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University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Established 1894
Type State university
Chancellor Bernie Patterson
Academic staff
Students 9,643
Location Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States
Campus Small town, 400 acres (162 ha)
Colors Purple and gold          
Nickname Pointers
Mascot Stevie and Stephanie Pointer
Old Main is the current Administration Building
Welcome sign

The University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (also known as UW–Stevens Point or UWSP) is a public university in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the University of Wisconsin System. It grants associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees, as well as doctoral degrees in audiology.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Academics 2.1
    • Satellite locations 2.2
    • Centers 2.3
  • Media 3
    • Radio station 3.1
    • Television station 3.2
    • Newspaper 3.3
  • Extracurricular activities 4
  • Athletics 5
    • Football 5.1
    • Basketball 5.2
    • Baseball 5.3
    • Softball 5.4
    • Track and field 5.5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • Notable faculty 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


After securing land and funding from the City of Stevens Point and Portage County and winning the right to host the new normal school, Stevens Point Normal School opened on September 17, 1894 with 201 students.[1] 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. Seven years later, the Wisconsin State Universities merged into the University of Wisconsin system, and the school adopted its current name. UW-Stevens Point has more than 77,000 alumni. More than half 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 becoming Wisconsin's 40th governor. Governor Dreyfus was inaugurated on the lawn in front of Old Main on the UW-Stevens Point 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.[2] The vote in part was called because of an automobile accident she failed to report and allegations of drunken driving.[3] Bernie Patterson became chancellor in July 2010.[4]

The campus hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League for their first training camp in 1995. It was part of what then was known as the Cheese League, a collection of teams that conducted training camp in Wisconsin. Since 1996, the Jaguars have conducted their training camp in Jacksonville.


The Communication Arts building, the headquarters for the WWSP-FM trivia contest

The university is in Stevens Point, Wisconsin a block north of State Route 66 and southwest of Interstate 39/U.S. Route 51. It's a 406-acre (164 ha) campus with 42 buildings, including a 280-acre (113 ha) nature preserve and 25-acre (10.1 ha) lake.

The Greek community on campus consists of three sororities and four fraternities. All of the Greek organizations meet and collaborate as one, known as the Inter-Greek Council. The sororities on campus are: Delta Phi Epsilon, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, and Phi Omega. The fraternities on campus are: Phi Sigma Phi, Sigma Tau Gamma, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Theta Xi.

The Schmeeckle Reserve, a nature reserve, is located on campus.


The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point offers more than 120 undergraduate programs in 48 majors and 78 minors. These programs are housed within four colleges:

  • College of Fine Arts and Communication, which includes opportunities in the visual and performing arts;
  • College of Letters and Science, which includes disciplines in the natural and social sciences, mathematics, computing and humanities;
  • College of Natural Resources, with disciplines such as forestry and wildlife ecology; and
  • College of Professional Studies, featuring business and economics, health-related fields and the School of Education.

Satellite locations

The university has three off-site field stations - Central Wisconsin Environmental Station at Amherst Junction, Treehaven near Tomahawk and the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility at Bayfield. The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) is on 200 acres near Sunset Lake, 17 miles east of Stevens Point. Treehaven is between Tomahawk and Rhinelander, Wisconsin on 1,400 acres. The Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility is at 36445 State Highway 13, 1.5 miles west of Red Cliff on Highway 13, near Lake Superior.


The university maintains a wide range of centers and affiliations, including the Museum of Natural History, Waste Education Center, Water and Environmental Analysis Lab, Aber Suzuki Center, Allen F. Blocher Planetarium, Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory, Center for Collaborative & Interactive Technologies, Center for Economic Education, CPS Café, Central Wisconsin Economic Research Bureau, Gesell Institute, Center for Athletic Scheduling, Center for the Small City and Community Research Center.


Radio station

WWSP-FM is the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point's alternative radio station. Operating at 30,000 watts, WWSP broadcasts commercial free on 89.9FM, 365 days a year from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. with summer hours of 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

WWSP hosts the world's largest trivia contest, which was founded in 1969 and has since become a tradition for the university and the community. Hundreds of teams with thousands of members participate in the contest every year, usually in April.

Television station

Stevens Point, WI
Branding "SPTV"
Channels Analog: 98 (Cable)
Owner Student organization
Founded 1972
Former callsigns CTV, SETV, SVO, STV
Website //stv/

SPTV is a student-operated television station at UW Stevens Point. It is broadcast on channel 98 and online on SPTV's website. SPTV's office and studios are in the Communication Arts Center on the UWSP campus. The station airs news, sports, and entertainment shows.


The Pointer, the weekly student newspaper, is free to all tuition-paying students.

Extracurricular activities

The Student Involvement and Employment Office (SIEO) in the Dreyfus University Center on campus provides information to students about opportunities in student clubs and employment.


Student athletes in 20 sports at UW-Stevens Point participate in the NCAA Division III. The teams are members of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).


The UW-Stevens Point football team holds the annual Spud Bowl game sponsored by local potato farms and brewery companies as the first home game of the season. The Pointers also hold the annual Pink Game, which benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central Wisconsin, and the Circle of Friends Foundation, which provides opportunities to kids with cancer. The Pointers play their home games at Goerke Field.


The Pointers men's and women's basketball teams have combined for 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,[5] and won the championship again in 2010 and 2015.[5]


Former Pointer Pat Bloom has coached UW-Stevens Point baseball since 2004. Bloom became UW-Stevens Point's all-time winningest baseball coach in 2009. He has led the program to four NCAA Division III World Series appearances.

The 2007 season was the best finish in school history. The Pointers were 34-17 that season and 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 and field

The UWSP men's track and field teams have won 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 had 61 All-American performances at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships since 1985[6] and over 70 at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships since 1982.[7] The women have had 24 indoor NCAA Division III All-American performances between 1985 and 2007[8] and 27 Outdoor All-American performances from 1984 to 2007.[9]

The men's track team coach Rick Witt, who has been head coach for over 30 years, was named National Coach of the Year once, Regional Coach of the Year seven times, and Conference Coach of the Year 14 times.[10]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. ^ "University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point", Malcolm Rosholt Online Archives, Portage County Historical Society, retrieved June 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Ashley Gatz, "UWSP chancellor announces resignation", WAOW, April 23, 2009.
  3. ^ "'Polarizing' Chancellor at U. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Quits After Hit-and-Run Incident", Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Todd Finkelmeyer, "Campus Connection: Walker's plan 'would send UWSP back to 19th century'", The Capital Times, February 23, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers rally to beat Williams College for DIII title - ESPN
  6. ^ UW-Stevens Point Indoor All-Americans, Athletics, UWSP (pdf), retrieved June 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Pointer Outdoor All-Americans, Athletics, UWSP. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Pointer Indoor All-Americans, Athletics, UWSP. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  9. ^ Pointer Outdoor All-Americans, Athletics, UWSP. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  10. ^ Rick Witt: Head Men's Cross Country/Track and Field Coach, Staff Directory, Men's Track & Field, Athletics, UWSP, retrieved June 11, 2014.

External links

  • Official website
  • Athletics website
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