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UW-Green Bay Summer Camps:Grandparents' University®

2015 Classes*:

Art Majors

Grandparents' UniversityMemory-Making Clay Designs - Filled

Instructor: Dean Hoegger, Artist/Teacher

Students in this class will learn the fundamentals of working with clay. You will experiment with textures, colors, shapes and found images to create a GPU memory vessel that can be used to store objects representing the shared memories of the grandparent and grandchild! Students will learn the basics of blending, carving, and using impressed objects to create your own unique vessel. Partners may bring objects from home that can be used to create impressions in clay. Examples could include a baseball, key, fabric, game board pieces, fishing lures, jewelry, etc.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old by September 1, 2015. (No more than 2 children per family group.)
Lab fee: $15
Physical Level: Low

Ceramics instructor, Dean Hoegger, brings many significant experiences to Grandparents' University, with many years teaching in the Summer Art Studio Camps and in the Sturgeon Bay Schools. As a professional artist, he has exhibited throughout the Midwest since 1976. Beside finding his work in local art galleries, Hoegger is a yearly participant in the downtown Green Bay arts festival, Art Street.

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Grandparents' UniversityArtist Books: Visual Journeys

Instructor: Chris Style, Professor of Arts and Visual Design

In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make an artist book that includes at least two different book-binding methods. You will create your own visual journey complete with hard covers. Students will make a few blank books to learn various binding methods; create a simple visual story board to layout your book flow; prepare you paper and covers through folding, paper straining, patterns, stencils, collage and other color media; and bind it all together.

Physical Level: Low

Christine Syle earned B.S., UW-Madison; M.F.A., UW-Milwaukee and she has taught classes in Printmaking: Intro, Intermediate and Advanced, Intermediate Drawing.


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You're the Artist: Learn How to Draw Cartoon Characters!

Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Addie Sorbo, Lecturer, Artist, Teacher

Artists create drawings called storyboards to plan animated movies and cartoons like "Finding Nemo," "Phineas & Ferb," and "Pokémon." Learn how to draw your favorite cartoon character, and create a scene for your own movie storyboard.

Physical Level: Low

Addie Sorbo grew up loving all things art, and found such joy in drawing, painting, and creating. After high school, she went on to earn a degree in Communications and the Arts at UW-Green Bay. Now, she is graphic and web designer, and owner of Strawberry Fields Design, Inc., an award-winning design firm. She also teaches Arts and Visual Design courses at her alma mater. She lives in Bellevue with her husband and two children, and is extremely happy that they are both taking an interest in art.

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Communications Majors


Instructor: Illene Cupit, Professor of Human Development

Letterboxing, in existence since the mid-1800's in Great Britain, is an international phenomenon that is similar to geo-caching without the technology. This course combines some aspects of a scavenger hunt, map reading, puzzle solving and creative expression. Grandparents and grandchildren will work as a team to use clues to find letterboxes, record their find, develop and hide their own letter box, and make or bring a "signature stamp" for future letterboxing.

Dr. Illene Cupit's work is in death, dying and bereavement. Her current research interests are on college student grief, the uses of the Internet in the study of death and dying, and the effects of bereavement camps as a form of grief intervention for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. In addition, she is the founder and director of Camp Lloyd, a summer day camp for grieving children. During the week of Camp Lloyd, Human Development students are trained to be Big Buddies to the campers.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old by September 1, 2015.
Physical Level: Moderate

Illene Cupit: Education: PhD, Temple University, PA

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Music Majors

Four Hand Piano - Closed

Instructor: Michael Rector , UW-Green Bay, Assistant Professor of Music, Piano

Enter the world of 4-hand piano! If you have never played piano before, you are just learning, or you played a long time ago, this class will take you through simple chord progressions, and transform the simple into a full-sounding musical creation that nothing can duplicate. This class will introduce you to some basics of piano technique and help you learn some fun and familiar tunes that you can play others. You will learn in UWGB's state of the art piano lab from instructor Michael Rector. Light the spark of creativity for years to come! No experience required.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old by September 1, 2015.
Physical Level: Low

Pianist Instructor, Michael Rector, is new to the UWGB Music Faculty. Michael has performed in fifteen American states and two Canadian provinces in venues like Steinway Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, DC. He has performed in music festivals in Italy and Russia. He competes frequently in international contests, and is a prize-winner of the Jacob Flier Competition in New York. Michael enjoys presenting lecture-recitals and masterclasses both at home and abroad. His most recent article "Fascinating Corruptions-Historical Editions in Perspective" was published in the February 2014 issue of American Music Teacher.

Education: D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music; M.M. University of Maryland; Artist Diploma: Vancouver Academy of Music; B.M. and B.A. Oberlin College

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Science Majors:

Human Biology: Nutritional Science - Filled

Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Debra Pearson, Associate Professor in Human Biology

We all know that eating food can be fun. But did you know that the preparation of food is both a science and an art? In this class you will learn about how certain foods help our bodies stay healthy. You will also see what happens when ingredients in foods are mixed together. And finally you will learn how to prepare foods that are not only tasty but very appealing to the eye. Students will participate in hands-on science experiments that you can eat. What a fun way to learn about food science! The kitchen fills each year - register early!

Physical Level: Low

Prof. Debra Pearson teaches at UW-Green Bay in the Dept. of Human Biology (Nutritional Science/Dietetics & General), Nutritional Biochemistry. Education: Ph.D. University of California at Davis

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Natural History and Ecology: Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum - Filled

Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator, Richter Museum of Natural History; Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

The most popular course at GPU! Are you fascinated by birds and animals? You will learn about Green Bay’s natural biodiversity through trail walks in the campus prairie and bayshore, and wooded areas of the Cofrin Arboretum, our nature "lab." In the Richter Museum explore the fascinating collections and see how they are used for teaching, documentations of species distributions and environmental changes and quality. Learn what a voucher specimen is and why they are so important. See how birds and other animals are used to detect toxins and their importance in cleaning up the Fox River, Green Bay and Lake Michigan. If you love nature and wish to preserve it, this is the perfect place to be this summer.

Physical Level: Moderate

Thomas Erdman has been a raptor researcher and bander for more than 30 years, handling tens of thousands of these birds. He has conducted research on the population dynamics of woodland raptors, especially Northern Goshawks and he has been involved in forest planning for raptors in the National Forests in the western Great Lakes region. He has also monitored colonial bird populations on Green Bay including terns, gulls, herons, egrets, cormorants and pelicans. He was part of team involved in studying the effects of toxins on fish eating birds which has ultimately led to the PCB clean up of the Fox River. He has participated in both bat and avian mortality studies at transmission towers and wind generators. He has led and participated in many small mammal and amphibian surveys and is very knowledgeable about their habits and distributions.

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Geology - Filled

Instructor: John Luczaj, Associate Professor of Geology at UW-Green Bay

Together with Assoc. Professor John Luczaj, students will learn about the formation of ore deposits and fossils, how to identify minerals, and learn about the Niagara Escarpment in Wisconsin. The class will include a field trip that will involve some outside walking (including stairs) to observe the geology at Wequiock Falls and Bayshore County parks. Students will also see an array of samples under microscopes in UW-Green Bay's Geoscience Laboratory and have the chance to bring in unknown samples from home. Discover the fascinating world of Geology!

Lab Fee: $15
Physical Level: Moderate

Assoc. Prof. John Luczaj: Education: Johns Hopkins University: Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences; Ph.D. in Geology, May 2000; M.A. in Geology, May 1997; University of Kansas: Master of Science in Geology, December 1995 (With Honors); University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh: B.S. in Geology, May 1993, Magna Cum Laude

Dr. John Luczaj's Emphases or Area of Research: Interests include, but are not limited to, fluid-inclusions in minerals, water-rock interaction in sedimentary rocks, groundwater contamination, karst geology and hydrogeology, and stratigraphy of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks.

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Environmental Science: Meteorology - Filled

Instructor: Steve Meyer, Assistant Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences

Ever wonder how to interpret weather maps? Or how to predict the weather? Join Assoc. Professor Steve Meyer and discover the fascinating world of weather as we collect weather data, interpret weather maps, predict the weather, and show how weather works through some fun experiments.

Physical Level: Low

Asst. Professor Meyer's areas of emphases and research include: climate change; the effects of climate change on natural resources; climate related decision making; long-range climate outlooks and their uses; science education.

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Environmental Science: Aquatic Ecology

Instructor: Patrick Forsythe, Associate Professor - Natural and Applied Sciences

Explore and learn about connections between rain, streams, and lakes and freshwater organisms.   The bugs and other organisms that live in water tell us a lot about what’s happening on the land.  Get hands-on experience measuring all kinds of characteristics of water and the life that depends on it.

Physical Level: Moderate

Education: Dual major Ph.D. in Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior from Michigan State University (2010); M.S. in Biology from Eastern Illinois University (2003); B.S. in Environmental Biology from Eastern Illinois University (2001)

Research Interests: My research interests are generally in the fields of population ecology and conservation biology focusing on aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes region. I tend to focus on questions that seek to understand the behavioral and ecological mechanisms that contribute to variation in the annual abundance of fish populations including lake sturgeon and yellow perch.

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Heirloom Gardens

Instructor: Vicki Medland, Adjunct Assistant Professor ES&P; Associate Director, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Learn about different kinds of gardens, native gardens, shade gardens while also learning about heirloom seeds from expert Vicki Medland.  You will be take home a tray of micro-greens that you start yourself.  A field trip to local community gardens will highlight the class. One special session will also cover the importance of bees in gardening.

Physical Level: Moderate

Vicki Medland coordinates and oversees the University's annual Heirloom Vegetable sale. Her Emphases or Area of Research: Aquatic ecology, animal behavior, evolution of dormancy, evolution of mating systems. Current research: mating behavior of Eulimnadia texana, an androdioecious shrimp.

Education: B.S. (1984) University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S. (1989) New Mexico State; Ph.D. (1997) University of Georgia

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Aerospace: Hands on Rocketry

Instructor: Brian Ewenson

It IS Rocket Science! Ready! Set! Launch! Explore spaceflight, the history of the Space and the International Space Station. You will construct and launch your own rocket! Students will learn from Brian Ewenson, the Education Director for Spaceport Sheboygan, WI, who is an experienced educator and who oversees all education programming and public outreach for the up and coming Spaceport. He is an authority on Space Shuttle and International Space Station history and operations. Join the crew!

Lab Fee: $15
Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old by September 1, 2015.
Physical Level: Low

Brian Ewenson has been involved in Aerospace and Aviation Education for more than 20 years. His work includes program and exhibit design, development and evaluation with the Canadian Space Agency, Lockheed Martin's Space Day, the Calgary Aero Space Museum, Pima Air and Space Museum, Titan Missile Museum and Challenger Learning Centers. Brian's specialties include Fundraising, Public Speaking,Consulting, Community Partnership Programs,Aerospace and Aviation Education Program Design, Development and Evaluation.

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Computer Science: Game Theory - Filled

Instructor: Bryan Carr

Ever wonder how your favorite board game was created?  Ever wonder how video games are made?  Students will learn about the game creation process.  This class will take an in depth look at the basic rules of board games, game balance and game play.  You will create your own board game and be able to play it with your friends and family.   This is a great chance to learn from the pros and have fun in the process!
This class is designed for pairs only-no groups of 3.

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 9 years old by September 1, 2015.
Physical Level: Low

Bryan Carr, a faculty member in UW-Green Bay's Communications Department, teaches Introduction to Communication, Electronic Media Advertising Campaigns, Radio Broadcosting, and Information, Media and Society courses. Prof. Carr received his Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma.

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Wellness: Fitness and Health on Purpose - Closed

Instructor: Jane Birr, Associate Lecturer, Physical Education

Students in this class will identify their current condition, develop a personal fitness program and learn strategies to successfully deal with obstacles. We will wake up individual life visions, values and goals and have fun developing ways to achieve victory!
Come join us and unleash your best. Armed with a vision and a plan, and fueled by hard and persistent work and a great attitude, there is no limit to what you can accomplish!

Physical Activity: Moderate

Jane Birr is a Life Coach and author of two books, Just Get it Over With. A 12-week Jumpstart to Great Health in Body, Mind and Spirit and Hall of Fame Habits-Staying Fit Through the Generations.

Jane has earned her Master’s degree at UW-Green Bay, and is a certified Wellcoach. She has been an adjunct faculty at UW-Green Bay for over 15 years and has helped 1000's of  people motivate and inspire themselves to live on purpose in great health.

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Business and Finance

How to be Smart with Money $$ - Closed

Instructor: Ryan Kauth, Director of the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center

Learn how to be a superstar with your money! Smart with Money will focus on how to use money and how to make money. Walk away with great ideas on how to make money for pre- and early teens. You will use smartphone or tablet apps as money tools , utilizing the advice from national experts on money management. Students will use a free online business simulation money game to add to the money excitement! Now it's your turn to be Smart with Money!   (If you have a smartphone or tablet, bring it along.)

Physical Activity: Low

Ryan Kauth, Director of the Small Business Development Center is also an associate lecturer in finance and marketing for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay. Ryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree at UW-Green Bay and his MBA at Keller Graduate School of Management.  He is also the Dad of four entrepreneurial kids!

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There's an App for That: Using Mobile Apps to Connect, Learn and Have Fun

Instructor:  Nathan Kraftcheck, Instructional Technologist, UW-Green Bay

Stay connected long after Grandparents’ University is over by discovering an array of apps for your smartphone or tablet.  You will learn about communication apps, games and collaborative learning apps. In addition, you will spend time together in a geocaching lab. Together, you will learn about and experience the fascinating world of app technology!

Physical Activity: Low

Instructional technologist, Nathan Kraftcheck, worked in quite a few different fields before settling into information technology and eventually his role at UW-Green Bay. He worked in the private sector and at UW-Madison in computer support roles for approximately eight years.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Lakeshore Technical College. Currently, he is enrolled at Boise State University as a part-time student in the Master of Educational Technology program.

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Improvisation and Theatre - Filled

Instructor: Laura Riddle, Professor of Theatre

Join fellow Grandparents University participants in a fun and experiential theater class! Students will learn about improvisation, imagination and theater games with lots of opportunity to participate in group storytelling. No prior experience is needed to learn the basics of improvisation. Comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement is recommended.

Physical Activity: Moderate

Education: B.A. in Theatre Indiana State University, M.F.A. in Acting DePaul University/Goodman School of Drama, M.A. in Arts Administration Goucher.

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*For children ages 7-14. Age prerequisites must be met.