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Launching a Phoenix-like rebirth

Photo: Crowd outside the Phoenix Sports Center for a groundbreaking ceremony.

A crowd of about 300 students, faculty, staff and community members ringed the circle outside the Phoenix Sports Center for a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 1. Chancellor Bruce Shepard told the audience the current facility's transformation into something far greater a modern sports and events center will be positively Phoenix-like.

Photo: From left are John Kress, president of the George F. Kress Foundation, Chancellor Bruce Shepard of UW-Green Bay, Jim Kress and his wife, Julie, and student government president Nathan Petrashek.

Doing the honors with first dig were representatives of the project's three primary partners. From left are John Kress, president of the George F. Kress Foundation (representing all private donors); Chancellor Bruce Shepard of UW-Green Bay (state involvement); Jim Kress and his wife, Julie; and student government president Nathan Petrashek (all UW-Green Bay students).

Photo: Kress family members who attended Tuesday's groundbreaking are Jim and Julie Kress, joined by Jim's sons John and Will (holding his own son).

Pending Board of Regents approval, the new Kress Events Center will be named for one of the community's first families of philanthropy. Posing near a framed sketch are Kress family members who attended Tuesday's groundbreaking. Jim and Julie Kress (foreground) are joined by Jim's sons John and Will (holding his own son).

Photo: From left, Assistant Dean Brenda Amenson-Hill with former student-fee-allocation leader Joe Pieper and current student leader Joe Smith, and at right, Nathan Petrashek, president of UW-Green Bay student government.

Enthusiasm: Leaving the ground to break ground was Nathan Petrashek, president of UW-Green Bay student government (note the hang time at far right). With him, from left, are Assistant Dean Brenda Amenson-Hill with former student-fee-allocation leader Joe Pieper and current student leader Joe Smith.

Photo: John Kress, president of the family foundation, greeted campus and community friends.

John Kress, president of the family foundation, greeted campus and community friends, pre-ceremony.

Photo: Students check out sketches of the planned student sports and events center.

Students check out sketches of the planned student sports and events center at a reception inside the Phoenix Sports Center following the groundbreaking.

Photo: Prof Kumar Kangayappan, Provost Sue K Hammersmith and library staff member Mary Naumann inspect the sketches.

Prof. Kumar Kangayappan, Provost Sue K. Hammersmith and library staff member Mary Naumann take their turn inspecting the sketches.

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