UWP renames Ullsvik rooms after Robert Velzy

March 10, 2003

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2003_03_10.jpgPLATTEVILLE - Former Student Center Director and faculty member Robert Velzy will be recognized by UW-Platteville through a dedication ceremony Friday, April 25, for his numerous contributions throughout the campus, community and southwest Wisconsin region.

Velzy first came to UW-Platteville from Florida in January 1959 to fulfill the position as director of the student center (the building now known as the Ullsvik Center) for UWP. Originally from Silver Creek, N.Y., Velzy graduated from Silver Creek High School and attended Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. Continuing his education, Velzy earned his baccalaureate and master's degrees at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Before arriving in Platteville, he also completed a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.

Besides working in the student center, Velzy became involved with numerous activities on campus and in the community. He was a faculty member for the psychology department, advised the Lambda Sigma Pi (LSP) fraternity and coordinated events and activities such as the Crystal Caprice Winter Carnival, Madrigal Dinner Concerts and Redcoats.

After resigning as student center director in August 1969, Velzy maintained his teaching position in the psychology department until 1992. In 1969, Velzy and his wife Myrtle, a Platteville school teacher, bought The Timbers restaurant located in Platteville. The couple also purchased and donated the concert organ that is currently located in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts (CFA).

As a dedication to Velzy, UWP will take three rooms located in the Ullsvik Center that are currently known at the Beaux Arts, Galleria and Touche Rooms and rename them the Robert I. Velzy Commons.

The evening will begin with a reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Velzy Commons. A unique display of Velzy memorabilia will be available for visitors to view and there will be hors d'oeuvres to sample. At 6:30 p.m., the dedication program will take place. Following the dedication, a dessert reception will occur at 7p.m. in the CFA Theatre. The evening will conclude with a Rountree Ensemble Performance featuring Sam Hutchinson on the Robert and Myrtle Velzy Concert Organ at 8p.m. in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall.

The CFA will also be celebrating its 20th anniversary in accordance with the dessert reception and concert. All students, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend the dedication and events to follow.

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