Students in need of updated chairs, facilities

‘Revise the Room’ fundraiser supports UW-Green Bay students, future authors

Students writing in TH378
Students writing in Theatre Hall 378

Imagine trying to compose a 50,000-word novel on deadline. Pecking away on a keyboard for hours on end, while competing with 17 other students in a cramped classroom for power outlets and a few comfortable chairs. Obviously not the ideal conditions for concentration and creativity.

However, for every trial is a resolution. Providing an educational sanctuary for aspiring writers has motivated University of Wisconsin-Green Bay English Prof. Rebecca Meacham to improve the badly outdated Theatre Hall 378 classroom (referred to above). Meacham and a number of her students, have been working tirelessly this summer to organize an effort to revamp their classroom.

“As a student, I enjoyed classes in traditional, stately seminar rooms, centered around mahogany seminar tables, surrounded by bookshelves filled with the works I admired,” said Meacham, a published author. “Because these spaces were lovely, cared for, and steeped in importance, they made us, as emerging writers, feel that what we were doing was important — that we were having valuable conversations about art, audience, craft and aesthetics. A room remodel does more than add comfort; the right setting enhances a student’s sense of community, self-worth, engagement and culture.”

Fundraiser progress infographic
“Revise the Room” fundraiser infographic

Undeterred by the fact that her budget couldn’t support a remodel, she approached the Office of Advancement and the Dean of the Colleges of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanistic Studies, who helped to create a fundraising plan. An initial effort raised $3,000 for some of the necessities of the classroom, including a seminar-style table with outlets for laptops. Thrilled by the generosity from campus and community, the organizers are halfway to their $6,000 goal.

But they have an urgent need: chairs. Classes begin in two weeks, and students will be sitting in decades-old, hard metal chairs.

To that end they are now asking friends and donors to simply consider “giving a kid a chair.” They have now incentivized donations to include “named chairs” for those who donate $500.

"Revise the Room" fundraiser promotional piece
“Revise the Room”
fundraiser promotional piece

Secure giving to this project is available through the UW-Green Bay Foundation. There is more about the campaign on a “revise the room” facebook page including the number of students who will continue to have “sore butts” if not enough funds are raised in the effort.

Meacham and company are searching for those who are passionate about maximizing the potential of future writers at UW‑Green Bay. They are looking for those who want to provide an educational sanctuary.

— Feature written by UWGB Communication Intern Kelsie Vieaux. Photos submitted.

Phoenix 500 is at Hagemeister Park

Head on down to the Tall Ships Festival and stop to hang out with the Alumni Association and the Phoenix 500 Duck Race. The event takes place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hagemeister Park Restaurant and Patio, 325 N. Washington St. The public can purchase ducks for $5 each or a “quack pack” ($20 for 5 ducks). Ducks will be raced and the winner advances to the medal round for great prizes. So far, alumni and friends have raised $57,000 for scholarships through this fun initiative. See more.

50th Anniversary Cookbook for sale

The UW-Green Bay Dietetics Health and Fitness Club has created a special 50th Anniversary Cookbook, now for sale in The Phoenix Bookstore. The “50 Recipes under 500 Calories for 50 Years,” is $10, and proceeds benefit the Club and its outreach activities. The books will also be for sale in the Cofrin Library Alcove this week (and they mention that it is the perfect Mother’s Day gift).

Steps Walk raises $3,000 for local non-profits

Despite an incredibly blustery spring day, 60 walkers raised $3,000 for the Phoenix Philanthropy Club’s 10th annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk Saturday, April 9. The Steps Walk helps UWGB students develop important leadership skills as they research community needs, interview charities, and organize the entire event. All proceeds are donated to a selected group of nonprofit organizations. This year, The Einstein Project, New Leaf Foods Inc. and the Freedom House are the beneficiaries. Over the 10 years of the walk/run, students have raised more than $78,000 for local charities selected by students.

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Steps Walk

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UWGB Relay for Life is Friday, April 22

Relay For Life is an American Cancer Society event that helps raise money for lifesaving cancer research and services for cancer patients, and also encourages the community to come together and honor those touched by cancer. At UWGB, the Colleges Against Cancer event will be from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, April 22 in the Dick Bennett Gym of the Kress Center.  Contact Kerry Jo McVey for details mcvekj04@uwgb.edu