With a nod to vision, leadership, innovation and collaboration, the ribbon was cut for the new Breakthrough® Studio space on the third floor of the David A. Cofrin Library, at UW-Green Bay. Library Director Paula Ganyard said she is thrilled about the space which became popular with students as soon as it opened.
It features unique and colorful furniture and work spaces for small groups and independent studying. Artwork by four UW-Green Bay artists — Adam Fulwiler, Blair Wautlet, Brianna Fischer, and Paige Nordstorm — adorn the walls.
“We truly hope that this space will give students, faculty, staff and community members a place to come together to work collaboratively, to debate ideas, work through problems, and hopefully, be as innovative as the company that supported this project — Breakthrough® Fuel,” Ganyard said.
More than 80 supporters joined Ganyard, Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Breakthrough® Fuel founder and CEO Craig Dickman, Jan. 26, as they formally dedicated the space. Breakthrough® Fuel, a global transportation energy management firm located in downtown Green Bay, sponsored the space.
Miller commended the leadership of Ganyard and the vision she and other University leaders have for new ways of inspiring creativity and engaging and educating today’s students.
“I also want to express my gratitude to Craig Dickman and Breakthrough Fuel,” Miller said. “Craig is also a supporter of our veteran’s lounge and serves as a member of our Council of Trustees. His vision as a business leader is helping us expand our vision of what this University, this city and this region, can be.”
Breakthrough Fuel employs 10 UW-Green Bay alumni, spanning five generations of graduates dating back to the 70s.
“This has been a special project for our team, and a project we could really connect with because of the nature of the space,” Dickman said. “We hope the space will be used well and used often.”
As the plaque reads, “Let creativity and innovation fill this space.”
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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication