Take a Scroll through UW-Green Bay’s Top 16 Moments of 2016

Friends, fans and family of UW-Green Bay have witnessed some monumental moments this year, bashing records, basking in international spotlights and celebrating major accomplishments. Take a scroll through the best moments of 2016 at UW-Green Bay:

Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball teams experience March Madness

030816_GB_v_WSU For the first time since 1994, both Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball teams clinched spots in the NCAA tournament after winning their respective Horizon League tournaments. It was the 18th consecutive Horizon League title for the women!

Campus hosts presidential candidates

25536822403_4d40eea324_b The year 2016 brought prominent presidential figures to campus. In March campus hosted an MSNBC nationally televised Town Hall Meeting hosted by Chris Matthews and featuring now U.S. President Donald Trump. April brought presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to the Kress Events Center. Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine made a visit to campus in November.

Regents recognize Cofrin Library

Library Honored by Regents The UW System’s Board of Regents bestowed the Regents Award for Excellence on the staff of the Cofrin Library on April 8, 2016. This is the UW System’s highest recognition for members of academic staff.

Largest-ever graduating class

2016.05.14-commencement Spring Commencement (May 14, 2016) set University records for both total master’s degrees and total degrees awarded. A total of 953 students where eligible to participate.

Reorganization brings new four college model

4deans After institutional self-reflection, four freestanding colleges have emerged, along with leaders stepping into roles that are among the most significant in the University’s history. The new deans will put business and community priorities front and center as UW-Green Bay grows.

Alumna Olympian takes home bronze

Canadian Rugby Olympic Medalists Former Green Bay women’s basketball standout Megan Lukan and her Canadian Rugby team brought home bronze medals this past summer at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Following a stellar basketball career at UW-Green Bay, Lukan jumped at an offer to return to Canada and play for the national Canadian rugby developmental team (a sport she had given up in high school to focus on basketball.) That led to making the Canadian Rugby Sevens Olympic roster in July and then, of course, winning bronze in August. The Phoenix Family was proud to cheer on their Canadian!

Phoenix painting paves the way for a new tradition

28784281283_e8fb9d16fe_b As a part of FOCUS (First-year Opportunities for UW-Green Bay Students) Orientation, Class of 2020 incoming freshmen painted the first-ever giant Phoenix between the University Union and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall on September 1, 2016. Organizers hope it is the start of a new orientation tradition.

50th Anniversary Mural dedication

Studio Arts Mural On Wednesday, August 24, the campus dedicated the 50th Anniversary Mural by alumnus Beau Thomas (’15). This 12′ by 13′ mural on the exterior of the Studio Arts Building (facing the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts) references scenes from UW-Green Bay’s 50 years of history. The Bluewhale Coffee House, once a Midwest destination for some of America’s leading blues performers, a Ferris wheel — with a nod to the 25-year run of Bayfest; Shorewood Golf Course; the Cofrin Library; the Shoe Tree; Phoenix athletics and the UWGB pep and marching bands, are also featured in the mural.

50th Anniversary Time Capsule dedication

29446082751_33bff2e4b0_b On Wednesday, September 7, a time capsule was dedicated, concluding the University’s 50th anniversary celebration. Among a crowd of University faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and friends, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, University Archivist Deb Anderson, 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Tracy Heaser, Trustee Lou LeCalsey and student Sean Gleason, placed the items that represent UW-Green Bay as it stands today into the new time capsule, not to be opened until 2065.

Largest Phuture Phoenix visit

Phuture Phoenix 2016 On October 14 and 15, a record number of fifth graders participated in Phuture Phoenix Fall tour days at UW-Green Bay. About 1,500 students visited classrooms, residence halls, the Cofrin Library and other parts of campus, and connected with hundreds of UW‑Green Bay student mentors who volunteer as tour guides. Phuture Phoenix tour days are a coordinated effort to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities beyond high school.

Packers Partnership provides opportunities to students and alumni

30544463420_3d4104dcbc_o UW-Green Bay’s role as Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers continued into 2016. The partnership, which began in 2014, has provided unique opportunities for the UW-Green Bay community. In 2016, UW-Green Bay hosted a sold-out Ted Talk-like event called Lambeau Lectures at Lambeau Field in March. In fall, UW-Green Bay veterans and military personnel were honored as they took to the field to present a large American flag during the National Anthem at the Green Bay Packers’ Salute to Service military appreciation game. Additionally, two UWGB alumni had the unique opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Lambeau Field this year.

Military Friendly, again

Veterans Reception For the eighth consecutive year, UW-Green Bay has been deemed a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, Inc, placing UW-Green Bay in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students. Factors that contribute to our ranking include UW-Green Bay’s high enrollment of active-duty and veteran students, a strong student organization (the Vets for Vets Club), a dedicated staff person for active-duty and veterans students’ needs, a dedicated veteran lounge and active programming and outreach efforts.

 Green Bay’s most famous playwright brings his show back to UW-Green Bay

cw_pte-weaa7swa After a run at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Prof. Brian Sutton’s Searching for Romeo returned to where it all began. Sutton is an associate professor at UWGB who teaches English composition and directs the University’s student Writing Center. He wrote both script and music for the play. His New York production was the winner of the 2014 Stage Rights/NYMF Publishing Award, a program of The New York Musical Theatre Festival. As far as we know Sutton is Green Bay’s most famous playwright!

Enrollment records broken

wgs-class-web This year brought UW-Green Bay’s highest enrollment and most diverse fall enrollment to date. UW-Green Bay saw significant gains in minority students, graduate students and “undergraduate specials,” including high school students taking college courses. This enrollment surge went against a UW System trend of lower enrollments.

Voices come together for first-ever Messiah singalong

messiah3 UW-Green Bay Music performs Handel’s Messiah biennially. For the first time in December of 2016, the performance included an audience singalong. Three local high school choirs, Green Bay Choral Artists, Festival Orchestra, and alumni soloists, joined UW-Green Bay choral ensembles for this year’s beautiful, festive performance.

Global Buzz over Snapchat acceptance

p1090571-copy In early December, UW-Green Bay attracted global media attention about its innovative practice of sending snaps on Snapchat to admitted students. It began with local coverage by WBAY and spread rapidly from there, including SeventeenNPR and Good Morning America. Check out the full list of coverage.

Time Capsule Dedication

Time Capsule Dedication launches optimism, forward thinking

A time capsule dedication on Wednesday (Sept. 7) was a joyful conclusion to a year of celebrating UW-Green Bay’s 50-year history and an opportunity for the University to focus on the future.

Among a crowd of University faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and friends, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, University Archivist Deb Anderson, 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Tracy Heaser, Trustee Lou LeCalsey and student Sean Gleason, placed the items that represent UW-Green Bay as it stands today into the new time capsule, not to be opened until 2065.

“Every year, twice, we launch young people into the future, so it’s fitting today that we stand and talk about what we have now, what we might look like in the future…” said Chancellor Miller. “And hopefully, with what we put in this capsule (we demonstrate) great optimism and a great love for this university — the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.”

Archivist Anderson said that the idea to locate the original cornerstone occurred to her when she was perusing the organizing papers of Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner. She found a memo from his facilities manager, Curt Lindem, with a hand-drawn map to the cornerstone, along with a note that indicated that this map was the only source that shared cornerstone’s location. Explains Anderson:

“(Leading up to the 50th Anniversary) facilities staff and I embarked on an adventure to find the cornerstone based on the map.  Most cornerstones are placed in exterior building walls and usually have a brick façade with an engraved date. This was not the case for UWGB. Our cornerstone was placed in the floor in the hallway between Instructional Services and Environmental Sciences buildings. It was buried under a plaque containing an excerpt from Chancellor Weidner’s speech given at the cornerstone ceremony.

Armed with the map and photos of the cornerstone ceremony, we confidently approached unearthing the cornerstone. We knew we were looking for a metal box with the designation UWGB and 1968 on it.  As with many things, it wasn’t that simple. Facilities staff Paul Pinkston, Wayne Chaloupka, Kevin Smith, and Jay Rickaby, undertook the task.  Step one, tackle asbestos. Step two, the drawing wasn’t exactly accurate in its measurements and the box wasn’t where it should be.  We were able to locate the box on the third try!

Now, none of us knew exactly what we would find when we opened the cornerstone.  News coverage in 1968 indicated there were founding campus documents; items from the city and county; and Green Bay Packers’ “memorabilia.” When we opened the cornerstone, we discovered the elements had not been kind to the contents.  We were able to identify most of the items which included an early campus map showing the envisioned growth; an initial course list; documents from the city and county indicating the strong role area leaders played in locating the campus on this site; a key to the city of Green Bay; newspapers from each of the two year centers comprising UWGB (Appleton, Manitowoc, Marinette, and Green Bay); fragments of an advertising pen from University Bank. A disintegrated box which held pen nibs (a joke)…

Oh, and that small Green Bay Packers’ memorabilia…turned out to be a souvenir plate/ash tray from the recently played Super Bowl…the famous Ice Bowl.”

Thoughts soon turned to the next time capsule, not to be opened until 2065 at the 100th Anniversary of UW-Green Bay. The collaborative effort involved many people including Heaser, Prof. Heidi Sherman, chair of the history department; Pinkston, facilities director; Brenda Amenson-Hill, former Dean of Students; student representatives from the history department and student government, and University Archives intern Sean Gleason.”

Gleason was on a committee that decided solicitation methods for content of the new time capsule, and the decision to go with one that would be ultimately located in a sealed cabinet in the Cofrin Library plaza “as a tangible symbol of UWGB history, and continuation of the cornerstone tradition.”

“The vision of the time capsule was to ensure that its contents represented the class of 2015-16 in the most universal and encompassing way possible,” Gleason remarked. “Because an egalitarian approach was desired to collect artifacts and documents, a survey was distributed across the campus community.  History Club students created a fun and creative video to promote participation in the survey.  Individuals were asked to respond to the question “When I think of UWGB I think of….”  And also to suggest objects that might represent their vision…

“As one might expect, some of the survey suggestions were wide ranging, and in some instances, wildly creative. Not everything could safely go in the time capsule or fit.  Water and soil samples for example, although well intentioned and probably useful to the future students, may be best kept away from the other contents, as we learned from our predecessors from 1968.

“Using the survey results, the Time Capsule Planning Committee, determined which items to place in the time capsule to best highlight the 2015-2016 campus to the campus of 2065. The goal was to represent a broad spectrum of the campus and to have some fun at the same time. Hence, you will see representation of geese, trees, and bit of tradition in the form of blue shag carpeting! We also planned ahead…in case the shoe tree is still standing, the time capsule includes a par of Adidas athletic shoes, ready for the throwing! (And the Green Bay Packers donated a Cullen Jenkins autographed Super Bowl back-up jersey).

“One of the most promising and meaningful ideas to go into the time capsule work, was a series of letters.  Individuals in key roles around campus, academic chairs, and executive boards of student organizations were asked to pen a letter to their future counterpart. The premise of the letter was that individuals opening the time capsule in 2065 could gain insight from the past, and make a unique personal connection to a stranger who was once in their shoes.”

Gleason said it was an honor to speak on behalf of students who works so hard to put the capsule together, and that he looks forward to its opening in 2065.

Finally, founding Phoenix soccer Coach, and Chair of UW-Green Bay’s Council of Trustees, Lou LeCalsey III, described what has been like from a community perspective to watch the growth of the University over the past 50 years:

“My reflection on the beginning of this university is that in 1965, Green Bay was selected as the place for the newest UW campus after hard-fought effort between locations here and the Fox Valley,” he said. “The community and its leaders vigorously advocated for and demonstrated understanding of the potential and importance of a UW campus to the economic/social and educational success fo this community and region.”

“It was so exciting to be here to witness the start of the physical elements of this beautiful campus… and thrilling to see the surprisingly smooth transition from the Deckner Avenue facility to this site which has been farm fields and golf course…

“My office was in the former cottage of Curly Lambeau down by the water and Chancellor Weidner’s office in a farmhouse on the property… more importantly, to was so memorable to be with a faculty so energized and excited about the chance to put into place a unique curriculum built around a concept called ‘interdisciplinarity’…

…As we look toward the second 50 years for UWGB, it is my privilege and opportunity to work with all out Trustees, our great faculty, and Chancellor Miller, along with his staff and leadership team, to help enable the actualization of Chancellor Miller’s Vision for the future… a vision based on the cornerstone concepts of transformation, innovation and place… Those concepts form the blueprint for this university to move to a position of even more importance, influence and being a key determinant to the growth and economic/social and educational success of this community, our region and this state.

…I believe…our UWGB will be viewed in 2065 as the recognized benchmark for higher education excellence among all public regional comprehensive university in this state and, indeed, in this nation.”

The time capsule was sealed by the Kevin Smith and Wayne Chaloupka, members of UW-Green Bay’s facilities staff, who also designed and built the cabinet supporting the new time capsule.

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Time Capsule Dedication

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Reminder: Time capsule dedication is noon, tomorrow

Aren’t you curious about what we are going to place in a time capsule until 2065? What wisdom did campus personnel pass on to their counterparts of the future? Please consider stopping by for the time capsule dedication, and a chance to observe a bit of our history and our future. The 50th Anniversary final event is scheduled for noon in the Cofrin Library plaza. More here.

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UW-Green Bay to dedicate Time Capsule on Sept. 7

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will conclude its 50th Anniversary celebration and offer commentary on a vision for its future with dedication of a new time capsule at noon, Wednesday, September 7.

The dedication and program will be held on the plaza level of the David A. Cofrin Library,

UW‑Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Following the celebration, the time capsule will be sealed until the University’s 100th Anniversary in 2065.

Documents and memorabilia from the 50th Anniversary year, as well as pieces of campus history will be enclosed. Some items will be on display prior to sealing. The program includes welcome and remarks from Trustee Louis LeCalsey III, Chancellor Gary L. Miller and student Sean Gleason.

In conjunction with its 50th Anniversary Celebration last year, UWGB personnel opened the original cornerstone to recover a time capsule buried around the time of the University’s founding. The cornerstone is located in the floor between UWGB buildings Instructional Services and Environmental Sciences. The original time capsule was dated April 19, 1968.

The items documented the vision for the new campus in terms of physical plans and curriculum offerings, and emphasized the campus connection to the greater community. It also included city and county publications as well as memorabilia from the Green Bay Packers and Super Bowl I. It included newspapers from the regions with “UW Centers” — Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette, and Appleton, and represented the geographic reach of the new campus. Unfortunately, the original time capsule suffered significant water damage, and many of the contents were significantly damaged.

Plans for a new time capsule project were launched in summer of 2015. Through surveys, campus participants and alumni suggested objects for inclusion in the time capsule. Among the items: a green bandana (signifying campus spirit), a coffee cup from the popular Mary Ann Cofrin Hall coffee cart, a student newspaper, commencement and Weidner Center programs and items from the Green Bay Packers and the Green Bay Phoenix. The new time capsule will also include a photo album of campus images from this year. Members from University Archives, led by University Archivist Deb Anderson, are preparing documents and key items to ensure they stand the test of time in a waterproof environment.

Among unique items will be letters to UW‑Green Bay of the future written by a variety of campus individuals — the chancellor, student government president, faculty chairs, and leaders of student organizations — to their counterparts.

Campus facilities staff members are creating a locked cabinet that will house the new time capsule in the Cofrin Library for the next 50 years.

The event is free and open to the public.


Time Capsule Dedication

You are invited to join campus and community for the time capsule dedication, and with it, the end to the yearlong UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary celebration. The dedication will be held at noon, Sept. 7 on the plaza level of the Cofrin Library. On display will be memorabilia found in the original cornerstone of the University, and the mementoes that will be placed and sealed in the new time capsule to be sealed until the University’s 100th Anniversary celebration in 2065. Chancellor Miller, Trustee Lou LeCalsey III, and student Sean Gleason are expected to deliver remarks.

50th anniversary art mural dedication

On Wednesday, August 24 (Convocation Day), UW-Green Bay will be holding an art mural dedication and ice cream social to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Alumnus Beau Thomas, the mural artist, will speak about the project, along with Kari Moody, UWGB Director of Alumni Relations, and Chancellor Gary Miller. The event will take place from 1 to 1:30 p.m., immediately followed by a traditional ice cream social on the Studio Arts lawn.

50 and Forward: Toasting the future

Friends and colleagues joined together on Friday, May 6 for the culminating event of UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary year — 50 and Forward. Hosted by Gary and Georgia Miller, the casual evening presented an opportunity to join collectively with current faculty and staff, retirees, donors and friends who understand the distinctivness of UW-Green Bay. With the jazzy sounds of Hip Pocket playing in the background, friends reconnected and reminisced before joining in a rendition of both the Phoenix Fight Song and the Alma Mater.

From the stage, Chancellor Miller recognized a number of people, expressing his gratitude to the 50th Anniversary Committee and the 50 and Forward Committee for the passion behind the anniversary year. He also recognized senior faculty member Kumar Kangayappan, who retired in spring after 48 years of service with the institution.

With a toast, Chancellor Miller offered farewell to the past and inspired the future —

“To the University’s past, may we always remember our roots, our rich history and where we came from…

To the present, may we appreciate this special moment in time, including the challenges and opportunities it represents and our resiliency to move forward with trust and determination…

And to our future, may we welcome the tremendous opportunity before us to put our interdisciplinary philosophy to work to transform students, society and this great institution for the next 50 years.

Here’s to 50 and Forward! Cheers!”

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50 and Forward

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Video: Transforming power of a UW-Green Bay degree

What do we mean about the transforming power of a UW-Green Bay degree? UW-Green Bay faculty and staff and our community partners, take the dreams of our current students and do everything in our power to help turn them into reality. That may mean introducing students to key contacts in the community, or preparing them to be better communicators and professionals, or giving them the hands-on experiences that provide them a competitive edge in the marketplace. This video highlights the dreams of three current UWGB students, and the alumni who were inspired by their owns UWGB experiences to achieve their dreams.