Reunion Schedule of Events

UW-La Crosse Eagle LogoThursday, July 2
Check-In:  1:00-4:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Reunion Check-In table in the lobby of Center for the Arts (16th & Vine Streets) to pick up your reunion welcome packets.  If you are unable to make it during the sign-in hours, your packets will also be available at the Welcome Reception.

Green Room Brick Painting Open Session:  1:00-3:30 p.m.

Commemorate your UW-L undergraduate theatre years by painting a brick in the Green Room.  Paints and brushes will be available for this open session.  (The Green Room will also be open for brick painting on Friday, July 3 at 8:00-10:00 a.m.)

Welcome Reception:  5:00-7:00 p.m.

Kick off the reunion at the Welcome Reception at the Cleary Center Dining Hall on the UW-L campus.  Gather with former classmates and friends for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Hair musicalUW-L Theatre Production:  Hair  7:30 p.m.

Polish up the old sandals.  Restring your beads.  Patch up the bell bottoms and “Let the Sunshine In!”  The UW-L Theatre Department presents the tribal love-rock musical, Hair, written by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot.  UW-L Theatre has performed Hair three times under the direction of the late Dr. Robert S. Joyce and this year under the creative supervision of Mary Leonard.  A block of seats have been reserved for alumni reunion attendees.  However, to guarantee your seats, please complete the Alumni Registration Form.  Be sure to check out the “Walk Down Memory Lane” exhibit in the Art Gallery before the show or during intermission.

Starlite Lounge:  Following the Production

It’s not over yet…Continue the fun and meet friends for a night cap at the Starlite Lounge above Buzzard Billy’s (222 Pearl Street, downtown La Crosse). 
The Starlite Lounge will take you back to simpler, swingin’ times.  The Starlite Lounge is sure to conjure up nostalgia with classic lounge songs and decor.  Wet your whistle with one of their many house martinis or simply enjoy one of your classic favorites.  

Friday, July 3

Breakfast:  On Your Own

Have breakfast on your own or coordinate with friends.  Enjoy your hotel’s complimentary breakfast or treat yourself at to a special breakfast at Fayze’s, State Street Kitchen, or Perkins…just to name a few.

Green Room Brick Painting Open Session:  8:00-10:00 a.m.

Commemorate your UW-L undergraduate theatre years by painting a brick in the Green Room.  Paints and brushes will be available for this open session.

Alumni Group Photo:  10:30 a.m.

Get ready to flash your pearlie-whites for the group photo.  Meet in the lobby of the Center for the Arts building.

Alumni as Mentors Luncheon:  11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
It’s a small world, and nowhere is that more true than in the “theatre world.”  Share your knowledge, experience and expertise over lunch with budding young theatre professionals.  If you plan to attend this event, please be sure to indicate it on the attached registration form.

UW-La Crosse Clocktower
Campus/Theatre Tours:  2:00 p.m.

Put on your walking shoes to find out what’s new and what’s changed on campus with a tour by the UW-L Vanguards.  Check out the “old and new” Eagle Recreational Center, Veteran’s Memorial Field Sports Complex, Reuter Hall, Murphy Library addition, and the Cleary Alumni Center.  End the tour with the theatre faculty/staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Marie Park Toland Theatre and the newly renovated Frederick Theatre.

Rededication of the Robert S. Joyce Green Room:  3:00 p.m.

Dr. Robert Suddards Joyce passed away in 2000, shortly after his third production of Hair.   Dr. Joyce was an integral part of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse for a quarter century.  His love for theatre arts and his dedication to its growth enabled this department to evolve into the dynamic program that it is today.  In conjunction with the Tinapp/Joyce Scholarship, the Department of Theatre Arts will be rededicating the Robert S. Joyce Green Room to honor Bob’s devotion, commitment, and contributions to theatre arts at UW-L.

Time On Your Own:  4:00 p.m. - ?

This is your time to explore old haunts, explore new attractions or just relax.  Might we suggest an Island Girl Cruise, a stroll through Riverside Park, Children’s Museum, a brewery tour, or a Logger’s baseball game?  Click here for a list of La Crosse area activities.

Saturday, july 4

Family Picnic:  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join friends and classmates for the last hoorah at the Family Picnic in Lindner Forest nestled between Wing Technology Center and Morris Hall on the UW-L campus.  Kick off your 4th of July celebration at the “all-star picnic” with hamburgers, hotdogs, potato chips, potato salad, lemonade and brownies. 

An Afternoon of Improv:  2:00-4:00 p.m.

Are you ready for a laugh-out-loud afternoon of improv?  Step up and show us what you’ve got.  Or, for those who simply wish to play the role of “audience member” feel free to come and cheer on your favorite performer.  Led by UW-L Theatre alum and adjunct professor, Anne Drecktrah and alumni Curtis Bisek.  An Afternoon of Improv is sure to be fun for all. 

Time On Your Own:  4:00 p.m. - ?

Staying in town?  Join the festivities at Riverfest and watch the fireworks on the river.  For more information, check out