University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
|University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point|
|Academic staff||Over 400|
|Location||Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States
|Campus||Small town, 400 acres (162 ha)|
|Colors||Purple & Gold|
|Mascot||Stevie and Stephanie Pointer|
The University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (also known as UW–Stevens Point or UWSP) is a public university located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the University of Wisconsin System, and grants associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees.
UWSP opened its doors in 1894 as Stevens Point Normal School after securing land and funding from the city of Stevens Point and the county. In addition to teacher preparation, "domestic science" (home economics) and conservation education were offered; the latter formed the basis for the College of Natural Resources, nationally recognized for undergraduate and graduate training in natural resources.
In 1927 Stevens Point Normal School became Central State Teachers College and began offering four-year teaching degrees. When post-World War II enrollment became less centered on teacher training and more focused on liberal arts education, the Wisconsin State Legislature intervened, changing the school's name to Stevens Point State College with the authority to grant bachelor's degrees in liberal arts.
Ever larger numbers of students in the 1950s and 1960s led to construction on campus throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. It was during this period, in 1964, that the college was elevated to university status as Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point and began offering graduate degrees. Only seven years later, the Wisconsin State Universities merged into the University of Wisconsin system, and the school adopted its current name. UWSP has graduated over 70,000 students since opening its doors. Over 40,000 of these alumni live in Wisconsin. In 1968 UW-Stevens Point formed the Northwoods battalion, an ROTC unit for the United States army.
Lee S. Dreyfus became Chancellor in 1974 before going on to become the state of Wisconsin's 40th Governor. Governor Dreyfus was inaugurated on the lawn in front of Old Main on the UWSP campus in 1979.
In 2007 a Sustainability Task Force was created to help achieve the future goal of a carbon neutral campus.
In 2009, Chancellor Linda Bunnell resigned after a student vote of no-confidence. The vote was called, in part due to an automobile accident she failed to report and allegations of drunk driving.
The campus played host to the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League for their first training camp in 1995. It was part of what was known as the Cheese League, a collection of teams that hold training camp in Wisconsin. Beginning in 1996, the Jaguars have held their training camp in Jacksonville.
The university is located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin a block north of State Route 66 and southwest of Interstate 39/U.S. Route 51. It's a 410-acre (166 ha) campus with 42 buildings, including a 275-acre (111 ha) nature preserve and 24-acre (9.7 ha) lake.
The Greek community consists of three sororities and five fraternities on campus. All of the Greek organizations meet and collaborate as one, known as Inter-Greek Council. The sororities on campus are: Delta Phi Epsilon, Gamma Phi Delta, and Phi Omega. The fraternities on campus are: Sigma Tau Gamma, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Theta Xi.
WWSP-FM is the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point's alternative radio station. Operating at 30,000 watts, WWSP is the largest student operated campus radio station in the Midwest. It broadcasts commercial free on 89.9FM 365 days per year from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (with summer hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.)
WWSP hosts the world's largest trivia contest, which was founded in 1969 and has since become a long-standing tradition for both the university and the entire community. Hundreds of teams with thousands of members participate in the contest every year, usually in April.
|Stevens Point, WI|
|Channels||Analog: 98 (Cable)|
|Former callsigns||CTV, SETV, SVO, STV|
SPtv is the Student television station at The University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Currently, it is broadcast in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on channel 98 (a live stream of the channel is also available for viewing on SPtv's website). SPtv's office and studios are located in the College of Communicative Arts building on the UWSP campus. When the station is not airing programming (original or syndicated), it airs a message board of community and campus news and events.
Stevens Point students can participate in a variety of cultural, academic and special interest student organizations. The Student Involvement and Employment office or SIEO located in the Dreyfus University Center on campus provides information to students about the various opportunities in student clubs or employment.
Student-athletes in twenty different sports at UWSP are participating in the NCAA Division III. Men’s and Women’s ice hockey teams are competing in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) and other sports teams are members of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).
One of the most popular athletic teams at UWSP is football team, which finished the 2008 season with 9-2 (6-1, WIAC) record and ranked seventh among NCAA Division III football teams prior to the beginning of 2009 season. The Pointers football team also holds the annual Spud Bowl game sponsored by famous local potato farms and brewery companies as the first home game of the season. The Pointers play their home games at Goerke Field, which is also the home of Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) football and Pacelli High School Football.
The Pointers men's and women's basketball teams have combined to bring home five NCAA Division III titles. The women's basketball team won the national title in 2002, 15 years after its first NCAA Division III title in 1987. The men's basketball team won back to back NCAA Division III titles in 2004 and 2005, and won the championship again in 2010. The men's basketball team finished 2008–09 season with 24–5 record and ranked fourth in the NCAA Division III 2008–09 basketball final poll.
Since 2004 UWSP baseball has been coached by former Pointer Pat Bloom. In just five seasons, Bloom has already become UWSP's all-time winningest baseball coach with a 161-78 career record. He also led the program to back-to-back NCAA Division III World Series appearances in 2006 and 2007, as well as four straight WIAC Tournament titles (2005–08).
The 2007 season was the best finish in school history. The Pointers won one fewer game than their previous season (34-17 in '07 and 35-18 in '06) but finished third at the World Series, an improvement from a fifth-place finish in 2006. The Pointers made their fourth World Series appearance in 2010 followed by their most recent appearance in 2013.
In 2009, the Pointers softball team had a 24-11 (8-6, WIAC) record. The team won the WIAC title in 2001. In 1998, the Pointers won the Division III National Championship. The softball team plays its home games at University Field.
Track & Field
The UWSP Men's and Women's Track & Field teams have a long history of successfully representing the university. The men's teams have brought home 3 individual NAIA national titles and 16 individual NCAA Division III national titles. The women's teams have combined to win 13 individual NCAA Division III titles. The men's team has accounted for 61 All-American performances at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships since 1985 and over 70 at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships since 1982. The women have combined for 24 indoor NCAA Division III All-American performances between 1985-2007 and 27 Outdoor All-American performances from 1984-2007.
The men's track team is led by legendary coach Rick Witt. Witt has been head coach for over 30 years during which he has made top 10 performances at the NCAA Division III Nationals a common occurrence for the program. He has also been named National Coach of the Year once, Regional Coach of the Year 7 times, and Conference Coach of the Year 14 times.
- Andrea Anders, television actress
- Mark E. Anderson, U.S. National Guard general
- Margaret Ashmun, teacher and writer
- James Baumgart, politician
- Kirk Baumgartner, football
- Tim Bedore, comedian
- Kathi Bennett, coach
- Bob Bostad, football coach
- Lucas Buick, Co-Founder of Synthetic Infatuation, creator of Hipstamatic
- Carlos Castillo-Chavez, professor
- Arthur J. Crowns, politician
- Steven E. Day, U.S. Coast Guard admiral
- Michael Dombeck, former U.S. Forest Service chief
- Ryan Dorshorst, Co-Founder of Synthetic Infatuation, creator of Hipstamatic
- Lawrence Eagleburger, former U.S. Secretary of State (attended)
- R. Michael Ferrall, politician
- Ted Fritsch, football player
- Rick Gering, EastBay, Inc. Co-Founder (Retired)
- Herbert J. Grover, educator and politician
- William C. Hansen, politician
- David Helbach, politician
- Kathy Kinney, television actress
- Dale Klapmeier, Cirrus Design, CEO
- Clint Kriewaldt, football player
- Melvin Laird, former U.S. Secretary of Defense (attended)
- Scott Langteau, COO & Co-Founder of Spark Unlimited. Creator of Medal of Honor video game.
- Henry Leck, Director of Indianapolis Children's Choir and Associate Professor of Music at Butler University.
- John A. List, economist
- Edwin A. Loberg, U.S. Air Force officer
- Max Maxfield, politician
- Scott May, baseball player
- Pete McCann, guitarist
- William Murat, politician
- Andrew Naumann, President and Owner of Schilke Music Products, Inc.
- Frederick "Fritz" Wenzel, Former Executive Director of the Marshfield Clinic Research and Education Foundation
- Michael P. Nelson, professor
- John M. Noel, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Laura Osnes, actress
- Art Pjesa, Retired Aerospace Physicist for Honeywell, Inc.
- Jim Pekol, musician
- Terry Porter, basketball player and coach
- Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary Of Education under President Obama
- Peggy Rajski, Producer of Academy Award winning movie TREVOR, Associate Arts Professor at the Tisch School of the Arts
- Bary Rose, football player
- Patrick Rothfuss, author
- Dewey Sebold, Tombstone Pizza Corp, Retired President and CEO
- Donna J. Seidel, politician
- Albert D. Shimek, politician
- Brad Soderberg, men's head basketball coach
- Mary Lou E. Van Dreel, politician
- Daniel P. Vrakas, politician
- Bob Worth, former owner of the Worth Company
- Jordan Zimmermann, baseball player
- Dick Bennett (Athletics, 1976–85) – head basketball coach; later coached at the University of Wisconsin and Washington State University
- Jack Bennett (Athletics, 1996–2005) – head basketball coach, brother of Dick Bennett, led Pointers to back-to-back national championships in 2003-04 and 2004–05
- J. Baird Callicott (Philosophy Department, 1965–94) – founder of academic environmental ethics discipline; now at the University of North Texas
- Louie Crew, English professor
- George Corneal, coach
- Lee Sherman Dreyfus (Chancellor, 1967–78) – chancellor; became the 40th governor of Wisconsin
- Eddie Kotal – head football, basketball, track and field, and boxing coach; former NFL player
- James Moore (Theater, 1975–2003) – choreographer and dancer, collaborator with Jerome Robbins
- Michael P. Nelson (Philosophy Department, 1992–2004) – books include "Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril," Great New Wilderness Debate and others; co-founder of Conservation Ethics Group, now the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair in Natural Resources and Lead-Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Long Term Ecological Research Program, Oregon State University
- Benjamin Percy, writer
- Jon Roberts (History Department, 1985–2001) – intellectual historian; now at Boston University; author of Darwinism and the Divine in America: Protestant Intellectuals and Organic Evolution, 1869-1900 (University of Wisconsin Press, 1988) and The Sacred and the Secular University (Princeton University Press, 2000)
The Schmeeckle Reserve, a nature preserve, is located on the university.
The College of Natural Resources operates two satellite locations for experiencial studies. The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) is located on 200 acres near Sunset Lake 17 miles east of Stevens Point. 
Treehaven is located between Tomahawk and Rhinelander, Wisconsin on 1400 acres. The land was gifted to the University and forms the nation's largest undergraduate natural resources program. 
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