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    Reading Coference to Attract Educators, Others to UW-L

    Major focus: The Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council will host its annual fall conference from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Port O'Call, in UW-L's Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The event is geared toward teachers, reading specialists and district administrators. The keynote presentation will be "Discovering the power of joy in classroom literacy programs."

    Background: Reporters do not need to pay the $20 registration fee. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Michael Ford, author of "Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy", will give the keynote presentation. Books will be available for sale.

    For more information: The Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council is a professional group committed to excellence in literacy education. Find more at

    If you go --

    What: Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council's annual fall conference

    Where: Port O'Call, Cartwright Center

    When: Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    Children and War

    The UW-La Crosse History Department Contemporary Issues Series is hosting two presentations.  The first is Children and Modern Warfare on Tuesday, October 21st at 4 P.M. in 1309 Centennial Hall.  Professor Heidi Morrison will speak about children's experiences with modern forms of warfare.  She recently returned from a Fulbright Scholarship in the East Bank, where she conducted oral history research with Palestinians who grew up during the second intifada.  On October 28th, at 4 P.M., also in 1309 Centennial Hall, Daoud Nasser, a Palestinian farmer and human rights activist, will speak about his work on rehabilitating traumatized Palestinian children through non-violent activities.  Daud is visitng UW-L from Bethlehem, where his family and he organize youth summer camps and maintain a farm called the Tent of Nations which is a haven for peace and justice in a troubled land.  Both events are free and open to the public.

    Visiting Scholar of Color Series Presentations

    Chris Taylor, Diversity Outreach Program Manager at the Minnesota Historical Society will present Leading into Discomfort  Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 5:30 P.M. The presentation will be held at the Pump House Regional Arts Center at 119 King St, La Crosse.  The next day, November 6th at 7 P.M., he will present Head, Heart & Hands-Self Awareness to Increase Cultural Competence on the UW-La Crosse Campus, Centennial Hall, room 1309.  The UW-L History Department presents these events as part of the Visiting Scholar of Color Series.

    College of Liberal Studies Minor Fair 

    CLS Minors Fair

    Need a minor? Not sure what's best for you?
    November 6th, 2014
    Noon-1 p.m., Valhalla

    UW-L Theatre Production

    La Crosse, Wis.,—The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents Peter Brook’s The Man Who, a piece of work that explores another’s world contained in their mind.

    The Man Who examines our attempts to understand the working of the brain through the use of episodic doctor/patient scenarios. This play delves into the inner constructs of the mind and reveals how little is really know about the magnificent muscle, how truly unique each brain is, and how incredibly different others see the world.  Inspired by Oliver Sacks’ neurological study The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatThe Man Who reveals the lives of people afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual abnormalities including memory loss, violent tics and outbursts, and the inability to recognize people and common objects.  Peter Brook’s The Man Who is a hypnotizing new theatrical work that is a vast and mysterious exploration of the mind (and possibly the soul) ever to be attempted on the stage.  It is funny, inspiring, desperate, and heroic.

    Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 3.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Saturdays, and one hour before show times.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior/non UWL students and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.  General admission. Limited seating.

    If you go—

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

    What:  The Man Who by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne

    Where: Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall (lower level); 16th and State Streets

    When:  November 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. & November 9 at 2:00 p.m.

    Admission: $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 3.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times. General admission.  Limited seating.

    Cast:   Lily Cornwell, Gabby Frenstad-Kirk, Makenna Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Kelsey Norton, Beth Ryan, Casey Schneider, Katy Williams, Erin Gassner, Elissa Wolf

    Political Debates Set at UW - La Crosse
    Debates to include 94th and 96th Assembly Districts, Third Congressional District


    La Crosse, Wis. – Three debates during two nights will take place at UW-La Crosse prior to November’s general election.

    Tuesday, Oct. 21, 94th Assembly District incumbent Steve Doyle, D-Onalaska, will debate challenger Tracie Happel at 7 p.m. UW-L Assistant Professor of Political Science Jeremy Arney will moderate the debate. Following at 8 p.m. 96th Assemble District incumbent Lee Nerison, R-Westby, will debate challenger Pete Flesch. UW-L Assistant Professor of Political Science Tim Dale will moderate the second debate.

    U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, will debate Republican opponent, Tony Kurtz, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. Kind is seeking his 10thterm, while Kurtz, a retired Army officer and farmer from Prairie du Chien, is in his first run for public office. UW-L Professor Emeritus of Political Science Joe Heim will moderate the debate.

    All debates will take place in Port O’ Call Lounge in Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

    The debates are sponsored by the UW-L Department of Political Science and Public Administration and UW-L Student Association, the League of Women Voters, TV station WKBT, the La Crosse Tribune and Wisconsin Public Radio.

    If you go—   

    What: Political Debates

    When: Oct. 21 & 28 at 7 pm

    Where: Port O'Call Lounge, Cartwright Center

    Admission: Free

    Minneapolis Artist to Exhibit at UW-La Crosse

    La Crosse, Wis. – “Abhyasa: Recent Works by Kim Matthews” is the next exhibit in the UW-La Crosse Art Gallery.

    Minneapolis artist Kim Matthews’ work reflects a practice rooted in a long-term daily meditation practice, which she says began “an effort to translate experiences of expansiveness into visual form, mapping the development of consciousness." 

    Matthews will hold a public lecture about her work and process prior to the exhibit’s debut at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in 116 Center for the Arts. An opening reception with the artist runs from 4–6 p.m. in the University Art Gallery on the main floor of the Center for the Arts. The show runs through Saturday, Nov. 8.

    Matthews’ recent work incorporates a wide range of materials including cast paper, felt, vinyl, canvas or wood to create wall reliefs and free-standing sculpture. In defining her artistic process Matthews states, “In addition to materiality, process as meditation is a key element, as the repetitive creation of similar forms mimics mantra recitation, simultaneously marking and erasing time."

    For more information on the work of Matthews, visit:

    Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, or when events are held in Toland Theatre or by appointment. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

    The exhibition is funded by UW-L College of Liberal Studies and Student Association. For additional information, visit or contact the gallery at 608.785.8230.

    If you go

    What: “Abhyasa: Recent Works by Kim Matthews”

    Who: Minneapolis artist Kim Matthews

    When: Friday, Oct. 17-Saturday, Nov. 8

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

    Admission: Free. Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

    UW-L Theatre Production Puts Fear and Prejudice on Trial

    The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts, with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a play chronicling the historic trial challenging California’s Proposition 8.  8 (the play) by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member, Dustin Lance Black, will show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18and Thursday, October 23 through Saturday, October 25 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 19 & 26.

    8 is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry), the case filed by AFER that successfully overturned Proposition 8 and restored the freedom to marry for same sex couples in California.  Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews with the plaintiffs and their families, 8 demonstrates both sides of the debate in this moving 90-minute play, performed in a staged-reading style.

    AFER and Broadway Impact have teamed up to coordinate readings of 8 at theaters, universities, and community centers across the country in order to raise awareness and spur dialogue about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans.  Immediately following the performances on October 18, 19, 23 and 24, the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts will host talk back sessions featuring the cast and director, members of the GLBT community, area clergy and/or political representatives.  These sessions are to spark an open dialogue regarding the topics presented in the play and to encourage understanding about both sides of the case for marriage equality.

    Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 13.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Saturdays, and one hour before show times.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior/non UWL students and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.

    If you go—

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

    What: 8 (the play) by Dustin Lance Black

    Where: Toland Theatre, UW-La Crosse Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets

    When: October 17-18 & 23-25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and October 19 & 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

    Admission: $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 13.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times.

    UW-L’s ROTC program exceeds Army criteria to continue
    UW-La Crosse’s ROTC Eagle Battalion Reserve Officers’ Training program has secured U.S. Army approval to continue on campus. The program will be re-evaluated annually with the next evaluation set for June 2015.

    The news came in a letter to UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow from the U.S. Army Cadet Command, dated July 30.

    “This is an incredibly good letter to receive — especially after what we went through last year,” says Lt. Col. James Hill, ROTC Eagle Battalion commander.

    In October 2013, the U.S. Army notified UW-L that the university’s ROTC program was being considered for closure because of a reduction in Army resources. However, the Army rescinded its decision a month later and put the battalion on probation while it created a set of metrics to evaluate ROTC programs across the country.

    Under the new metrics, UW-L’s program has successfully met the Army’s criteria for 2013-14. UW-L’s ROTC program has a three-year average of commissioning 15.3 ROTC officers into the U.S. Army a year. These program graduates become members of the U.S. Army National Guard, the Army Reserve or active duty officers. That exceeds the minimum commission average of 15 officers a year nationally.

    Also, the letter notes that 22.9 percent of UW-L’s ROTC program graduates have degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This percentage far exceeds the ROTC national average of 16.1 percent and helps the Army work toward its overall goal of having more officers in STEM fields.

    “We are delighted the Army has reconsidered its decision and we’re proud of how quickly the Eagle Battalion has been able to satisfy the new standards,” says UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow. “It’s particularly gratifying to see how significantly UW-L is meeting, and even exceeding, the need for STEM Army officers.”

    UW-L’s ROTC graduation rate in STEM field is the real strength of the battalion, says Hill.

    “That’s what will keep it here for a long time to come,” he says. “This is very good news for our cadets and for the university.”

    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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