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    Conductor wannabe efforts to support UW-L music scholarships

    A local fundraising contest that plays up the importance of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra will also contribute to music scholarships at UW-La Crosse.   

    LSO “Conductor Wannabe” Ilene Kernozek has chosen the UW-L Foundation’s Music Student Scholarships as co-recipients of donations from contest.

    Kernozek, vice chair of the Foundation and a relationship manager at Trust Point Inc., is one of seven community members participating in the orchestra’s “Conductor Wannabe” contest this year. The winner and runner-up with the most votes received by Tuesday, April 28, will make their conducting debuts with the LSO Saturday, May 2.

    The LSO revised the popular annual fund-raising event this year so contestants designate a non-profit charity as recipient of half of the proceeds they collect.

    Kernozek says she chose the scholarship fund because it’s a fantastic opportunity to support two organizations dedicated to providing exceptional educational experiences and enriching the quality of life in the La Crosse community. Her slogan is “Music Students Are a Sound Investment.” 

    Votes are $2 each. Votes can be mailed in or cast online at

    For more information contact her at

    Undergrad studies how mindfulness, self control affect eating

    Celebration of Student Research and Creativity is April 3

     Major Focus:  If you’ve ever struggled to resist a piece of chocolate cake, get up when the alarm goes off or quit smoking, you might be interested in what UW-L student Eric Barreau has to say about your brain.“People think they either have willpower or they don’t. That’s simply not true. Some have more than others and it’s a limited resource that people can lose,” Barreau says. “It all boils down to the blood glucose levels in the brain.”Barreau, a psychology major, has been studying self control for more than a year. He’ll present his research on how self control impacts eating behavior during the Celebration of Student Research and Creativity Friday, April 3, at UW-L. Barreau will give one of 30 oral presentations at the event. The celebration also includes 127 student poster displays and three visual arts exhibits.Barreau studied whether mindfulness meditation could restore people’s self-control and increase mindful eating behaviors. After administering a test he found to deplete self control, Barreau gave half of his subjects brief mindfulness training and gave a control group connect the dot figures to complete. Then, both groups weregiven a mindfulness test and candy to assess if their self control had been restored and if it affected the amount of candy they ate.

    Although the results didn’t show a difference between the groups in the quantity they ate, it did show the test group had more mindfulness than the control group while eating.

    Time/Place: Eric Barreau is available for interviews in his psychology lab from 11 a.m.-12:50 Monday, March 30 and 8-8:50 a.m.Tuesday, March 31, in his lab in 343B Graff Main Hall. Although Barreau’s study is now complete, he can show reporters the mindfulness training students watched online in his lab. Also, thirty students will present their research at the Celebration of Student Research & Creativity on topics from microbiology to modern language. Reporters are welcome to attend the oral presentations from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 Friday, April 3, in rooms on the third floor of Cartwright Center. Barreau presents at 8:30 a.m. in 330 Cartwright. 127 student posters presentations will be from 9-12:45 in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

    Background: Eric Barreau will also present his research at the Midwest Psychological Association Conference in Chicago and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Cheney, Washington, later in April.Barreau credits research with helping him discover his intense passion to continue studying self control, which is now a component of his career goals. Barreau wants to do clinical psychology work, research and teach.“These presentations are really great exposure to what my professional life will be like,” he says. “Also, it will be a great way to network with people in the field that I’m interested in.”

     UW-L Concert Choir sets ‘Grand night for singing’ 

    The UW-La Crosse Concert Choir will perform “It’s A Grand Night For Singing.”

    The mid-semester concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in Annett Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets. Admission is free; seating is limited.

    The concert will feature selections from a variety of choral music genres, including works by composers Charles Ives, Oscar Escalada from Argentina and recent visiting composer Chen Yi. Folksongs from Ireland, Newfoundland and Sweden are planned, along with an arrangement of U2’s salute to Martin Luther King, titled “MLK.”

    Vocal jazz ensembles Maroon and Gray and the Collegiates will open the concert. UW-L Music Professor Gary Walth is the director of all three choirs. 

    If you go—

    Who:   UW-La Crosse Concert Choir mid-semester concert

    What: “It’s A Grand Night For Singing”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28

    Where: Annett Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets          

    Admission: Free; seating is limited.

     3rd Congressional District artwork exhibit at UW-La Crosse

    Artwork of area high school artists from Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District will be exhibited at UW-La Crosse. “An Artistic Discovery,” hosted by Congressman Ron Kind and his wife Tawni Kind, runs Friday, March 27, through Sunday, April 12, in the University Art Gallery, Center for the Arts.

    Each year the Kinds ask high schools in the district to submit their artwork. Judges select work for the exhibition, as well as awards and notations of merit. This is the 19th presentation of the annual art competition.

    The first place entry will be shown for a year in the U.S. Capitol along with the works of other student artists from across the country. The second place entry will be displayed in Rep. Kind’s Washington, D.C., office, and the third and four place pieces will be displayed in Kind’s La Crosse and Eau Claire offices. 

    The exhibition culminates with a reception and awards ceremony for the artists, families and community from 1–3 p.m. Sunday, April 12. The reception is hosted by the Congressman and Mrs. Kind. Awards will be announced at 1:30. The exhibition and related events are free and open to the public.

    “Tawni and I look forward to this competition every year,” says Rep. Kind. “We have so many talented student artists from across western and central Wisconsin, and the Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity to enjoy their work.”

    This exhibition is supported by UW-L College of Liberal Studies, UW-L Student Association, UW-L School of Arts and Communications, UW-L Department of Art, Congressman Ron Kind and Tawni Kind.

    Regular gallery hours at noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and during events in nearby Toland Theatre or by appointment.

    If you go—

    Who:   An Artistic Discovery  

    What: Artwork created by 3rd Congressional District high school students

    When: Friday, March 27–Sunday, April 12.

    Where: UW-La Crosse University Art Gallery, UW-L Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets     

    Admission: Free

     UW-L Theatre presents Folk and Fairy Tales for the Stage

    The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts children’s theatre production, In One Basket, will take the audience on a whirlwind adventure to the land of make-believe. 

    Shirley Pugh’s In One Basket includes eight wonderfully quirky children’s stories that exhibit lessons on greed, selflessness, cleverness, working together, uniqueness of our talents, and accepting others. With a cast of silly characters including a selfish princess, an absent-minded young boy, a rich man, and a spunky girl, children’s attention will be captivated from start to finish.

    In One Basket will show at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in the Frederick Theatre located in Morris Hall (lower level) on the corner of 16th and State Street.

    Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 6.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and one hour before show times.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (under 13) and UWL students; call (608) 785-8522.  General admission; limited seating.

    Who: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts

    What: In One Basket by Shirley Pugh

    Where: UW-L Morris Hall, Frederick Theatre (lower level)

    When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    Admission: Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children (under 13) and UWL students; call (608) 785-8522.  General admission; limited seating.

    Cast: David Holmes, Makenna Johnson, Brandon Madrzak, Avital Maltinski, Wyatt J. Tisland,

    Julia Whalen

     New UW-L institute aims to foster social justice collaboration on campus, in community

    A new UW-L Institute for Social Justice aims to help people connect across campus and in the La Crosse community surrounding social justice issues and research.

    When Laurie Cooper Stoll, UW-L assistant professor of sociology, put out the initial call to gauge interest in such an institute on campus, she received about 100 responses within the first 48 hours. Stoll, the institute director, started work related to founding the institute in May 2013. The UW-L Faculty Senate unanimously approved it in September 2014.

    Now, people can connect to social justice research partnerships, mentoring opportunities, events and more on the institute’s website at The institute will also hold its first social justice conference involving community partners next year.

    -Social justice research is at the core of the institute, but it has four main goals:

    -Support social justice research on campus.

    -Form partnerships with social justice organizations in the La Crosse community.

    -Provide mentoring for students engaged in pursuing social justice research or careers.

    -Support social-justice related events on campus. 

     UW-L students uncover community history that will inspire art, Pump House exhibit will feature artifacts and corresponding new artwork

    Area artists are invited to submit their work to a Pump House exhibition that blends La Crosse community history and art: [Art]ifact.

    The exhibit, originally conceived by three UW-L students, will showcase local historical artifacts from the La Crosse County Historical Society’s collection and new original artwork from area artists inspired by these objects. Along the way, UW-L students will learn to be experts at artifact analysis and research, public relations, curatorial work and educational programming to move the project forward. 

    “To do a project like this, you have to have a community that believes in its students,” says UW-L Senior Ariel Reker, one of the project leaders.

    The project is a team effort between the Pump House Regional Arts Center, the La Crosse County Historical Society and UW-L’s History Department.

    In 2015-16, UW-L students in Ariel Beaujot’s Public and Policy History classes will choose 15 artifacts that were made in La Crosse and represent the community’s diverse history. Then, a jury from the Pump House will select 15 artists from area artistic submissions received by Sept. 15, 2015. Artists will be assigned a historic object, which they will use for inspiration to create new artwork for the exhibition. Historic artifacts and corresponding new artwork will be displayed side by side at the Pump House exhibit in spring 2016.

    “[Art]ifact will show our accomplishments as a community historically and today,” says Beaujot.

    Reker is heading up the overall direction and public relations aspects of the project and Callie O’Connor, a UW-L senior, is working on the curatorial end. Their duties match their future career goals to be a museum director and curator, respectively. Beaujot serves as their mentor.

    O’Connor and Reker have already begun the search for artifacts for future UW-L history students to consider for the exhibit. La Crosse’s history has a long and varied manufacturing past representing everything from buttons to cigars to women’s undergarments. “It’s so interesting — it’s been like a scavenger hunt — contacting person after person after person to find out more details about each item,” says O’Connor. 

    Both Reker and O’Connor agree the public and policy history major at UW-L is less about spending time in class and more about getting experience out in the community — something they like.

    “I almost didn’t come to La Crosse, but there are so many moments where I realize I wouldn’t have gotten the same opportunities somewhere else,” says Reker. “I don’t think La Crosse realizes how connected the community and the university are. This project is just capitalizing on that relationship.”

    Are you an interested artist?

    The deadline for artists to submit their work is September 2015. More details related to submissions are available on the project website at Three prizes will be awarded to artists who present the best connection, best transformation and best renewal.

    UW-L Theatre Department Announces 2014-2015 Theatre Season

    The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts production presents a season filled with a groundbreaking lawsuit, a Neil Simon comedy, a classic Shakespeare and a fast-paced musical.

    Opening the 2014-2015 season is 8  by Dustin Lance Black Ripped. From the headlines, 8 is a play that re-enacts events surrounding a 2010 lawsuit that overturned California's Proposition 8, a voter referendum that threw out California’s 2008 law allowing same-sex marriage. Written by Academy and Oscar Award winner Dustin Lance Black, 8 utilizes the original transcripts from the 2010 Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which ultimately led to a California federal judge’s ruling that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional and unfairly discriminated against homosexuals.

    Next up is the Neil Simon classic, Rumors, which begins at a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse; the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

    Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy new musical that was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Teenager Frank W. Abagnale Jr., runs away from home in search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, though, both Frank and Carl forge an unlikely friendship and discover a way to ultimately work together.

    The Tempest by William Shakespeare this bewitching play is believed to be Shakespeare's final work. The story concerns Miranda, a lovely young maiden, and Prospero, her philosophical old magician father, who dwell on an enchanted island, alone except for their servants — Ariel, an invisible sprite, and Caliban, a monstrous witch’s son.  Into their idyllic, but isolated, lives comes a shipwrecked party that includes the enemies who usurped Prospero's dukedom years before, and set him and his daughter adrift on the ocean. Also among the castaways is a handsome prince, the first young man Miranda has ever seen. Comedy, romance, and reconciliation ensue, in a masterly drama that begins with a storm at sea and concludes in joyous harmony.

    The UW-L Theatre Department is also thrilled to present two Frederick Theatre productions including Peter Brook’s The Man Who and the children’s tale In One Basket.  The Man Who offers a series of fascinating doctor/patient scenarios that examine our attempts to understand the workings of the brain.  Peter Brook’s hypnotizing new theatrical work is as vast and mysterious as the human imagination and as commonplace as the image of a man trying to shave himself, but failing.  The Man Who is one of the most magically effective explorations of the mind (also possibly the soul) ever to be attempted on the stage.  The Man Who is funny, inspiring, desperate, and heroic. In One Basket by Shirley Pugh is a fascinating compilation of 12 relatively obscure folktales, told in the storytelling fashion.  Audiences will be captivated by the rare, but not forgotten tales of youthfulness, adventure, and lessons to be learned played out by a cast of silly characters including a selfish princess, an absent-minded young boy, a rich man, and a spunky young girl.  Tales include The Three Wishes, Tale of a Mouse, Crown of Dew, and The Kangaroo and the Ostrich.  (Please note:  The Man Who and In One Basket are not part of the season subscription package.)

    Please join the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts for another thrilling season!  Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July 14, 2014 and include ticket vouchers for four season productions, postcard reminders and early ticket reservation privileges. Early bird season subscriptions are $60 for general public, $50 for senior citizens and non-UWL students/high school students, and $14 for UW-L students and can be purchased by calling the UW-L Department of Theatre Arts at 608-785-6701.

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