cheap Seats this weekend is Avengers: Age of Ultron. Showtimes are at 6:30 and 9:05 p.m. Tickets are only $2. Watch Cheapseats trailers. Go Phoenix!
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of UW-Green Bay, the Green Bay Athletic Department has announced a number of new initiatives for the 2015-16 season:
For the first time since 2011, Green Bay Athletics will induct a new class into the Athletics Hall of Fame this coming winter, scheduled for a home basketball weekend. Nominations are open to the public.
The department will release a list of its Top 50 moments in Phoenix athletics history.
Fans can enjoy free admission to all home Green Bay soccer games for both the men and the women.
The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• The amazing UW-Green Bay women’s basketball program had its two greatest seasons earlier this decade, with a trip to the Sweet 16 one year and an AP Top 10 finish the next. For a vintage photo and more.
• Did you know early UWGB had its own marching band? Yes, and the hometown Green Bay Packers supported the effort.
• UW-Green Bay on the West Side? An early frontrunner at the time of site selection in the mid-1960s was land near Highway 41 and West Mason Street.
• Childcare on campus: For a quarter century a facility existed on campus to provide daytime childcare for faculty, staff and students. (Patricia Schoenbeck, director of the center, shares recollections of those days.)
• Students at the new UW-Green Bay reacted with a peaceful march, candelight vigil and a series of meetings and teach-ins to the May 1970 shootings at Kent State.
• UW-Green Bay plays soccer (and not football) as its primary fall sport upon the recommendation of legendary NFL Coach Vince Lombardi, an adviser to Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner in the late 1960s.
• The Legend of the Face Pot, and how some creative Creative Communication faculty started a new legend for the groundbreaking of their new academic building in the 1970s, is recalled.
The national soccer teams of the United States and Canada played a dull 0-0 draw in Tuesday night’s exhibition match in Houston, so you are to be forgiven (if not applauded) if you missed the telecast. More interesting was the presence of a former UW-Green Bay soccer star in Canada’s starting lineup. Tosaint Ricketts, 25, a native of Edmonton, plays striker for his country’s national team. Ricketts was the first former Phoenix soccer player to make a national team squad. He was a top scorer and two-time all-league selection for UW-Green Bay, concluding his eligibility in 2009. He has played professionally in Finland and Romania and signed last fall with Valerenga in Norway’s top league. Read more.
New Phoenix assistant soccer coach and former Green Bay Notre Dame standout Lauren Sesselmann was featured in Friday’s (Oct. 5) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, talking about her career, her future and her bronze-medal turn as an Olympian for team Canada. In her new role at UW-Green Bay, Sesselmann will help a roster that includes four Canadian natives. She’s still sorting out her options when it comes to professional soccer, the story says. You can read it here.
For the first time in the history of the Green Bay men’s soccer program, a former player has signed a contract with a Major League Soccer franchise as Tony Walls has inked a one-year deal with the Chicago Fire. The 2011 Horizon League Player of the Year played substantial minutes with the Fire during its six-week preseason play and has apparently earned a spot on the final roster. The Fire opens regular season play Saturday (March 17) as it travels to Olympic Stadium to battle Montreal. Read more.