University of Wisconsin–Superior

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University of Wisconsin–Superior
UW-Superior logo.jpg
Established 1893
Type State university
Chancellor Renée M. Wachter, Ph.D.
Academic staff 110
Admin. staff 322
Undergraduates 2,550
Postgraduates 135
Location Superior, WI, USA
46°43′05″N 92°05′24″W / 46.718100°N 92.090000°W / 46.718100; -92.090000Coordinates: 46°43′05″N 92°05′24″W / 46.718100°N 92.090000°W / 46.718100; -92.090000
Colors Gold & Black          
Athletics Yellowjackets
Mascot Buzz the Yellowjacket
Yellowjacket Union

The University of Wisconsin–Superior (also known as UW–Superior or UWS) is a public university located in Superior, Wisconsin. UW–Superior grants bachelor's, master's, and specialist's degrees. The university currently enrolls about 2,450 undergraduates and 150 graduate students.


Originally named Superior Normal School, the university was founded by Wisconsin legislators as a school to train teachers in 1893. Superior Normal School's first class graduated in 1897. In 1909, the institution became Wisconsin's first normal school to offer a full-scale training program for the new idea of kindergarten. It also was the first to offer a four-year program for high school teachers beginning in 1923. After authorization to grant bachelor's degrees in education in 1926, the school took on the new name of Superior State Teachers College. Graduate degrees were authorized in 1947 and first offered in 1950. In 1951 the state board of regents changed the institution's name to Wisconsin State College–Superior to better reflect its expanding role. Wisconsin's state colleges eventually were reclassified as universities, resulting in another name change in 1964 to Wisconsin State University–Superior. Finally, in 1971 Superior became part of the University of Wisconsin System and acquired its present name.[1]


UW–Superior has been designated as the public liberal arts college in the University of Wisconsin System, and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.


  • Barstow Hall, named for regent Barney Barstow: science programs, Lake Superior Research Institute
  • Erlanson Hall, named for regent Clarence Erlanson: business programs, Distance Learning Center, Transportation and Logistics Research Center
  • Gates Physical Education Building, named for regent Clough Gates: classrooms and labs, Mortorelli Gymnasium
  • Hawkes Hall, named for regent Elizabeth Hawkes: originally built as a residence hall, it housed non-university office space for decades before being remodeled and restored to its original use in Fall 2013.
  • Holden Fine Arts Center, named for campus benefactor Paul Holden: communicating arts, music, and visual arts programs, Wisconsin Public Radio studios (KUWS/WHSA/WHWA/WSSU/WUWS), Manion Theatre
  • Jim Dan Hill Library, named for the university's fifth president (1931-1964)
  • Marcovich Wellness Center, named for regent Toby Marcovich: athletics, health and human performance programs, recreation, Thering Field House
  • Old Main, the oldest building on campus: Admissions Office, Financial Aid Office, Center for Continuing Education, university administration, bursar's (cashier's) office, Center for Academic Advising, University Relations, human resources, Multicultural Center, Office of International Programs, Veteran & Non-Traditional Student Center.
  • Swenson Hall, named for campus benefactors James and Susan Swenson: social sciences, education, languages, mathematics and computer science, Technology Services, First Nations Center, Student Support Services, Markwood Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Wessman Arena, named for regent Siinto Wessman
  • Yellowjacket Union: Jacket Book and Supply, Union Cafe, Union Desk Information and Services, Rothwell Opportunity Center and student organization offices.

Residence halls[edit]

  • Crownhart Hall, named for regent Charles Crownhart
  • Curran Hall, named for regent Robert Curran
  • McNeill Hall, named for first president Israel McNeill (1896-1907)
  • Ostrander Hall, named for regent Frank Ostrander
  • Ross Hall, named for regent Frank Ross
  • Hawkes Hall, named for Regent Elizabeth Hawkes


UW–Superior’s athletic teams, nicknamed the Yellowjackets, are affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III class and are members of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The men's hockey team won the NAIA national championship in 1976 and the NCAA Division III national championship in 2002.

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Softball
Basketball Basketball
Cross Country Cross Country
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey
Soccer Soccer
Track and Field Track and Field

Student newspaper[edit]

The Stinger is the student newspaper for the University of Wisconsin–Superior. It began as The Peptomist, in 1920. Students voted to change the name to Promethean in 1974. The name was changed again at the start of the 2007-2008 academic year, when the publication also changed from a traditional broad-sheet format to tabloid format. In Fall 2009, The Stinger became primarily an online newspaper, publishing a print magazine compilation at the end of each term.


The University of Wisconsin–Superior has the longest history of continuous accreditation among Wisconsin comprehensive colleges and universities, accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1916.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty and staff[edit]


  1. ^ a b "UW–Superior - About - Campus History". 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Morrie Arnovich Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Esther Bubley, Photojournalist". Bonnie Yochelson. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Disney Research Alumni - David DiFrancesco". Disney Research. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Minutes of the Board of Regents Meeting of February 2000". Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Frederick, Chuck. Leatherheads of the North. Duluth: X-Communication, 2010
  7. ^ "The Dad Man". Dads and Daughters. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ Crowley, Keith. Gordon MacQuarrie: the story of an old duck hunter. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2003
  9. ^ "Dom Moselle Profile". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "New England Patriots Coaches". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Campus Connection: Superior list of famous alumni?". Wisconsin State Journal. November 11, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Doug Sutherland Profile". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 

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