Community columnist Lori (Starks) Linna got into the 50th anniversary spirit with a heartfelt tribute to UW-Green Bay printed in the Saturday (Oct. 31) edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. She writes that she was introduced to the new university as a child in the late 1960s, when her father, the late Bernie Starks, was hired as a faculty member in physical education. She witnessed the construction of the Phoenix Sports Center, kept stats for Phoenix basketball, enrolled as a student herself, worked for the Bursar’s Office, and now has a daughter enrolled at UWGB. “Happy 50th anniversary to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Linna writes, “you have served my family well.”
Awaiting UWGB biology students this year is an upgrade to the Exercise Physiology lab with state-of-the-art treadmill and high-end cycle ergometer to measure oxygen consumption (V02). The ability to measure oxygen consumption (VO2) enables the testing of athletes’ maximum aerobic capacity, or “VO2 max.”
According to Prof. James Marker, knowing VO2 max helps determine fitness levels, assess adaptations to training (increases), and prescribe exercise intensity. (e.g., training at 75% VO2 max.) Since oxygen consumption can easily be converted to caloric expenditure, being able to measure oxygen consumption can be used to determine caloric expenditure of a given activity, i.e., how many calories one burns. One can also use oxygen consumption to determine how efficient a person is when exercising.
Green Bay Cross County Coach Mike Kline helped Professors Marker and Amanda Nelson run some initial graded exercise tests as the manufacturer of the equipment and Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scott Furlong look on. The equipment is used in the Exercise Physiology classes and in research by UW-Green Bay faculty.
The fourth season of After Thoughts at UW-Green Bay wrapped up in energetic fashion Tuesday (April 1), when life coach and UW-Green Bay Associate Lecturer Jane Birr presented “Hall of Fame Habits: Bridging the Gap from Frustrated to Fit and Free” before a full house in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center. Birr, also an alumna (’85 and ’90), encouraged attendees to explore their passions, set goals and start “living on purpose” by prioritizing their health and making meaningful change. Her presentation also featured alumna Jenni Ulrich, who Log readers may recall from her odds-defying walk across the stage during May 2013 commencement. As we told you here the other day, Ulrich has made great strides (literally and figuratively) thanks to her own grit and her goal-setting work with Birr. For more on Birr’s presentation, including story and photo gallery, check out our news feature.