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1:00p-1:50p Activities

Campus Tours (1)

How could you some to campus and not take in a tour? Alumni and friends will marvel at the additions and upgrades, and parents and potential students will ponder the possibilities of an exceptional and affordable UWFox college education. Our student ambassadors are specially trained to explain points of interest and answer all of your questions.

Ideal for: audience ages 14+

Candy Chemistry

Come and learn how the coating of M&Ms is a myriad of blended colors that can be separated through the wonderful world of chemistry. Taught by Dr. Martin Rudd, associate professor of chemistry and associate dean at UWFox.

Ideal for: Ages 5-8 accompanied by an adult.
Location: Laboratory Room 1082

Science Fiction as Literature

The early works of American science fiction were westerns in a different setting, frontier myths that played out our national anxieties. Cold War SF showed our world ending in fire or in mob rule. Now we've got "Hancock" and "Spider-Man" and "28 Days Later" and "The Time Traveler's Wife" What does this contemporary science fiction tell us about ourselves as Americans in the early part of the 21st century? Is Barack Obama right when he says that space travel no longer inspires us? What story about our present selves are we telling? In a wide-ranging discussion led by assistant professor of English Bill Gillard, we'll look at the past, present, and future of science fiction in print, TV, and films.

Ideal for: Audience ages 14+
Location: TBD (lecture hall seating)

Take a Cake Walk (1)

We DID say it’s our 75th birthday at UWFox, and that means cake! Come compete in an old fashioned cake walk and try for a taste of gourmet cupcakes from Cake Anatomy in Kaukauna.

Ideal for: all ages

Theatrical Improv

Do you want to be a star? Well here's your chance! Come and share some laughs with us. If you like "Whose Line is it Anyway?" here's your opportunity to see if you can think on your feet. This fast paced class will play theatre and team building games and improvisations led by UWFox associate professor of communication and theatre arts Susan Rabideau.

Ideal for: Audience ages 14+
Location: Fine Arts Theatre

Earth Science Rocks! (1)

Get to the core of the fun and learn to identify minerals like a real geologist. Each participant will take home a special surprise! Taught by museum educators of the Weis Earth Science museum, Wisconsin’s official mineralogical museum.

Ideal for: ages 5-8, accompanied by an adult
Location: Weis Earth Science Museum lobby area on the UWFox campus

How We’ve Changed: Menasha Hometown History

From a musty mill town to an amazing marina. From a cow pasture to a UW campus. Community historian and politician Nancy Barker will entertain and educate listeners as she weaves the history of Menasha together with it personalities and politics. Barker is a regular speaker in schools, adult learning groups and the media on local lore. She is a retired city employee, a former 10-year City of Menasha alderwoman and a member of the Winnebago County Board. 

Ideal for: All Ages
Location: chairs, no desks

See a Star Show at the Barlow (1)

Get a taste of all the Barlow Planetarium has to offer in this unique Re-University Day planetarium show. Cutting edge astronomy, music, video projection, automation systems and laser effects combine for an ideal edu-tainment experience for the entire family. The Barlow Planetarium is located on the campus of UWFox , and is a world-class facility for 3-D excitement, giant full-color special effects and crystal-clear, five-channel, 10,000 watt THX surround sound. No charge for RU Day participants.

Ideal for: All ages
Location: Barlow Planetarium


2:00p-2:50p Activities

Campus Tours (2)

How could you some to campus and not take in a tour? Alumni and friends will marvel at the additions and upgrades, and parents and potential students will ponder the possibilities of an exceptional and affordable UWFox college education. Our student ambassadors are specially trained to explain points of interest and answer all of your questions.

Ideal for: audience ages 14+

Children’s Book n’ Paint

Children will have the chance to escape with some of their favorite storybook characters by such authors as Eric Carle, Don Freeman and Frank Ash. After the stories, families and friends will be given the opportunity to explore their creative side with paint and paper. A great time for the whole family! Hosted by Wendy Eagon, director of the University Children’s Center and Center staff.

Ideal for: Children age 5-8 accompanied by an adult.
Location: TBD

Putting Polls in Their Place

Focus on various dimensions of public opinion that citizens should consider when interpreting public opinion poll information. The group will discuss important questions that must be asked when evaluating the reliability and validity of public opinion polls. Discover that many polls are unreliable and invalid while others are accurate and useful for predicting election outcomes and reflecting public views. How to tell the difference is the key!

Location: 1338 or 1229 (internet + projector)
Class size: 50

Earth Science Rocks! (2)

Get to the core of the fun and learn to identify minerals like a real geologist. Each participant will take home a special surprise! Taught by museum educators of the Weis Earth Science museum, Wisconsin’s official mineralogical museum.

Ideal for: ages 5-8, accompanied by an adult
Location: Weis Earth Science Museum lobby area on the UWFox campus

Compost Co-Dependency

The ultimate recycling takes place in a compost bin. Animals and plants depend on each other in many ways, and this session will look at the life within compost. What makes compost “work”? Hands- on activities include examining compost and making a mini-compost bin to take home.

Ideal for: ages 5-8 with an adult
Location: Biology laboratory 1025 or 1040

Instrument Petting Zoo (1)

At an instrument petting zoo, students—including adults who are interested—can hear instruments, hold instruments, and experiment with making a sound on them. Just holding a musical instrument answers questions for some students. How big is it? How heavy is it? Where do your hands go when you play it? Take time to learn, and then listen as small ensembles serenade attendees with a tune or two.

Ideal for:  all ages

See a Star Show at the Barlow (2)

Get a taste of all the Barlow Planetarium has to offer in this unique Re-University Day planetarium show. Cutting edge astronomy, music, video projection, automation systems and laser effects combine for an ideal edu-tainment experience for the entire family. The Barlow Planetarium is located on the campus of UWFox , and is a world-class facility for 3-D excitement, giant full-color special effects and crystal-clear, five-channel, 10,000 watt THX surround sound. No charge for RU Day participants.

Ideal for: All ages
Location: Barlow Planetarium

Take a Cake Walk (2)

We DID say it’s our 75th birthday at UWFox, and that means cake! Come compete in an old fashioned cake walk and try for a taste of gourmet cupcakes from Cake Anatomy in Kaukauna.

Ideal for: all ages


3:00p-3:50p Activities

Art Talk and Gallery Walk

Franklin Kemery Zetzman, professor of art at UWFox since 1988, will give a talk on his sculpture creations titled “Works from the Merc.” The body of work features recent ceramic sculptures whose imagery evolves from the natural world – bones, teeth, turtle shells and beyond. Zetzman uses this subject matter as a vehicle for abstraction and a manner with which to explore form. The art talk will take place in the Aaron Bohrod Gallery on campus and participants will have an opportunity to view several pieces from the campus’ permanent collection and a UWFox history exhibit.

Ideal for: audience ages 14+

Campus Tours (3)

How could you some to campus and not take in a tour? Alumni and friends will marvel at the additions and upgrades, and parents and potential students will ponder the possibilities of an exceptional and affordable UWFox college education. Our student ambassadors are specially trained to explain points of interest and answer all of your questions.

Ideal for: audience ages 14+

Fun Fitness

UWFox associate professor of physical education and the Cyclones’ athletic director Pam Massey has created various fitness stations designed to get you moving and improve your fitness level.

Ideal for: all ages
Location: Student Union

Earth Science Rocks! (3)

Get to the core of the fun and learn to identify minerals like a real geologist. Each participant will take home a special surprise! Taught by museum educators of the Weis Earth Science museum, Wisconsin’s official mineralogical museum.

Ideal for: ages 5-8, accompanied by an adult
Location: Weis Earth Science Museum lobby area on the UWFox campus

Take a Cake Walk (3)

We DID say it’s our 75th birthday at UWFox, and that means cake! Come compete in an old fashioned cake walk and try for a taste of gourmet cupcakes from Cake Anatomy in Kaukauna.

Ideal for: all ages

The Back Nine: Golf & Your Spine

Career physical therapist, passionate golfer, golf instructor and UWFox alum Brian Borchardt will give his well-respected and fun wellness seminar on golfing, spine care and joint protection. Topics include proper body mechanics and injury risk reduction for a safe – and effective – golf swing.

Location: TBD
Ideal for: audience ages 14+

Instrument Petting Zoo (2)

At an instrument petting zoo, students—including adults who are interested—can hear instruments, hold instruments, and experiment with making a sound on them. Just holding a musical instrument answers questions for some students. How big is it? How heavy is it? Where do your hands go when you play it? Take time to learn, and then listen as small ensembles serenade attendees with a tune or two.

Ideal for:  all ages

See a Star Show at the Barlow (3)

Get a taste of all the Barlow Planetarium has to offer in this unique Re-University Day planetarium show. Cutting edge astronomy, music, video projection, automation systems and laser effects combine for an ideal edu-tainment experience for the entire family. The Barlow Planetarium is located on the campus of UWFox , and is a world-class facility for 3-D excitement, giant full-color special effects and crystal-clear, five-channel, 10,000 watt THX surround sound. No charge for RU Day participants.

Ideal for: All ages
Location: Barlow Planetarium