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UW-Green Bay Summer Camps:Grandparents' University®


2018 Classes:


Art Majors:

A Drawing Delight

Instructor: Judy Sarasin, Local Art Teacher

A Drawing Delight is a class where campers will be introduced to a variety of drawing materials and techniques. Participants will explore drawing from observation as well as using creative abilities to create imaginary drawings.

Lab fee: $10 per pair
Physical Level: Low

A native of the Green Bay area, Judy Sarasin received her bachelor's degree from UW-Green Bay and also a master's degree in education from UW-Green Bay. Judy has spent many years teaching art in public schools. She hopes to utilize her vast knowledge, experience, and passion to provide that special opportunity for students to develop artist skills and creativity.


Grandparents' UniversityMemory-Making Clay Designs

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 by September 1, 2018. (No more than 2 children per family group.)
Lab fee: $15 per pair
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.


Jewelry Making - FULL

*If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please send an e-mail to or call 920-465-2775.

Instructor: Laura Nolan, UW-Green Bay Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement

Learn to design your own jewelry! This hands-on class will teach you how to create timeless pieces of jewelry using different wire wrapping and beading techniques. Wire wrapping is the skill of changing wire into artistic designs to be used in necklaces, bracelets and creative projects. In this class you will use your imagination to create one-of-a-kind designs. Participants will make pieces of jewelry to take home along with gaining the sklls to make additional projects on their own.

Lab fee: $20 per pair
Physical Level: Low

Laura Nolan works in the Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement at UW-Green Bay. She loves to create jewelry in her spare time.


Imagining Color Painting

Instructor: Danica Oudeans, UW-Green Bay Resident Artist

Learn the colorful art of acrylic abstract painting! Pairs will work together to crate a two-panel painting that will work together to create a larger composition. Campers will learn how to mix color, create patterns and textures, and layer shapes to create beautiful abstract works of art.

Lab fee: $30 per pair
Physical Level: Low

Danica Oudeans is an award winning instructor and former University Professor with 14 years experience teaching all levels of painting and drawing. She received her MFA (Masters in Fine Art ) in painting from Miami University of Ohio and has exhibited her artwork across the country. Currently Danica is a licensed substitute teacher for the state of Wisconsin and the owner of Danica Oudeans Art, where she teaches private painting and drawing lessons, small group classes, and corporate team building projects.


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 "Moana," "Toy Story," and "Despicable Me." 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.


Design Art Major:

Game Design

Instructor: Bryan Carr, UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor, Information and Computing Technology

Learn the fundamental principles of what makes for fun game design, try out some games, and then make your own board or card game to take home and share with your friends and family!

This class is designed for pairs only-no groups of 3.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 9 years old by September 1, 2018.
Physical Level: Low

Bryan Carr, a faculty member in UW-Green Bay's Communications Department, teaches Introduction to Communication, Electronic Media Advertising Campaigns, Radio Broadcosting, and Information, Media and Society courses. Prof. Carr received his Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma.



Science Majors:

Healthy Cooking

Instructor: Debra Pearson, Associate Professor, Chemistry, UW-Green Bay

Let’s have fun in the kitchen learning to cook and bake delicious and nutritious meals! We will learn the basics of preparing foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, wholesome ingredients that not only taste great, but help to make our bodies healthy and strong!

Lab Fee: $20 per pair
Physical Level: Low


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

*If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please send an e-mail to or call 920-465-2775.

Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator Emeritus, 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.


Planetary Geology

Instructor: John Luczaj, Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences at UW-Green Bay

Join Professor Luczaj and explore the sun, planets, and moons of our Solar System. Have you ever wondered why the planets look the way they do? Why are some planets and moons covered with meteorite impacts, while others have smooth surfaces? campers will learn about planetary geology and will participate in constructing a scale model of the Sun and planets, make meteorite impacts, and learn about the geology of Mars.

Lab Fee: $24 per pair ($12 for each additional person)
Physical Level: Moderate

John Luczaj, a faculty member in the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences, teaches courses in geoscience and environmental science. His research interests include groundwater quantity and groundwater contamination, fluid-inclusions in minerals, water-rock interaction in sedimentary rocks, cave geology and hydrogeology, geologic mapping, and the Geology of Michigan and Wisconsin.


Aerospace and Rocketry

Instructor: Brian Ewenson, Education Director, Spaceport Sheboygan

Grab your space helmet and prepare for launch! In this hands-on/minds-on program, you will learn about NASA's space program. You will build and launch a model rocket as well as see and touch real NASA artifacts.

Lab Fee: $15 per pair
Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old by September 1, 2018.
Physical Level: Low

Brian Ewenson has been involved in Aerospace and Aviation Education for more than 20 years. His work includes program and exhibit design, development and evaluation with the Canadian Space Agency, Lockheed Martin's Space Day, the Calgary Aero Space Museum, Pima Air and Space Museum, Titan Missile Museum and Challenger Learning Centers. Brian's specialties include Fundraising, Public Speaking,Consulting, Community Partnership Programs,Aerospace and Aviation Education Program Design, Development and Evaluation.



Instructor: Ryan Currier, Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Volcanic Eruptions can be truly awe-inspiring. Volcanism on Earth comes in many flavors and occurs all over the world. This course explores why volcanoes erupt, where volcanoes erupt, and explains some consequences of eruptions.

Lab Fee: $20 per pair
Physical Level: Low

Ryan Currier, has been a geoscience professor at UW-Green Bay in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences for five years. His research focuses on magmas (molten rock), primarily magmas found in Antarctica, produced during the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, about 180 million years ago.


Healthy Kids and Grandparents: Exploring the Wonderful World of Nursing and Health!

Instructor: Rebecca Hovarter, UW-Green Bay Lecturer, Nursing and Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT)

This course will help kids and grandparents to explore the exciting world of nursing. Campers will experience hands-on activities such as listening to hearts and basic first aid, and learn about staying safe in the summer.

Physical Level: Low

Becky Hovarter, a faculty member in UW-Green Bay's Nursing and Health Studies program, teaches community health, information technology, research and evidence-based practice, and chronic conditions in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Hovarter received her BSN from UW-Green Bay and her MS and DNP from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Dr. Hovarter and her grandson are also graduates of Grandparents' University at UWGB!



Theatre Major:

Acting and Improvisation

Instructor: Laura Riddle, UW-Green Bay Professor, Theatre and Dance

Campers will learn principles of acting through participation in theatre games and improvisations done in pairs and groups. No prior experience needed. Dress comfortably.

Physical Activity: Moderate

Laura Riddle - Bio coming soon!