University of Wisconsin–Waukesha
|University of Wisconsin–Waukesha County|
|Location||Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States|
|Colors||Green and Gold|
|Mascot||Corby the Cougar|
The University of Wisconsin–Waukesha County, part of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, is a two-year campus of the University of Wisconsin System located in Waukesha, in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The current dean of the campus is Harry Muir.
Like the other Colleges' campuses, UW-Waukesha's land and buildings belong to a local government unit, in this case Waukesha County, which purchased the 86-acre (35 ha) campus from William J. Hughes and his wife, Blanche I. Fischer Hughes, in March 1965. As part of the local-state partnership, the University of Wisconsin provides faculty, staff, educational programs, technology, furnishings, libraries, and supplies. The first classes met in fall 1966 at Mt. St. Paul Seminary, because the new buildings were not ready for occupancy. In December, however, the campus opened in its current location, beginning with just Northview Hall, the Field House, and the Commons. Southview Hall opened in February 1969, and both the Administration Building and an extension to Northview Hall, more than doubling the size of the library, were added in 1978. The Fine Arts Center, with its 337-seat Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, came in 1987. In 1992, a computer center, and a new entryway to Northview Hall added 5,000 square feet (460 m2) to the campus.
In celebration of the campus's 30th anniversary, the Student Commons was completely remodeled and Westview Hall was added. Dedicated on September 8, 1996, the $5.7 million project added 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) to the Commons and renovated an existing 29,000 square feet (2,700 m2). Along with expanded space for the student lounge, student activities, student services and study center offices, a beautiful dining area and re-located bookstore (open to the public) were added.
In 2001, a new gym floor was installed in the Field House, and the building was remodeled and expanded to include 3 classrooms and a fitness center, adding 9,885 square feet (918.3 m2).
To preserve a natural environment for educational use, Miss Gertrude Sherman donated a 92-acre (37 ha) field station, located approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of the main campus, to the university in 1967. The former farm land is being restored to native prairie and woods, and it harbors the UW System's only large wood-fired kiln and as well as a smaller one. In 2001 a 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) classroom building was constructed on the site. The Gertrude Sherman Building includes one general classroom and one devoted to art. Additionally, the Wildlife in Need Center will have its headquarters on the field station site by 2011.
About 2,000 students attend each fall and spring semester and another 1,000 take summer classes. Many community residents are involved in the campus non-credit classes offered through Continuing Education.
2011 Enrollment:2,234 Full-time 51%; Part-time 49% Women 47%; Men 53%