Timeline -- 50 Years of Higher Education

See photo Galleria below for historical photos; click each image for information)

1963:
Construction of the UW Center Main Building gets underway in Spring 1963

 

1964:       
Dedication Ceremony for Main Building/New Campus held Saturday, September 12

Students start classes on the new campus on September 14

Fall 1964 enrollment close to 300 students; nearly double from previous year in former location in Central High School

New student newspaper, "The Centerpiece" debuts on October 14, replacing the "Univex," since the campus was no longer part of the UW-Extension Division and was now the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan County Center.

 

1966:
Bronze replica of "sifting and winnowing" plaque from Bascom Hall at UW-Madison installed at Main Building entrance

"Potpourri" music program debuts at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus spearheaded by Music Director Bill Hughes

 

1968: 
Campus breaks ground on three new campus buildings -- Fine Arts Building, Physical Education Building and the Learning Resources Building

 

1970: 
New Fine Arts Building, Physical Education/Gym Building and Learning Resources/Library Building open to public

First theater production, "Two Gents" with Director Dean Graunke debuts

Jim Zemba, UW-S Art Department Chair, comes to campus to teach for the first time

Wombat Basketball team beats Waukesha in the Gym for first official game

New UW-S Library relocates  to lower level of the new Learning Resources Building featuring 23,000 volumes

Fall 1970 enrollment hits 500 students

UW-S new literary magazine, ‘Luce’ goes on sale

 

1971:
UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus students form first-ever Sheboygan Polar Bears Club and take the polar plunge in Lake Michigan at Southside Beach on New Year's Day

 

1973: 
Nine courses in new Educational Telephone Network (ETN) format offered to students

 

1974: 
Students awarded Associate's degree in formal awards ceremony for the first time in April

 

1977:
Newly remodeled Rathskeller opens to students with help of Maintenance Supervisor Ed Hermann and student Geoffery Wein with a student dance on January 28 (The Rathskeller featured brick tile floors, rough cedar paneling, a game room, a bar/kitchen covered in rough cedar shingles pulled from a local old barn, new booths and tables and chairs)

 

1983: 
Campus celebrates 50 years of continuous higher education; campus opened to students in 1933 in the old Sheboygan Central High School with 25 students in the first English couse and 33 in the first history course

Enrollment tops 695 students

 

1985: 
UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Student Government Association offers first-ever Championship Snowsnake Races on February 17

 

1986: 
Kohler resident Bruce Grover, president of Vinyl PLastics, donates a new domed astronomical observatory to UW-Sheboygan; Professor Al Kaeppel to manage and operate new observatory for students

 

1986:
First-ever Chicken & All That Jazz fundraiser planned  by UW-Sheboygan Foundation

 

1995:
New Commons building dedicated and opens to students in August 1995; $1.6 million projects offers 12,550 square feet of new space for cafeteria, bookstore, computer lab, student activities office and a student lounge

 

2002: 
New University Theatre marquee added to rear of Fine Arts Building with help of $4,000 grant from Alliant Energy

 

2003: 
Campus breaks ground on nearly $4 million new Science Building project

 

2004:
New Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Science Building dedicated on September 28, 2004; building made possible by $500,000 grant from the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation

 

2006:
Groundbreaking for new ACUITY Technology Center held; project made possible with a $1.8 million gift from ACUITY and the ACUITY Foundation

 

2007:
ACUITY Technology Center opens to students for fall 2007 classes; nearly $6 million project features a new University Library, distance education classrooms, computer lab and conference space

 

2014:
Groundbreaking for new Plastics Engineering Company Center for Engineering Studies held October 9, 2014

Enrollment hits 757 students