UW-Green Bay presents Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

GREEN BAY — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, in partnership with the Weidner Center for Performing Arts, will present a Stage Adaptation of the classic children’s book, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. The best-selling book is written by critically, acclaimed children’s author and Madison, Wis., resident Kevin Henkes.

School-only performances will be presented in the Weidner Center earlier in the week followed by two public family matinees Saturday April 23, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Special ticket pricing is listed below. The cast will be available after the Saturday matinees to greet children and families and pose for photo opportunities. Parents can register their children for a prize-drawing after the Saturday matinees. Four special “Lilly’s prizes” will be given away.

The synopsis: Lilly (in mouse character) loves school and her teacher, Mr. Slinger. That is, until she gets a purple plastic purse, a pair of movie star sunglasses, and three shiny new quarters that she wants to share with the class. She gets angry, upset and acts rudely when Mr. Slinger won’t allow it, and acts in a regrettable way. Eventually she learns lessons in patience, sharing, cooperation and forgiveness.

Three guest artists are working on the production with the UWGB cast and crew: Professor and United Scenic Artist Curtis Trout from Illinois Wesleyan University is the scenic and property designer for this show; Chicago-area designer Andre´a Healy, MFA UC-San Diego, is the assistant scene designer and paint charge artist for the “delightfully colorful set” designed by Trout; UWGB Theatre and Dance alumna Wendy Huber is a special property artisan.

“UWGB Music and Theatre has partnered with the Weidner Center to present this special Family Playhouse Event,” said Jeff Entwistle, chair of the Theatre and Dance academic program. “We want brothers and sisters and moms and dads and all kinds of families to be able to enjoy the show together. We have created some very special and affordable family group pricing for our two April 23 matinees.”

Individual ticket prices are $12 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. In addition, a family of three costs only $21, a family of four costs $25, and a family of five or more can attend for $30.

To Purchase Tickets:

  • Visit the University Ticketing & Information Center (UWGB University Union, Second Level)
  • Call for Tickets at 920-465-2400
  • Order Tickets online at www.uwgb.edu/theatre

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"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" UWGB Theatre April 23, 2016

– Photos submitted by UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance

The Cast

  • Lilly — Emily Ahrens
  • Wilson — William Appel
  • Chester — Evan Ash
  • Garland — Guinevere Casper
  • Mr. Slinger — Selena Deer
  • Julius and Grammy — Katelyn Junak
  • Father — Joey Prestley
  • Mother — Emily Van Rossum
  • Ensemble — Andrea Cornett
  • Ensemble — Tara Jackson
  • Ensemble — Daniel Taddy
  • Ensemble — Brooke Tupa
  • Ensemble — Tyler Wood
  • Ensemble — Kiersten Zangl

UW-Green Bay Theatre & Dance Faculty and Staff

  • Denise Carlson-Gardner —Dance/Choreography/Dance History
  • David Cook — Assistant Technical Director/Scene Shop Supervisor
  • Jeffrey Paul Entwistle — Chair/Scenic Design/Lighting Design
  • Michael Ingraham — Technical Director/Lighting Design/Sound Design
  • Timothy Josephs — Ballet
  • Kaoime E. Malloy — Costume Design/Make Up
  • John Mariano — Directing /Theatre History/Acting
  • Elizabeth Galba — Costume Shop Supervisor
  • Laura Riddle — Acting/Voice
  • Courtney Sherman — Musical Theatre Voice/Musical Theatre History
  • Eugenia V. Erdmann — Professor Emeritus
  • Richard Sherrell — Professor Emeritus

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Video: Transforming power of a UW-Green Bay degree

What do we mean about the transforming power of a UW-Green Bay degree? UW-Green Bay faculty and staff and our community partners, take the dreams of our current students and do everything in our power to help turn them into reality. That may mean introducing students to key contacts in the community, or preparing them to be better communicators and professionals, or giving them the hands-on experiences that provide them a competitive edge in the marketplace. This video highlights the dreams of three current UWGB students, and the alumni who were inspired by their owns UWGB experiences to achieve their dreams.

Commencement from the back of Weidner Center stage

December ’15 Commencement: Day in photos

An audience of 2,000 joined several hundred faculty, staff and dignitaries in celebrating the achievements of the fall/winter 2015 graduating class at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 19). About 450 students were eligible to participate in the program at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Chancellor Gary L. Miller (at lectern, above) presided over commencement, the 92nd in the institution’s 50-year history. The 93rd will take place May 14, 2016 at the Kress Events Center.

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Fall 2015 Commencement

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Model UN Classroom

‘Model United Nations’ class leads to deeper understanding

Students in UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Elizabeth Wheat’s Introduction to Global Politics and Policy classes say United Nations simulations motivate and engage them on a deeper level. The assigned project gives them a better level of understanding as they research policy issues affecting other countries.

“You can only get so much taking notes and trying to understand…” says student Chase Hyland, who had never taken a class before with a simulation as an assignment. “If you actually put yourself in an engaging learning environment where you are conducting actions of people in the real world, it forces you to learn and understand how these programs and how these organizations run.”

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Model UN 12-10-15

– Photos by Dan Moore, Office of Marketing and University Communication

TV success preempts college degree… until now

As a junior in high school nearly 50 years ago, Tom McCarey couldn’t have known that getting a part-time, entry-level position in the production department at WBAY-TV would be the start of a long and distinguished broadcasting career.

By the time he retired from WBAY two years ago, he had been a television news journalist for more than 40 years and a news director for more than three decades.

More often than not during his tenure, his station (Channel 2) drew strong ratings and favorable reviews for its news programming. For McCarey, however, one bit of work had gone unfinished.
“During that time I managed to complete about two years of higher education,” he says, “but as my life and career became more demanding, I had to put my pursuit of an undergraduate degree on the back burner.”

After retirement, that all changed. McCarey will cross the stage at UW-Green Bay commencement Saturday, Dec. 19, with his diploma and a “check” to one of his lifelong goals.
McCarey says his return to higher education was a bit daunting, at first.

“It was somewhat intimidating,” he recalls. “After so much time removed from an academic setting, I was very unsure if I could meet course expectations and do the work… I was in a very different environment. I went from managing a news operation of 50 journalists to being just another undergrad hoping to meet the challenge of coursework and the professor’s expectations.”

McCarey now considers his degree one of the most rewarding accomplishments of his life. He says his experience at UW-Green Bay couldn’t have gone any better.

“The professors here are truly gifted,” McCarey says. “I have learned so much from them and they’ve been so helpful and encouraging. My classmates, all 40-plus years younger than me, have been terrific. Despite our generational differences, we all share a desire to learn.”

McCarey has taken 60 credits since his return with his degree in Integrative Leadership Studies with a self-directed emphasis on U.S. Government and History, through UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program.

“After spending most of my adult life covering news events, I wanted to know more about the reasons behind the news,” he says. “So much of broadcast journalism is immediate with little time for reflection and context. Returning to school would give me the opportunity to better understand how the past impacts the present.”

McCarey, who gave up time with family and vacations to meet his end goal is excited to be able to say, “Mission Accomplished.”

— Reporting by Marketing and University Communication intern Emily Schuh

Stockbridge, Wis. villiage officials posing with UW-Green Bay students from the Urban and Regional Studies program, from left: Michael Dreckschmidt, Samantha Champine, Casey Murphy and Courtney Maye.

Stockpiling ideas: Planning students aid Stockbridge

Students in the Urban and Regional Planning theory course taught by Prof. Marcelo Cruz traveled to the Calumet County village of Stockbridge Wednesday night to share with the Village Board ideas for the community’s future development.

Posing with village officials were four UW-Green Bay students from the Urban and Regional Studies program, from left: Michael Dreckschmidt, Samantha Champine, Casey Murphy and Courtney Maye.

The students have worked all semester long to create a community profile for the village by meeting with village officials and visiting the community.  Cruz says the students enjoyed the hands-on experience applying what they learned in class to a practical case study.  The project was set in motion when village board member Greg Zickuhr contacedt Cruz last spring to ask if UW-Green Bay could help the village explore visions for the future. Cruz and his students consulted with the village board back in early October to develop a community profile to be used in the visioning exercise.

Pages from 2015.12.Stockbridge-Wis-Community-profile-webThe student report presented Wednesday notes the challenges Stockbridge faces, in terms of an aging population, relatively little retail and what would appear to be a comparatively high rate of vacant housing. It also notes advantages including a rural character, great natural resources with a setting overlooking Lake Winnebago, a rich history, a location that is close (but not too close) to larger population centers, and the fact the availability of rental units could be a plus for tourism- or retirement-related purposes. For a look at the student’s final report, see the Stockbridge: Resilience through Openness A Wisconsin Community Profile.

UW-Green Bay Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Theatre and Dance and Music presents the beloved holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

The performances of It’s A Wonderful Life will take place Thursday and Friday, Nov. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Frank Capra’s classic holiday film was adapted for the stage by Joe Landry in 2006 and quickly became an anticipated annual event in cities across the country. Performed as a live radio broadcast set on Christmas Eve, 1946, audiences are transported to the days of Old Time Radio. An ensemble of 11 actors play dozens of characters, perform commercial jingles and create sound effects to tell the story of Bedford Falls’ George Bailey as he is given a great gift by Clarence Oddbody one fateful Christmas Eve.

Feature-Wonderful-LifeProduction Director and Professor of Theatre, Laura Riddle, is excited to bring It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play to the Weidner Center on the UW-Green Bay campus as a part of the University’s 50th Anniversary celebration. “I have always been a fan of Old Time Radio and tune in to Wisconsin Public Radio every Sunday night to hear rebroadcasts of old radio shows, stories told in a way that invite the listeners to imagine the action in great detail through enhanced underscoring and sound effects. Our production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play treats the audience to a look “behind-the scenes” for a live radio broadcast. The audience sees actors changing characters using only their voices and sound effects are created live at a Foley table using objects from corn flakes to water basins.”

All elements are performed live and include a live band playing popular music and holiday songs from the 1940’s. It’s a Wonderful Life is a collaboration of UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance and UW-Green Bay Music. The original score by Kevin Connors has been custom tailored for the UWGB production by Nick Schommer and Kelsie Holtzheimer, UW-Green Bay Music students who have composed new arrangements and original compositions.

It’s a Wonderful Life directorial/production team: Laura Riddle (Director), Courtney Sherman (Musical Director), Denise Carlson-Gardner (Choreographer), Nick Schommer and Kelsie Holtzheimer (original compositions and arrangements) Jeffrey Paul Entwistle (Scenic Designer), Kaoime E. Malloy (Costume/Make Up Designer), R. Michael Ingraham (Lighting Designer, Technical Designer), Dana Mehlhorn (Sound Designer), Jeff Chesebro and Paul Heim (Foley Designers), David Cook (Assistant Technical Director) Bri Wolfe (Stage Manager).

Wonderful-life2It’s a Wonderful Life cast: Emily Ahrens (Roscoe, IL), Selena Deer (New Berlin, WI), Max Frost (De Pere, WI), Ashley Gutting (Ashwaubenon, WI), Nick Schommer (Jackson, WI), Millie Haushalter (Brillion, WI), Adam Rosenow (Shawano, WI), Talor Sohr (Green Bay, WI), Kit Honkanen (Green Bay, WI), Daniel Taddy (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Tyler Wood (Pulaski, WI)

It’s a Wonderful Life orchestra: Courtney Sherman (Conductor), Laura Cortright, flute (Green Bay, WI), Keton Jennings, sax (Poynette, WI), Gatlin Grimm, trumpet (Green Bay, WI), Joe Russett, trombone (Green Bay, WI), Collin Catalano, upright bass; Bobby Magers, drums (Green Bay, WI), Kyle Sweeney, piano (Fox Point, WI), Ryan Dummer, piano (Green Bay, WI)

It’s a Wonderful Life crew: Matthew Beecher (Assistant Stage Manager) (Milwaukee, WI), Erin Pagenkopf (Assistant Stage Manager) (Sussex, WI), Jake Gerlikovski (Master Electrician) (Green Bay, WI), David Cook (Scene Shop Supervisor), Elizabeth Galba (Costume Shop Supervisor) (Cascade, WI), Cody Von Ruden (Wardrobe Head, Makeup Crew) (Cashton, WI), Katy Kluever (Menasha, WI) and Cody Galligan (Campbellsport, WI) (Wardrobe Crew), Zeb Burks (Sound Technician) (Ettrick, WI), Scene Shop Practicum Students (Carpenters and Costume Technicians), (Electricians and Paint Crew).

Tickets for It’s A Wonderful Life range from $25 to $35. Special pricing for UWGB students is $20. To purchase tickets.

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HOOAH! Student rallies campus, community for vets

Nicholas Gries, a nontraditional student at UW-Green Bay, has had many experiences in his life that have made him the man he is today. But it is his military experience that drives his current passion to dive further, dig deeper — both at the University, and in service to his community.

“The number one thing that the military has taught me is not to be content with my situation; you can always do more…” says Gries, a business and finance major. “The military has also taught me to set my goals high and work hard until the mission is complete. We do not fail. We make mistakes, learn from them, and get back up and try again.”

Gries served as a fire team leader in in the 1st Ranger Battalion of the United States Army from 2002 until 2006. In 2010 he joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a squad leader. In 2012, he joined the National Guard full time, in the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) as a non-commissioned officer, a position he maintains today.

Gries was one of the two founders of 4th HOOAH WI (Helping out our American Heroes), a local branch of a national organization dedicated to supporting deployed service men and women, their stateside families and returning veterans. Gries has also helped establish a scholarship at UW-Green Bay for continuing service men and women, or veterans of the armed forces.

“I am president of 4th HOOAH WI, and we look at any and every way possible to help Veterans and their families,” he says. “I am a firm believer in higher education for everyone so this is one way we can help veterans and their families reach the goals they set out for themselves.”

This year, Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11) will be a little more hectic for Gries, who is an organizer of HOOAH WI’s major fundraising effort of the year —the third annual Veteran Suicide Rucksack March — a 22-mile walk/run/march beginning at Stadium View Bar and Grille, 1963 Holmgren Way. At 4 p.m. that day, HOOAH WI will be recognized, with other veterans’ scholarship donors, at UW-Green Bay’s annual Veterans Reception at 4 p.m. in the University Union.

(The expression “hooah,” incidentally, has no precise dictionary definition, but is instantaneously recognizable to service members and veterans (mostly Army) as military slang — a confident, catch-all expression of high morale, cohesiveness and motivation.)

Gries, a Bay Port High School graduate, said he was initially drawn to UW-Green Bay because of its sound business program and the school’s location, but he has been impressed after the fact that the campus provides the non-traditional student an ideal opportunity for degree completion.

“I am not a traditional student…The thing I like the best about the campus and school is the times of the classes, allowing me to make it to my full time job…All of my instructors have been more than understanding…I believe nontraditional students are more than welcomed and treated as peers.”

For more information about the Third Annual Veteran Suicide Rucksack March.

Story by student Emily Schuh, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication Office

One million: Kress Events Center nears user milestone

kress-fitness-wingSome time Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 4, 2015), the Kress Events Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will record its one-millionth fitness-and-recreation patron visit.

Jeff Krueger, director of operations, says he and Kress staff members will pay close attention to the count Wednesday as it nears 1,000,0000. They’re planning to award a prize package with gift certificates and apparel to the lucky patron whose check-in at the front desk via card swipe accounts for reaching the milestone, almost eight years to the day since the facility’s opening.

Student fitness and recreation facilities at UW-Green Bay took a giant leap forward with the grand opening of the Kress on Nov. 3, 2007. The facility was additionally lauded for providing a suitable home for Phoenix Athletics including women’s basketball and volleyball. The $33 million project was constructed through a partnership led by students, who committed $15 million through higher fees. The state of Wisconsin provided $7.5 million in taxpayer support contingent upon the University realizing more than $11 million in community donations, with The George F. Kress Foundation of Green Bay providing the lead private gift.

Krueger says the one-millionth visit milestone is not merely an estimate. It is an actual electronic count of users — primarily UW-Green Bay students but also faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and community members — reflecting only those who enter the Kress and register at the front desk for recreation/fitness or student-athlete purposes. It does not include attendance at sporting events, commencement ceremonies, concerts, conferences or other special events.

During its busy first week in November 2007 the Kress recorded 3,764 individual user visits, a number that remained relatively constant even as the initial wave of excitement subsided. Krueger says the facility now averages between 4,000 and 4,600 user visits per week when school is in session during the cold-weather months. The single-week “record” was set with 4,719 visits recorded Feb. 2-8, 2014, a particularly bitter stretch during Green Bay’s coldest winter in a century.

kress-fitness-classFor the most recent academic year, the Kress Center documented usage by 3,063 unique student users. On a campus with roughly 2,000 residents in student housing, Krueger says, that figure indicates that participation by commuter students in fitness and recreation activities is significant. The 3,063 students who used the Kress at least once during the 2014-15 school year represent more than two-thirds (69.4 percent) of the 4,411 UW-Green Bay students who completed all or nearly all of their courses in person, on campus. (Another 2,000 or so UWGB students are enrolled primarily through online or distance-learning offerings.)

Exit surveys of graduating seniors now show a marked turnaround in student satisfaction with UW-Green Bay’s fitness and recreation facilities.

In 2005, before the Kress-related expansion of the cramped, outdated Phoenix Sports Center had begun, only 52 percent of respondents indicated they had used the PSC. Those familiar with the facility gave it an overall grade of 2.6 (a C+) on a 4-point scale, lowest-rated among the 20 or so services and offices listed.

In the 2014 survey, recent graduates rated the Kress highest — at 3.7 on a 4.0 scale — ahead of other well-regarded campus services including the library, computer center, student health center and American Intercultural Center, among others. Respondents familiar with the facility climbed to 65 percent.

Krueger says participation in intramural competition has also climbed dramatically since the Kress opened. Last year, 1,001 individuals took part, with most participating in multiple sports, yielding 4,021 team “participations” over the year. The latter figure is more than double the comparable number from the year before the Kress opened.

National surveys have shown that two-thirds of prospective college students say campus fitness and recreation facilities are a factor in choosing a university, and those who study student retention say stress reduction, physical fitness and the social aspect of intramurals and workouts increase student satisfaction and improve retention.

Kress Center Fun Facts

Honors — Recognized as one of the top 20 “Most Impressive College Gyms and Student Recreation Centers” by Best Value Schools in November 2013.
kress-tread-millsHigh-mileage — The eight Woodway treadmills located on the cardio deck of the Schreiber Foods Fitness Center date to the KEC’s opening in 2007. Combined, they have logged a total of more than 278,000 miles “traveled” by KEC patrons, equivalent to running the circumference of the Earth (24,901 miles) at least 11 times.
An acre of wood flooring — The KEC has 53,679 sq. ft. of wood floors throughout the facility. The breakdown: Events Center, 17,460 sq. ft.; Dick Bennett Gym, 11,155; Aerobics Room, 1,768; East and West gyms, 20,896; racquetball courts, 2,400. (An acre is 43,560 square feet.)
Tons of fun — The Fitness Center offers nearly 15 tons of weights —29,708.5 lbs., to be precise — with 12,422.5 lbs. of plates, 9,126 lbs. of dumbbells, and 8,160 lbs. of “stacks.”
H2O in abundance — The Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium pool contains 360,000 gallons of water, enough to flood the hardwood floor of the 4,000-seat Events Center nearly three feet deep — too deep for basketball, too shallow for water polo… and not good for the floor.
Canoe Battleship is new water sport — Student Life and the student-funded Good Times Programming group purchased the canoes so that, in spring 2015, the first bring-your-own-pails, sink-your-opponent student competition was held in the KEC pool. “It was a huge hit.”
A lot of competition — 1,438 intramural games were played at UW-Green Bay in 2014-15, involving 590 different teams.
Multiple sports, multiple options — Sports competition takes place in numerous sports and, often, various sub-categories (outdoor leagues, indoor leagues; men’s, women’s or co-rec; A and B leagues; singles, doubles, 5-on-5, etc. Sports include basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, soccer, trenchball, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, futsal, tennis, racquetball, badminton, pickleball, handball, field polo, broom hockey, wallyball, wiffleball, golf, bag toss, ragball, spikeball, kan jam, floor hockey (new) and the aforementioned canoe battleship.
Fitness classes popular — The Kress averages more than 9,000 fitness “participations” per year. This fall the Kress has 36 weekly group fitness classes in 21 different formats weekly: Ab Lab, Aqua Aerobics, Barre Sculpt, Bunns & Gunns, Butts & Gutts, Cardio Sculpt, Drum Aerobics, Full Body Hooping, Just Dance, Kickboxing, PiYo™, Powerhouse, Rock Your Body, Sunrise Stretching, Sunrise Strength, Toning Circuits, Just Dance, Kickboxing, Turbokick™, Yoga, Yoga for Relaxation, Zumba™, and 30/30.
• Climbing numbers climb — After a few years of declining participation, 2014-15 rebounded to be the second best year for students tackling the center’s climbing tower since the Kress opened in 2007. This fall, the tower has recorded 760 total climbing sessions over the first nine weeks of the semester, a record pace.
Long hours — The Kress Events Center is open 98.5 hours per week for fitness and recreation.

More Facility Facts

The Kress Events Center opened in November 2007 and represented a massive expansion of the existing Phoenix Sports Center, which dated to 1976. The $33 million project tripled the size of the old PSC (which had 75,000 square feet) to nearly 250,000 square feet.

Schreiber Foods Fitness Center
— 14,000 square feet fitness center
— 1,768 square feet aerobics and martial arts studio with dance/ballet bars, mirrors
— Cardio theater deck with four 50-inch plasma TVs
— Three-lane elevated jogging/walking track, 1/12 mile
kress-climbing-wall— 28-foot-tall rock climbing tower with contoured surface, 6 climbing stations
Over 800 sq. ft. of contoured climbing surface, with 9” relief.
Weights Area
— 19 Magnum weight machines
— 10 Free Motion weight machines
— 8 pieces of Life Fitness Hammer Strength plate-loaded equipment
Cardio Theater Deck
— 8 Woodway Treadmills
— 8 Precor ellipticals
— 6 Precor bikes
— 2 Precor AMT’s
— 4 Precor steppers
— 1 Stairmaster step mill
— 2 Life Fitness ellipticals
— 4 Life Fitness bikes
— 2 Life Fitness steppers
— 4 Cybex arc trainers
— 2 Concept rowing machines
— 4 Kaiser bikes
— 1 Sci Fit ergometer
— 3 station Versa Climber
Indoor Turf Gym
— 12,000 square feet
— Field Turf surface (same as the Packers’ Don Hutson Center)
— Batting cage
— Practice space for Phoenix soccer, softball… green space for open recreation… intramural use by soccer, flag football, wiffleball, frisbee
kress-weight-roomEast and West Gyms
— Four basketball courts or four volleyball courts
— Used mainly for open recreation and intramurals
Dick Bennett Gym
— Primary practice facility for Phoenix Men’s Basketball, also used by volleyball and women’s basketball
— Used for open recreation and intramurals
— Equipped with two Daktronics scoreboards for practice and intramural use
Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium (Pool)
— 8-Lane, 25-Meter Olympic size competition pool
— 1-, 3-, and 5-meter diving boards
— Used primarily for Phoenix swimming teams, recreation and lap swimming, swim lessons, scuba classes
Kress Events Center’s 4,000-seat events center
— Primary competition and practice facility for Phoenix women’s basketball and volleyball programs.
— Hosts University events including Commencement and FOCUS, community events including high school graduation ceremonies and tournaments, visiting speakers
— Lower Bowl seating capacity is 1,370; Upper Bowl capacity is 2,586; dedicated, barrier-free wheelchair and companion seating on mezzanine level for at least 44.
— Maple hardwood flooring
— Main competition court was dedicated Carol’s Court in 2007 to honor longtime UWGB and Phoenix Athletics supporter Carol Bush
— Large video and scoreboard display (on east wall) measures 34 by 17 feet, weighs 7,000 pounds, with video screen measuring more than 7×10 feet in size.

Events hosted since 2007
Among the thousands of events the Kress has hosted since its grand opening in fall 2007 are numerous Green Bay Phoenix Athletics events (including women’s basketball and volleyball home games), as well as Private Dedication Dinner on the Carol’s Court basketball floor, Oct. 2007; Grand Opening Concert featuring Switchfoot, Relient K, Ruth, Nov. 2007; eight consecutive Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournaments; UW-Green Bay Freshman Welcome, annually; UW-Green Bay Spring Commencement, annually; Southwest, West, East high school graduations, since 2008; Barack Obama presidential campaign appearance, 2008; Shawano Sundrop Shoothout holiday basketball tourneys, since 2009; WIAA girls and boys basketball tournaments; 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion sendoff (2011), homecoming (2012); The Lambeau Leap Gymnastics Meet, since 2013. The center has also hosted the annual Jingle Bell Run fundraiser, National History Day Competition involving local schoolchildren, the WPS Solar Olympics, Special Olympics events, the UW-Green Bay Pow-Wow, local swim and meets, and various private and corporate gatherings.

This November, wild rice is for seeding, not stuffing


Remember the grant received by Natural and Applied Sciences faculty members to pilot the restoration of native wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay? This just in: Researchers have obtained 350 pounds of rice and are targeting Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17, to seed areas near the mouth of Duck Creek as a first step in returning wild rice to the bay. Adjunct faculty member and environmental researcher Patrick Robinson will head the planting team. Robinson and NAS Profs. Matt Dornbush, Bob Howe and Amy Wolf received the $225,000 federal grant to further the reintroduction of desirable plants in the lee of the new Cat Island Chain breakwater by establishing what size plantings are optimal, at what water depths, and the best means (seeding or plugs). Robinson says the 350 pounds of wild rice should seed about 7 acres of near-shore shallows.