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UW-Green Bay Summer Camps:Grandparents' University®


2017 Classes:

Art Majors

A Drawing Delight - FULL

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

Instructor: Teri Bartel, local Art Teacher

Dots, lines, op art, pop art, pencils, markers, and more will be explored in this drawing class. Drawing styples and mediums will be put to the test while observing our surroundings inside, outside, and within ourselves. Learn and grow through the creative process as you discover, explore, design, and appraise through drawing.

Physical Level: Low

Teri Bartel taught middle school art in an area public school district for 34 years. Her enthusiasm for art and young adults continues to keep her energized. She enjoys the creative process and believes everybody is an artist. Personally she enjoys drawing, painting, photography, and using her creativity to make things for others. These words come to mind when she thinks about students and teaching art: imagine, create something everday, be true to you, and most of all have fun.


Grandparents' UniversityMemory-Making Clay Designs - FULL

*If you would like 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 by September 1, 2017. (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

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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.


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.



Science Majors:

Human Biology: Nutritional Science - FULL

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Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Teri Zuege-Halvorsen, UW-Green Bay Department of Outreach and Extension

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

Teri Zuege-Halvorsen works in the Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement at UW-Green Bay. She has a background in Nutritional Science and is very excited to teach this summer!


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

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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.


Geology - FULL

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

Together with Professor John Luczaj, students will learn about the formation of minerals and fossils, how to identify minerals, and 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 rock samples under microscopes in UW-Green Bay's Geoscience Laboratory. Students can bring in unknown samples from home. Discover the fascinating world of Geology!

Lab Fee: $15
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: Hands on Rocketry

Instructor: Brian Ewenson

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 Brian Ewenson, the Education 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!

Lab Fee: $15
Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old by September 1, 2017.
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.


Computer Science: Game Theory

Instructor: Bryan Carr

Ever wonder how your favorite board game was created?  Ever wonder how video games are made?  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. 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 by September 1, 2017.
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.


The Solar System - CLOSED

Instructor: Ryan Currier

Have you ever wondered how the Solar System formed and why the planets look the way they do? Why are some planets and moons covered with meteorite impacts, while others have smooth surfaces? Join Professor Currier and explore the sun, planets, and moons of our Solar System. Students will learn about the process that formed the sun and planets 4.54 billion years ago and why the inner planets are rocky, but the outer planets are gas giants. Students will participate in constructing a scale model of the Sun and planets, make meteorite impacts, and learn about the geology of Mars.

Physical Level: Moderate

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.





Improvisation and Theatre

Instructor: TBD

Join fellow Grandparents University participants in a fun and experiential theater class! Students will learn about improvisation, imagination and theater games with lots of opportunity to participate in group storytelling. No prior experience is needed to learn the basics of improvisation. Comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement is recommended.

Physical Activity: Moderate