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Guest Column, Green Bay Press-Gazette
August 21, 2004

REMARKS AND ESSAYS:
Learning opportunities


By Bruce Shepard


With Labor Day just around the corner, it is only a matter of days before the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus is energized by the arrival of thousands of students for another academic year.
   It’s a hectic time, no doubt, and for our new arrivals – and their parents – a time of apprehension and some anxiety. But it’s also a time of great excitement and an eagerness on the part of our students to learn, and to grow as individuals and citizens.
   Each year, I find myself invigorated by the influx of students – both the confident veterans and the tentative newcomers, many of whom are the first members of their families to attend college.
   The statistics show that UW-Green Bay is among the most competitive universities in the Midwest. After spending time with our students, I don’t need to look at statistics to know we have topnotch students who are a credit to their families and communities.
   At UW-Green Bay, we have additional reasons to be excited about the start of another school year:
   • We are opening and dedicating the renovated Laboratory Sciences Building. The $15 million face-lift for the Lab Sciences Building will transform a 35-year-old facility into one truly fit to meet 21st century research needs. For that, we thank Wisconsin taxpayers.
   • We are opening another residence hall, the 122-bed Tom Haevers Hall. This new home to mainly juniors and seniors is the third residence hall to open at UW-Green Bay in three years, increasing our on-campus housing capacity to nearly 2,000 students.
   • We are offering programs at UW-Green Bay’s Downtown Learning Center at Washington Commons. The center will help us meet the educational needs of the community, help Green Bay maintain a vibrant downtown and give the people of Green Bay a greater sense of ownership of their University.
   The opportunities for learning available in these new facilities are excellent examples of UW-Green Bay’s campuswide call to action: Connecting learning to life.
   The Lab Sciences building will help UW-Green Bay attract top students and faculty in the sciences. Nurtured by our high-quality faculty, today’s students will become tomorrow’s scientists, researchers and thinkers. Their brain power will fuel our region’s and state’s business and industry, especially in high-tech areas.
   Enabling more students to live on campus expands their opportunities to fully participate in student life. Our figures show that students living on campus are more likely to stay in school than those who have not had the experience. The idea that student learning occurs not only in the classroom but in activities across campus is central to a UW-Green Bay education.
   The Downtown Learning Center not only will provide UW-Green Bay’s services more conveniently for community members, but will build on campus-community connections. These connections – from alumni living and working in the community to University students working with elementary schoolchildren – are prime examples of what “Connecting learning to life” is all about.
   As we welcome our students, I also want to offer you an invitation to visit the campus. I am confident you will see why we are so proud of UW-Green Bay’s contributions to the quality of life and economy of Northeastern Wisconsin.
   But don’t just take my word for it. Look around the campus and talk with students, faculty and staff. Then let me know what you think by stopping by my office in Room 810 of the David A. Cofrin Library or sending me an e-mail at shepardb@uwgb.edu.
   After all, it’s YOUR University. I want you to value it as much as I do..

 

 

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Office of the Chancellor
David A. Cofrin Library, Suite 810
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
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