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!
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.
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.
The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• A large contingent of UW-Green Bay students — more than 100 juniors and seniors, which back then was close to 5 percent of the student body — spent January 1970 in London with the new university’s first overseas study tour.
• UW-Green Bay alumni were big supporters of Bayfest and the Alumni Corn Tent during the heyday of the former campus festival. Corny memories and costumes.
• We linked to this page from Friday’s Log Extra newsletter. If you missed it, UWGB was ahead of its time in the collection of recyclables.
We noted with interest that when the local Convention and Visitor Bureau held its Partners in Tourism Awards program recently, the name of a longtime former UW-Green Bay employee, the late Tim Quigley, figured prominently. Quigley is remembered by the CVB in the naming of the Tim Quigley Tourism Award, which went this year to Brent Weycker of Titletown Brewing and the new Titletown Beerworks, for his work in helping promote the Greater Green Bay Area. Quigley, who passed away at age 68 on April 17, 2009, was the former director of sports promotions and the Bayfest fundraiser for UW-Green Bay. He was a full-time member of the Athletics staff from 1974 until 1997, and a part-timer until 2005.
Our assertion in a recent LOG e-news that Friday’s visit by former President Clinton is the first to campus by a former or sitting U.S. president has been challenged. A UW-Green Bay alumnus and historian who attended here in the mid- to late-1980s called to say he vividly remembers seeing Gerald Ford on campus at a relatively small gathering on the first floor of the Cofrin Library. He described it not as a major rally, but as a meeting of perhaps 20 supporters, a few Secret Service agents, and perhaps a media availability involving Ford and a young woman running for Congress. It took place in what was then the lounge or large classroom nearest the library elevators. (By our reckoning it would have most likely been GOP Senate candidate Susan Engeleiter of Brookfield, who in 1988 ultimately lost a 52-48 race to Herb Kohl for William Proxmire’s vacant seat.) Anyway, we thanked the caller for his time, pointed out we weren’t entirely wrong — Clinton is still the first elected president to visit UWGB, and the first to headline a public event — and said we’d put it out to see if it jogs anybody else’s memory. Ford only. Please… no W sightings at the Ratt, Ike playing No. 8 at Shorewood, or Carter at the Bayfest corn tent. There are limits to our credulity.
Patricia Ann Naze, 66, Algoma, died unexpectedly at home earlier this week of natural causes. She spent the majority of her working career as a clerical assistant with UW-Green Bay including the Office of Student Life. As her obituary notes, she was a strong supporter of Phoenix Athletics and both an early volunteer for the annual Bayfest fundraiser and an active member of the UWGB Women’s Cage Club. Pat Naze is survived by her son, Todd Naze, grandchildren and other relatives. A memorial gathering and service are planned for Friday (May 11) from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at 7:30 p.m. at the Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma. See obituary.
Newcomers to UW-Green Bay might not know why the news this week “Bayfest retires after 31 celebrated years’’ has special poignancy for some on this campus. Once an important fundraiser for the Phoenix Athletics program and familiar to music fans who visited the campus for a long weekend each June, the event that was the brainchild of promoter extraordinaire Tim Quigley moved downtown with new organizers when the University discontinued its sponsorship in 2005. The Press-Gazette’s Kendra Meinert comments on what in all likelihood is the final hurrah. Read more.
A gathering estimated at 4,800 people packed the Kress Events Center for UW-Green Bay’s spring 2010 commencement on Saturday, May 15. It is believed to be the largest indoor attendance for an on-campus event in UW-Green Bay’s 40-year history.
All but a relative few of the fixed Kress Center seats were filled for the mid-day ceremony. (With east end-zone seating behind the stage not in use, available fixed seating was about 3,800, Kress Center officials said.) About 700 graduates occupied temporary seating on the main floor. Several hundred faculty and staff members, administrators, platform-party guests and visitors — either seated on stage or on the floor, or using handicapped-accessible areas on the main concourse — accounted for the rest of the record crowd.
Previous, but smaller, near-capacity crowds at the Kress included May 2009 commencement and the fall 2007 Switchfoot/Relient K concert that helped open the facility. As for outdoor gatherings on the University grounds, it is believed that well in excess of 5,000 people were present at various times for Bayfest activities during the 1990s, and large crowds were common up until about three years ago when spring commencement ceremonies were customarily staged along the main entrance boulevard; reliable crowd estimates, however, are lacking.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette remembered longtime UW-Green Bay staffer and Bayfest founder Tim Quigley with a feature obituary story this weekend. Quigley, 68, died Friday in Florida of complications from bladder cancer. “One of the first words that came to our minds is that he was very involved,” daughter Tina Quigley told the paper. “My mom said he was a big force in his family’s life. I think he was a big force in his professional life as well.” More.