University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


Did you meet your true love at UWM?  Share your story...

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we'd like to hear about your UWM love story. We will post all stories and draw one winner at random for a Milwaukee date-night package! Submit your UWM love story.
Lisa Manske and David Miskymisky
“Lisa Manske and I first met at the Klotsche Center where I would sometimes scrimmage with the women’s basketball team. She roomed with a couple of the Panther players, and she would also scrimmage with the team. However, it was not until I returned from a junior year study abroad that our relationship truly began. We often studied, as part of a larger group of friends, on the fourth floor of Golda Meir. She was studying her School of Ed classes, and I was studying my science courses, or as she likes to remember, “my fish class.” I finally had the nerve to ask her out. Our first date was a Neil Diamond concert and dinner at the original Beans & Barley. Our love has lasted through the years and we will celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary.”
Nancy and Jerry Stern
“My story begins in 1949, when, as a junior at Milwaukee State Teachers College, now UWM, I met my true love. A mutual friend introduced us. It was easy to meet at that time, since there were only three buildings; Mitchell, Quonset hut “Commons” and Baker Fieldhouse. We were the Green Gulls at that time. I graduated in 1950 and he followed, having served in the Navy in WWII. We married and raised 3 children. Recently, we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary and are life members of the UWM Alumni Association and continue to support the University.”
mary and tom goetterMary and Tom Goetter
“The year was 1977, our senior year. At that time, there were very few women in the school of engineering, so I was accustomed to being the lone female in most of my classes. It was the last class before the final exams, graduation and the start of our engineering careers. The professor reviewed the material for the final exam and asked if there were any questions. After a few moments of silence, Tom Goetter raised his hand. “Yes Mr. Goetter?” said Professor Mueller. “I want to know,” said Tom, “would Mary Penn go out on a date with me?” Professor Mueller turned to me with an amused smile. “Well, Miss Penn?” I laughed and said yes. We have been married for 32 years.”

Sandy and Tim Poulin
"I met my future husband in Speech Class. I studied and practiced for my speech...he hardly studied and just "winged it" and got a high grade. He had the biggest blond curly head of hair and deep blue eyes. Gorgeous smile. I asked him if he wanted a ride home from school after every class. One day he said yes! Tim got a Bachelors of Business Administration and I earned a Mass Communications degree. About two years after we both graduated UWM we married in Fredonia Wisconin. We are coming up this summer on our 30th anniversary. With one beautiful almost sixteen year old daughter. We live in Dallas Texas. Tim works at a technology company and I work at KRLD News Radio 1080..'the WTMJ of Dallas."

Jacki and Steve Meves

"I got my 'MRS.' at UW-Milwaukee! Steve and I met in Prof. Ring's marketing class back in 1989. We both graduated and got married in 1993. 19 years and 4 kids later, we still laugh about our first encounter at UWM."

Holly Maes and Rich
"My love of life Rich and I met at UWM in 1978. I was a premed student and he was a physics student. I was struggling in calculus based physics (always did prefer the biologic sciences) and he was not paying attention to Professor Greene but looking my way. He shyly asked me on a date to the Flicks, and I accepted, hoping he might be a good tutor for physics. The spark was lit by attending date nights at the planetarium, Professor Greene's rainbow lectures  and a mutual love of science. Things took a bad turn in March of 1980 when Holly  was hit by a drunk driver on the corner of Kenwood and Oakland Ave. She spent weeks in the hospital, but Rich never left her side as she went through operations and rehab, pushing her wheelchair to classes everyday for months. We were married in August of 1980, and Holly was able to walk down the aisle, less than 5 months after being told she would never walk again. We have been married 31 years, had 4 children and are extremely happy. The roles are now somewhat reversed - Rich is retired and disabled due to multiple sclerosis, and some days it is Holly that pushes the wheelchair, on days when Rich's strength just isn't there. And yes, Holly did go on to medical school, and is a practicing pediatrician and huge advocate for children in east central Illinois. Rich and Holly are expecting their first grandchild on the 4th of July this year. We still catch a UWM game whenever it is on TV, and have a godson who currenty attends UWM. Thank God for physics class and college love!!"

Nicole Bolwerk and Dannicole bolwek
 "Dan and I met in the Sandburg dorms. It was both our freshman year. He came from Madison and I came from Appleton, but we met through mutual friends. I had a  secret crush on him, but I couldnt really talk about it because my friend liked him. One day my suitemate burst through my door to tell me that she saw Dan walking around (and he was 'looking good'), and she said how she could totally see he and I being a couple. Thanks to her words of wisdom, he asked me out. We watched each other walk for our degrees, we've lived together for a few years, and I'm waiting on an engagement ring, which he promises as soon as he gets his upcoming promotion! And that's our happily ever after."

Patty and Karl Ayer
"...and 33+ years later, still the love of my life. My husband and I met during  my sophomore year and his last year of grad school. I was dating another grad student. The two were TA's for the same professor and shared an office. When  that relationship ended, Karl was there to pick up the pieces. We met for lunchs in the Gasthaus - brought sack lunches since we were both broke, and talked for hours. We shared a love of music and fitness, mutual values and goals for education, relationship, family. Spent countless hours on Fridays after class at Klotsche playing racquetball followed by Pizza Hut in Sandburg Hall. We've come along way since the long shoulder length curls (on Karl) and the Dorothy Hammel cut on me. There is no doubt we have been blessed in our 31 years of marriage. Happily we get to return to campus regularly for events with our son - he plays in the Panther Pep Band so we often are found cheering on the men's and women's basketball teams. It brings back great memories of our days on campus as we were courting. And I was planning to go to school out of state....what was I thinking?"

Susie and Tom Harper
"I was living on the east side of Milwaukee, about to enroll at UWM. I had an  afternoon planned to go to the campus to submit paperwork and tour the campus.  My new next door neighbor had just graduated from the School of Engineering, and had heard about my plans. When the afternoon arrived, I went out to my car and it wouldnt start. I cranked it and cranked it, but it just wouldnt turn over. Seeing me in distress, he came outside to my rescue. He told me that he had just graduated from UWM and could show me around the campus. We had a wonderful time touring the campus and getting to know each other. The next day he even fixed my car for me. I graduated four years later, and shortly after, we married. We have been married for 28 years now, and our oldest of four children now attends UWM. It was several years after we met when he told me that he had pulled the spark plugs on my car that day so that he could meet me. Ahhh, true love!"

robin pageRobin and Dylan Page
"I met my true love and now husband, Dylan Page, freshman year of 2000. I played on the volleyball team and he played on basketball team. We would always watch each other since we would sometimes have practice at the same time. I would catch him checking me out in my spandex! Then one night in study table we started to talk, and he helped me figure out how to sign up for AOL instant messenger. Then we realized we we had 2 classes together. From that moment we were inseparable! We got married in 2007, and are still as happy as ever and very much in love!"

Jennifer Guldan
"Moving out of the dorms freshman year and finding a house on campus was a stressful time for my two roommates and me. After searching months to find the perfect college house, time was running out and we made an impulse decision to settle for a cheap house on Cramer St. On move-in day, while I was unloading boxes from my moving truck, I was still contemplating moving back home and commuting to school because of how much I disliked the house. However, I quickly changed my mind when I saw a handsome boy drive up to the house in a moving truck. Little did I know, at that moment, that that boy moving into the lower unit of my new house would be my fiancé four years later! I could have not found a more perfect person to spend the rest of my life with, and I have UWM to thank for that!"

Brittany Buechel
"My wonderful husband and I met, fell in love and got engaged at UWM. When I started my freshman year at UWM, I was in a new city and did not know anyone. My Mom and Grandma kept bugging me to join a club so I could meet some new people. I ended up deciding on the UWM Cycling Club. After the first meeting I was invited to join the team for a party that they were having at one of the team member’s houses. After I had sat down the team's president came over to chat with me, and we ended up finding out we had a lot in common. Then he asked me on a date, and it just clicked. We knew after a month of being together that we were in love and eventually wanted to get married. Then came that fateful day when I was eating my lunch in the Union, and a man walks in the door wearing a poster board sign and yelling out at the top of his lungs, “Attention everybody, I am madly in love with Brittany and I want to marry her!” Then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It has been 11 years since we met, and we are still madly in love and happily married with a beautiful daughter."

rich and feliciaRich and Felicia Ruiz
"I was sitting in Chemistry 102 and he came up and introduced himself as Rich going to school for Global Studies; I introduced myself as Felicia in Biomed. Being hardcore students, we both spent 10 hours at a time studying together, sometimes not leaving the library until 11pm. Valentine's day happened to be one of those nights, and our first unexpected date. After studying, we went to Mizu's, and I noticed something very special about him. We eventually fell in love, and he switched his dream of Japan in fear of leaving me and a family one day even though I said I'd wait. A year later we went to Mexico over winter break for a vacation. During a romantic dinner on the ocean, he got down on one knee. If I learned ONE thing from all of this, it would be that if you STOP trying to look for someone perfect and start doing the things you love, the one you want to spend the rest of your life with might just be sitting right next to you."

Justin Paul and Katelyn
"I met the love of my life at UWM in 2010 and I couldn't be happier. I was a part of a group project for a class with a couple of other students. Our group decided to work on our project at the famed Gausthaus in the basement of the Union. One of the people in the group decided to bring a friend along, thinking that this assignment would not take very long and that she could hang out with her friend after our group was finished. She was so beautiful and seemed really interested in what we were doing. I was determined to find out more about her and see if anything would happen. At the end of the night  I asked Katelyn for her phone number and she greatly gave it to me. Before I even got home that night, she sent me a text saying that she enjoyed meeting me and wanted to see me again soon. I knew then that this was going to be something special. After a few short dates, I garnered up the courage to ask her to become my girlfriend. We both graduated from UWM in Dec. 2011, and have been to many Panther games since, enjoying our time at UWM and thankful that we both decided to attend this school. I still consider myself the luckiest guy on the face of the earth and she treats me so great! Our relationship is stronger than ever and I owe it all to UWM."

Nancy and Jerry Stern
 "My story begins in 1949, when, as a junior at Milwaukee State Teachers College, now UWM, I met my true love, my "husband to be".  We were introduced by a mutual friend.  It was easy to meet at that time, since there were only 3 buildings; Mitchell, Quonset hut Commons, and Baker Fieldhouse. I graduated in 1950, and he followed, having served in the Navy in WWII. We married, raised 3 children and continued in the education field. I retired as a long time teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools, and my husband taught in Milwaukee, then moved to the Elmbrook school system, retiring as Principal at Brookfield East High School. Our children took courses at UWM, but graduated from other universities.  We now are proud grandparents of 2 teachers. Recently we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary, are life members of UWM, and continue to support the University."

Vickie Schuh
"I was the only female in a Physics lab back in the Spring of 1969. My husband was my partner in the class and when he had to drop out due to appendicitis, he continued helping me with my labs. We started dating in the Fall of 1969 and from then on, we were a couple. While our courtship was off and on, it lead to trips to South Africa, England and Germany as well as within the United States. Our parents finally gave up on us ever getting married, but we finally decided that we were ready to take the plunge. We finally tied the knot in 1995 and have been happily married since."

andy and danielleDanielle Ochs
"My husband and I met at UWM a little over 5 years ago. We met in Sociology 101, spring semester 2007. In our first lab for the class, we were put in a group to work together and noticed each other right away. We found each other on Facebook and saw we had so many of the same interests! A week or two into the class we were spending time together outside of class and by the end of March we were in a relationship. We have so many great memories together at UWM: we participated in the Panther Prowl and spent many hours in the library together studying and drinking coffee from the Grind!

Tracy Holmes
"During the spring of 2006 I participated in the annual Habitat for Humanity Campus Sleep out in Spaights Plaza with my Fraternity, TKE. While setting up our cardboard fortress, I met the most beautiful girl who could not for the life of her figure out how to get the duct tape to stick. From that moment on I was hooked. We did not exchange more than a few words, but as time went on, we kept crossing paths. It wasn't until 4 years later that her and I started dating. We married Aug. 25, 2012 in downtown Milwaukee."

Alicia and Justin Groeschel
alicia justin"I met my husband, Justin Groeschel, for the first time at a Bible Talk meeting held in the Union at UWM. We both were undergraduate students at the time; he a music major, and I an education major. Shortly after we met, I noticed that he hung out in the Union at the same time every day to study, eat, and hang out. I would purposely make my way to the Union so I could "bump into him". We became fast friends, and eventually started dating. After a few months, we both knew we were meant for each other and decided to get married. We were both in school at the time we got married, so we didn't have an official honeymoon. However, we were able to spend a lot of quality time on campus, going back to "our spot" in the Union every day to remember where we met."

Sharon Gbursynski
My boyfriend John and I met in High-school, but we fell in love at UWM. Upon graduation of high school we were voted "the cutest couple that never was" by our classmates, even though we just saw each other as casual friends.Post graduation he went away to the University of Green Bay, and I started at UWM so our friendship faded. That is until he made the decision that Greenbay was not the right school for him, he wanted to transfer to UWM. Fortunately, as fate would have it, my roommate and I had a third bedroom open in our apartment, he reached out to see if he could rent it. We couldn't believe our luck in finding someone who wasn't a stranger to move in we gave him the go ahead to become our roommate immediately.

He and I took multiple business classes together and through all the TV watching and studying that roommates do, we became very close friends. A few years after moving out from that apartment we started dating, we've been together 4 and half years now. Had it not been for UWM we would have never spent so much time together, became such great friends, or fallen in love.

ryan lianRyan Mleziva
"I ran track for UWM and was dealing with a knee injury at the time. Lian was recently admitted to the Athletic Training program which fortunately for me, spent a lot of time working directly with the athletes. I remember seeing Lian and thinking to myself that she was gorgeous…too gorgeous that I thought she was out of my league. A few months went by and on the last week of summer we were both at the same bar for the same party. I definitely made a horrible first impression, but it was enough to convince her to dance with me. The next week I found out that Lian was assigned to be the student athletic trainer for my team that fall and with her as my athletic trainer and me as her patient, us falling in love was inevitable. We’re engaged to be married next year and fall in love a little more every day."

Laura Netboy and Bryan
This is the story of how UW-Milwaukee brought together a loud New Yorker and a quiet Midwestern girl. In the late summer of 2009, I was anxiously anticipating the start of my first fall semester at UWM. I had recently been assigned roommates for my new Kenilworth Square apartment and had begun correspondence with one of them. We messaged each other back and forth for several weeks but as our move-in date approached, she began telling me about a guy she had met at her orientation. She told me that he was coming to Milwaukee from Long Island, NY to get his Masters in Vocal Performance and that he too would be living in Kenilworth Square Apartments. My roommate and I moved into our new apartment and we were having a blast setting up our rooms. On our second night there we decided to take a trip to Urban Outfitters which was located right below our building. As we were returning from a shopping trip, we passed Bryan.

From that moment on Bryan and I have been inseparable. We've had our ups and downs but it's been an amazing two and a half years and we're looking forward to getting our first apartment together and in the near future, getting engaged. Our experiences together at both UWM and all over Milwaukee have made up the majority of our memories together. Whether it was late night trips to Kopps for frozen custard, working together as students at the UWM School of Continuing Education, or spending evenings studying together at the library, we have many stories and memories that we will carry with us forever.

John Bowen
"I was helping a friend who was an instructor for a UWM family camping class. When the last carload of students arrived at the weekend outing site, I noticed one young lady who got out of the car. She had the full regalia of outdoor gear on, and I was instantly was drawn to her. That was in 1979. We have been together ever since, and married for the last 26 years. And yes, we still love camping!"

brent and briannaBrent Reistad and Brianna Hicks
"I met Brianna in the fall of 2007. It was our first year at UWM. Brianna lived in the Sandburg dorms. Her suitemate ended up being my roommate's cousin. They introduced us at a party where we discovered we had the same birthday -- St. Patrick's Day. We fell in love after sharing many dates at the Gashaus and working out at the Klotsche Center. One of our favorite things to do was play air hockey at the Union. We had many late nights studying at the library. We graduated together in May 2011. We have had wonderful years together."