Homecoming t-shirts and socks still available for purchase

Unable to attend Krash the Kress? You can still purchase an awesome, long sleeve, super soft t-shirt or a funky pair of socks! This year’s Homecoming tee was designed by current student Jenna Bares. Available sizes are adult small through XXXL in dark green or tough gray. Returning from last year, fun Homecoming socks! One size fits most adults. T-shirts are $10 each and socks are $5 per pair. If you need it shipped, it’s just $5 per order. Items can be purchased and picked up in room 805 in the Cofrin Library between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payment can be made via cash or check made out to the UW-Green Bay Foundation. Get yours today! Want it shipped to you? Please email Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at moodyk@uwgb.edu to place your order.

Photos Gallery: Homecoming 2020 in review

UW-Green Bay students, alumni, staff/faculty and fans/friends celebrated their Phoenix Pride by joining in the fun at Homecoming 2020. Following window decorating, a declaration by the Green Bay Mayor, pep rallies and chalk talks, the week ended with two important Phoenix basketball victories and a blast at Krash the Kress.

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Homecoming 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore, Sue Pischke, and Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

UW-Green Bay's mascot Phlash dancing on center court at the Krash the Kress event during Homecoming 2020.

Video: Homecoming 2020

While the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 2020 Homecoming Week is in the books, it produced memories that will go down in history. Notably, the recipients of this year’s Alumni Awards, as well as two thrilling victories by the men’s and women’s basketball teams to as they enter into the Horizon League Tournament.

UW-Green Bay students, alumni, staff/faculty and fans/friends celebrate their Phoenix Pride by joining in the fun at Homecoming 2020. Following window decorating, a declaration by the Green Bay Mayor, and other activities, Krash the Kress ended the week and didn’t disappoint. The double header and tailgate between game was enjoyed by students, alumni, fans and members of the community, jamming in the Kress Events Center to cheer-on both Phoenix teams. See all the fun in the Homecoming 2020 video!

Video by Sue Pischke and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Marketing office window decorations

Everyone wins in Homecoming Week Window Decorating Contest

Thanks to members of the campus communities who took part in the Homecoming Window Decorating Contest. UW-Green Bay’s Office of Marketing and University Communication earned first-place recognition with the theme, “Who in the world said that?” with memorable quotes from well known UW-Green Bay alumni. Alumni and Advancement took second and GBOSS was third.

Here is the full list of quotes:

  • “Once upon a time, I attended a UW-Green Bay basketball camp—and never left.”
    – Susie Klaubauf Bodilly ‘82 ’96, member of the Phoenix Hall of Fame; Director of Content & Media Relations, UW-Green Bay
  • “I didn’t think I needed the spotlight or wanted the spotlight but it was there.”
    – Nancy (Ably) Deprey ‘70, First commencement graduate
  • “When they came over to grab me, and someone got under my mask and was choking me in the madness.
    – Mike Pritzl ‘95, Former “Phlash the Pheonix”
  • “It’s kind of fun to prove people wrong. I like the challenge.”
    – Dr. Tina M. Sauerhammer-Dean ‘99, Reconstructive Surgeon, (Member of the surgical team that performed the first-ever full face transplant in the United States in 2011.)
  • “I’ve made a career of, you know, dealing with waste.”
    – John Kater ‘91, Dean, College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • “I have more than I need. I’m blessed beyond what I deserve.”
    – Tony Bennett ’92, Virginia Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • “My art career started through crime.”
    – Beau Thomas ’16, Green Bay local artist
  • “The world is moving fast. Whoever leads change will win.”
    – Mark King ‘81, CEO of Taco Bell
  • “My heart will forever be in Green Bay!!!”
    – Mehryn Kraker ’16, basketball player for the Gipuzkoa Basket of the Liga Dia
  • “Growing up on the west side of Chicago, it’s real easy to get sidetracked.”
    – Alfonzo McKinnie ’15, Forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • “Are U OpenWorking, or stuck in the Model T days?”
    – Kathleen E. Christensen ’73, Chairman on the Board of Directors of OpenWork
  • “Then I get the bad news… it’s not even Christmas yet. Santa Claus is coming to town!!!! I want to warn the kids… You better watch out!!!! But then I figure maybe he’ll eat them instead of me and he won’t be hungry anymore.….And that’s how you get to be a cartoonist.”
    – Mike Grell, Comic book writer
  • “With 0% of the vote turned in, I am in a tie for first place.  That’s not bad.”
    – Nick Mortensen ’01, Comedian and Motivational Speaker
  • “Good study habits, focus, the ability to handle multiple projects… those things serve you well. My education helped establish that pattern early in life.”
    – Mike Jackson ‘76, President and COO of Supervalu
  • “I have a very strong opinion that brands get in trouble when they lose focus of who they are. And we’re not going to let that happen.”
    – Jill Lajdziak ‘76, President and CEO at Penske Vehicle Services
  • “Life is so precious, be grateful for every day and treat it as a gift.”
    – Tosaint Ricketts ’08, Professional Soccer Player for the Vancouver WhiteCaps and the Canadian National Team
  • “What we do is not a thrill ride. It’s a means to provide an educational experience that cannot be achieved any other way.”
    – Patti Chevalier ‘83, Owner and Operator of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
  • “There is little doubt that our environmental focus and philosophy grew from our experience at UW-Green Bay. It’s a part of everything we do.”
    – Dave Chevalier ‘77, Owner and Operator of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
  • I am not going to be defined by my failures, but I will allow them to shape and motivate me.”
    -Benjamin L. Kvalo ‘10, Global Project Manager for 2K.
  • “What you’re doing right now will manifest into great things.”
    -Megan Lukan ‘15, Canadian multi-sport athlete (2016 Olympian in Rugby)
  • “If you are constantly surrounded by the same people and things, you can’t expect new opportunities to just show up. So don’t wait for opportunities to find you, create them. Actively seek them out.”
    -Joseph J. Carrol ‘97, Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • “To create activity, we needed to create a place. A lot of work can be done digitally, now, but we still need a space like this to focus activity, to show people they can do it here.”
    -Craig S. Dickman ‘82, founder of Breakthrough Fuel and managing director of Packers and Microsoft innovation hub at Titletown Tech
  • “I am passionate about the health and welfare of our children.”
    -Laura L. Hollingsworth ‘89, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Opry Entertainment Group – Ryman Hospitality Properties
  • “I never give up the belief that people can reinvent themselves.”
    -William E. Hanrahan, ‘82, Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial Administrative District, encompassing Dane, Green, Lafayette, and Rock counties in South-central Wisconsin
  • “Our goal was to provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to go to work just like we do. It was more than about having a job and a paycheck, it was an opportunity for them to be with their peers, feel pride in what they do and live more independently.”
    -Ronald C. Opicka ‘70, Former CEO of East Shore Industries
  • “Life goals that are identified will be scrutinized for practicality, for support and for achievement.
    -Urla Barrow ‘83, CEO of Hycinth’s Place



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Homecoming Displays 2020

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

Handful of volunteers needed for Krash the Kress from 5 to 6:45 p.m.

A handfuls of volunteers are still needed for Krash the Kress on Saturday, the culminating event of Homecoming Week. Organizers need six more volunteers for the 5 to 6:45 p.m. shift for the nearly 2,000 registrants. All volunteers receive a free long-sleeved t-shirt, and other perks. E-mail Kari Moody at moodys@uwgb.edu if you can help.

Homecoming Week kicks off with pep rally and declaration by the Mayor of Green Bay

Proclimation by the City of Green Bay for Homecoming WeekHomecoming Week 2020 is off to a great start, with Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich declarating this week as “UW-Green Bay Week” in front of approximately 80 students, faculty, staff and alumni present at the Homecoming Pep Rally, in the University Union, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Student Amber Perez (Human Biology and Spanish) and Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven opened the pep rally by welcoming Mayor Genrich to the stage, who stated that while he did not attend UW-Green Bay, he feels as if he is a “Phoenix by birth,” due to being born and raised in the area. As he declared this week “UW-Green Bay Week” he also said the downtown city bridges will be lit green this week in support of the University! Genrich was given an honorary “t to the campus,”—an official Homecoming t-shirt, designed by student Jenna Bares (Design Arts). 

Green Bay women’s basketball Coach Kevin Borseth, who recently achieved his 500th Division 1 win as a head coach, and Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie also addressed the crowd. They expressed their excitement for the week, reminding people to come to “Krash the Kress” and support UW-Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball on Saturday, Feb. 29. The women play at 2 p.m., and the men play at 7 p.m. with the Krash the Kress tailgate in-between events.

See the full list of events that are happening this week as part of Homecoming Week.

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Homecoming 2020 Pep Rally

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication


Green Bay teams fight for top Horizon League positioning; Nordic skiers compete at regionals

With just over a month before March Madness begins, Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball is looking to get into the Big Dance this year. The Phoenix men have won six of their last nine games, all against conference opponents. The team has also shown an ability to win close games, with all six of those wins being by six points or less. The team returns home Thursday, Feb. 27 against Youngstown State at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center.

The Green Bay women’s basketball team has won seven of its last nine games heading into this weekend’s action on the road. The team faces conference-leading IUPUI on Sunday before returning home for a 1 p.m. game on Thursday at the Kress Center. Both Green Bay hoops teams play their regular season finale during UW-Green Bay’s Homecoming Week as part of the Krash the Kress event on Saturday, Feb. 29. The women’s basketball team hosts Youngstown State at 2 p.m., while the men’s basketball team hosts Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Both games are at the Kress Center and will also serve as Senior Night.

Nordic skiing competes at the Central Regionals in Ishpeming, Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23.

After day two of the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships, the men sit in fifth place while the women sit in seventh place. See more at greenbayphoenix.com.