STEM Center Rocket Launch

Launch pad: STEM Innovation Center is already on a rapidly ascending trajectory

How else to launch a newly minted innovation center? With rockets, of course.

Truth be told, these rockets that wouldn’t cause Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos to lose any sleep.

In true Eco U tradition, these extremely sustainable projectiles were propelled by air pressure and contained grass seed, to “compost” upon landing. The prevailing winds blew all three rockets onto the roof of the building so they could be later reclaimed and repurposed as mementos of the event.

What was more remarkable was the rockets’ origins—created in the new maker’s space of The Edison Center within the Brown County STEM Innovation Center located on the UW- Green-Bay campus. A long name for a building and program a long time in the making.

Also true to UW-Green Bay’s “communiversity” roots was a nod gratitude to community members, from government, the private sector, not-for-profits, academia, staff and students.

It’s going to be a busy place—63,730 square feet with the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; Extension Brown County; Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation Department and The Einstein Project, all under one roof.

In his remarks, Joel Brennan, deputy in the Department of Administration spoke of the importance of the very unscientific but transformative power of generosity.

“The essence of generosity is when we’re doing things that future students, innovators and global problem-solvers that will not only touch Green Bay but be felt around the world.”

John Katers, twenty-plus year UW-Green Bay employee and dean of the college, commemorated the first day with a quick history lesson. “This is first new building put on this campus since 2001. Plus the Resch School of Engineering has been decades in the making. We were buying into a vision.”

He even offered extra credit to the students in attendance, “I see we have some students here today. They’re ringing the upper deck. They’re putting their trust in the University, too. Student success is our number one priority at the University of Green Bay.”

He must have meant it—he said it twice.

And if the Engineering students in attendance were feeling the pressure as 21st-century global problem solvers, they weren’t showing it. They were just happy to show off their cool new building to their guests. And with the School of Engineering hitting its five-year enrollment target in two years, there’s no sign of this upward trajectory trailing off any time soon.

Story by Michael Shaw; photo by Dan Moore


Talented Michigan and Wisconsin cast and crew announced for Theatre on the Bay’s comedy ‘Reckless’

Performances will run Nov. 15 to 17 and 22 to 24, 2019, with Friday and Saturday curtains at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Marinette, Wis. — “Reckless,” a comedy written by Craig Lucas and directed by Theatre on the Bay’s Artistic Director Rebecca Stone Thornberry (Marinette), takes Theatre on the Bay audiences on a wild ride this November across multiple Christmases as Rachel (Allison Caves, Porterfield) discovers what happens when you lose—and find—yourself.

Rachel finds out that her husband Tom (Noah Steffen, Menominee) has hired a hitman to kill her on Christmas Eve, and she runs for her life. Taken in by kind-hearted Lloyd (Glenn Sellen, Sobieski), and his paraplegic wife Pooty (Cassidy MacArthur, Menominee), Rachel becomes an honorary member of a new family. But she soon discovers that her new friends and new life are not what they seem.

The cast also includes many talented actors in multiple roles: Tyrus Cretens (Marinette) as Roy, First Doctor, First Derelict and the Receptionist; Kenan Pulver (Menominee) as the Second and Fifth Doctors; Gary Scholz Sr. (Menominee) as the Fourth Doctor; Patrick Mines (Peshtigo) as Game Show Host Tim Timko; Avery Katzbeck (Marinette) as Trish and Talk Show Host; Journey Sundberg as Sue, Woman Patient, Third Doctor and Second Derelict; and Catie Kramer (Lena) as the Sixth Doctor. The production staff includes scenic and sound designer John Thornberry (Marinette), lighting designer Chris Weber (Crivitz) and costume designer Annalisa Mines (Peshtigo).

“Reckless” will be presented on the Nancy Gehrke Stage in the Herbert L. Williams Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus,750 West Bay Shore Street. Performances will run Nov. 15 to 17 and 22 to 24, 2019, with Friday and Saturday curtains at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for patrons 65 and older, $10 for non-UW-Green Bay students and free to current UW-Green Bay students from all campuses with their campus ID.

Tickets for reserved seats for “Reckless” are on sale now at Tickets may also be purchased at the theatre box office one hour before every performance. Patrons are advised that this production will contain moments of mature language and an instance of simulated gun violence. For additional information, contact the main office at the Marinette Campus at 715-735-4301.

Photo: Allison Caves  (left) and Catie Kramer (right).