Happy New Years!

2009 is finally here and for some of you, college is just around the corner. You have a few short months left of your High School career, you have summer break, and then you’re off to a new chapter in your life.

I know most of you are bummed about Winter break being over and having to go back to school, but my advice would be… just enjoy it. You may think that it will take a lifetime to get to Summer break, but before you know it you will be sitting in my place heading into your last few semesters of college. College is awesome and I don’t doubt that you are pumped to live on your own, but it will come fast enough…so just enjoy the ride.

So, for your New Years resolution, try to finish your last semester of High School out strong. Try to get all of your work done well and on time. Try and be more organized and dedicated. Try to be more involved with academics and extracurricular activities. Try to have your best year ever be your last year ever! This will give a great impression to colleges and Universities, as well as give you great practice for your future. Most of you probably have a job outside of school as well; so for you guys try to have a good balance between work, school, and your social life. One can’t be twice as big as the other two, or you are going to find that problems will start occurring. I’m probably telling you what you already know, but I think it’s important to start fresh for the New Year!

My New Years resolution is to be more organized. I tend to save important pieces of information, but I don’t save them in places where they are labeled well or in places that make sense. Like I will put an important test date into a folder for an entirely different class. And then when I need to know that date down the road, I know that I saved it, but I have no clue where I put it. I definitely need to be way more organized in 2009.

I’d like to hear your New Years Resolution! Please post a comment on here with your thoughts and questions about this blog, and share with me your own Resolution for 2009. I will be back soon with another piece of Major Talk, but until then…I would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year!

MAJOR TALK: Undecided is OKAY!

When I first came to UWGB back in 2006, I was told by students, professors, and advisors that not having a Major in mind was okay. In fact it was a good thing. Why is that a good thing you say? Wouldn’t it be better to have a plan and know what you want to exactly do before you enter college? Well, it’s a fact that many students end up changing their minds once or twice anyways once they are in college. I’m not saying that having a plan is bad, because I’ve seen people have a dream in High School and stick with it through college. But, if you don’t have a clue, you are definitely not alone and a Major will find you. It is kind of weird how it works, but somehow something shows up and takes you in a path that you never thought you would go down.

This such thing happened to me. When I got to UWGB I was definitely undecided with a career in mind. I had no clue what direction to take, so I ended up taking General Education classes while I put some thought into it. General Education classes or (Gen. Eds.) are courses that you must take to graduate, but don’t fall under a certain Major or Minor. After my first semester, I felt that I needed to make a decision for a Major, so I decided to pursue an education in becoming an art teacher. I enjoyed art in High School and I consider myself creative, so it seemed like a good match. But this is not the end of my Major story!

I thought being an Art Major and an Education Minor was what I wanted to do, but I quickly found that it was not at all. My next big switch happened when one of my friends auditioned for a hosting position for Phlash TV, the campus television station. He told me the good news that he got the role for the show and that he had to go into the campus studio each Wednesday to film the show. One Wednesday he wanted me to tag along to see the show being filmed live from the studio and I said sure. I didn’t know what to expect, but seeing all the cameras, lights, and equipment in action really caught my attention. What was a short visit to watch my friend film his show, turned into attending every week for the rest of the semester. I quickly became more and more involved and eventually changed my Major to Communications with an Emphasis in Electronic Media. I now am the Station Manager for Phlash TV and oversee the day in and day out production or the organization. Who would have thought I would go from visitor to Station Manger in one year.

So, It’s okay if you don’t have the answers right now. It’s okay if you “don’t know what you want to be when you grow up”. But somehow, your pathway is going to find you and you’re going to be thrown into something that you didn’t even think about. And for those who have a plan, that’s a good thing too! Have an open mind with opportunities and everything will work out great. If anyone has any questions about choosing a Major, please post a comment and I will get back to you right away. And keep a look about for more MAJOR TALK!

Happy Holidays!

School is done for the semester and everyone’s home for the holidays. Finals week can be a stressful one, but it is all worth it once it is over. We get a nice long break from classes until late January.

My family has a number of traditions that we celebrate every year around this time. On Christmas Eve we go slightly up north to my cousin’s house, on my Mom’s side, for the entire day. We exchange gifts, eat some great food, and just plain enjoy each other’s company. It is nice to spend time with everyone, especially when I only see some of them once or twice a year.

Then on the 25th, we wake up early in the morning, sit around the tree, and watch the parade on the television. We exchange our family gifts and get ready to go over to my grandparents to celebrate the holidays with my Dad’s side of the family. There is so much food to eat at my Grandmother’s house! She loves to bake, so we definitely don’t leave her place hungry. We have this weird tradition where we kind of mix X-Mas with Easter. My grandmother likes to hide one of our presents around the house and we search for it like a basket full of eggs on Easter. It’s kind of weird, but I have much younger cousins that find it very exciting. We exchange gifts and conversation till very late that night and then return home.

It seems like a whole lot, but it’s goes by surprisingly fast. You look forward to it all year and it goes by in a very short days. That’s why you have to enjoy every moment you can away from your textbooks, because before you know it…spring semester will be here!

So, Happy Holidays to all of you and your families. Break goes by so fast, so enjoy every last day. And if you have any fun family traditions you would like to share, please post it on here! I would love to here more about you guys.

Cofrin Library

What place on campus do you think has the most visitors this time of year? Yep…you guessed it, it’s the library. With exams and finals next week, students will be having a date with their books this Saturday night instead of their significant other.

The Cofrin Library at UWGB has 8 floors but there are only really 6 that are important to students.

The second floor of the library is where the plaza desk is located. It serves as a spot to check out or return your books. In addition, there are also book return stations located here and on the first floor for your convenience.

The third floor is where the Reference Desk is located. Here you came come with your questions and a librarian will assist you. It also houses the reserved materials that faculty place here for certain classes. The bulk of this floor is taken up by the Reference Collection, which is comprised of the library’s most frequently used books, and plenty of computer workstations for students to use.

Level four is where you can lounge around and take advantage of the newspapers, journals, and magazines. These may be used for leisure or class projects. They serve as an excellent source other than the Internet for essays and papers. You will also find the Popular Reading Collection here that contains the library’s “recreational” books and magazines that any student is able to check out at the front desk.

Level 5 contains the library’s government document collection, map collection, and stacks Q-Z. The stacks are comprised of those library books which circulate. They are arranged from call numbers beginning with Q through Z. The rest of the stacks are located on the 6th floor.

The sixth floor of the library houses the rest of the stacks collection A-P. This is probably my favorite place in the library to go and study. All of the books are located in the middle of the floor and there are private study rooms that run along sides the walls. It is a very quiet and peaceful environment with no distraction that allows you to get all of your work done.

And last but not least is the seventh floor of the Cofrin Library. Here you will find the Special Collections, which contain local history books, photographs, maps, censuses, and oral history tapes focusing on northeastern Wisconsin. Along with those, this floor contains the University Archives, which holds the official and unofficial original records of the University. You can find some real fun and interesting stuff here if you get the chance to pop on up.

I hope that my brief descriptions of the many ins and outs of the library gave you a better look at what to expect once you get to UWGB. It truly is a great library and a great place in general to go study for classes. Let me know if you have any more questions about the Cofrin Library and I will answer them ASAP.

Check out the website for way more info:

http://www.uwgb.edu/library/

And check out this YouTube video I made on the Cofrin Library:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7RD0scXm_E&feature=channel_page

Jingle Bell Run/ Walk

For 15 years now in the cold month of December, the UWGB trails fill with runners and walkers of all kinds to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

A few days ago on Saturday December 6th, the Kress Events Center gave host to the start of the annual 5 k run/ walk. I personally attended the event for the second year in a row and braved the cold weather with hundreds of others for a good cause. Registration started at 8 AM and the run/ walk started at 9 AM. Each participant received jingle bells for the walk and a shirt. Before the gun went off you were able to get a free massage to get your muscles loose or you could grab a hot cup of cocoa or coffee.

When the event started everyone made their way from the Center out into the cold for the start all the 5 K. There were kids, parents, couples, people dressed up as presents, dogs, and students who all participated. Some were runners and some were walkers, but everyone was there for the same reason – to celebrate the holidays and more importantly supporting the fight for arthritis. It was less than 10 degrees out but it felt much warmer with all the body heat that was around. I walked most of the time, but I occasionally kicked it up a notch into a run and finished in pretty good time if I must say so myself.

After the event, massages were offered again as well as soup and more hot cocoa to warm everyone up! This was a great event that surely got me into the holiday spirit and the amount of people who lent a helping hand was amazing. I know that I will definitely be involved in years to come and I urge everyone who is thinking about UWGB as his or her homes next year to join as well. It only a small amount of money to register and it all goes to a great cause. As always post comments on here and I will get to them ASAP!

Check out the pictures from the event!

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=86529&id=14857905663

Don’t Let 5-7 Bother You!

I have been a Packer fan for all my life. Through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad I stand by the green and gold. I remember when I was 8 years old and I watched the Pack roll into New Orleans and bring home the Lombardi Trophy. And I was almost late for class when I stayed at my dorm and watched Brett Favre “retire” earlier this year. We have our good years and are bad, but eventually the Green Bay Packers will return to the Super Bowl and win again. It might not be in this decade, but a true Packer fan believes that one day they will! So don’t worry about our current 5-7 record.

You have to look at this year as a transition year; the year between the departure of Favre and the rise of Rodgers. I’m not saying that he is doing a poor job this year at all; I’m actually very much impressed with his performance so far this year. There is much controversy with how some recent events transpired with the two quarterbacks, but Packer fans need to look towards the future. It is a shame with how things were handled but there is no way to go back and change things, so we just have to keep our heads up. I’m still a Favre fan, I always was growing up and I will still be one even if he is on a new team. But my real loyalty lies with the Packers and in the end, they are the team I root for.

Most of you aspiring to attend UWGB are most likely from the state of Wisconsin and may already be Packer fans. But, let me tell you there is definitely an added bonus and sense of pride when you live in Green Bay. When staying at the UWGB campus, you are a mere 15 minutes away from the frozen tundra. Even on some game days you can hear the jets fly overhead for the beginning of the game. It’s a neat feeling to know that they are playing so close to you.

Living in Green Bay and being very close to Lambeau Field has many more advantages. First off, you can go tale gate every home game. You don’t have to have a ticket or anything for the game; you can just go enjoy the pre-game party with all the other crazy cheese-heads. You can also get a tour of the Stadium, which costs about 10 dollars, but is really neat for any fan. You get to see places such as the locker room and box seats that you might never see otherwise. Lambeau also has a nice restaurant called Curly’s Pub that is a cool place to eat.

So Green Bay has its perks, and Historic Lambeau Field is definitely one large perk. And as for the Packers…don’t worry! Even though they might be in a rough patch, things will turn for the better. Like always post any questions and I will get to them ASAP!

Off-Campus Dining

I few weeks ago I mentioned all of the great food choices here on the UWGB campus and this week I will share with you some near-by off campus options.

UWGB is a great campus; it is secluded from any other homes or businesses in Green Bay. If you are planning to have a car with you at school, then you will be able to take advantage of a short drive to some great off campus dining options if you are looking for a change of pace from the food on campus.

For very close range choices, you have fast food joints such as: Subway, Taco Bell, and of course McDonalds. There are also some lesser know establishments such as Green Bay Pizza Company, Feta Z, and The Hilltop Café. These places are all less than 10 minutes away and are all pretty cheap for us college kids. GB Pizza Co. has everything from pizza to subs; it’s a great place to stop in and grab a quick bite. Feta Z is located in the heart of downtown Green Bay. It is a small Mediterranean Bistro that serves, in my opinion, the best gyros in town. And the Hill Top Café is probably the closest dining choice for you new students. It is located inside the Bp gas station less than a minute off campus. I know what you are probably thinking… any food place in a gas station stinks, but truth be told it is a pretty sold place to get a burger. The price is not too bad and they have good specials throughout the week… like buck burgers on Wednesdays.

If delivery is more your style, then there are really only two places you need to get familiar with and they are Toppers and Wing Zone. You can expect to see their delivery vehicles outside of your dorm room window at least a few times every night… especially on the weekends! I guess these two places are not the cheapest option on your plate, but the great taste and convenience is hard to beat. Another great thing about Toppers and Wing Zone is that you are able to use passpoints on any purchase…anytime! Along with these fine places there are tons of other places that deliver like Chinese food and basically any other pizza company you can think of.

If a sit down dinner is something you’re looking for then you’re in luck as well. If you drive just a few miles longer you can eat at restaurants near the Bay Park Mall in Ashwaubenon. You can eat at places like Applebees, Old Chicago, Olive Garden, Texas Road, and much more. The options are endless!

So don’t worry about the food selection here, we got you covered. If its good on-campus dining that your looking for or a special meal on the town, I have no doubt that you will find more than you bargained for. Keep your eyes peeled on our You Tube page for a video on off-campus dining coming very soon…like with-in a day or two. I will post a link once it’s up. And like always, if you have any questions about eating in GB… leave a comment and I will respond ASAP. Thanks!

Signing Up For Classes

Signing up for classes is pretty easy. If you are going to be a new student at UWGB, you will probably be signing up for your first semester of classes during the FOCUS program in early summer. You will have very helpful people walk you through the process there, but I will give you a little look inside the process of signing up for classes each semester.

I actually just signed up for my spring 2009 classes a few days ago on Thursday November 14th. So as you can see, you sign up for classes well ahead in time for your next semester. There is a lot of students here at UWGB: freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. But everyone doesn’t sign up at the same time. There is about a week that is set aside for signing up for classes and the time that you get to sign up is determined by the campus and sent to your SIS so you can prepare your class list. The order is determined by how many credits you have so far in your academic career. It usually ends up where seniors get to sign up first, then the juniors, and so on and so forth.

But don’t worry, you almost all the time get into the classes that you want to. For me personally, I have not yet run into a problem trying to get into a class that I wanted to.

There are some classes that are lower level classes that anyone can sign up for and then there are some classes that are upper level that require prerequisites. Prerequisites are classes that you must take first before you take an upper level class and each upper level class will have a different combination of prerequisites. Some might not have any at all.

And for you guys, you might want to take some general education courses, which are classes you must take besides your classes for your major and minor. There is a complete listing on the UWGB website where you can refer to when you are deciding which classes to take each semester. Hope you guys are excited to come to UWGB and if you have any questions about signing up for classes or anything else…please feel free to drop a comment on here and I will get back to you with an excellent answer!

Away From Home…

Some of you can’t wait for college so that you can live on your own finally. Some of you have never spent more than a week away from your family and don’t know what to think.

When the first day of college comes you will probably have a mixture of excitement and nerves. Some people might not show it, but I think everyone is at least a little nervous…so you’re not alone. It’s a moment that not a lot of people will experienced until the morning of move-in for that first year of college…knowing that you will be living on their own. No parents means freedom right? No curfews, no rules, no one standing over your shoulder telling you what to do. But, no parents also means, no one to cook for you, to clean for you, and to do your laundry. And I can’t say that this will be how it is for everyone. Some of you might already be used to doing all of those things yourself, but for others it can be kind of scary.

It might be scary, but it’s just something that needs to happen for you to become an adult and grow independent from your family. College is a time for you to live on your own, make your own smart decisions, and take care of yourself. It is a very good middle stage between high school and the real world.

College prepares you for real life in more ways than one. Besides the education that will stay with you forever in finding a job, but you will grow in every aspect as a human being. You will come into college with excitement and youth, and leave with experience and knowledge for the future.

So I say live on campus! No matter where you are from, even if you already live in Green Bay, live on campus and get the experience of a lifetime. I understand that it may be much cheaper to live at home, but if it is at all possible for you to live at a resident hall or apartment on the UWGB campus, then take that chance! You will not regret it!

Like always…post any questions you have for me and I will get back to you ASAP!

Kress Events Center/ Intramurals

The Kress Events Center on the UWGB campus is a wonderful facility that is free to students to use whenever they want, given that the Kress is open. I’m sure that many of us would love to jog a few miles around the running track at one in the morning but sadly the sports center is not open that late.

The hours of the Kress Center are:

    Monday — 6:30 am -11:00 pm
    Tuesday — 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
    Wednesday — 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
    Thursday — 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
    Friday — 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
    Saturday — 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday — 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Kress Center is not just for Phoenix Athletics, even though you can catch Phoenix Women’s basketball and volleyball there for free being a student. The facility is very much like a YMCA where you have a variety of different activities you can do any day of the week, although there are certain things that take priority over general student usage. For example, a group of students may want to play basketball in one of the many gyms at the Kress Events Center and the gym may already be in use for a men’s basketball team practice. But this only happens once in a while, and the desk at the Kress can supply you with a complete list of scheduled practices so that you can avoid this disappointing occurrence. Because believe me, there is nothing worse than getting amp’d up to play basketball and finding out you can’t play for a couple more hours.

What also takes priority is Intramurals. Which I will recommend for everyone to take a part of sometime during there stay here at UWGB as a student. It is a great way to play competitive sports with out having to dedicate a huge amount of time.

There is a huge variety of sports you can take part of here at UWGB:

    Softball
    Flag Football
    Tennis
    Dodge Ball
    Soccer
    Volleyball
    Basketball
    Ultimate Frisbee
    Wiffle Ball
    Disc Golf

Games are usually late afternoon to the night and are a few days a week. You might have one game on a Monday and Wednesday night or you could have a game on Tuesday and Thursday Night. There are pretty flexible and you can usually come and go when you can as long as your team has enough players. And teams are up to you guys. You pick a captain and form your own teams. Then when it comes time to sign up for a particular sport, you submit your team and pick which league you want to be in. There is an A league and a B league with A being the more competitive league for you all-stars out there.

So once you get to UWGB, think about forming an intramural team. It’s tons of fun and keeps you in shape. And you can’t go wrong with doing things at the Kress Events Center…IT”S FREE! You are paying for this facility anyways, you might as well take full advantage of it and play some intramurals, go work out in the morning, swim a few laps in the pool, or do any of the countless activities that the Kress provides day in and day out.

If you have any more questions of the Kress Events Center or Intramurals, leave a comment for me and I will get back to you ASAP!