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Throwback Thursday: Calling all gamers!

In 1973, UWGB faculty member, Dr. E. Nelson Swinerton, launched a game called “The Dead River.” The game was intended to “present a real-life water pollution problem and give each participant a role to play in problem solving.”

The simulation game had students serving as members of teams representing various interest groups. Assuming the role of the interest groups, the teams had to develop water quality standards and policy options for cleaning up an interstate river system.

Swinerton believed students should be “actively involved in the learning process” and used the simulation game in his Introduction to Political Science courses. Swinerton was a professor at UWGB from 1968 until 1996. He taught courses in political science, urban and public affairs as well as the extended degree program.

Marketed to social studies and science teachers, the game was produced and sold nationwide by the Educational Games Company of Ohio.

We are curious if any UWGB Alums remember playing this game in the 1970s and 1980s

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Given the opportunity, what would faculty say if they had one last lecture to give? This series features six of our distinguished professors doing just that.

50th Anniversary will feature faculty lecture series

The schedule is set for the UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary “Last Lecture Series” for the 2015-16 academic year. The series, so named, invites UW-Green Bay professors to give a lecture as if it were their last. Each presentation is a Wednesday event beginning at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Christie Theatre.  The lineup of distinguished faculty lecturers:

  • Sept. 23 — Derek Jeffreys, Professor, Humanistic Studies
    “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison”
  • Oct. 28 — Jeff Entwistle, Professor, Theatre and Dance
    “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future”
  • Nov. 18 — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Nursing
    “E-Learning: The Train has Left the Station”
  • Feb. 17 — Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies
    “Made to Serve: The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values”
  • March 23 — Steve Meyer, Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
    “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s”
  • April 13 — Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science
    “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit”
50 Spots on Campus

50 Spots, A to Z, that are UWGB

This is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque campuses in the Midwest. From world-class venues to hidden nooks and favorite hanging spots — indoors and out — there is a great range of locations that are distinctly UW-Green Bay. In celebration of UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary, we compiled a list of favorites. Here are our 50 most familiar spots at UW-Green Bay, in unranked (but alphabetical order). Do you see some we missed? Please comment below.

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May 2014 graduate, Elizabeth Smeaton, continuing the tradition of tossing her shoes into Shoe Tree II.

Throwback Thursday: Shoe Tree

One tradition on the UWGB campus is for graduating seniors to throw a pair of shoes, some with personal messages, in to the Shoe Tree branches.

The exact beginning of the Shoe Tree is unknown. We do know it was in place by 1991. Some speculate the meaning was “seniors throw [the shoes] because they’re leaving their ‘soles’ behind.” Others have theorized the purpose is to recognize “this is a big campus and that students were wearing their soles out walking back and forth.”

The beloved 150 year old oak, housing decades of senior shoes, fell during a thunderstorm on July 30, 2002. On October 11, 2002, Shoe Tree II, was dedicated near the Ecumenical Center (now Mauthe Center). At the December 2002 graduation, Chancellor Bruce Shepard, presented Leanne Shaha, the 20,000th graduate, a wooden bowl he had crafted from the fallen Shoe Tree.

We are hoping UWGB Alums can tell us more about this unique campus tradition. When did it start? What are your memories? Do you have a photo you could share?

‪#‎uwgb‬ ‪#‎uwgbalums‬ ‪#‎shoetree‬ ‪#‎commencement‬ ‪#‎gbgrad‬ ‪#‎tbt‬


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1980s Spring Screamer

Throwback Thursday: Tricycle Races

As UWGB students begin their finals next week, we encourage everyone to take study breaks.

We think bringing back the tricycle races from the Spring Screamer might be a great place to start. The Spring Screamer was an annual event held during the 1980s as a stress reliever for students.

What do you think should we bring this back?


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Throwback Thursday: Men’s Tennis

UWGB Men's tennis team player, ca. 1970-1979.

Congratulations to the UWGB Men’s Tennis team! As Horizon League winners for the second year in a row, they are headed to the NCAA tournament on May 8th to face University of Illinois. Way to represent Green Bay Phoenix!

The Men’s tennis team started on campus with the 1969-1970 school year. We have very few photos in the Archives for the tennis squad over the years. We would love it if UWGB Alums had some to share with us.

In the meantime, enjoy these retro photos. And, it would be great if you could help identify the tennis players!

‪#‎gophoenix‬, ‪#‎tennis‬ ‪#‎uwgb‬ ‪#‎uwgbalums‬

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Campus Garden 1973

Throwback Thursday: 45th Earth Week

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Week….

In 1973, the first gardening efforts occurred on the UWGB campus. Barbara Rosenbaum, a student from Missouri, contacted the Office of Student Life wondering if there was a section of campus land that could be made available for a garden. Other students, faculty, and staff soon joined the efforts. Dick Christie, director of student life, made sure the gardening group received funding. Although the allocation was only $100, the group accomplished a great deal the first year.

The garden consisted of a half-acre lot and was divided into a communal section and individual areas. The small organic campus garden grew cabbage, beans, corn, radishes, lettuce, and other vegetables.

One of the organizers was Schellie Hensely, a senior from Illinois. He indicated the limited gardening funds were extended by using the leaf mold from a campus recycling project. Hensley stated the campus gardeners learned from organic gardening publications and members of the group who “grew up on a farm” as well as intuition.

The 1973 garden quickly became bigger in purpose with the campus fruit trees benefitting from the garden mulching and pruning; planned renovation of the greenhouse; and the creation of a library on organic gardening.

Fast forward to 2010 when the current SLO Food Alliance was established and a new campus garden began on the plaza of the University Union. As part of UWGB’s Earth Week celebration, this year’s garden will be planted on Thursday and Friday.

Pictured in the 1973 photo are Schellie Hensley (right) and Marcia Karras (left).


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Library in Instructional Resources Building

Throwback Thursday: Library


Happy National Library Week too!

The UWGB Cofrin Library was envisioned by Chancellor Weidner and the architects as the heart of the UWGB campus. Ground was broken for the present library building in 1970. Known at the time as the Library Learning Center, the building opened for use in February 1972. It was renamed in 1990 to honor a major campus donor, David A. Cofrin.

Prior to 1970 the Library had homes in downtown Green Bay in Schmitt’s Discount Store (located at 1276 Main Street) and the Instructional Resources (Services) Building, approximately where CIT and the General Access Lab is now located.

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Throwback Thursday: Lawton Gallery

Recently we were asked to provide a history of the Lawton Art Gallery at UWGB. We are sharing our findings with you.

When the College of Creative Communications (Theatre Hall and Studio Arts) buildings were dedicated in April 1974, space was allocated for an art gallery. The first exhibit featured paintings from the Milwaukee artist Mel Kishner. The gallery space was soon outgrown.

In July 1981, Chancellor Weidner announced a $50,000 donation by Randall and Catherine Lawton, from De Pere, for the purpose of remodeling existing gallery space. The new gallery was constructed over the summer of 1982.

10987647_1035929399769452_2142839612383471574_oThe first exhibit in the Lawton Art Gallery was entitled “Chicago Paper: Approaches to Handmade Paper.”

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Throwback Thursday: Phoenix Sports Center

Forty years ago, April 1975, marked the groundbreaking for the first physical education center for UWGB.

For approximately the first seven years of campus history, sports facilities at various locations in Green Bay were used. The planning for a new sports center did not come easy. Campus and state officials did not agree on the need for a physical education building.

Campus administrators sought approval from the state for construction of the Phoenix Sport Center which would provide a place for physical education instruction; indoor recreation; intramural programs; and intercollegiate athletics. The initial proposals called for a facility that would lead to the intercollegiate sports of gymnastics, water polo, handball, diving and swimming, and wrestling.

Eventually the request was approved by the state with a thirty percent budget reduction from the original proposal, which required modifying certain design elements.

Thirty years later, in 2005, the groundbreaking was held for the present Kress Events Center which was built around the Phoenix Sports Center, incorporating the original gym into the new design.

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