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UW-Green Bay Summer Camps:Grandparents' University®

2014 Classes:

Art Majors

Grandparents' UniversityMemory-Making Clay Designs*- FULL

*To be added to the waiting list please e-mail or call 920-465-2775.

Instructor: Dean Hoegger, Artist/Teacher

Students in this class will learn the fundamentals of working with clay. You will experiment with textures, colors, shapes and found images to create a GPU memory vessel that can be used to store objects representing the shared memories of the grandparent and grandchild! Students will learn the basics of blending, carving, and using impressed objects to create your own unique vessel. Partners may bring objects from home that can be used to create impressions in clay. Examples could include a baseball, key, fabric, game board pieces, fishing lures, jewelry, etc.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old.
Lab fee: $15
Physical Level: Low

Ceramics instructor, Dean Hoegger, brings many significant experiences to Grandparents' University, with many years teaching in the Summer Art Studio Camps and in the Sturgeon Bay Schools. As a professional artist, he has exhibited throughout the Midwest since 1976. Beside finding his work in local art galleries, Hoegger is a yearly participant in the downtown Green Bay arts festival, Art Street.



Grandparents' UniversityArtist Books: Visual Journeys

Instructor: Chris Style, Professor of Arts and Visual Design

In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make an artist book that includes at least two different book-binding methods. You will create your own visual journey complete with hard covers. Students will make a few blank books to learn various binding methods; create a simple visual story board to layout your book flow; prepare you paper and covers through folding, paper straining, patterns, stencils, collage and other color media; and bind it all together.

Physical Level: Low

Christine Syle earned B.S., UW-Madison; M.F.A., UW-Milwaukee and she has taught classes in Printmaking: Intro, Intermediate and Advanced, Intermediate Drawing.



You're the Artist: Learn How to Draw Cartoon Characters!

Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Addie Sorbo, Lecturer, Artist, Teacher

Artists create drawings called storyboards to plan animated movies and cartoons like "Finding Nemo," "Phineas & Ferb," and "Pokémon." Learn how to draw your favorite cartoon character, and create a scene for your own movie storyboard.

Physical Level: Low

Addie Sorbo grew up loving all things art, and found such joy in drawing, painting, and creating. After high school, she went on to earn a degree in Communications and the Arts at UW-Green Bay. Now, she is graphic and web designer, and owner of Strawberry Fields Design, Inc., an award-winning design firm. She also teaches Arts and Visual Design courses at her alma mater. She lives in Bellevue with her husband and two children, and is extremely happy that they are both taking an interest in art.




Communications Majors

Grandparents' UniversityRadio Broadcasting...alive and well!*- CLOSED

Instructor: Danielle Bina, Senior Lecturer: Dept. of Communication

Before the internet, television and movies, there was radio. In this fun-filled course, you will learn about the dynamic world of radio broadcasting, from its humble beginnings to the age of podcasts. Experience hands-on recording sessions, WPR in-studio tours, and a field trip to a local radio station.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old.
Physical Level: Low

Danielle Bina specializes and teaches courses in Public Relations and Electronic Media at UW-Green Bay.



Letterboxing*- FULL

*To be added to the waiting list please e-mail or call 920-465-2775.

Instructor: Illene Cupit, Professor of Human Development

Letterboxing, in existence since the mid-1800's in Great Britain, is an international phenomenon that is similar to geo-caching without the technology. This course combines some aspects of a scavenger hunt, map reading, puzzle solving and creative expression. Grandparents and grandchildren will work as a team to use clues to find letterboxes, record their find, develop and hide their own letter box, and make or bring a "signature stamp" for future letterboxing.

Dr. Illene Cupit's work is in death, dying and bereavement. Her current research interests are on college student grief, the uses of the Internet in the study of death and dying, and the effects of bereavement camps as a form of grief intervention for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. In addition, she is the founder and director of Camp Lloyd, a summer day camp for grieving children. During the week of Camp Lloyd, Human Development students are trained to be Big Buddies to the campers.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old.
Physical Level: Moderate

Illene Cupit: Education: PhD, Temple University, PA




Music Majors

Grandparents' UniversityFour Hand Piano*- CLOSED

Instructor: Abigail Mace , UW-Green Bay, Lecturer in Music, Piano

Enter the world of 4-hand piano! If you have never played piano before, you are just learning, or you played a long time ago, this class will take you through simple chord progressions, and transform the simple into a full-sounding musical creation that nothing can duplicate. This class will introduce you to some basics of piano technique and help you learn some fun and familiar tunes that you can play others. You will learn in UWGB's state of the art piano lab from instructor Abigail Mace. Light the spark of creativity for years to come! No experience required.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old.
Physical Level: Low

Pianist Abigail Mace returns to her hometown with a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin and performance and research experience across the United States and abroad. Mace has most recently performed in Texas, Colorado, New York, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy. A specialist in baroque music, Mace also performs on harpsichord and fortepiano. Mace completed studies in early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague on a Fulbright Fellowship and has performed with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Jeanne Lamon. Before joining the faculty at UW-Green Bay, Mace was a faculty member of The University of Texas Extension, the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Piano at The University of Texas.




Science Majors:

Human Biology: Nutritional Science - FULL

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Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Debra Pearson, Associate Professor in Human Biology

We all know that eating food can be fun. But did you know that the preparation of food is both a science and an art? In this class you will learn about how certain foods help our bodies stay healthy. You will also see what happens when ingredients in foods are mixed together. And finally you will learn how to prepare foods that are not only tasty but very appealing to the eye. Students will participate in hands-on science experiments that you can eat. What a fun way to learn about food science! The kitchen fills each year - register early!

Physical Level: Low

Prof. Debra Pearson teaches at UW-Green Bay in the Dept. of Human Biology (Nutritional Science/Dietetics & General), Nutritional Biochemistry. Education: Ph.D. University of California at Davis



Natural History and Ecology: Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum

Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator, Richter Museum of Natural History; Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

The most popular course at GPU! Are you fascinated by birds and animals? You will learn about Green Bay’s natural biodiversity through trail walks in the campus prairie and bayshore, and wooded areas of the Cofrin Arboretum, our nature "lab." In the Richter Museum explore the fascinating collections and see how they are used for teaching, documentations of species distributions and environmental changes and quality. Learn what a voucher specimen is and why they are so important. See how birds and other animals are used to detect toxins and their importance in cleaning up the Fox River, Green Bay and Lake Michigan. If you love nature and wish to preserve it, this is the perfect place to be this summer.

Physical Level: Moderate

Thomas Erdman has been a raptor researcher and bander for more than 30 years, handling tens of thousands of these birds. He has conducted research on the population dynamics of woodland raptors, especially Northern Goshawks and he has been involved in forest planning for raptors in the National Forests in the western Great Lakes region. He has also monitored colonial bird populations on Green Bay including terns, gulls, herons, egrets, cormorants and pelicans. He was part of team involved in studying the effects of toxins on fish eating birds which has ultimately led to the PCB clean up of the Fox River. He has participated in both bat and avian mortality studies at transmission towers and wind generators. He has led and participated in many small mammal and amphibian surveys and is very knowledgeable about their habits and distributions.



Grandparents' UniversityGeology - FULL

*To be added to the waiting list please e-mail or call 920-465-2775.

Instructor: John Luczaj, Associate Professor of Geology at UW-Green Bay

Together with Accoc. Professor John Luczaj, students will learn about the formation of ore deposits and fossils, how to identify minerals, and learn about the Niagara Escarpment in Wisconsin. The class will include a field trip that will involve some outside walking (including stairs) to observe the geology at Wequiock Falls and Bayshore County parks. Students will also see an array of samples under microscopes in UW-Green Bay's Geoscience Laboratory and have the chance to bring in unknown samples from home. Discover the facinating world of Geology!

Lab Fee: $15
Physical Level: Moderate

Assoc. Prof. John Luczaj: Education: Johns Hopkins University: Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences; Ph.D. in Geology, May 2000; M.A. in Geology, May 1997; University of Kansas: Master of Science in Geology, December 1995 (With Honors); University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh: B.S. in Geology, May 1993, Magna Cum Laude

Dr. John Luczaj's Emphases or Area of Research: Interests include, but are not limited to, fluid-inclusions in minerals, water-rock interaction in sedimentary rocks, groundwater contamination, karst geology and hydrogeology, and stratigraphy of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks.



Environmental Science: Meteorology

Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Steve Meyer, Assistant Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences

Ever wonder how to interpret weather maps? Or how to predict the weather? Join Assoc. Professor Steve Meyer and discover the fascinating world of weather as we collect weather data, interpret weather maps, predict the weather, and show how weather works through some fun experiments.

Physical Level: Low

Asst. Professor Meyer's areas of emphases and research include: climate change; the effects of climate change on natural resources; climate related decision making; long-range climate outlooks and their uses; science education.



Environmental Science: Aquatic Ecology

Instructor: Kevin Fermanich, Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences

Explore and learn about connections between rain, streams, and lakes and freshwater organisms.   The bugs and other organisms that live in water tell us a lot about what’s happening on the land.  Get hands-on experience measuring all kinds of characteristics of water and the life that depends on it.

Physical Level: Moderate

Professor Kevin Fermanich, at UW-Green Bay since 1998, Prof. Fermanich has been involved in numerous grant projects, an array of environmental science classes with research interests in soil processes and ground water quality; nonpoint source pollution; watershed monitoring and management; fate of contaminants.

Education: B.S. UW-Stevens Point; M.S., Ph.D. UW-Madison.



Aerospace: Hands on Rocketry*

Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Brian Ewenson , Director of Education at Spaceport Sheboygan

It IS Rocket Science! Ready! Set! Launch! Explore spaceflight, the history of the Space and the International Space Station. You will construct and launch your own rocket! Students will learn from Daniel Bateman, the Executive Director for Spaceport Sheboygan, WI, who is an experienced educator and who oversees all education programming and public outreach for the up and coming Spaceport. He is an authority on Space Shuttle and International Space Station history and operations. Join the crew!

Brian Ewenson is an Aerospace Educator, Consultant, and Professional Speaker on Aviation and Aerospace. Brian has worked for the Canadian Space Agency, and Lockheed Martin's Space and Challenger Learning Centers. He has designed, developed, and flown student experiments on the shuttle and station and subsequently trained astonauts to do his work in space.

Lab Fee: $15
Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old.
Physical Level: Low



Computer Science: Game Theory* - FULL

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Instructor: Richard Blumenstein, Lecturer, Computer Science

Ever wonder how your favorite board game was created?  Ever wonder how video games are made?  Together with professional game developer Richard Blumenstein , students will learn about the game creation process.  This class will take an in depth look at the basic rules of board games, game balance and game play.  You will create your own board game and be able to play it with your friends and family. In addition you will explore what it’s like to create a video game using Game Maker software.  This is a great chance to learn from the pros and have fun in the process!
This class is designed for pairs only-no groups of 3.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 9 years old.
Physical Level: Low

Richard Blumenstein comes to UW-Green Bay having developed with a mobile Game Development company, Digital Asylum Games as well as an instructor from several different schools. Richard has a MFA in conceptual art and Game Design from Academy of Art University in San Francisco and also works freelance on several different projects including illustration, concept art, instruction and curriculum Development.

Education: MFA, Academy of Art University; MA University of Phoenix; BFA Arts Institute of Chicago.



Wellness: Fitness and Health on Purpose

Instructor: Jane Birr, Associate Lecturer, Physical Science

Students in this class will identify their current condition, develop a personal fitness program and learn strategies to successfully deal with obstacles. We will wake up individual life visions, values and goals and have fun developing ways to achieve victory!
Come join us and unleash your best. Armed with a vision and a plan, and fueled by hard and persistent work and a great attitude, there is no limit to what you can accomplish!

Physical Activity: Moderate

Jane Birr is a Life Coach and author of two books, Just Get it Over With. A 12-week Jumpstart to Great Health in Body, Mind and Spirit and Hall of Fame Habits-Staying Fit Through the Generations.

Jane has earned her Master’s degree at UW-Green Bay, and is a certified Wellcoach. She has been an adjunct faculty at UW-Green Bay for over 15 years and has helped 1000's of  people motivate and inspire themselves to live on purpose in great health.




Business and Entrepreneurship

Grandparents' UniversityBetter Than the Lemonade Stand - CLOSED

Instructor: Ryan Kauth, Director of the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center

Lessons from the Lemonade Stand is a GPU business/entrepreneur class. You will have fun, learn new skills and become smart with money! You can turn your creative ideas into the next new business startup, develop your own ‘elevator pitch’, learn how to develop a mini business plan and to impress ‘investor-judges’ who can award you GPU Cash for your great business idea…in the GPU Cash Game!

Physical Activity: Low

Ryan Kauth, Director of the Small Business Development Center is also an associate lecturer in finance and marketing for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay. Ryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree at UW-Green Bay and his MBA at Keller Graduate School of Management.  He is also the Dad of four entrepreneurial kids (so far they have very successfully sold their own painted rocks to…their grandparents!)


* Prerequisite: Grandchild must be a certain age.