Wow, what an event! Thousands of kids from Brown County will be heading back to school with new clothes and supplies, thanks to the Service League of Green Bay. UW-Green Bay volunteers and members of the campus community were happy hosts. On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the organization partnered with the University and hundreds of volunteers to hold its 26th annual Back to School Store. It was the first time on the Green Bay campus, and it was a year in the making. On the day of the event, students are assigned a personal shopper, who helps them pick out a backpack and fill it with school supplies, and select an entire outfit of their choosing. Free vision and dental screenings were also offered. Thank you to the more than 800 volunteers. See the photos!
On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, friends of the University gathered to thank the generous donors who helped bring the Viking House to UW-Green Bay. Among them, Owen and Elspeth Christianson, who built and donated the Viking House, rebuilding it on the UW-Green Bay campus in fall of 2017; and Tom Olson, who provided funding to help with the Viking House relocation in honor of his father, Harry Olson.
The dedication plaques will remain on the exterior of the building:
The Viking House Donated by Owen and Elspeth Christianson This “grindbygg” or Norwegian trestle-framed house, was given to UW-Green Bay by Owen and Elspeth Christianson in 2017 in recognition of the History faculty’s dedication to applied learning and experiential archaeology. The house is similar to those houses in Norway more than a thousand years ago during the Viking Age and is a testament to the Christiansons’ love of learning while sharing their passion with the UW-Green Bay community.
The Viking House is sponsored by Tom Olson in honor of his father, a proud Norseman. Harry O. Olson May 23, 1921 – May 9, 2006 Born in to a Norwegian-American family, Harry was raised on a farm near Postville, Iowa. Proud of his Norwegian heritage, he spoke the language fluently and was a member of the Sons of Norway and Numedal Lag. He was a World War II Army veteran and a respected Green Bay attorney. He lived a life of service to his family, church, clients and community.
“Takk, Far. mange tusen takk.” (Translation: “Thank you, father. Many thousand thanks.”
Camp Lloyd, a week-long day camp for children ages 7 to 14 who are grieving the loss of loved ones, returned to UW-Green Bay, June 24-29, 2018. Camp Lloyd provides a safe and fun environment for children to learn they’re not alone in dealing with grief. It gives campers time to explore their own experiences of grief, realize their feelings are normal and find support from one another.
Popular activities that have been a part of camp include daily healing circles, arts and crafts, singing songs and playing music, tie-dying, quiddich, swimming, Bay Beach, kayaking, drum circles, archery and many more.
The Camp Lloyd staff included 30 UW-Green Bay student “buddies” who form special bonds with the campers. This year 4/5 grief therapists were former Camp Lloyd Buddies who have gone on to graduate school in clinical psychology, school psychology or counseling.
Camp Lloyd started as a dream of UW-Greeen Bay Professor Illene Cupit (Human Development). The camp is funded by the generosity of UW-Green Bay, community donors and the Green Bay Packers.
Members of campus and community joined together to host 150 seventh-grade students from Riverview Middle School, Plymouth, Wis., on May 3, 2018. Four community groups joined UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman (Humanities) at the Viking House, to teach history through fun, hands-on learning activities. Among them: Women from the Sons of Norway joined History faculty members to teach Norwegian culture; Mark Hawkins from Hands On Deck taught the kids basic wood working; members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms helped prepare medieval flat cakes; and Ric Furrer, known worldwide among blacksmiths for his sword-making craft, also helped mentor the students.
That same day, the Riverview Middle School students took part in a number of science labs, with Associate Dean Amanda Nelson (College of Science, Engineering and Technology) leading that portion of the visit. Assistant Profs Maruf Hossain, Jagadeep Thota, Mohammad Mahfuz, and Riaz Uddin Ahmed assisted students in building and programming LEGO Mindstorm Robots. Associate Profs. Dan Meinhardt and Amanda Nelson led anatomical dissections. Joe Schoenebeck provided physics demos and led a brief tour of Lab Sciences.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program celebrated 15 years. Can you believe it?! Check out the photos of the April 26, 2018 celebration reception and the video, which includes reflections by co-founders of the program — Cyndie Shepard and Ginny Riopelle — and features many who have been involved with the program through the years. Among the guests were Mary Ann Anderson, a former principal who was with Riopelle and Shepard on that momentous day, 16 years ago, when a fifth-grader told Riopelle and Shepard that he had no hope for a path which led to college.
In an extremely well-attended event, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology hosted a reception celebrating student scholarships and donors, March 29, 2018 in the Phoenix Room, University Union.
In the College,
119 students received scholarships
125 scholarships were awarded (some students received more than one)
$155,649 in donor scholarship funds were distributed
Students from the UW-Green Bay student organization Making Arts Matter, spent time recently in the State Capitol with Prof. Ellen Rosewall (Arts Management) talking to legislators about the value and benefit of the arts.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn more about what’s happening in the arts in Wisconsin, to meet arts leaders and to talk with their legislators. In preparation, Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, came to visit ahead of the visit and talked with the students, giving them the basics of advocacy and what we are currently advocating for,” Rosewall said.
Many of the students who could not attend wrote postcards and letters to elected officials. Some of the postcards the students made were for our federal officials, and Katz hand-delivered them when she attended National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.
“It was (recently) announced that Congress is proposing a $3 million increase in the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts — so the UW-Green Bay students were a part of a much larger advocacy effort that the students can see is paying off,” Rosewall said.
The students were recognized at the opening plenary (there was also a group from UW-Stevens Point) and as part of Anne Katz’s opening remarks, she shared one of the postcards drawn by UW-Green Bay student Taylor Tess. The students met with Dave Hansen, Rob Cowles, and the chief of staff for John Macco — all of them seemed impressed not only with the students but their poise and knowledge, according to Rosewall — and with the outlook for the arts in Wisconsin.
“One special thing for me was that there were several people attending Arts Day who were grads of our program and now working in arts management around the state. I asked several to join us for lunch and they talked about their jobs.” Among them: Kenzie Tresize (development and marketing associate, Wisconsin School Music Association), Kristina Coopman (program director, River Arts, Prairie du Sac), Laura Schley (Green Bay Public Art Coordinator), Staci Mincks (executive director, Mosaic Arts Inc.), Lynn Schemm (creative coordinator, Appleton Downtown) and Rose DeHut (executive director, Center for Visual Arts, Wausau). “It was so wonderful for the students to see successful alumni and hear how much they valued their time at UWGB!”
Craig A. Mueller Scholarship recipients came together to honor the late Craig Mueller ’71 (Humanism and Cultural Change) and his generosity in creating scholarships for Art, Music, Theater and Communication students, and the Phuture Phoenix program.
Marcia Mueller, Craig’s sister, made the trip from Seattle to Green Bay, as she does annually, to help celebrate Craig’s lasting legacy and impact. At the event at the Weidner Center, senior Communication major Hannah Koerner spoke on behalf of her fellow scholarship recipients and as to the impact these scholarships have on UW-Green Bay students’ lives and the opportunities they present.
“Without scholarships, I would not have the ability to be so involved, which has made the person I am today,” she said. “Through my involvement both on campus and in the community, I have transformed from an unsure college freshman to someone who has been given the skill to succeed wherever life takes me.”
The UW-Green Bay campus community and service people gathered Wednesday (March 21, 2018) for an open house celebrating the grand opening of the Veteran’s Lounge in its new location in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, Room 227. A brief program began with remarks from Chancellor Gary L. Miller. Vets 4 Vets president Nic Cravillion took the podium to express gratitude to the space’s sponsors, Craig and Karen Dickman, and presented them with a gift.
Three community members, who happen to have a penchant for their local public University, spend an hour twice a month, taking orders, stacking, sorting and organizing the Campus Cupboard so that UW-Green Bay students don’t go without.
Suzan Schober Murray, Lise Lotte Gammeltoft and Pat Larsen heard about the Campus Cupboard a year ago. Intrigued about the new effort, Schober reached out to Stacie Christian, to find out more about the Cupboard, which collects donations of food, clothing and household goods, for any UW-Green Bay student or member of the UW-Green by community.
It wasn’t long into the conversation when Schober Murray’s good friends, Gammeltoft and Larsen agreed to join. The three are already engaged with campus as scholarship donors, fans, and through service on committees, but this gave them a hands-on opportunity to make a difference, as well.
“Our first time was last May (2017) after school year complete,” Schober says. “All the dorm food items came to the Cupboard. There were a lot of Ramen noodles.” Since that time they volunteer every two weeks for a couple of hours to stock shelves and organize items.
“It’s also a great opportunity to chat with students and with each other and generally support UWGB in a little different way,” Schober Murray says.
Christian said she is grateful for the help.
“They are very helpful and I certainly like working with them because they work hard and they make it very efficient for me.”
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