I attended UW Manitowoc from 1984 - 1986. As my first college experience it opened my eyes, and for the rest of my life, opened doors for me. The faculty have been lifelong touchstones, colleagues and friends. They molded this then uninspired high school graduate and lit a fire for learning that still burns today. I return to the campus often and have been honored to address two subsequent graduating classes. While my undergraduate and law degrees came from our flagship campus in Madison, a special place itself, my alma mater will always be the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc.