Wingman University returns
By 2nd Lt. Darren Domingo, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 26, 2016
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo -- Team Schriever, be ready to don your favorite college or sports team gear, dust off your letterman jackets and grab your class schedules because May 12, Wingman University returns this year.
Wingman University is a wing-wide event that allows personnel and spouses to act like college students by freely choosing from a range of personal development classes offered around the campus.
Paula Krause, 50th Space Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, is one of the Wingman University planning committee organizers.
"Wingman University is a concept to allow Airmen to take classes during Wingman Day that interest them. The hope is that if Airmen are allowed to pick classes they are interested in they will get more out of the classes. Members will get a chance to attend three different classes throughout the day," said Krause.
It will be dual-focused by hosting Air Force-mandated classes, and others tailored to a variety of personal and professional development.
"We want to cover the (Comprehensive Airman Fitness) pillars so we're offering some of that mandated training," explained Mary Barkley, Airman and Family Services flight chief, who also is an event organizer. "We've got the new program, Green Dot, which is going to be available for one of the classes and then more classes, with other topics."
Cooking classes and a mystery escape room are also just a few of these interactive class choices.
Wingman University will kick off with a commander's call in the beginning, but to really bring in the school spirit, the committee met with wing leadership to cast a new vision.
"What we want to do this year, is take that university concept to another level," said Barkley. "The committee worked together to come up with a pep rally type of environment for the commander's call, so we're looking at having a band, having cheerleaders, just making it more interactive."
The wing commander has approved casual dress for civilian and military, so attendees can expect to see an ocean of vibrant school colors, space-themed shirts and unit morale shirts.
"We are encouraging Airmen to wear college or sport team gear to help them get into the spirit of the university concept," said Krause. "We want the day to be educational and meet the intent of Wingman Day but we also want Airmen to have some fun learning too."
The committee is also working with the 50th Force Support Squadron to get more food trucks and food sale opportunities on base during the day to allow students to have food options along with the Satellite Dish dining facility.
Team Schriever can register for Wingman University by accessing a Sharepoint drive which is projected to be available next week. The Sharepoint drive includes a description of the classes and gives the opportunity for students to register for them. Classes will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Students interested in taking the Green Dot training will satisfy their Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training for the year.
"Once the (sign-up) information comes out, we highly encourage people to sign up quickly because there's limited space in each classroom and we want them to get their first choices," said Barkley.
At the end of the day, attendees are highly encouraged to fill out the feedback surveys. Barkley explained the responses are taken seriously and fuel next year's improvements.
For more information on Wingman University, call Barkley at 567-5464 or Krause at 567-7446.