Entries sought for alumni art show at Reunion Days

UW-Green Bay’s Alumni Association is looking for alumni photographers who use their camera to make a difference. Do they offer their talent to support non-profit causes? Do they photograph specific people, places and things to educate others, build awareness or draw attention to an issue? If so, the Association might display their art in an alumni photography show during Alumni Reunion Days this fall. If interested, please e-mail Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody or call (920) 465-2226 by Sept. 15.

Great pics: Alumna captures beauty, fun of first-ever Reunion Days

Volunteer Alumni Reunion Days photographer (and 2004 Business Administration grad) Jessica Fiess took some terrific on-campus shots Nov. 1-2, capturing the fun of the event as well as the beauty of campus in the fall. At the opening night reception she went heavy on photos of faculty members past and present. You can check out two great galleries at the top of her photography business homepage, http://jfiess.com.

Congratulations to all involved in first Alumni Reunion Days

Organizers were delighted by the response to UW-Green Bay’s first-ever Alumni Reunion Days held over the weekend on campus. At least 375 individuals registered to attend one or more of the many scheduled events. Kari Moody, director of alumni relations, says she was especially pleased by the number of current and former UW-Green Bay employees who turned out to reminisce and welcome back alumni visitors and their families. The Friday night reception and Saturday brunch were well attended, as was the wine-and-cheese reception in Theatre Hall on Saturday afternoon. With the Big Mouth/Jazz ensembles concert, a full lineup of Phoenix athletics events, Fan Fest at the Kress, a big sale at the Bookstore and more, it was a busy, fun-filled weekend. Also contributing to the festive atmosphere was the annual Family Weekend for parents, siblings and friends of current students — John Landrum of Student Life puts the number of visitors there at nearly 800, with about 150 families. UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden told the audience at Saturday’s Alumni brunch that he was delighted by the turnout. He also said the University will do it again in 2014, and is looking to grow the tradition in future years. Feedback is welcome, by Moody, at MoodyK@uwgb.edu.

A representative comment

Kari Moody of University Advancement plans to survey registrants for Alumni Reunion Days via email to solicit their feedback and suggestions for next year. Even before she begins that, however, she was already getting emails congratulating the University on the event, including the following from an alumna who attended with her also-a-grad husband:

“Just a note to express how much we enjoyed this “First Ever” Alumni Reunion Days weekend! What a wonderful idea!!! There was plenty going on for everyone and their families. We loved that there were so many ‘home’ athletic events going on, as we were able to take in a few of these. The music events were great, as well as the art displays. We also enjoyed seeing the old photos and Fourth Estate collections!!! It was fun to take a walk down memory lane with friends from those days. We would have a few suggestions to pass along, but are not sure who to direct those to. All in all we felt this was a FANTASTIC weekend, and we hope this was the first annual of many to come!!!”

Photographers reunite… and share some snapshots

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Three top-notch UW-Green Bay photographers met up over the weekend (Nov. 1-2) at Alumni Reunion Days. Graduates Mark Weyenberg ’79 and Pam (Carriveau) Stoll ’74 attended along with former UW-Green Bay staff photographer Mike Brisson.  That’s Brisson at center, above. His knockout images of the faces and architecture of UW-Green Bay in its earliest years captured a campus on the grow and iconic images including his 1971 photo of the Library Learning-Center being built. Stoll, second from right in photo with her faculty member husband, Prof. John Stoll, is a professional photographer best known around campus for her official portraiture of UW-Green Bay chancellors past and present. Weyenberg, at far left with his wife, Barbara, is a professional photographer who was a Fourth Estate mainstay in his college years and has shot for daily newspapers in Green Bay and Wausau.

Click thumbnails to enter slideshow view for a few of their weekend snapshots.
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A pre-reunion reunion


It was a pre-reunion reunion for Drew Stuckey, a 1979 Nutritional Sciences graduate who now resides in Mt. Kisco, New York, and his daughter Abby, a UW-Green Bay freshman. The senior Stuckey, now an RN for the New York University Langone Medical Center, called on his college roommate, current Dean of Enrollment Services Mike Stearney, to help him surprise Abby on the plaza level of the Environmental Sciences lobby following a biology lecture on Friday, Nov. 1. The two have their choice of activities to fill the weekend, with both Family Weekend and Alumni Reunion Days held on campus Nov. 1-3.

For majority of Big Mouth players, Friday’s concert is return engagement

Here’s another reminder about the big Jazz Ensembles concert that will help open Alumni Reunion Days. The Weidner Center show at 7:30 p.m. Friday features guest stars Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns. The popular nine-member band has a heavy contingent of former UW-Green Bay players. Performing Friday will be Nathan Behling, Class of 1984, trumpet; Marc Jimos ’91, sax and vocals; Bill Dennee ’91, trombone; Woody Mankowski ’89, sax and vocals; and Paul Sowinski ’83, bass and vocals.

Big Mouth graduates join students for Jazz Ensembles concert

One of the leading events of alumni weekend is the Music program’s Jazz Ensembles concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 1) with student ensembles sharing the bill with top alumni players and their popular local band, Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns. The Weidner Center concert comes with the price of admission for a weekend pass. For more on the program and performers, see our news release.

Big Mouth, UW-Green Bay alumni join students for Jazz Ensembles concert

UW-Green Bay is hosting its first Alumni Reunion Days this weekend, and the school’s Music program will lead the way with a Jazz Ensembles concert at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 1, with student ensembles sharing the bill with top alumni players and their popular local band.

Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns will be special guests for the show in the Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. It’s the first concert of the academic year for Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Associate Prof. John Salerno and Jazz Ensemble II directed by Associate Prof. Adam Gaines.

Opening the program is Jazz Ensemble II with the Mark Taylor tune “Stick With It,” which features Bobby Magers on drums. Trumpeter David Blihar gets a solo turn on the next selection, an arrangement of the David Clayton Thomas hit “Spinning Wheel.” Blihar and saxophonist Kyle Hall are featured in the 1939 jazz standard “Harlem Nocturne.” Closing the set is the Victor Lopez composition “You Snooze You Lose,” with Hall as soloist.

Salerno’s Jazz Ensemble I will open with a Dan Gailey arrangement of the tenor-sax ballad “Widow’s Walk,” with students Sam Stranz and Matt Hillmann leading the way on sax and guitar, respectively. Stranz also provides the arrangement for “In Walked Bud” and vocal soloist Maari Erdman on the 1947 Thelonious Monk composition. Next up is a Salerno arrangement of Marcus Miller’s “Hannibal,” featuring faculty colleague Gaines on trumpet and student Julio Reyes on saxophone, followed by the Salerno composition “The Lake Effect,” named to honor his family’s native Manitowoc. The tune features Stranz and Reyes on sax, Hillmann on guitar and Sean Roherty on drums. The final selection, will bring in the Power Tool Horns to sit in on John Coltrane’s hard-bop “Blue Train.”

Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns takes the stage following intermission for a set of blues, jazz and original music. Appropriate for Alumni Reunion Days and a UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensembles concert, the nine-member group has a heavy contingent of former UW-Green Bay players. Performers Friday will include Nathan Behling, Class of 1984, trumpet; Marc Jimos ’91, sax and vocals; Bill Dennee ’91, trombone; Woody Mankowski ‘89, sax and vocals; and Paul Sowinski ’83, bass and vocals.

UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble II personnel are as follows:
Saxophone: Kyle Hall, alto; Kyle Henrickson, alto; Alex Munson, tenor; Kelton Jennings, baritone; Trumpet: David Blihar, Evan Patton, Brandt Bailey; Trombone: Patrick Romanek, Joe Russett, Mike Hogan; Rhythm Section: Anne Reis, piano; Jon Tabers-Kwak, guitar; Matt Hayes, guitar; Gillian Evanoff, bass; Bobby Magers, drums.

UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble I personnel are as follows:
Saxophone: Julio Reyes, Cole Watkins, Sam Stranz, Kadin Dever, McKenna VenDerLeest; Trumpet: Greg Koeller, Chase Collins, Tanner Vodvarka, Gatlin Grimm; Trombone: Michael Hogan, Alex Reed, Joe Russett, Patrick Romanek; Rhythm Section: Kyle Sweeney, piano; Matt Hillman, guitar; Tony Pesavento, bass; Sean Roherty, drums.

Tickets for the Nov. 1 concert are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Call (920) 465-2400 or visit www.uwgb.edu/tickets. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/music. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, is located at 2420 Nicolet Drive.