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Vax Up, Rangers!
Smash COVID with Ranger Bear!
Let's smash COVID! Watch Ranger Bear hit the high striker and learn more about how, together, we can beat COVID. We are offering giveaways to students who get vaccinated! Prizes include parking permits, laptops, $1000 scholarships, and so much more!

By: Andrew Gavin, Athletics Director

On behalf of Parkside Athletics and everyone in the Sports & Activity Center, I hope this message finds you doing well and your semester is off to a great start! We’re certainly thrilled to be back, and we did not ease into the fall semester by hosting 17 games/competitions in a four-day stretch last week/weekend. After not having any competitions in the fall of 2020, the busyness brought welcomed sights and sounds from our student-athletes competing.

Our student-athletes are leading the way on campus with a high vaccination rate and compliance with regular testing, which we hope foster healthy, smooth, and successful seasons for all of our 15 Division II teams! Please check out ParksideRangers.com to stay up-to-date on the Rangers!

RangerVision 2020

Since launching at an interesting time in March 2020, we have worked really hard to successfully complete our RangerVision 2020 facility and fundraising campaign. While things have obviously not gone exactly to plan, we’re excited about the progress we have made and grateful for the support we have received from internal and external supporters. The teamwork and collaboration with the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the advancement office, John Bruch and Facilities Management, and University Police coupled with the support from donors and corporate partners have been instrumental to our success. I also want to thank our Associate AD for Facilities and Capital Projects Craig Becker ’09 for his leadership and hard work on these critical projects.

  • De Simone Gymnasium Enhancement: De Simone Gym is still in the midst of a significant renovation that is transforming the space from a dated gymnasium into an arena set to provide an incredible atmosphere for volleyball, basketball, and wrestling competitions, campus and community events, and of course, commencement ceremonies! Brand-new bleachers and state-of-the-art video boards have already been installed, and this fall we will complete two VIP spectator areas – the Educators Credit Union Suite and The Bear Club. We are still fundraising hard, so if you would like to support this project, check out the Nexus Name-A-Seat Campaign

  • Rick Kilps Center: In what to some is a bittersweet transformation, our pool has been converted into an incredible multi-purpose indoor turf center. This facility will be a gamechanger for our baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer programs that are significantly impacted by the challenging Southeastern Wisconsin weather. Additionally, we are excited to use this facility to bring more visitors (especially young visitors) to campus! On Saturday, Sept. 25, we officially dedicate this space as the Rick Kilps Center in honor of Rick Kilps, Class of 1975. If you’d like to join us for this event, register today! REGISTER

  • Mark Olsen Golf Center: The Mark Olsen Golf Center has been created on the second floor of the Sports & Activity Center, providing an effective training area for the Parkside men’s golf team. The space, which will be officially dedicated in honor of longtime former men’s golf head coach Mark Olsen, features two simulators, a putting green, and hitting bays.

  • Academic Success Center: What some may not know is that the Sports & Activity Center is a campus building that includes multiple classrooms, professors and academic advisor offices, and lab space. Many students, especially those taking both undergraduate and graduate classes in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Management departments, spend a large percentage of their academic time on campus in the SAC. With that said, the resources we provided our students for studying, working on computers, and meeting with professors and classmates were in dire need of an upgrade. On the second floor of the SAC, we were thrilled this summer to renovate an academic area to serve these needs!

Please stop by to see these improvements! Reach out if you’d like me or a member of our staff to show you around or to visit the Ranger Store!
Upcoming Home Events
  • Friday, 12 pm – Women’s soccer vs. Ferris State - Bark in the Park (Bring your furry friend to cheer on the Rangers!)

  • Saturday, 11 am – Men’s and Women’s Cross Country host the Lucian Rosa Invite - Ranger Cub Club Day (Kid's 50-meter dash following men's race!)

  • Saturday, 2 pm – Volleyball vs. Purdue Northwest - Game-day sponsor: Texas Roadhouse (Watch out for the Texas Roadhouse Peanut Toss!)

UW Presidential Search Listening Sessions
Monday, September 20
A search has recently been launched for the next president of the University of Wisconsin System. The selection of a new president is one of the most important decisions facing us at this time with lasting impacts for the future of the UW System, the state of Wisconsin, and its people.
Your voice, your ideas, and your input are an extremely valuable part of the search process, and I strongly encourage you to participate in the upcoming presidential search listening session being hosted at UW-Parkside on Sept. 20.
Here’s how to participate:

  • In-person: Student Center, Ballroom A & B, UW-Parkside campus.
  • Times: There will be two 50-minute sessions scheduled, with a 10-minute break in-between:
  • 2:00-2:50 p.m. – Faculty and Student Focus
  • 3:00-3:50 p.m. – Academic Staff and University Staff Focus

For those who are unable to attend this session, you are invited to participate in a session hosted by another UW System university. As arrangements are finalized, access information will be available on the UW System website.  
Vax Up! 70 For 70
Thank you for leading the way! University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced a new incentive program that provides an opportunity for UW students vaccinated against COVID-19 to win a $7,000 scholarship.

Under the “70 for 70” campaign, vaccinated students who attend universities that achieve at least 70 percent vaccination rates will be eligible for one of 70 scholarships valued at $7,000 each. Students at all UW System universities except UW-Madison are eligible for the drawing.

Alumni and Staff Mixer at the Biergarten!
The Parkside Employee Alumni Group (PEAG) will host an Alumni and Staff mixer at the PETS Biergarten. 10% of Sales from the evening will benefit the PEAG Endowed Scholarship to help even more students complete their degrees and become part of the UW-Parkside alumni family. RSVP in advance to receive a token of appreciation.

Emergency Preparedness
As classes begin please take a moment to discuss campus emergency procedures with your students or personnel. These procedures are available to download: CLICK HERE
Fall Internship & Career Fairs
A series of industry-focused internship & career fairs will take place both on campus and virtually. Students can interact with regional employers who are hiring for internships and/or full-time careers. Three in-person industry-focused fairs in our Student Center Ballroom and one virtual fair on Handshake will give students and recent alumni access to some of the top employers in our area hiring now. Register on Handshake to attend.

This week in Parkside Athletics...

Men's Soccer


Women's Soccer


Cross Country
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside recognizes and honors the cultural diversity that our students and community bring to our campus. Hispanic Heritage Month is nationally recognized for September 15-October 15 and aligns with independence days of many Latin American countries. Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate our multicultural intricacies via the arts, social connections, music, cultural awareness and various learning sessions that we offer.


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