Grandparents' University 2017

Photos: Grandparents’ University 2017

Youth and those young at heart ventured to the University June 26 and 27, 2017 for Grandparents’ University — an experience for children ages 7-14 and their grandparents. Offerings for the 175 participants included ecology, cartooning, cooking, aquatic ecology and much more! A favorite among the participants were trips to the Fox River, Bayshore County Park and shooting off rockets.

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Grandparents' University 2017

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

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Grandparents University class of 2016

August 5th marks the conclusion of another successful year of UW-Green Bay’s Grandparents’ University (GPU). This outreach program engages children (aged 7-14) and their grandparents in activities in different “majors” in a college setting. Activities offered include basket weaving, cartoon character drawing, rocket building, improvisation courses and more. GPU is designed to promote higher education to children in the community, while providing a setting in which grandparents and their grandchildren may bond, learn and have fun. Accommodations are offered in the UWGB residence halls, and classes take place in classrooms on campus. See pictures of the GPU class of 2016.

Grandparents University 2016

UW-Green Bay offers popular Grandparents’ University® for summer 2015

Grandparents and their grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 14 can share their love of learning at the two-day Grandparents’ University summer camp at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

At one of 13 Grandparents’ Universities in the country, UW-Green Bay participants will enjoy the camaraderie of other families, quality time with grandchildren and learning together. Many families make this event their annual reunion for the young cousins each year.

Grandparents’ University takes places Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10, offering a unique opportunity for grandparents and their grandchildren to explore together topics of interest and enjoy summer activities on the scenic bayshore campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Grandparents’ University offers 17 courses from which to choose. For more detailed course descriptions, please see the camps website at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/html/program_majors.asp.

Class selections and their instructors include:

Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum — Instructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator, Richter Museum of Natural History, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

(Full) Nutritional Science — Instructor: Debra Pearson, associate professor, Human Biology

(Full) Memory-Making Clay Designs — Instructor: Dean Hoegger, artist/teacher

You’re the Artist: Learn How to Draw Cartoon Characters! — Instructor: Addie Sorbo, lecturer, artist, teacher

Artist Books: Visual Journeys — Instructor: Chris Style, professor, Art and Design

Four Hand Piano — Instructor: Michael Rector, assistant professor, Music

Letterboxing — Instructor: Illene Cupit, professor, Human Development

Geology — Instructor: John Luczaj, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Meteorology — Instructor: Steve Meyer, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Hands-on Rocketry — Brian Ewenson

Fitness and Health on Purpose — Jane Birr, associate lecturer, Physical Education


Aquatic Ecology — Patrick Forsythe, assistant professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Heirloom Gardens — Vicki Medland, associate lecturer, Environmental Science and Policy; Associate Director, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Game Theory — Bryan Carr, assistant professor, Information and Computing Science

How To Be Smart With Money — Ryan Kauth, Director, Small Business Development Center

There’s An App For That: Using Mobile Apps to Connect, Learn and Have Fun — Nathan Kraftcheck, instructional technologist

Improvisation and Theatre — Laura Riddle, professor, Theatre and Dance

Registration for Grandparents’ University continues through July 1 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will meet at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 9, and the program ends at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 10, following a graduation ceremony.

The fee for Grandparents’ University is $195 per adult and child pair. The fee includes instruction, activities, a cookout meal on Thursday night, parking, and a t-shirt. Each additional adult is $125 and each additional child is $75.

Grandparents’ University attendees may commute or choose to stay in UW-Green Bay student suite apartments for an additional fee.

Information and registration are available online at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/index.asp. Information also is available by calling (920) 465-2775. Email: summercamps@uwgb.edu.

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New in video, pictures: Sights and sounds of Grandparents’ U 2014

We told you here last week about another terrific year for Grandparents’ University, the multigenerational summer camp that recently wrapped up its eighth year at UW-Green Bay. Nearly 200 grandparents and grandkids took part in the 2014 iteration of GPU, taking classes, learning the campus ropes and — most important — spending time together. We’ve collected our favorite interviews and images from this year’s camp, producing a new video and photo gallery from GPU 2014. You can check them out, here:
UW-Green Bay feature story
UW-Green Bay photo gallery

Press-Gazette coverage
The Green Bay Press-Gazette was among media outlets covering GPU (we brought you the others Friday), running a front-page centerpiece story in Saturday’s (July 12) newspaper. You can check out that story, along with accompanying video, click here.

Picture this: Generations learn together during Grandparents’ U at UW-Green Bay

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There was a class for every interest — and every age — at Grandparents’ University 2014, held July 10-11 on the UW-Green Bay campus.

From nutrition to rocketry, game theory to geology, nearly 200 grandparents and grandchildren enjoyed multigenerational fun in learning during the two-day program.

This was the eighth year for UW-Green Bay’s GPU, which has grown from 80 people in five or six classes to more than double that in 12 different on-campus offerings. Grandparent/grandchild pairs can attend as commuters or spend the overnight in the UW-Green Bay residence halls, offering yet another taste of campus life.

More information about GPU is available online.

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— Photos by Dan Moore, Office of Outreach and Adult Access

Click here to watch a video from Grandparents’ University 2014.

 

Togetherness, fun in learning at heart of Grandparents’ University

Grandparents UniversityGrandparents’ University at UW-Green Bay continued a proud tradition of multigenerational fun in learning July 10-11, when nearly 200 grandparents and grandkids took part in the eighth annual camp.

“We have 198 people who have registered for Grandparent University,” said Camps Director Mona Christensen. “It’s a two-day program where grandparents and grandkids sign up for a class that they take together.”

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Nine-year-old Calista Wright was attending her first Grandparents’ University with grandma Joanna Cloud.

“It feels very awesome,” Calista said, “because you get to have – because I’ve been having a lot of fun with my grandma.”

Fun is just one aspect of the two-day experience, Christensen said.

“It’s really multifaceted. It’s intergenerational learning, so they’re spending time with each other. They’re learning from each other,” she said. “It isn’t just the adult teaching the grandkid — it’s grandparents learning things that their grandkids know, too. And they’re doing things together in the classrooms.”

GPU veteran Pat Schaetz was happy to be returning for another year, attending with granddaughter Ava.

“We did the nutrition class last year,” Pat Schaetz said. “We did the wellness class, the rocketry class. Next year they’d like to take the cartooning class and there’s so many different things that they could take here. It’s just endless, the learning opportunities for them.”

Those opportunities extend beyond the classroom, Christensen said, as grandchildren get a taste of life on a college campus.

“They’ve experienced living on campus, eating in the University Union, taking classes out here,” she said. “And it’s really not so big. It’s something they can aspire to do in the future and that learning is something they can do for the rest of their lives, event when they get to be old enough to get to be grandparents.

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“They just love being together — hands down the most important thing is that we had time to spend, quality time together. It was undistracted time; they could spend time in conversation with each other.”

That rang true for Tina Mercier, who attended camp with her two granddaughters.

“I guess what I’m realizing is,” Mercier said, “the best part of spending time with them — I’m going to start crying — is having talks with them. That’s what’s most precious to me.”

Added Cloud:

“She’s had a good time. I’ve had a good time. So it’s just been a real positive experience.”

Calista, Cloud’s granddaughter, didn’t hesitate when asked what she likes best about her grandmother.

“I like best that she loves me. “

Click here for a photo gallery from Grandparents’ University 2014.

More information about Grandparents’ University is available online.

In the news: Grandparents’ U wraps up another successful year

UW-Green Bay’s Grandparents’ University wrapped up another terrific year Friday (July 11), bidding farewell to nearly 200 grandparents and grandkids who took part in this year’s camp. The pairs (and some trios) enjoyed multigenerational fun in learning with course options focused on art, science, wellness, communication and more. They also enjoyed time together, bonding over shared discoveries and a mutual enjoyment of campus and community. Media coverage Thursday included TV news stories from WLUK, Fox 11 and NBC 26. You can check those out below, and we’ll bring you more from GPU next week.
WLUK, Fox 11
NBC 26

Invasion of the Grandparents begins Thursday

Grandparents’ University, the innovative multigenerational summer camp experience at UW-Green Bay, will welcome 200 grandparents and grandkids ready to have some fun and learn new things during this year’s camp, Thursday and Friday (July 10 and 11). The enjoyable, hands-on classes such as Animals on the Wild Side, Memory-Making Clay Designs, Nutritional Science, Geology, Meteorology and Aerospace, Game Theory and more. We’ll have links to photo and video in a future edition of the Log.
 

Grandparents University goes big in 2014, with 15 courses


Grandparents and their grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 14 can share their love of learning at the two-day Grandparents’ University summer camp at UW-Green Bay Thursday and Friday, July 10 and 11. The dates and topics for the popular annual camp were announced earlier this week. Class selections and their instructors include an all-star lineup of mostly UW-Green Bay instructors:
• (Full) Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum — Instructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator, Richter Museum of Natural History; Cofrin Center for Biodiversity
• (Full) Nutritional Science — Instructor: Debra Pearson, associate professor, Human Biology (Nutritional Science/Dietetics and general), Nutritional Biochemistry
• Memory-Making Clay Designs — Instructor: Dean Hoegger, artist/teacher
You’re the Artist: Learn How to Draw Cartoon Characters! — Instructor: Addie Sorbo, senior lecturer, artist, teacher
Artist Books: Visual Journeys — Instructor: Chris Style, professor, Art and Design
4-Hand Piano — Instructor: Abigail Mace, lecturer, Music, Piano
Letterboxing — Instructor: Illene Cupit, professor, Human Development
Geology — Instructor: John Luczaj, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
Meteorology — Instructor: Steve Meyer, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
Hands-on Rocketry — Daniel Bateman, executive director, Spaceport Sheboygan
Aquatic Ecology – Kevin Fermanich, professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
Radio Broadcasting … alive and well! — Danielle Bina, senior lecturer, Communication
Game Theory — Benjamin Geisler, lecturer, Computer Science
Better Than the Lemonade Stand — Ryan Kauth, director, Small Business Development Center
Fitness and Health on Purpose — Jane Birr, associate lecturer, Physical Education

Interested, or know someone who might be? You can learn more at our full press release.

UW-Green Bay offers popular Grandparents’ University® for summer 2014

Grandparents and their grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 14 can share their love of learning at the two-day Grandparents’ University summer camp at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

At one of 13 Grandparents’ Universities nationwide, UW-Green Bay participants will enjoy the camaraderie of other families, quality time with grandchildren and learning together. Many families make this event their annual reunion for the young cousins each year.

Grandparents’ University takes places Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11, offering a unique opportunity for grandparents and their grandchildren to explore together topics of interest and enjoy summer activities on the scenic bayshore campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Grandparents’ University offers 15 courses from which to choose. Class selections and their instructors include:

(Full) Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum — Instructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator, Richter Museum of Natural History; Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

(Full) Nutritional Science — Instructor: Debra Pearson, associate professor, Human Biology (Nutritional Science/Dietetics and general), Nutritional Biochemistry

Memory-Making Clay Designs — Instructor: Dean Hoegger, artist/teacher

You’re the Artist: Learn How to Draw Cartoon Characters! — Instructor: Addie Sorbo, senior lecturer, artist, teacher

Artist Books: Visual Journeys — Instructor: Chris Style, professor, Art and Design

4-Hand Piano — Instructor: Abigail Mace, lecturer, Music, Piano

Letterboxing — Instructor: Illene Cupit, professor, Human Development

Geology — Instructor: John Luczaj, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Meteorology — Instructor: Steve Meyer, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Hands-on Rocketry — Daniel Bateman, executive director, Spaceport Sheboygan

Aquatic Ecology – Kevin Fermanich, professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Radio Broadcasting … alive and well! — Danielle Bina, senior lecturer, Communication

Game Theory — Benjamin Geisler, lecturer, Computer Science

Better Than the Lemonade Stand — Ryan Kauth, director, Small Business Development Center

Fitness and Health on Purpose — Jane Birr, associate lecturer, Physical Education

For more detailed course descriptions, please see the camps website at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/html/program_majors.asp.

Registration for Grandparents’ University continues through July 1 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, and the program ends at 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, following a graduation ceremony.

The fee for Grandparents’ University is $189 per adult and child pair. The fee includes instruction, activities, a cookout meal on Thursday night, parking and a t-shirt. Each additional adult is $125 and each additional child is $75. Grandparents’ University attendees may commute or choose to stay in UW-Green Bay student suite apartments for an additional fee.

Information and registration are available online at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/index.asp. Information also is available by calling (920) 465-2775 or emailing summercamps@uwgb.edu.

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