An evening of tours, tributes
More than 250 campus and community friends gathered Oct. 18 for a reception and celebration dinner on the main floor of UW-Green Bay's brand-new Kress Events Center. The evening included recognition of donors, elected officials and students who helped advance the $33 million project.
(Images by Matt Robinson, photography intern, and Eric Miller, photographer, University Communication.)
A highlight was the ceremonial unveiling of the Kress Center name along the centercourt sidelines. James F. Kress (left) was assisted by family members. The Kresses and their charitable foundation made the lead private gift to the $11 million community portion of the campaign.
Green Bay Athletics Director Ken Bothof shares a word with honored guests Bob and Carol Bush.
The Bushes did the honors in unveiling the name "Carol's Court." It was Bob Bush's recommendation (and a surprise to his wife and others) that the court be named in her honor when UW-Green Bay sought to acknowledge the couple's leadership gift.
Marge Weidner and Norbert and Mary Anne Hill thoroughly enjoy themselves at the reception. A UW-Green Bay student jazz ensemble on the mezzanine level provided background music.
State legislators, UW Regents and others gathered in the main corridor before taking tours. Visitors shown here are state Sen. Dave Hansen, Associated Bank's Paul Beideman, Sen. Rob Cowles, Jane Hansen, Regent Judy Crain and her husband John, Rep. Jim Soletski and Marjorie Burkart.
Student volunteers mobilized to assist hundreds of community donors touring, for the first time, the facility their philanthropy helped build. Here, Ambassadors took last-minute instructions from Jeanne Stangel of Intercollegiate Athletics.
A student tour guide shows off the broad expanse of artificial grass in the facility's new turf gym. The gym will be a venue for indoor soccer, intramurals, softball practice and special events.
Staff member Tim Helein describes for visitors Barbara, Renny and Kim Challoner how the fitness/cardio area of the new Kress Events Center is an improvement, countless times over, from the old Phoenix Sports Center days.