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Sports and events center groundbreaking | page 3

Photo: From left are: Rick Beverstein, Kate Meeuwsen, Mike Meeuwsen, Bob Southard, Jeff Beinlich, Avi Berk, Charlie Lieb, Kramer Rock, Steve Swan, Carol Bush, Tom Olson, Bob Bush, Ginny Riopelle, Marge Weidner, Steve Dhein and Ed Weidner.

That's super shoveler Bob Bush drawing laughs for his insistence on breaking the largest piece of ground. He is joined by some other private donors who are supporting the PSC expansion, and Capital Campaign staff. From left are: Rick Beverstein, Kate Meeuwsen, Mike Meeuwsen, Bob Southard, Jeff Beinlich, Avi Berk, Charlie Lieb, Kramer Rock, Steve Swan, Carol Bush, Tom Olson, Bob Bush, Ginny Riopelle, Marge Weidner, Steve Dhein and Ed Weidner.

Photo: UW-Green Bay students and student-government leaders.

UW-Green Bay students and student-government leaders were among the first to take a turn at the ceremonial shovels.

Photo: Kramer Rock, Tim Quigley and John Kress trade stories.

Kramer Rock, Tim Quigley and John Kress trade stories before the ceremony.

Photo: Sharing a moment are (foreground), founding chancellor Edward Weidner and his wife, Marge, along with Jane Hansen, who attended on behalf of her husband, UW-Green Bay alum and State Sen Dave Hansen, and behind them are Steve Swan and Chancellor Bruce Shepard with members of the Kress family.

Sharing a moment in the late-afternoon sun following the ceremony are (foreground), founding chancellor Edward Weidner and his wife, Marge, along with Jane Hansen, who attended on behalf of her husband, UW-Green Bay alum and State Sen. Dave Hansen. Behind them are Steve Swan and Chancellor Bruce Shepard with members of the Kress family.

Photo: Chancellor Bruce Shepard and community leader Robert Bush chat prior to the ceremony.

Chancellor Bruce Shepard and community leader Robert Bush chat prior to the ceremony. The basketball floor in the new events center will be named for Bob and Carol Bush in recognition of their generous gift to the project.

Photo: Three generations of Kresses pause outside the main entrance to the Phoenix Sports Center.

Three generations of Kresses pause outside the main entrance to the Phoenix Sports Center. Will the new center have such a child-pleasing retaining wall? Whether it does or not, it promises to solve the University's pressing need for better recreation and fitness facilities for the student body; provide (with its 4,000-capacity main seating area) a suitable gathering space for commencement and other large events; and create a new home floor for the Top 25 Phoenix women's basketball team. The $32.5 million project is funded by $7.5 million in state spending; $10 million from a coalition of private community donors; and $15 million in additional student fees over the next two decades. Completion is expected by fall semester 2007.

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