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UW-Green Bay Summer Camps:Grandparents' University®


2017 Classes (Coming Soon!)

2016 Classes:


Art Majors

Basket Weaving 101 (CLOSED)

Instructors: Stephanie Murphy & Pat Russo

Have fun learning all the basic techniques you need to make your very own, very useful basket! Your basket will measure about 7 inches across and 5 inches high and is great for holding or serving all kinds of things. Though everyone starts with the same material, your basket will be uniquely your creation!

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 10 years old by September 1, 2016. (No more than 2 children per family group.)

Lab Fee: $10
Physical Level: Low

Stephanie Murphy works at UW-Green Bay as an academic advisor for adult students. She took her first basket making class almost 30 years ago and knew immediately that she loved it! She has taught many first time basket makers and loves to see the pride each new student experiences with their product. She has taught in her home and at Wauwatosa Library. Pat Russo is a retired Family and Consumer Education teacher who taught food and nutrition, clothing, child care, and health careers. Pat has always used a hands-on approach to teaching, and basket making was a natural extension of her interests. Pat has taught basket classes for UW-Gren Bay's Learning in Retirement Program.


A Drawing Delight (CLOSED)

Instructor: Teri Bartel, local Art Teacher

Dots, lines, op art, pop art, pencils, markers, and more will be explored in this drawing class. Drawing styples and mediums will be put to the test while observing our surroundings inside, outside, and within ourselves. Learn and grow through the creative process as you discover, explore, design, and appraise through drawing.

Physical Level: Low

Teri Bartel taught middle school art in an area public school district for 34 years. Her enthusiasm for art and young adults continues to keep her energized. She enjoys the creative process and believes everybody is an artist. Personally she enjoys drawing, painting, photography, and using her creativity to make things for others. These words come to mind when she thinks about students and teaching art: imagine, create something everday, be true to you, and most of all have fun.


Grandparents' UniversityMemory-Making Clay Designs (FULL)

*To be added to the waiting list please e-mail or call 920-465-2775.

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, 2016. (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.


Artist 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.


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.


Literature Majors

Exploring Literature Through Art and Cooking (CLOSED)

Instructor: Meagan Strehlow, Outreach and Adult Access

Come and share in reading short stories and take part in activities related to selected pieces of literature. You will then have the opportunity to explore your culinary and artistic talents through different projects associated with the story. Through this hands on class, participants will use various cooking and art methods to strengthen their understanding and appreciation for literature!

Meagan Strehlow works in the Education Outreach office at UW-Green Bay and has a decade of experience as an elementary school teacher. During her time as a teacher, Meagan developed curriculum for an advanced literature class and created student-centered lessons to enhance learning and student creativity. Through her teaching experience, Meagan has developed the ability to reach children at all learning levels through the creative learning process.

Prerequisite: This course is geared towards participants ages 10 and under.
Physical Level: Low


Science Majors:

Human Biology: Nutritional Science (FULL)

*To be added to the waiting list please e-mail or call 920-465-2775.

Grandparents' UniversityInstructor: Deb Pearson

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

Deb Pearson is an Associate Professor in Human Biology at UW-Green Bay. She returns again this summer to teach this very popular class!


Natural History and Ecology: Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum (FULL)

*To be added to the waiting list please e-mail or call 920-465-2775.

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.


Geology (FULL)

*To be added to the waiting list please e-mail or call 920-465-2775.

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.


Environmental Science: Aquatic Ecology (FULL)

*To be added to the waiting list please e-mail or call 920-465-2775.

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.


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, 2016.
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.


Computer Science: Game Theory

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, 2016.
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.



Mobile App Development (FULL)

*If you would like to be added to the waiting list please e-mail or call 920-465-2775.

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

Students will learn programming basics as they craft their own real game for mobile devices. Programming will be completed through a simple block-based visual interface, avoiding the need to focus on code structure, spelling, and particular programming language restrictions. Apps will be playable on any Android device released within the last few years. A mobile device is not required for the class, but students may bring their own. Tools used in class are available for free so students can continue to explore app creation after the course ends!

Prerequisite: Grandchild must be at least 9 years old by September 1, 2016.
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.



Improvisation and Theatre

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.