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Whitewater, WI 53190
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>June 26-27, 2015

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UW-Whitewater Camps & Conferences

Join us this summer for UW-Whitewater's intergenerational program, Grandchildren's University. Grandparents and their grandchildren will share an educational experience learning from some of Whitewater's most dynamic professors. What better way for grandparents and grandchildren to relive memories about university life, and create new memories, than by living in our air-conditioned residence hall and studying side by side.

At Grandchildren's University, grandparents and their grandchildren will:

  • Work together in hands-on learning activities
  • Have fun in various evening activities
  • Share a suite in our newest air-conditioned residence hall
  • Earn a “degree” in one of the offered “majors”
  • Meet some of UW-Whitewater’s most interesting professors and students
  • Meet other grandparents and their grandchildren


Registration: $200/person
Includes Starin Hall suite-style, air-conditioned lodging. Maximum capacity: 4 individuals per suite
1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Commuter Registration: $160/person
Includes 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Grandchildren's University "Majors"

Art Metals


Heirloom Project

Design and fabricate a piece of jewelry influenced by an existing familial object. Gain confidence in creating an original design or concept for a piece of jewelry that will be a physical reminder/celebration of the past, present and future. You will be guided in ways to discover your potential to communicate through metal. Learn practical approaches to developing a concept/design, and a work plan to bring those ideas to reality. Grandparents and grandchildren will work collaboratively to fabricate a new treasured piece of jewelry from something old, using basic metalsmithing techniques. Investigate ways to redesign memorable or sentimental objects, either conceptually or physically. Draw on new skills to shape a work including sawing, carving and forging. Join pieces together through hot and cold connections.

Capacity: 15

Ages Recommended: Ages 7-14 

Physical Activity Level: Low.

Instructor: Dr. Teresa Faris directs UWW’s Metals program and is co-author of the Women of Metal Exhibition and Oral History Project. She has received a number of awards including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts 2008. She exhibits extensively in Europe and the US. Recent work, publications and exhibition are listed on her website at teresafaris.com


Freshwater Biology

Learn about the small (but oh so important) organisms found in local lakes and streams, and how surrounding land
use can influence these organisms. You'll visit a local lake and a local stream, and also spend time in a laboratory.
You'll sample plankton, measure water quality, learn about the benefits of shore land restoration, and collect aquatic insects. In the laboratory, you'll use microscopes to view the plankton and aquatic insects you've collected and learn how we can use these small aquatic organisms to tell us something about water quality.

Capacity: 20

Ages Recommended: Ages 7-14

Physical Activity Level: Moderate during the two field trips (we will park close to the lake and the stream, but some walking is necessary); low during the indoor lab.

Instructor: Dr. Elisabeth Harrahy conducts research on the effects of water pollution on aquatic organisms, and teaches courses in ecology, aquatic biology and environmental toxicology at UWW.

Creative Writing

Family History Project

Have you ever wondered how your grandparents first met, or what your parents were like at your age? One of the most valuable heirlooms a family can pass down from one generation to the next its stories. In this major, you will learn what makes for a compelling story and how to tell one. Grandchildren will have an opportunity to interview their grandparents and then both generations will collaborate on a family history story. The course will culminate with a class celebratory reading of everyone's family histories.

Capacity: 20

Ages Recommended: Ages 8-14

Physical Activity Level: Low.

Instructor: Dan Holly is lecturer in the department of Languages and Literatures. He is an author and illustrator of young adult science fiction based out of Whitewater, Wisconsin where, Dan writes,"where I live with my wonderful wife and three beautiful daughters. I love broad, big-idea, character-driven fiction, both as a reader and writer, and attempt to appeal to that spark of unwavering curiosity in my own work. I illustrate books with 3D art and animation and also do freelance character printing for Hasbro."


Your Radio Voice Heard Around the World

Ever wonder what it is like to be on-air at a radio station? You will learn how to write and produce a radio commercial and you will get to air your spot on our radio station while you are here (you will even get a copy to take home). You will also get to showcase your personality “behind the mic” as we get you on-air at the radio station where you will be heard in Whitewater and around the world. Join the ranks of many celebrities who got their start in radio.

Capacity: 20

Ages Recommended: Ages 7-14

Physical Activity Level: Low. There will be a guided tour through the studios and some time sitting at a computer.

Instructor: Brian Lucas is the Director of Radio at 91.7 The Edge-WSUW on the UW-Whitewater campus. WSUW is a student run radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day 7 days a week throughout the school year. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of WSUW, Brian also teaches courses in audio production and mass communication. In his spare time, he is a gigging musician and likes spending time recording bands in the studio.

Forensic Science

The Case of the Stolen Kiss

You will learn forensic techniques while working to solve a case of theft. In this major, you examine a virtual crime scene in Second Life in order to figure out who stole the wallet of one of the clients during a night of speed dating. You will secure the crime scene, interview suspects, identify fingerprints and lipstick prints and photograph and map the crime scene. Will these clues help you find the missing wallet and figure out who is responsible?

Capacity: 20

Ages Recommended: Ages 7-14

Physical Activity Level: Low while in lab, moderate while searching and mapping crime scene.

Instructor: Pete Killoran is a Biological Anthropologist specializing in Forensic science and Bio-archaeology and a consultant and researcher with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey. This ongoing research allows him to participate in the recovery and analysis of human skeletal remains. Research projects include the Historic Frankfort cemetery, EasternStates Cemetery, and documentation of African American and Poor House cemeteries.

Interactive Media Art

Storytelling through Game Design

This major has been canceled



Dinosaurs and Life on Ancient Earth

Learn about how geologists study ancient earth using the remains of dinosaurs as well as other animal fossils
found in southeastern Wisconsin. You will visit a local rock quarry to collect your own fossils that you may
take home to keep. Grandparents and grandchildren will work together in the paleontology laboratory to identify
their fossils. Through hands-on activities, everyone will learn how to professionally clean and prepare the fossils using multiple research instruments.

Capacity: 20

Ages Recommended: Ages 8-14

Physical Activity Level: Moderate during the field trip to the local quarry (some walking, hammering and light rock
lifting is necessary); Low during the indoor lab activities.

Instructor: Rex Hanger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Geology & Environmental Science at UW-Whitewater, where he teaches courses on paleontology, stratigraphy, oceanography, historical geology and field geology. He conducts research on fossils of the Carboniferous through Cretaceous periods from throughout the Western United States, South America and Europe.



Nanotechnology 101

Imagine you are looking at something so small that you can't even see it under a microscrope. In this major
you will explore the world of nanotechnology and create new products out of these "very small" objects to solve
long-existing engineering problems. Nanotechnology is now used in TVs, cell phones, solar cells, batteries,
sensors and many other fields. At this tiny "nanoscale," ordinary particles gain totally new properties. You'll get
to observe some of the usual things that happen at this very small scale by examining nanomagnetism, creating
objects that "remember" their shape, and trying other fun experiments.

Capacity: 12

Ages Recommended: Ages 8-14

Physical Activity Level: Physical Activity Level: Low (Hands-on nano-activities)

Instructor: Dr. Ozgur Yavuzcetin is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics with a background in nanofabrication and electronics. He enjoys science gadgets and works on sensors that merge nanotechnology and electronics. Currently he works on brain waves, wireless sensors and polymer nano templates.


Friday, June 26, 2015


8:30 am - 9:30

Residence Hall Registration/Move-in at Starin Hall

9:30 am - 10:00 

Welcome and Opening

10:15 am - 12:00

Major Classes

12:00 pm -1:15 


1:30 pm - 4:00

Major Classes

4:15 pm - 5:15

Campus Scavenger Hunt

5:30 pm - 6:30


7:00 pm - 9:00

Optional Evening Activities - Open Swim, Bowling, Board Games

Saturday, June 27, 2015


7:45 am - 8:45


9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Major Classes

12:15 pm - 1:15


1:30 pm - 2:30

GCU Commencement 

2:30 pm - 3:00

Starin Hall Checkout

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