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UW-Green Bay Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Theatre and Dance and Music presents the beloved holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

The performances of It’s A Wonderful Life will take place Thursday and Friday, Nov. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Frank Capra’s classic holiday film was adapted for the stage by Joe Landry in 2006 and quickly became an anticipated annual event in cities across the country. Performed as a live radio broadcast set on Christmas Eve, 1946, audiences are transported to the days of Old Time Radio. An ensemble of 11 actors play dozens of characters, perform commercial jingles and create sound effects to tell the story of Bedford Falls’ George Bailey as he is given a great gift by Clarence Oddbody one fateful Christmas Eve.

Feature-Wonderful-LifeProduction Director and Professor of Theatre, Laura Riddle, is excited to bring It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play to the Weidner Center on the UW-Green Bay campus as a part of the University’s 50th Anniversary celebration. “I have always been a fan of Old Time Radio and tune in to Wisconsin Public Radio every Sunday night to hear rebroadcasts of old radio shows, stories told in a way that invite the listeners to imagine the action in great detail through enhanced underscoring and sound effects. Our production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play treats the audience to a look “behind-the scenes” for a live radio broadcast. The audience sees actors changing characters using only their voices and sound effects are created live at a Foley table using objects from corn flakes to water basins.”

All elements are performed live and include a live band playing popular music and holiday songs from the 1940’s. It’s a Wonderful Life is a collaboration of UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance and UW-Green Bay Music. The original score by Kevin Connors has been custom tailored for the UWGB production by Nick Schommer and Kelsie Holtzheimer, UW-Green Bay Music students who have composed new arrangements and original compositions.

It’s a Wonderful Life directorial/production team: Laura Riddle (Director), Courtney Sherman (Musical Director), Denise Carlson-Gardner (Choreographer), Nick Schommer and Kelsie Holtzheimer (original compositions and arrangements) Jeffrey Paul Entwistle (Scenic Designer), Kaoime E. Malloy (Costume/Make Up Designer), R. Michael Ingraham (Lighting Designer, Technical Designer), Dana Mehlhorn (Sound Designer), Jeff Chesebro and Paul Heim (Foley Designers), David Cook (Assistant Technical Director) Bri Wolfe (Stage Manager).

Wonderful-life2It’s a Wonderful Life cast: Emily Ahrens (Roscoe, IL), Selena Deer (New Berlin, WI), Max Frost (De Pere, WI), Ashley Gutting (Ashwaubenon, WI), Nick Schommer (Jackson, WI), Millie Haushalter (Brillion, WI), Adam Rosenow (Shawano, WI), Talor Sohr (Green Bay, WI), Kit Honkanen (Green Bay, WI), Daniel Taddy (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Tyler Wood (Pulaski, WI)

It’s a Wonderful Life orchestra: Courtney Sherman (Conductor), Laura Cortright, flute (Green Bay, WI), Keton Jennings, sax (Poynette, WI), Gatlin Grimm, trumpet (Green Bay, WI), Joe Russett, trombone (Green Bay, WI), Collin Catalano, upright bass; Bobby Magers, drums (Green Bay, WI), Kyle Sweeney, piano (Fox Point, WI), Ryan Dummer, piano (Green Bay, WI)

It’s a Wonderful Life crew: Matthew Beecher (Assistant Stage Manager) (Milwaukee, WI), Erin Pagenkopf (Assistant Stage Manager) (Sussex, WI), Jake Gerlikovski (Master Electrician) (Green Bay, WI), David Cook (Scene Shop Supervisor), Elizabeth Galba (Costume Shop Supervisor) (Cascade, WI), Cody Von Ruden (Wardrobe Head, Makeup Crew) (Cashton, WI), Katy Kluever (Menasha, WI) and Cody Galligan (Campbellsport, WI) (Wardrobe Crew), Zeb Burks (Sound Technician) (Ettrick, WI), Scene Shop Practicum Students (Carpenters and Costume Technicians), (Electricians and Paint Crew).

Tickets for It’s A Wonderful Life range from $25 to $35. Special pricing for UWGB students is $20. To purchase tickets.


Jazz concert, this Saturday

We’ll have more details in our next issue, but don’t forget the Jazz and Vocal Jazz concert this Saturday (Nov. 14) at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre, in Theatre Hall. Performing will be Jazz Ensemble II under the direction of Adam Gaines, and Jazz I and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by John Salerno, both professors of music.

‘Chalk Walls’: Union graphics student wins regional best in show

A dozen students and staff from the University Union attended the Region V ACUI (Association of College Unions-International) conference in Minneapolis last weekend. The Union’s marketing and promotions team had eight entries in the graphics competition, with designs that dominated the competition. Among them:

• Logan Sprangers, first place in the Multipage Publication Design category for the Spring Good Times Programming booklet;

• Ranita Haanen, second place in Brochure Design for the Great Beginnings Week foldable brochure;

• Sprangers, second place in the Poster category for his promotion of the visiting lecturer Anita Sarkeesian, who spoke on women’s image in gaming, last April;
• Kimmy Schwarzenbart won first for her chalk wall art in the Phoenix Club in the Large Media Design category. 
Schwarzenbart’s Chalk Walls designs then went on to win “best of show” for the entire Graphics Contest for ACUI Region V.


‘Chalk Walls’: Union graphics student wins regional best in show

graphics-awardsA dozen students and staff from the University Union attended the Region V ACUI (Association of College Unions-International) conference in Minneapolis last weekend. The Union’s marketing and promotions team had eight entries in the graphics competition, with designs that dominated the competition. Among them:

• Logan Sprangers, first place in the Multipage Publication Design category for the Spring Good Times Programming booklet;
• Ranita Haanen, second place in Brochure Design for the Great Beginnings Week foldable brochure;
• Sprangers, second place in the Poster category for his promotion of the visiting lecturer Anita Sarkeesian, who spoke on women’s image in gaming, last April;
• Kimmy Schwarzenbart won first for her chalk wall art in the Phoenix Club in the Large Media Design category.

Schwarzenbart’s Chalk Walls designs then went on to win “best of show” for the entire Graphics Contest for ACUI Region V.

One million: Kress Events Center nears user milestone

kress-fitness-wingSome time Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 4, 2015), the Kress Events Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will record its one-millionth fitness-and-recreation patron visit.

Jeff Krueger, director of operations, says he and Kress staff members will pay close attention to the count Wednesday as it nears 1,000,0000. They’re planning to award a prize package with gift certificates and apparel to the lucky patron whose check-in at the front desk via card swipe accounts for reaching the milestone, almost eight years to the day since the facility’s opening.

Student fitness and recreation facilities at UW-Green Bay took a giant leap forward with the grand opening of the Kress on Nov. 3, 2007. The facility was additionally lauded for providing a suitable home for Phoenix Athletics including women’s basketball and volleyball. The $33 million project was constructed through a partnership led by students, who committed $15 million through higher fees. The state of Wisconsin provided $7.5 million in taxpayer support contingent upon the University realizing more than $11 million in community donations, with The George F. Kress Foundation of Green Bay providing the lead private gift.

Krueger says the one-millionth visit milestone is not merely an estimate. It is an actual electronic count of users — primarily UW-Green Bay students but also faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and community members — reflecting only those who enter the Kress and register at the front desk for recreation/fitness or student-athlete purposes. It does not include attendance at sporting events, commencement ceremonies, concerts, conferences or other special events.

During its busy first week in November 2007 the Kress recorded 3,764 individual user visits, a number that remained relatively constant even as the initial wave of excitement subsided. Krueger says the facility now averages between 4,000 and 4,600 user visits per week when school is in session during the cold-weather months. The single-week “record” was set with 4,719 visits recorded Feb. 2-8, 2014, a particularly bitter stretch during Green Bay’s coldest winter in a century.

kress-fitness-classFor the most recent academic year, the Kress Center documented usage by 3,063 unique student users. On a campus with roughly 2,000 residents in student housing, Krueger says, that figure indicates that participation by commuter students in fitness and recreation activities is significant. The 3,063 students who used the Kress at least once during the 2014-15 school year represent more than two-thirds (69.4 percent) of the 4,411 UW-Green Bay students who completed all or nearly all of their courses in person, on campus. (Another 2,000 or so UWGB students are enrolled primarily through online or distance-learning offerings.)

Exit surveys of graduating seniors now show a marked turnaround in student satisfaction with UW-Green Bay’s fitness and recreation facilities.

In 2005, before the Kress-related expansion of the cramped, outdated Phoenix Sports Center had begun, only 52 percent of respondents indicated they had used the PSC. Those familiar with the facility gave it an overall grade of 2.6 (a C+) on a 4-point scale, lowest-rated among the 20 or so services and offices listed.

In the 2014 survey, recent graduates rated the Kress highest — at 3.7 on a 4.0 scale — ahead of other well-regarded campus services including the library, computer center, student health center and American Intercultural Center, among others. Respondents familiar with the facility climbed to 65 percent.

Krueger says participation in intramural competition has also climbed dramatically since the Kress opened. Last year, 1,001 individuals took part, with most participating in multiple sports, yielding 4,021 team “participations” over the year. The latter figure is more than double the comparable number from the year before the Kress opened.

National surveys have shown that two-thirds of prospective college students say campus fitness and recreation facilities are a factor in choosing a university, and those who study student retention say stress reduction, physical fitness and the social aspect of intramurals and workouts increase student satisfaction and improve retention.

Kress Center Fun Facts

Honors — Recognized as one of the top 20 “Most Impressive College Gyms and Student Recreation Centers” by Best Value Schools in November 2013.
kress-tread-millsHigh-mileage — The eight Woodway treadmills located on the cardio deck of the Schreiber Foods Fitness Center date to the KEC’s opening in 2007. Combined, they have logged a total of more than 278,000 miles “traveled” by KEC patrons, equivalent to running the circumference of the Earth (24,901 miles) at least 11 times.
An acre of wood flooring — The KEC has 53,679 sq. ft. of wood floors throughout the facility. The breakdown: Events Center, 17,460 sq. ft.; Dick Bennett Gym, 11,155; Aerobics Room, 1,768; East and West gyms, 20,896; racquetball courts, 2,400. (An acre is 43,560 square feet.)
Tons of fun — The Fitness Center offers nearly 15 tons of weights —29,708.5 lbs., to be precise — with 12,422.5 lbs. of plates, 9,126 lbs. of dumbbells, and 8,160 lbs. of “stacks.”
H2O in abundance — The Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium pool contains 360,000 gallons of water, enough to flood the hardwood floor of the 4,000-seat Events Center nearly three feet deep — too deep for basketball, too shallow for water polo… and not good for the floor.
Canoe Battleship is new water sport — Student Life and the student-funded Good Times Programming group purchased the canoes so that, in spring 2015, the first bring-your-own-pails, sink-your-opponent student competition was held in the KEC pool. “It was a huge hit.”
A lot of competition — 1,438 intramural games were played at UW-Green Bay in 2014-15, involving 590 different teams.
Multiple sports, multiple options — Sports competition takes place in numerous sports and, often, various sub-categories (outdoor leagues, indoor leagues; men’s, women’s or co-rec; A and B leagues; singles, doubles, 5-on-5, etc. Sports include basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, soccer, trenchball, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, futsal, tennis, racquetball, badminton, pickleball, handball, field polo, broom hockey, wallyball, wiffleball, golf, bag toss, ragball, spikeball, kan jam, floor hockey (new) and the aforementioned canoe battleship.
Fitness classes popular — The Kress averages more than 9,000 fitness “participations” per year. This fall the Kress has 36 weekly group fitness classes in 21 different formats weekly: Ab Lab, Aqua Aerobics, Barre Sculpt, Bunns & Gunns, Butts & Gutts, Cardio Sculpt, Drum Aerobics, Full Body Hooping, Just Dance, Kickboxing, PiYo™, Powerhouse, Rock Your Body, Sunrise Stretching, Sunrise Strength, Toning Circuits, Just Dance, Kickboxing, Turbokick™, Yoga, Yoga for Relaxation, Zumba™, and 30/30.
• Climbing numbers climb — After a few years of declining participation, 2014-15 rebounded to be the second best year for students tackling the center’s climbing tower since the Kress opened in 2007. This fall, the tower has recorded 760 total climbing sessions over the first nine weeks of the semester, a record pace.
Long hours — The Kress Events Center is open 98.5 hours per week for fitness and recreation.

More Facility Facts

The Kress Events Center opened in November 2007 and represented a massive expansion of the existing Phoenix Sports Center, which dated to 1976. The $33 million project tripled the size of the old PSC (which had 75,000 square feet) to nearly 250,000 square feet.

Schreiber Foods Fitness Center
— 14,000 square feet fitness center
— 1,768 square feet aerobics and martial arts studio with dance/ballet bars, mirrors
— Cardio theater deck with four 50-inch plasma TVs
— Three-lane elevated jogging/walking track, 1/12 mile
kress-climbing-wall— 28-foot-tall rock climbing tower with contoured surface, 6 climbing stations
Over 800 sq. ft. of contoured climbing surface, with 9” relief.
Weights Area
— 19 Magnum weight machines
— 10 Free Motion weight machines
— 8 pieces of Life Fitness Hammer Strength plate-loaded equipment
Cardio Theater Deck
— 8 Woodway Treadmills
— 8 Precor ellipticals
— 6 Precor bikes
— 2 Precor AMT’s
— 4 Precor steppers
— 1 Stairmaster step mill
— 2 Life Fitness ellipticals
— 4 Life Fitness bikes
— 2 Life Fitness steppers
— 4 Cybex arc trainers
— 2 Concept rowing machines
— 4 Kaiser bikes
— 1 Sci Fit ergometer
— 3 station Versa Climber
Indoor Turf Gym
— 12,000 square feet
— Field Turf surface (same as the Packers’ Don Hutson Center)
— Batting cage
— Practice space for Phoenix soccer, softball… green space for open recreation… intramural use by soccer, flag football, wiffleball, frisbee
kress-weight-roomEast and West Gyms
— Four basketball courts or four volleyball courts
— Used mainly for open recreation and intramurals
Dick Bennett Gym
— Primary practice facility for Phoenix Men’s Basketball, also used by volleyball and women’s basketball
— Used for open recreation and intramurals
— Equipped with two Daktronics scoreboards for practice and intramural use
Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium (Pool)
— 8-Lane, 25-Meter Olympic size competition pool
— 1-, 3-, and 5-meter diving boards
— Used primarily for Phoenix swimming teams, recreation and lap swimming, swim lessons, scuba classes
Kress Events Center’s 4,000-seat events center
— Primary competition and practice facility for Phoenix women’s basketball and volleyball programs.
— Hosts University events including Commencement and FOCUS, community events including high school graduation ceremonies and tournaments, visiting speakers
— Lower Bowl seating capacity is 1,370; Upper Bowl capacity is 2,586; dedicated, barrier-free wheelchair and companion seating on mezzanine level for at least 44.
— Maple hardwood flooring
— Main competition court was dedicated Carol’s Court in 2007 to honor longtime UWGB and Phoenix Athletics supporter Carol Bush
— Large video and scoreboard display (on east wall) measures 34 by 17 feet, weighs 7,000 pounds, with video screen measuring more than 7×10 feet in size.

Events hosted since 2007
Among the thousands of events the Kress has hosted since its grand opening in fall 2007 are numerous Green Bay Phoenix Athletics events (including women’s basketball and volleyball home games), as well as Private Dedication Dinner on the Carol’s Court basketball floor, Oct. 2007; Grand Opening Concert featuring Switchfoot, Relient K, Ruth, Nov. 2007; eight consecutive Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournaments; UW-Green Bay Freshman Welcome, annually; UW-Green Bay Spring Commencement, annually; Southwest, West, East high school graduations, since 2008; Barack Obama presidential campaign appearance, 2008; Shawano Sundrop Shoothout holiday basketball tourneys, since 2009; WIAA girls and boys basketball tournaments; 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion sendoff (2011), homecoming (2012); The Lambeau Leap Gymnastics Meet, since 2013. The center has also hosted the annual Jingle Bell Run fundraiser, National History Day Competition involving local schoolchildren, the WPS Solar Olympics, Special Olympics events, the UW-Green Bay Pow-Wow, local swim and meets, and various private and corporate gatherings.

Help call our prospects

Admissions and Academic Affairs are teaming up to invite faculty, staff and friends to help high school seniors apply to college. These particular students are special because while they have expressed an interest in UW-Green Bay, they haven’t yet formally applied. Admissions would like to have an application push for the month leading up to Thanksgiving. If you can donate some time to call prospective students, you will have a list, script and FAQ’s to work from. You can call during the day or in the evenings at home, work, or in the Admissions Office. “We have a student/staff call team that calls from the Admissions Office every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. If you’re able to help encourage students who have already expressed an interest in UWGB to apply, please email Jen Jones, Director of Admissions.

Bet you didn’t know: Assorted facts, figures from ‘non-trads’

The UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Program will join in observing “National Nontraditional Student Week” Nov. 2-6. Among the activities will be soliciting non-trads to nominate faculty or staff members who have made a difference in their lives, to tweet selfies of themselves doing schoolwork at work or home, an honor society induction ceremony, and prize drawings. Meanwhile, ADP shares these facts:

• 29% (1,782) of current students at UWGB are non-traditional

• The average GPA of non-traditional students is 3.52

• Average credit load is 9.5 credits per semester

• The average age of non-traditional students at UWGB is 34

• 635 non-traditional students at UWGB are from Brown County

Faculty members can nominate a non-traditional student to highlight

Also part of Nontraditional Student Week, faculty members can nominate a favorite non-traditional student for recognition.


Innovative teaching methods lead to heartfelt relationships, practical learning

It started out as an idea, and worked into a cross-campus, cross-disciplinary, cross-town collaboration with deep relational benefits and stories that span and can be shared for generations to come.

class-unityThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay class, HUS 483: Documenting Memory, involves students working on multiple projects in oral history and story collection. Led by English Prof. Rebecca Meacham, in coordination with Social Work Professor Gail Trimberger, UW-Green Bay English, Education and Humanistic Studies majors worked with interns from UWGB’s Social Work program to document the lives of Unity palliative patients. Students met with interview subject multiple times, interviewed them, and created transcripts and audio files for the UWGB archives. Unity-partnered students prepared a full-color, hardbound, professionally printed Life Journal, which was proudly presented to the patient.

unity-presents-book“I knew walking in that going out to document a 92 year-old’s life story would be life changing,” reflected UWGB student Hannah Stepp. “Having only lived 21 years myself, adding another 70 years gives you plenty more stories to tell and lessons to share. I think the most moving moment of it all was learning that no matter how many years you’ve lived, there are still moments or people or conversations that ignite feelings that are still very raw. My interviewee in particular began to cry when talking about a member of her family who had been deployed, and it was incredible to me that 70 years after this had occurred it still could bring tears.”

English major Jamie Stahl worked as a photographer throughout the project and said the impact was profound.

“Life-changing seems such a hollow term, but the best under the circumstances,” she said, after sitting in on a number of interviews. “It truly opened my eyes to the treasure of each life, the value in truly listening to another, and the wealth gained in such an exchange. The Documenting Memories class is one I have discussed endlessly in my home community as revolutionary for students, but it also works towards building and valuing the community in which we live. As a future English teacher this will be a lesson I hope to bring a version of into my own classroom!”

unity-second-photoStepp said the experience provided a new perspective for her. As one who is busy with with Student Government, volunteering, school and a job, she said the experience taught her to slow down.

“In my crazy busy life I forgot to slow down and really appreciate my life and observe what is going on around me,” she said. “Life moves so quickly, and one day if you’re lucky like my interviewee, you get to sit back and reminisce on those times. Don’t let it fly past you. I talk about this project nearly every day to my friends and family, because it really had an impact, and I told my interviewee this when we last talked.”

Other members of the class partnered with military veterans, as well as UWGB alumni and notable community liaisons, providing them with similar opportunities. University Archivist Deb Anderson worked with the class as well. The class will be offered again in Spring 2016.

Photos by UWGB student Jamie Stahl and Prof. Rebecca Meacham
Top photo: UWGB student Katie Nieman and Delores, a Unity palliative respite patient
Second photo: Rebecca Meacham (left) and Deb Anderson (second left) with the Documenting Memories class
Third photo: Nieman presents Delores with the life journal she made for her; Lizzie, a Unity Hospice social worker is to the right
Fourth photo: From left to right, Delores, Nieman, Meacham, and Unity’s Christy Brozak

‘Difference’ destinations include Sanctuary, Baird Creek, neighborhoods

View selected photos from Friday afternoon’s Make a Difference Day activities on Flickr.

As part of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary celebration, more than 300 students, faculty and staff will participate in Make a Difference Day activities, October 23 and 24. The UWGB contingent will volunteer 1,000 hours of service Friday, October 23 at a number of sites in the community between 1:30 and 4 p.m. including Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Baird Creek, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Green Bay Botanical Garden. Also, a large number of students will be taking part in the Volunteer Center’s “Neighborhood Volunteer Connection” — hand-delivering thousands of letters throughout Green Bay in an effort to recruit volunteers who will in turn assist seniors and people with disabilities remain independent and in their homes longer.

Volunteer Center director mentions UWGB in TV interview

Michael Schwartz-Oscar, executive director of the Brown County Volunteer Center, went on WFRV TV-5’s afternoon program recently to talk about “Make a Difference Day” activities with host Kris Schuler. He offers background on the Volunteer Center and mentions how several hundred UW-Green Bay students have signed up for this Friday to help recruit even more community volunteers.