Weidner Philharmonic looks to build on successful inaugural season

The inaugural 2019-2020 Weidner Philharmonic season was one that “exceeded expectations.”

Showcasing two incredible shows, “The New World Symphony for a New Symphony” on Sep. 28, 2019 and “Casablanca – An American Classic with Live Orchestrations” on Feb. 22, 2020, the Weidner Philharmonic orchestra featured the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty, and the accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region playing in the outstanding acoustics of the Weidner Center’s Cofrin Family Hall.

Kelli Strickland, executive and artistic director at the Weidner Center, anticipates positive growth moving into next season. “The inaugural season of the Weidner Philharmonic surpassed our expectations. For a new orchestra, the players meshed quickly, delivering a very pleasing quality of musicianship. And the audiences were so enthusiastic.” Strickland says to watch for a new season announcement in April that could include

Marketing office window decorations

Everyone wins in Homecoming Week Window Decorating Contest

Thanks to members of the campus communities who took part in the Homecoming Window Decorating Contest. UW-Green Bay’s Office of Marketing and University Communication earned first-place recognition with the theme, “Who in the world said that?” with memorable quotes from well known UW-Green Bay alumni. Alumni and Advancement took second and GBOSS was third.

Here is the full list of quotes:

  • “Once upon a time, I attended a UW-Green Bay basketball camp—and never left.”
    – Susie Klaubauf Bodilly ‘82 ’96, member of the Phoenix Hall of Fame; Director of Content & Media Relations, UW-Green Bay
  • “I didn’t think I needed the spotlight or wanted the spotlight but it was there.”
    – Nancy (Ably) Deprey ‘70, First commencement graduate
  • “When they came over to grab me, and someone got under my mask and was choking me in the madness.
    – Mike Pritzl ‘95, Former “Phlash the Pheonix”
  • “It’s kind of fun to prove people wrong. I like the challenge.”
    – Dr. Tina M. Sauerhammer-Dean ‘99, Reconstructive Surgeon, (Member of the surgical team that performed the first-ever full face transplant in the United States in 2011.)
  • “I’ve made a career of, you know, dealing with waste.”
    – John Kater ‘91, Dean, College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • “I have more than I need. I’m blessed beyond what I deserve.”
    – Tony Bennett ’92, Virginia Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • “My art career started through crime.”
    – Beau Thomas ’16, Green Bay local artist
  • “The world is moving fast. Whoever leads change will win.”
    – Mark King ‘81, CEO of Taco Bell
  • “My heart will forever be in Green Bay!!!”
    – Mehryn Kraker ’16, basketball player for the Gipuzkoa Basket of the Liga Dia
  • “Growing up on the west side of Chicago, it’s real easy to get sidetracked.”
    – Alfonzo McKinnie ’15, Forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • “Are U OpenWorking, or stuck in the Model T days?”
    – Kathleen E. Christensen ’73, Chairman on the Board of Directors of OpenWork
  • “Then I get the bad news… it’s not even Christmas yet. Santa Claus is coming to town!!!! I want to warn the kids… You better watch out!!!! But then I figure maybe he’ll eat them instead of me and he won’t be hungry anymore.….And that’s how you get to be a cartoonist.”
    – Mike Grell, Comic book writer
  • “With 0% of the vote turned in, I am in a tie for first place.  That’s not bad.”
    – Nick Mortensen ’01, Comedian and Motivational Speaker
  • “Good study habits, focus, the ability to handle multiple projects… those things serve you well. My education helped establish that pattern early in life.”
    – Mike Jackson ‘76, President and COO of Supervalu
  • “I have a very strong opinion that brands get in trouble when they lose focus of who they are. And we’re not going to let that happen.”
    – Jill Lajdziak ‘76, President and CEO at Penske Vehicle Services
  • “Life is so precious, be grateful for every day and treat it as a gift.”
    – Tosaint Ricketts ’08, Professional Soccer Player for the Vancouver WhiteCaps and the Canadian National Team
  • “What we do is not a thrill ride. It’s a means to provide an educational experience that cannot be achieved any other way.”
    – Patti Chevalier ‘83, Owner and Operator of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
  • “There is little doubt that our environmental focus and philosophy grew from our experience at UW-Green Bay. It’s a part of everything we do.”
    – Dave Chevalier ‘77, Owner and Operator of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
  • I am not going to be defined by my failures, but I will allow them to shape and motivate me.”
    -Benjamin L. Kvalo ‘10, Global Project Manager for 2K.
  • “What you’re doing right now will manifest into great things.”
    -Megan Lukan ‘15, Canadian multi-sport athlete (2016 Olympian in Rugby)
  • “If you are constantly surrounded by the same people and things, you can’t expect new opportunities to just show up. So don’t wait for opportunities to find you, create them. Actively seek them out.”
    -Joseph J. Carrol ‘97, Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • “To create activity, we needed to create a place. A lot of work can be done digitally, now, but we still need a space like this to focus activity, to show people they can do it here.”
    -Craig S. Dickman ‘82, founder of Breakthrough Fuel and managing director of Packers and Microsoft innovation hub at Titletown Tech
  • “I am passionate about the health and welfare of our children.”
    -Laura L. Hollingsworth ‘89, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Opry Entertainment Group – Ryman Hospitality Properties
  • “I never give up the belief that people can reinvent themselves.”
    -William E. Hanrahan, ‘82, Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial Administrative District, encompassing Dane, Green, Lafayette, and Rock counties in South-central Wisconsin
  • “Our goal was to provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to go to work just like we do. It was more than about having a job and a paycheck, it was an opportunity for them to be with their peers, feel pride in what they do and live more independently.”
    -Ronald C. Opicka ‘70, Former CEO of East Shore Industries
  • “Life goals that are identified will be scrutinized for practicality, for support and for achievement.
    -Urla Barrow ‘83, CEO of Hycinth’s Place

 

 

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Homecoming Displays 2020

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication