The Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball teams welcome Phoenix fans to the Kress Events Center on Saturday, Oct. 25 for the annual FanFest and #PHXMadness. In conjunction with Alumni Reunion Days and Family Weekend, the FanFest event will begin at 1 p.m. in the Dick Bennett Gym while the #PHXMadness starts at 3 p.m. in the arena. All of the day’s events are free and open to the public, and fans will receive free schedule posters and schedule cards for both basketball programs. Also included: Scrimmages, a dunk contest, free throws with the Phoenix and, also for the kids, inflatables, face painting, balloons, games, an appearance from Phlash the Phoenix, and the opportunity to get autographs from your favorite Phoenix student-athletes. For details.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host its second annual Alumni Reunion Days on campus Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25.
The 2014 celebration will pair some of the more popular elements from last year’s inaugural weekend — sporting and entertainment events, an all-campus brunch — with new offerings including an afternoon gathering at Shorewood clubhouse, hayrides, an outdoor campfire and indoor social at historic Lambeau Cottage, an alumni photography show and more.
Friday night’s events from 6 to 11 p.m. at Lambeau Cottage could draw one of the largest public gatherings at the facility since its refurbishing nearly a decade ago. NFL Hall of Fame coach and Packers founder Curly Lambeau had the small home designed and built in 1941. He often entertained there, especially when the Packers held training camp at Rockwood Lodge (now Bayshore County Park) near Dyckesville, about 10 miles away. It was acquired by the state in 1978 to complete campus holdings along the bay. In recent years the University has used the cottage as a campus-community gathering space for staff retreats, donor entertaining, informal receptions and meetings.
The $25 registration fee is good for one or two people. Each additional guest is $5. Pre-registration is strongly advised so tickets can be included when guests arrive to pick up their packets at the University Union’s Alumni Room. To learn more or to register.
Friday, Oct. 24
3-9 pm Registration, Alumni Rooms in the Union
3-6 pm Shorewood social (1970s prices on select beverages)
6-11 pm Campfire and social at Lambeau Cottage
6:30-11 pm Chancellor’s Scholarship Dinner*
6:30, 9 pm CheapSeats movie (‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’)
7:30 pm UWGB theatrical event ‘Uncommon Women and Others’*
Saturday, Oct. 25
7:30 am-7:30 pm Registration , Alumni Rooms in the Union
8 am-4 pm Shorewood golf (9 holes with power cart)*
8-11 am: Intramural Co-Rec Volleyball Tournament
9 am-1 pm Balloon making and face painting
9 am-4 pm Historic UWGB exhibit with “Phorever Phoenix” scan-a-thon
11 am-12:30 pm SchmoozaPalooza Lunch with faculty, staff
12:30-1 pm Phoenix Pride T-shirt unveiling and alumni photo
1-3 pm Alumni ‘Photographs with a Purpose’ photo show, wine and cheese tasting
1-3 pm Phoenix Women’s Soccer vs Youngstown State
1-5 pm Guided, indoor walking campus tours (on the hour)
1-5 pm Hayrides through campus (on the 1/2 hour)
1-5 pm Phoenix Fan Fest
1-5 pm Interactive kids zone
1:30, 4, 6:30 pm CheapSeats movie (‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’)
3-5 pm Green and White Scrimmage, dunk contest, 3-point contest, Phlash’s birthday celebration, alumni/student competition and more
5 pm Specific reunions for student orgs, affinity groups (TBA)
7 pm Comedy City performance
7:30 pm UWGB theatrical event ‘Uncommon Women and Others’*
7:30 pm 360 All Stars ‘urban circus’ show at the Weidner*
8 pm Bingo and ice cream
Events with an asterisk (*) are available at an additional charge
Family Weekend is slated for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26 on campus. All faculty and staff families are welcome to participate. Lambeau Field tours, movies, theatrical performances, hay rides, bingo and Phoenix Fan Fest are among the offerings. (It’s the same weekend as Alumni Reunion Days.) Please note: The reservation deadline is Friday. For a complete schedule of activities and a link to the registration materials, visit www.uwgb.edu/student-life/events/family-weekend.asp.
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.
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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!!!”
Members of the general public are invited to join University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alumni, former and current employees, friends and families for the institution’s first-ever Alumni Reunion Days Friday night and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2.
The weekend’s activities span a range of eras and interests. The lineup includes music, sports, art, comedy, outdoor activities, a vintage photo display, guided tours, family options and more. Highlights include both an opening-night reception and a Saturday brunch that will provide opportunities for alumni to reconnect with favorite faculty and staff members, past and present.
Kari (Heier) Moody, a Class of 2000 grad who serves as alumni relations director, says she is encouraged by the early response and expects several hundred registrations for the weekend.
“Really, it’s something people have talked about for years,” Moody says. “We’re hearing from grads and our (Alumni Association) board members that the time is right for a more ambitious, universitywide event.”
UW-Green Bay has more than 31,000 alumni. The University is closing in on 50 years since its founding in 1965. Facilities, enrollment, alumni rolls and even landscaping have grown and changed dramatically since fall 1969 when the Shorewood campus opened as little more than a three-building complex overlooking the bay at 2420 Nicolet Drive.
“We were talking the other day about how the (Reunion Days) activities really have something for everyone,” Moody adds. “Even non-alumni are going to find things of interest. If you haven’t visited campus recently, we’re offering events at the Weidner Center and the Kress Events Center and free campus tours, so it’s a great opportunity to see how we’ve grown.”
Some Alumni Reunion Days activities are free and open to the public. Others — such as meals, movies, the Weidner Center concert and Phoenix sporting events — require admission fees or a weekend pass. A full-access pass for Alumni Reunion Days is $25 for one or two people, includes a free Phoenix Pride t-shirt, and covers admission to all events listed below. Passes are $5 for each additional person. Proceeds benefit the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
Advance registration is requested, a simple online form at www.uwgbalumnireuniondays.eventbrite.com. Visitors who are not pre-registered should report to the information and registration desk in the Alumni Rooms, located at the far end of the Cloud Commons dining room on the main (second) level of the University Union, anytime during the weekend.
Questions in advance of the weekend can also be directed to UW-Green Bay Alumni Relations and Moody at (920) 465-2226. Reunion Days details are also online at http://blog.uwgb.edu/alumni/events/08/12/alumni-reunion-days/.
Friday, Nov. 1
6 p.m. — Alumni/Faculty/Staff Reception with Big Mouth
6:30 p.m. — Family movie Despicable Me 2
7 p.m. — Phoenix Volleyball vs. UIC
7 p.m. — Joanna Burns coffeehouse concert (funk, R&B and soul music)
7:30 p.m. — UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensembles Concert with Big Mouth
9:05 p.m. — Family movie Despicable Me 2
Saturday, Nov. 2
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. — Golf at Shorewood
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Family balloon making and face painting
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. — UW-Green Bay photo show and identification of vintage photos
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. — Alumni Association Annual Meeting
10:30 a.m. – noon — Schmooza Palooza Brunch with faculty and staff
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. — Guided campus walking tours
Noon — Phoenix Swimming & Diving vs. South Dakota State
Noon – 4 p.m. — Family Fan Fest at Kress
Noon – 4 p.m. — Alumni Art Show
1 p.m. — Phoenix Women’s Basketball vs. Northern Michigan (Alumni Pep Band members invited to perform)
1 p.m. — Phoenix Men’s Soccer vs. Oakland
1:30 p.m. — Family movie Despicable Me 2
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. —Wine and cheese tasting at Alumni Art Show
4:05 p.m. — Family movie Despicable Me 2
5 p.m. — Phoenix Volleyball vs. Valparaiso
7 p.m. — Comedy City Performance
The UW-Green Bay Athletic Department will host the third annual Phoenix Fan Fest from 1-4 p.m. Sunday (April 18) at the Kress Events Center. The event is free and open to all elementary and middle school-aged children and their families. See more details.
UW-Green Bay Athletics announces that the second annual Phoenix Fan Fest is set for Sunday (April 5) from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kress Events Center. The free event is open to all elementary and middle school aged children and their parents. Student-athletes from each UW-Green Bay athletics team will host an interactive activity for kids, giving young Phoenix fans the chance to get autographs and meet players and coaches. For details, call (920) 465-2145.