Stories from the November 2004 Issue
Excerpts from the Annual Report / 2003-2004
Volleyball fans rejoice:
For the first time, UW-Green Bay will host an NCAA Division I championship event. The University, in partnership with PMI which manages the 10,000-seat Resch Center will host one of four 2004 NCAA volleyball regionals. Game times are 5 and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Resch Center. As a third-round host, Green Bay will welcome the four qualifiers who advance through early-round play at campus sites. The team to emerge from Green Bay will continue on to the Final Four Dec. 16 in Long Beach, Calif. Only all-session packages are available until tournament time. Prices are $25 for adults and $8 for students. Children under 2 are free. Single-session prices are $15 for adults and $5 for students. While there is no guarantee a hometown or even home-state team will qualify, fans are excited that some of the nation's best players will be showcasing their skills in a region where interest is growing. All ticket sales are handled through the Resch Center at (920) 494-3401.
UW-Green Bay lands NCAA regional
Angelou, Albright, Pearl, Rivers
Rivers will be the first of four headliners to appear at the Weidner Center
as part of the women's speaker series "LifeLines." Planners hope the series
will become an annual event bringing distinguished women to the region.
Actress and TV personality Rivers opens the series Monday, January 31,
with the message, "Bouncing Back I've Survived Everything, So Can
You." Other speakers and their appearance dates are Mariane Pearl, widow
of terror victim Daniel Pearl, on March 7; Madeline Albright, the nation's
first female secretary of state, March 29; and poet Maya Angelou, May
4. The series is sold exclusively by subscription ($196 and $156) through
the Weidner Center Ticket Office at (920) 465-2217.
headline 'LifeLines' at Weidner
Phuture Phoenix program honored as model for state
A record 850 fifth-graders showed up on campus Oct. 13 for the annual Phuture Phoenix Day. The day is part of a larger program encouraging children from city schools to think seriously about higher education. Cyndie Shepard, a team of organizers and more than two hundred UW-Green Bay students (two of them, above, with grade-schoolers) volunteer their time as mentors and guides before, during and after the campus tour date. Their success in promoting diversity was recognized last month with the State of Wisconsin's Ann Lydecker Award for Education.
Suzy 'Favors' UW-Green Bay
"No Limits! A Celebration of Women and Girls in Sports," a friendraiser and fundraiser for Phoenix women's athletics, is being planned for the evening of Friday, Jan. 28, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay. Participation helps highlight the role athletics plays in developing tomorrow's female leaders. The cost is $65 per person and $750 per table. A table includes 10 seats among VIPs UW-Green Bay coaches and student athletes a listing in the program and a VIP reception. Featured speaker is three-time Olympian and UW-Madison graduate Suzy Favor-Hamilton. For tickets or information on sponsorship opportunities, call Amanda Braun at (920) 465-2837.
More campus news
Concerns escalate over UW System affordability
Expect another big budget battle in 2005 over the twin issues of rising student tuition and diminished taxpayer support of the University of Wisconsin System.
A recent state-by-state report card from a leading independent think tank gives Wisconsin only a "D" grade in college affordability.
The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education notes that, while tuition and fees charged by Wisconsin institutions are near the national average, below-average median income and lack of sufficient financial aid are making college less affordable in the state, especially for low-income families.
The Board of Regents is seeking more state funding in the 2005-07 budget to help 26 campuses and UW-Extension begin to recover from the $250 million in state budget cuts they took in the current biennium while keeping student tuition increases below 5 percent per year.
Tuition and fees at UW-Green Bay have risen 30 percent since 2002, as state budget cuts shifted more costs to students. Annual undergraduate tuition and fees for a full-time Wisconsin resident are $5,154.
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'Connecting learning to life' flies high
WELCOME banners featuring the University logo and the "Connecting learning to life" motto are new in 2004. The banners welcome visitors in high-traffic areas across campus. Their purchase was made possible by contributions from the Alumni Association, revenue-generating auxiliaries including the Phoenix Bookstore, the University Union and the Office of Outreach and Extension, and student groups including the Ambassadors, RHAA and the Union Board.
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Campus Seen: Shagadelic!
Daily life has its ups and downs, but the one-and-only blue-shag elevator remains a steady presence in Theatre Hall on the UW-Green Bay campus. The car's groovy decor dates to the mid-1970s when the three-story building then known as Creative Communications was brand-new. The tile floor was updated this year, but as long as the shaggy walls and ceiling are in decent condition, says a facilities spokesperson, why modernize? Adds Theatre Prof. Jeff Entwistle from his third-floor office, "It's tradition. The students think it's fun, and I do, too. It's a great conversation starter, something visitors comment on, all the time. My 22-year-old daughter has been leaving her handprints in the blue shag since she was 18 months old it is still the first thing she does when she gets in the elevator so it has a lot of personal memories as well."
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Whistling's where they worked
Among the advantages of having this year's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits near Sheboygan only an hour down I-43 from campus were opportunities for volunteers to staff a major golf tournament and see the world's best players, up close. The UW-Green Bay "team" for the August event included faculty and staff past and present: Bob and Jan Pum, Elaine (Siegenthaler) Maney, Kelly Franz, Mike Barry, former golf coach Bill Lindmark '81, Sheila (Krambs) Blackman and her husband, Seth Blackman '99. They and others are eagerly awaiting their next shot at a Whistling Straits "major." (For more on the host Kohler Company and its UW-Green Bay alumni, watch future Insides.)
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A tisket, a tasket, some Phoenix disc-golf baskets
A nine-hole disc golf course has been set up on the hills bordering the Main Entrance Boulevard. The driving force behind the course is student Mike Klemens, along with a new student organization &3151; the Disc Golf Club. The setup was funded with student activity fees. Approval came from Chancellor Shepard and the baskets were installed after consultation with facilities personnel and Student Life program coordinator John Landrum. More than 60 students showed their interest in the sport by signing up for a club e-newsletter at the fall OrgSmorg event. Klemens says the course has seen an increasing amount of activity as the semester continues. He credits fellow student Jon Brunner with the idea for a campus course. Brunner also designed the color maps found at each hole.
Band director is summer camp's No. 1 salesperson
David Kliss '74, a teacher for 31 years (25 as the band director at Germantown Middle School) is a big fan of UW-Green Bay's summer music camps.
How big? While the camps enroll hundreds of young people each summer from schools all over Wisconsin and beyond, odds are long that any one school will account for more than a relative handful of campers. According to camp coordinator Mona Christensen '80, this past summer Kliss submitted a packet with 53 band camp applications. He tells his students and parents that UW-Green Bay hosts the best camp in the state.
"In my first few years as a teacher I knew the music faculty, and had no hesitation in assuring parents that their students would receive an outstanding educational experience," he says. "As the years progressed I continued to recommend the music camp to parents based not on my own experiences, but primarily upon the positive comments I received from parents and students as they returned from Green Bay."
Kliss says that during any given year one-half to two-thirds of his students attending the UW-Green Bay camps are returning for a second year or are siblings of students who attended the camp in prior years. He also chose to send his own daughters to the UW-Green Bay music camps.
"Each year I am invariably asked by parents what my top recommendation for camp is. UW-Green Bay tops my list because it is well organized, well supervised, consistently strong in its educational program, and fun for the kids. The college campus setting is ideal parents of kids spending a week away from home for the first time seem to really like the self-contained campus setting and of course the Weidner Center is a truly wonderful place to perform."
Kliss says students return to his suburban Milwaukee-area school with great enthusiasm and a desire to share what they've learned. Many demonstrate leadership, improved performance skills and motivation, which includes a desire to return to camp next year.
"They often request to perform music that they played at camp, and in honoring those requests our curriculum has been greatly enhanced," Kliss says.
A communication and the arts major with an emphasis in music, Kliss calls himself "proud to be a UW-Green Bay alumni and grateful to (Prof.) Robert Bauer for his mentorship."
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Fox, ABC can't cover pro football without him
Mike Steavpack '82 works alongside some of the most famous sports personalities in the world, spends much of his time in the most storied sports venues in the country, and has witnessed some of the most exciting sporting events in recent history.
Troy Aikman? He's a personal friend. World Series in Yankee Stadium? He was there. Packers' Super Bowl victory? Worked it. Emmy winning broadcasts for NASCAR championships? He shared the prestigious award for technical-team remote coverage.
Steavpack is a 10-year veteran graphic technician for Fox television. During the football season he spends his weeks working in graphics and statistics for America's top-rated pregame show, Fox NFL Sunday. On game day, he's on site with the network's No. 1 broadcast crew as producer and operator of the "FOX Box" scoreboard.
His specialized Sunday job which includes activating the all-important penalty graphic when the officiating crew throws a flag is not without pressure. One slip of the finger can mean confusion for the on-air announcers and 15 million viewers.
His duties require early mornings and long days preparing for the Sunday broadcast. When his Fox shift is done most Sunday nights, Steavpack changes course and TV networks, and flies to wherever ABC's Monday Night Football production is in progress, to operate its game-day score box.
In a column for The Sporting News describing the Fox production team, Aikman mentioned Steavpack by name.
"...Mike does a little bit of everything leading up to the game, and then handles the FOX Box in the corner of your screen. He works his tail off," Aikman wrote.
Steavpack's television experience includes hosting the first Dick Bennett Show on a local cable channel. Prior to that, as a UW-Green Bay communication and the arts major in the 1980s, he was WGBW's "Voice of the Phoenix" for men's and women's basketball and soccer.
"I was an insomniac's dream," Steavpack says of his early soccer broadcasts.
But it gave him opportunity to combine his love of broadcast and sports, just as it does today. Although his travel schedule now walks the line of sanity he is only able to spend a limited amount of time at his home in De Pere he says his "family" at Fox makes it all worthwhile.
"I'm real close to the people I work with (Aikman, Joe Buck, Cris Collinsworth and the other production people)," he says. "You eat, sleep and work with these people, and they become family. I couldn't be away from Green Bay for so long if I didn't think of each of them with fondness. I'm lucky to do what I do."
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Carroll keeps an eye on a cure for color blindness
Joseph Carroll '97, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester in New York, recently published a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the discovery of a new form of color blindness.
Carroll, who is the lead project scientist, hopes his team's work will enable earlier detection of eyesight disorders. Through a technique called adaptive optics, they have been able to study the retina of the eye in much closer detail than previously possible. They found that some color-blind people are missing as many as one third the normal number of specialized light-detecting cells. Experts are saying it could have important implications for early detection.
"Not only are we excited to show how this method can reveal us living cells in a way never before possible, but it's revealed a mystery with profound implications," said Carroll in an interview with BBC Online. "If a third of the light-receiving cells in your eye are absent and you don't even notice it, it means that when a patient complains to a doctor about waning light sensitivity, then the damage must already be very serious."
Carroll, a product of Tigerton, Wis., gave little thought to an exciting career in biology until prodded by high school teacher Gary Kuchenbecker '70 to enroll in UW-Green Bay's RCMS Camp. It was at camp designed to help low-income teens and potential first-generation college students pursue math and science-oriented careers that Carroll was inspired. He later earned a human biology degree from UW-Green Bay and a doctorate in neuroscience from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
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‘Rome’ if you want to...on a Roman holiday!
Call some of your former class-mates and have a reunion in Rome. The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association is sponsoring a trip to the “Eternal City,” Feb. 26 through March 6, 2005. The cost is $1,499 per person. It’s an ideal time to visit with temperatures warmed by Mediterranean breezes and without the hordes of tourists common during peak season. Discover this city of romance, good food and wine…rich in history, art and architecture.
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We’re looking for a few good legacies...
Are there any three-generation UW-Green Bay families out there interested in sharing their stories?
Multiple siblings who attended together, or in sequence? Families who think they hold the record for longest uninterrupted stretch with a student at UW-Green Bay? How about a traditional-age student whose success inspired a parent to enroll, perhaps even graduating in the same class?
Let us know! In our spring issue we’ll celebrate UW-Green Bay’s 40th anniversary with a special section on alumni “legacies” and families who epitomize Phoenix spirit. We’d love to hear from you, see your commencement-day snap-shots, and reminisce together. Drop an email to Inside writer/editor Sue Bodilly ’87 and ’04 she expects daughters Shannon and Emily to join the Phoenix alumni flock sometime after the year 2020 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her directly at (920) 465-5502.
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