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!

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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!

UWGB Nites

UWGB Nites – Good things happen late at nite!

Once a month, the sun goes down, the children and elderly get tucked in, and Green Bay Students stay up till one in the morning at UWGB Nites.

UWGB Nites is a program hosted by various campus departments and students orgs geared towards the bored student that is looking for something fun to do late on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

I attended this months GB Nites a few days ago on Thursday October 16th. The night of fun and entertainment lasted from 9 PM to 1 AM and had tons of great activities that are FREE to keep you up through the hours.

Here is a list of all the fun things they had at UWGB Nites:

1. Inflatables – Bungee Sport Game, Obstacle Course, and Jousting!

2. Crafts – Decorate a Trucker Hat, Marble Painting, and Design a Button!

3. Food – Decorate Cookies, Ice Cream, and a Nacho Bar!

4. Video Games – Rock Band, Wii stations, Game Cube, and Xbox 360!

5. More Games – Pool, Air Hockey, Foosball, Ping Pong, and Shuffleboard!

Also , the Common Grounds Coffeehouse was open until 12 AM with performances. And as always they serve great snacks and hot beverages! And the Phoenix Bookstore was open 9 to 11 PM for special deals and steals. When I was there on Thursday, the bookstore had a huge mug by the entrance where you could pick out a piece of paper and see what kind of saving you could get for the night. The coupons ranged from discounts on particular items to 50% off anything in the store!

So remember good things happen late at nite here at UWGB. There is always something to do and fun programs to attend when your bored and all finished with your home work for the week!

Here is a list of dates for the rest of the UWGB Nites this year:

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

My Daily Schedule: Much Different Than High School

In High School, you likely have class from about 8 in the morning till around 3 in the afternoon. You get minimum breaks between classes and you have to stay in the same building all day long. When I first came to UWGB, I had no clue how things were going to be. I didn’t know how often I would have class or how long my days were going to be, but quickly I found that it was much different than High School.

A typical class schedule can vary from student to student depending on how many credits they are taking and what their major is. For example, I am a communications major and don’t need to take labs like my roommate who is a science major. Most of my courses are lectures, which are classes similar to High School but are sometimes much bigger in size. You may have a lecture with 30 students in your class and you might have a lecture with 100 students in your class. It all depends on the course. To be a full time student at UWGB you will take between 12 and 18 credits each semester, which usually translates into 4 to 6 classes.

For myself, I’m taking 5 courses for a total of 15 credits. I have 4 classes and an internship at Phlash TV, the campus television station and student organization, which are all worth 3 credits apiece. I might spend 10 to 15 hours a week on work associated with my internship, but the hours are very flexible…basically when ever I have free time. As for regular classes, you might be wondering if you have to go Monday through Friday just like in High School? The answer is no! Some classes meet 3 times a week, some classes meet 2 times a week, and some classes even meet just once a week.

Here is what my schedule looks like for this semester!
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To break it down for my schedule, I have 2 classes that meet 2 times a week. One meets on Mondays and Wednesdays and the other on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These classes are 1 hour and 20 minutes in length. I also have 2 of those classes that only meet once a week, these are usually called night classes and communication majors take a lot of them. I have 1 on Monday nights and 1 on Wednesday nights and they last from 6 to 9 PM. Though most night classes usually get out by 8 PM. One nice part about class schedules in College is that you won’t have a class that meets 2 days in a row, which means extra time to do homework and study for exams. As you can see by my schedule that I have no classes before 2 PM on any days and I am done for the week after 3:20 PM on Thursdays. You can see how that is very different from a typical week in High School.

Of course though, there are other things that have to do other than class. Most College students have jobs, internships, organizations, clubs, athletics, etc. that also take up time too. But that is the nice thing about College; the class schedules usually gives you time to do other things during the day.

I love College and my schedule way more than I ever did in High School…believe me it’s a lot of fun. If you have any more questions about classes, schedules, or anything else…please leave a comment. I am happy to help!

So what’s the food like?

I think it’s safe to say that the food in High School is not exactly five star dining. And most of you probably couldn’t wait until your junior or Senior year to eat outside of school and hit up an Arby’s or something. Some of you might be thinking what’s the food like in college, is it simular to High School? Well I’m here to tell you that food at UWGB is nothing like High School. There are so many options and choices that you’ll never be sad with whats on the menu! In this blog I will tell you about the dining options and different food choices that are available at UWGB.

First off you can purchase all food items with your UWGB student ID. It is very simular to an ID that you most likely have right now in High School. Your student ID is very important, besides purchasing food it allows you to pay for games in the union, print out projects in the computer lab, and enables you to get into your dorm room. If you are going to be living in a residence hall at UWGB, it will be mandatory for all students to have a dining plan. It is a great way to put money onto your student ID for food that will last you the entire year. It also saves you from having to constatly carry around cash or have to worry about getting cash to eat. And more money can be added to your ID at any point during the year. You can visit the UWGB University Union website for more information regarding dining plans. http://www.uwgb.edu/union/id/diningplans.asp Of course you can always pay with cash as well at any place that serves food here on campus. Here are the different places here at UWGB where you can grab a bite!

The Market Place in the Leona Cloud Commons

The Cloud Commons is the biggest place to eat on campus. It would probably be the closest to a cafeteria you are used to in High School. The only difference is that UWGB has many many different choices and different types of food. There is sub place simular to Subway called Sub Connection. There is the Green Bay Market that features home cooked meat loaf to chicken parmesan. I pizza spot with all different kinds of pizza and bread sticks. Pastabilities is a place where you can pasta dishes with different combinations of meats and vegetables. And finally Ultimate Baja serves you an authentic mexican cuisine at a great value with tacos, quesadillas, nachos, and more.

Click here for a picture of Sub Connection

Common Grounds Coffehouse

Yes there is a coffeehouse in the Student Union at UWGB. It is a really nice place to sit down and relax after a long day of classes. It’s a great place to grab a cup of gourmet coffee or tea and listen to music next to a fire. It’s also a place to surf the web and play board games with your friends. The Common Grounds Coffeehouse hosts different performances from artists and muscians over the course of the year.

Click here for a picture of the Coffeehouse

Corner Store

The Corner Store is basically a UWGB’s very own mini-grocery store. It has a wide selection of college student necessities and you can pay for all of it with your dining points on your Student ID. It is a great place to grab something to drink before class or get something your forgot for a recipe.

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Garden Café

Looking for a place to stop in between class to grab some lunch, or a quick snack, then the Garden Café is the place for you. The Garden Café offers a variety of quick grab-n-go items, soups, desserts and beverages including Starbucks Coffee. The Garden Café is located on the first floor of the Cofrin Library.

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155 Grill and Freshëns Smoothie Company

The last place I’m going to talk about is the 155 Grill and Freshëns Smoothie Company in the Phoenix Club at UWGB. The 155 Grill ensures high quality products, exceptional customer service, and QUICK service. With combo meals prominently featured, it’s easy to order and a great value! We offer all the great tasting and popular grill menu items! Cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, and grilled chicken breast sandwiches are the base for our popular combo meals. Freshëns Smoothie Company offering award-winning premium yogurt and all-natural fresh blended smoothies, is an irresistible draw. With the largest selection of fat-free and no sugar added flavors, students can choose from over thirty premium flavors rotated seasonally.

Click here for a picture of 155 Grill and Freshens

As you can see, there is a great variety of great food here at UWGB! If you have any more questions at all about food or anything else, please leave a comment or ask me a question. That’s why I’m here!

Orgsmorg

Hello again everybody,

It’s Mike again and Im here to talk about Orgsmorg!

I am a junior here at UWGB and I have acouple years of Orgsmorg under my belt…so here goes nothing!

So what is Orgsmorg? It’s kind of how it’s sounds…..it’s a smorgasborg of student organizations. FYI here at UWGB, student organizations are often times refered to as “Orgs”…It sounds cool! Orgsmorg is always held on a Wed. from 11-2 PM and in this case it is this Wed. Sept. 17th.

What do you do at Orgsmorg? Good question! Orgsmorg is held in the Phoenix Rooms (the very large rooms) in the University Union where every student organization on campus can set up a booth about their organization. UWGB students then have a chance from 11-2 PM to browse the large rooms and check out all of the student org booths. Like I said in my pervious blog entry, there are over 50 different student orgs here on campus! And there are tons of variety; there is something for every major or interest here at UWGB.

Why go to Orgsmorg….I’ll tell you why! Orgsmorg is just a great opportunity to meet people, talk to representitives our organizations, and get involved. Especially for first year students…Orgsmorg is the place to get the hook up for fun and exciting things to do outside of the class room. Student orgs also provide opportunities for internships and tons of real life experience. For myself personally, I joined the student org, Phlash TV, when I was a Freshmen and I am still involved today as their current Station Manger. Joining this org was one of the best things to happen to me so far in my college career. It gave me a chance to meet tons of new people, gain so many contacts throughout the University, and get real hands on experience with something that I love to do.

I would strongly consider joining a student org….you will not regret it. And UWGB is def. the place to do it at, here is the big list of orgs one more time for you guys to look at…..http://www.uwgb.edu/stulife/cgi-bin/biglist.asp

Please feel free to ask me Questions about orgs or anything else here at UWGB….I am happy to help!