What a weekend! A special 50th Anniversary Alumni Days gave UW-Green Bay alumni and friends a chance to reunite with the campus community October 16 and 17. Among the highlights: about 70 alumni joining the UWGB Music students and faculty in concert, excitement at the Kress with the Green Bay athletics teams, mini-Bayfest in Phoenix Park, alumni musicians, affinity groups, a Habitat for Humanity reunion and build, resurrection of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse and so much more. See some of the best images here and thank you to alumni Dan Moore, Jena Richter, Sue Bodilly and adopted alumnus Kimberly Vlies for the fantastic photos!
Fox 11 energized its morning show today with some great segments live from UW-Green Bay. The “Good Day Wisconsin” crew opened with general info about this weekend’s Alumni Days activities and campus trivia (from Bay Badgers to Fighting Tomatoes to the noble Phoenix). Alumni Relations Director Kari Moody did a terrific job with host Pauleen Le. You can view the opening segment.
In later cut-ins, Moody, Le and Phlash the Phoenix demonstrated Segway style, Shoe Tree technique and slam dunking at the Kress (with Coach Linc Darner and forward Kenneth Lowe). To view these segments, go to “More Video” partway down the page, to the left.
If you missed this week’s illustrated Log Extra, don’t forget about Saturday night’s choral concert extravaganza featuring the reunion of Prof. Emeritus Trini Chavez and former alumni standouts… the return of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse concert with Claudia Schmidt… the big Phoenix Fest doings on Saturday afternoon… and the basketball-crazy Phoenix Phrenzy at the Kress.
A remote crew from Fox 11’s “Good Day Wisconsin” will be on campus early Friday (Oct. 16) for live segments at 5:45, 6:45, 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. related to UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary and Alumni Days. One segment will touch on UWGB history and preview the weekend’s activities. Others will deal with Saturday’s plans for Segway tours of campus and the festival in Phoenix Park near the Union; the scavenger hunt and campus traditions including the Shoe Tree and the origins of the Phoenix; and the big slam-dunk contest and basketball event at the Kress.
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For the full lineup of Alumni Days events go to the online schedule.
Friday, Oct. 16, is an extra special Phoenix Friday, with the start of Alumni Days 50th Anniversary Edition. The Phoenix Bookstore will remain open until 6 p.m. with a 20 percent discount storewide (excluding textbooks and gift cards). Aviand’s is offering 10 percent off at the Garden Café for showing your Phoenix spirit/apparel. Playing at Cheapseats this Friday is the children’s comedy “Minions.” Theatre and Dance presents “Theophilus North,” and there’s the BlueWhale Reunion, and more.
There’s a long list of Alumni Days events (again, more on that later), but here’s one we want to call special attention to, in advance: “Phlash Talks,” set for 2 to 3 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 16, in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Four award-winning alumni are returning to campus to offer their own short “Phlash Talk” (sort of in the spirit of a TED Talk) on how UWGB influenced their careers. The audience will be invited to interact with the guests over the course of the hour. The invited alumni presenters:
• Dr. Jack Potts, 1971, Humanism and Cultural Change
• Kelly Ruh, 2001, Accounting and Business Administration
• Andy Rosendahl, 2007, Public Administration
• Patrick Madden, 1971, Modernization Processes
UW-Green Bay hosts its third annual Alumni Days on Oct. 16 and 17 with a bigger and better array of activities to coincide with the University’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Among the events on Friday’s opening evening is a resurrection of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse — at one time a premiere Midwest destination for blues performers — with a Shorewood Clubhouse concert by alumni favorite Claudia Schmidt. On Saturday, Phoenix Fest — a “mini-Bayfest” — will offer live music, food, beverages, and many attractions for the entire family including Segway tours of campus, carnival games, zip line, stunt jump, a chili bar, corn tent and beer garden. Green Bay Athletics teams will host Phoenix Phrenzy in a “midnight mania” type of atmosphere with player intros, dunk contest, a scrimmage and special appearance by the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team (featured on “America’s Got Talent”). Throw in Alumni Awards Night, a mainstage Theatre production, a Music concert with alumni choral participation, home soccer and volleyball, the return of the John Maino Golf Classic at Shorewood, Big Mouth, Pat McCurdy, vintage memorabilia displays and a 5K fun run, and it’s an action-packed weekend. See the news release, or the full schedule.
Organizers share word that admission to general Alumni Days events Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, will be free to all UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and retirees who register in advance. As valued members of the UW-Green Bay community, your complimentary registration includes entrance for you and your immediate family to all Alumni Days events (with exception of add-on events). See a full list of Alumni Days events.
Register by Friday, October 9 by emailing Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody. with the events you and your immediate family plan to attend.
In connection with Alumni Days, the University and alumni volunteers will staff a booth at the Downtown Farmers Market, from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday the 17th, dispensing gifts to anyone in UW-Green Bay apparel. A special Habitat for Humanity alumni build on Crooks Street is planned for later in the day. Meanwhile, back at UWGB, the “Spawning Run” 5k organized by the eco-minded student chapter of the American Fisheries Society invites campus and community to explore the trails of the Cofrin Arboretum. Learn more about the run/walk.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is hosting its third annual Alumni Days event October 16 and 17, with a bigger-than-ever feel to coincide with the University’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
With the 50th anniversary, there is the return of some alumni favorites, including the John Maino Classic — a nine-hole, four person scramble golf tournament held at UWGB’s Shorewood Golf Course Saturday, October 17. The $30 per golfer fee includes nine holes of golf with a cart and a TaylorMade golf glove.
Alumni Days also means the resurrection of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse — at one time a premiere Midwest destination for blues performers. The “BlueWhale vibe” will be recreated at the Shorewood Golf Course Club House on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m., where international entertainer, Claudia Schmidt, will bring her lively sounds of folk, jazz, and blues music back to campus. The cost of the event is $15 at the door or is included in the $25 all-event Alumni Days pass.
Also part of Alumni Days is Phoenix Fest — a “mini-Bayfest” type of event in Phoenix Park, between the Kress Events Center and the University Union. It includes live music, food, beverages, and many attractions for the entire family. Admission to the event is free. Tickets can be purchased for the attractions, food or beverages. There will be Segway tours of campus, carnival games, zip line, stunt jump, and much more, with food and refreshments including a chili bar, corn tent and beer garden.
At 5 p.m., Green Bay Athletics teams will host Phoenix Phrenzy in a “midnight mania”-type of atmosphere. There will be introductions, shooting and dunk contests, scrimmages and a special appearance by the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team (featured on “America’s Got Talent”).
Visit Phoenix Fest for a full list of attractions, food options and ticket prices.
Alumni Days is also extending into the Green Bay community. On Saturday October 17 from 7 a.m. til Noon, UW-Green Bay will be running a booth at the Downtown Farmer’s Market and all attendees who wear UW-Green Bay apparel will receive a gift. Also on October 17, a Habitat for Humanity Alumni Build will be occurring on Crooks St. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The build recognizes the 20th anniversary of UW-Green Bay’s Habitat for Humanity college chapter. More than two dozen UWGB alumni are expected to help with the build.
For a full schedule of Alumni Days events and to see which events are included with registration, visit the Alumni website. Cost is only $25 for one person and a guest, $5 for each additional family member. It includes up to two Phoenix PRIDE Shirts (alumni only please), admittance to events included with registration, and 10 tickets for Phoenix Fest.