UW-Superior Heritage

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The University of Wisconsin-Superior traces its heritage to 1893, when Wisconsin legislators
established a school in Superior to train teachers.
Three years later, with strong support from local residents and businesses, Superior Normal
School welcomed its first students.
Superior Normal School's mission was vital to the region's future.
Properly trained teachers were desperately needed in the small towns and rural school
districts of northern Wisconsin.
Innovation and quality were hallmarks at Superior from its earliest days.
In 1909 it became Wisconsin's first normal school to offer a training program for the
new idea of kindergarten.
A year later it became the first school in the state to offer campus housing for women
when it opened the original Crownhart Hall.
In 1923 Superior became the first Wisconsin school to offer a four-year program to train
high school teachers.
As teacher training requirements became more sophisticated, the role of Superior Normal
School began to change.
In the 1920s it was authorized to grant a four-year bachelor's degree in education.
In 1926 the normal school was designated a state teachers college.
Superior now began to stress the importance of a liberal arts education in preparing students.
From the 1940s to the 1960s, the institution added programs in science, business, the arts,
and social sciences.
Graduate programs were added for people seeking advanced study.
During these years Superior evolved from a teachers college to a state college and then
to a state university.
When the University of Wisconsin System was organized in 1971, Superior became one of
its 13 comprehensive campuses and was named the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
The Superior campus originally consisted of a single building.
That community landmark was destroyed by a massive fire in March 1914.
Later that year, the school began to build on the same site.
A year later Old Main opened.
It now holds the honor of being the oldest building on campus.
Many of the buildings now part of campus were built between 1957 and the early 1970s.
During those years, growing enrollment required the university to expand the campus and build
a science building, an arts center, a library and residence halls.
Another building boom took place at the beginning of this century.
It began with the Marcovich Wellness Center.
Jim Dan Hill Library, which opened in 1972, was completely renovated in 2009 to make it
an information and research center for the 21st century.
Next came the Yellowjacket Union, which opened in 2010, followed by Swenson Hall, which opened
in 2011.
UW-Superior has always played an important role in the community and region.
It helps fuel the economy, offers business and career training, conducts research, and
provides access to a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate academic programs.
Of course, students are the heart of a school, and those who chose Superior have made their
mark over the years.
In the early 1900s the school was known for the quality of its teacher education program
as well as its active music ensembles and drama group.
Basketball is the longest-running intercollegiate sport on campus.
The first game was played in 1899.
Superior lost by a score of thirteen to six.
Ice hockey first appeared on campus in 1928.
Games were played outdoors by players wearing leather helmets.
Intramural sports for women were introduced in 1899.
But it wasn't until the 1970s that women could compete in intercollegiate sports.
In 1998 UW-Superior was the first university in Wisconsin to offer women's hockey as an
intercollegiate sport.
Yellowjacket men's and women's teams have won numerous conference and playoff championships
over the years.
The men's hockey team holds the distinction of winning two national titles.
In the school's early years, most students were women, because teaching was one of the
few careers open to them.
Today, an emphasis on respect for different people and cultures has helped make the student
population the most diverse in university history.
Students of color, students who are military veterans, students from other countries, students
of various ages, physical abilities and gender identities, students who live far from campus
UW-Superior strives to provide them all with an inclusive environment and equal access
to a university education.
Many people have used their UW-Superior education to build notable careers.
Superior alumni include: David DiFrancesco - a photography major who became a pioneer
in digital imaging technology and co-founder of Pixar Studios.
Sandra Gregory - an accounting major who served as director of Budget Operations and Personnel
for the U.S. Air Force.
Tony Hernandez - a communicating arts major who is co-founder and president of the Latino
Broadcast Network.
Dr. Renee Reijo Pera - a biology major who is director of human embryonic stem cell research
and education at Stanford University.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - bodybuilder, movie star and former California governor, who completed
his business degree in 1979 through UW-Superior's Distance Learning program.
And there are many more like them.
Today, the heritage of UW-Superior lives on through its students, faculty, and staff.
The heritage of serving the region lives on through programs such as Academic Service-Learning,
outreach programs to assist business, and a Distance Learning Center that enables people
to complete their degrees from home.
The heritage of innovation lives on through the university's continuing strength in teacher
education as well as newer programs such as legal studies and transportation and logistics
The heritage of quality lives on through undergraduate, graduate and faculty research.
The Lake Superior Research Institute, the Transportation Research Center, and the Great
Lakes Maritime Research Institute have earned regional and national reputations.
The heritage of a strong liberal arts education lives on with UW-Superior's emphasis on teaching
students for the challenges they face today and preparing them to be lifelong learners
who can adapt to future careers.
The heritage of UW-Superior benefits every student and employee of the university.
It also depends on each of them to continue the traditions that benefit future generations.
What contribution will you make to the UW-Superior heritage?