New Phoenix Park fire pit creates community, adds artistic flare at UW-Green Bay

Students in last year’s Arts Management 480 seminar developed a warm addition to Phoenix Park, located near the University Union and Residence Life on the UW-Green Bay campus.

A new fire pit was designed to serve the University and have an artistic component as well. Students from the Art and Design Program took the lead on the project.

“I’m really proud of the students,” said Professor of Art and Design Ellen Rosewall. “They planned the project, worked through campus ‘red tape,’ and raised more than $8,000 from various campus sources to support the project.”

A christening ceremony was held on Oct. 18. Students participated by “symbolically sending their dreams out into the universe by writing them on slips of paper which was used as kindling to start the fire.” S’mores and hot chocolate was provided.

The class collaboratively decided to create something that would allow them to build valuable skills and make a lasting impact.

“Not only did I learn all the logistics involved in a large scale project such as this, I also learned how to work efficiently within a group,” said UWGB student Erin Pagenhopf. The fire pit will benefit the campus “by providing a space for diverse groups to meet while also creating a strong sense of community.”

The design of the fire pit serves a symbolic reminder of campus unity according to student Leslie Trochil.

“The fire pit was designed so that the Phoenix’s wings would curve together and ‘hold’ the fire ring,” said Trochil. The fire ring surrounds the pit itself and consists of three flames made from orange-colored concrete. The words, “We Rise from the Ashes” also frame the pit, embracing everything the Phoenix represents.

To Trochil, the design also has a personal meaning. “In my mind, the Phoenix holding the fire ring is a symbol of how we attempted to solve a problem on campus through art.”

Former Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill and the Phoenix Park Committee, were essential to construction of the new addition.

A fire permit from Public Safety is required prior to use of the fire pit. More information about rules and regulations can be found here, Campus Fire Pit Policy.

Story by Marketing and University Communication editorial intern Amy Bauer.

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50th Anniversary celebration continues with expanded Alumni Days, public invited

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.

For more information, visit the UW-Green Bay Alumni website or contact Kari Moody.


Students take study break for Resfest

top-story-resfestWith temperatures in the upper 70s and not a rain cloud in sight, Phoenix Park was the setting for ResFest 2015 last Friday, May 1. Hundreds of students took advantage of the mild spring temperatures to enjoy food, refreshments and friendly competition including a “3’s” volleyball tournament, yard games, dunk tank, glow games and a glow dance later in the evening. It was an ideal time for students to kick back before kicking it in, as they prepare for finals in the days ahead, especially for graduating seniors who are wrapping up their final days at UWGB in anticipation of May 16 commencement at the Kress Center.

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