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    UW-L's Festival of Carols set for Dec. 7

    Holiday music from around the world will be featured during the 22nd annual University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Festival of Carols. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at English Lutheran Church, 1509 King St., La Crosse. Suggested ticket donations are: $6 for students, $8 for senior citizens, and $10 for others. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Music Department at 785-8415.

    Four ensembles will perform. They include the UW-L Women’s Chorus and Männerchor, Aliyah Richling, conductor; the UW-L Concert Choir, Gary Kent Walth, conductor; and UW-L’s Symphony Orchestra, J. Thomas Seddon, conductor. The concert will feature individual musical selections by the four ensembles. Choral compositions and arrangements from France, Germany and Nigeria will be highlighted, including “Nowell, Nowell, This is the Salutation of Angel Gabriel,” a Middle English carol arranged by Minnesota composer Gary Ruschman. Walth’s arrangement of the traditional carol from Trinidad “The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy” will also be performed. The concert will also include massed performances of the “Gloria” from Franz Joseph Haydn’s Third Mass (The Lord Nelson Mass), and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and “O Clap Your Hands.” The perennial audience favorite “A Christmas Festival,” arranged by LeRoy Anderson, will serve as the finale for the concert.

    For more information, please call the UW-L Music Department at 608 785-8409.

    If you go—

    Who:   UW-L Women’s Chorus, UW-L Männerchor, UW-L Concert Choir and UW-L’s Symphony Orchestra          

    What: The 22nd annual University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Festival of Carols

    When:  7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7

    Where: English Lutheran Church, 1509 King St., La Crosse

    Admission: $6 for students, $8 for senior citizens and $10 for others. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 608.785.8415.

    TV Telethon to Support Coulee Region Humane Society

    La Crosse, Wis. — UW-La Crosse students will once again help dogs, cats and other animals at the Coulee Region Humane Society benefit from an upcoming live TV telethon.

    The 16th annual Coulee Region Humane Society Telethon will air from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, on KQEG-TV Channel 23, Charter Cable Channel 5, CenturyLink Prism 4, Digital 989 and UW-L campus channel 6. UW-L Communication Studies students Bree Levine and Katy Pence, along with KQEG-TV’s Rick Wilson, will host the show. Guests during the three-hour event will include owners of pets adopted from the society, pet therapy specialists, dog trainers and society advocates. The phone number to pledge during the telecast is 608.785.8379

    Along with money, donations of towels, sheets, soap, bleach, office and animal supplies or other items that could be used at the humane society are sought. Donations for the society’s general fund may be dropped off at the studio, 205 Wing Technology Center, 1705 State St., during the telethon, or arrangements may be made by calling Professor Pat Turner at 608.785.8369. Checks should be made payable to the Coulee Region Humane Society. Monetary donations or goods can also be dropped off at Coulee Region Human Society, 911 Critter Court, Onalaska.

    Give-away items during the telethon will include a $200 guitar from Dave’s Guitar Shop and two studio sessions from The Studio on Main. One session includes an 11X14 portrait and the other a 5X7 portrait. The total package is valued at $324. Also, numerous businesses have generously provided coupons to be given away throughout the evening.

    The telethon originated in 1999 when UW-L student Kristen Lloyd decided to produce a live TV telethon instead of writing a traditional research paper. The student-run telethon is sponsored by UW-L’s Communication Studies Department and campus TV station WMCM, in conjunction with Charter Communications and KQEG-TV23. Last year’s telethon raised more than $5,000 in money and supplies.                                                           

    To participate —

    What: Coulee Region Humane Society Telethon

    When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22                                                                                  

    Where: Airs on KQEG-TV Channel 23, Charter Cable Channel 5, CenturyLink Prism 4, and Digital 989.

    To donate: Drop off donations during the telethon at 205 UW-L Wing Technology Center, 1705 State St., or call 608.785.8379

    UW-L Theatre Performs an Elegant Farce Where Rumors Abound 

    La Crosse, Wis.,—The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents the classic farce, Rumors, embedded with lies, cover-ups and a bleeding earlobe. 

    The hilarious farce Rumors, written by award winning playwright Neil Simon, will show at 7:30 p.m. December 5-6 and December 11-13 and matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on December 6 and 7 in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets. 

    Rumors is a fast-paced comedy following four couples attending a dinner party in celebration of the New York City deputy mayor and his wife’s tenth wedding anniversary.  However, the guests soon discover that there are no servants, the hostess is missing and the deputy mayor has shot himself in the ear (it’s only a flesh wound).   The anticipated lovely evening of drinks and laughter quickly turns into a dinner party gone awry.  Comic complications arise when, given everyone’s upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media.  As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

    Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 1.  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:  Rumors by Neil Simon

    Where: Toland Theatre, located on 16th and Vine streets.

    When:  December 5-6 & 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and December 6 & 7 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, December 1.  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.

    Cast:   Molly Barbeau, Callie Boydston, Erica Bush, Tanner Costello, Olivia Dubiel Jessie Fanshaw, Sophia Goodner, Quinn Masterson, Aamer Mian, Calahan Skogman, Seth Von Steidl, Alex Taylor, Maxwell Ward, Julia Whalen

    UW-La Crosse to Feature Student Work from Art Class

     UW-La Crosse students whose assignment in an art class was to take intangible ideas and turn them into visual art will share their creations in an upcoming show.

    “Minds and Matters: Artwork from the 399 Professional Practices and Problems Class,” opens with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Student Gallery, 340 Center for the Arts. Admission is free.

    Students exhibiting include: Carrie Hilson, Kayla Kirchner, Nou Lee, Lexi Ninmer, Sarah Schultz, Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel, Madline Thorn and Kelsey Walsh.

    Hilson describes art a “a very expressive and useful tool that can turn many directions.” Lee, a student photographer, portrays gender roles and how “the female form speaks more emotions than it can portray.” Painter Shurbert-Hetzel notes that the show exhibits a wide variety of art media and content explored by some of UW-L’s talented student artists.

    The exhibit runs through Wednesday, Dec. 10. Regular gallery hours are noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday, and 4-6 p.m.Thursdays and Fridays. Admission is free.

    Who:   Eight UW-L art students         

    What: “Minds and Matters: Artwork from the 399 Professional Practices and Problems Class”

    When: Nov. 21-Dec. 10; Opening reception 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21

    Where: Student Gallery, 340 UW-L Center for the Arts      

    Admission: Free

    Gallery hours: noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday; 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

    Faculty to Exhibit at UW-La Crosse

    UW-La Crosse Art Department faculty will share some of the artwork and creative projects they have created during the past two years at the Faculty Biennial Art Exhibition.

    The exhibit opens with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with the artists from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, and runs through Wednesday, Dec. 10. The gallery will close for Thanksgiving Nov. 27-30. 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. All exhibitions and events in the gallery are free and open to the public.

    Exhibiting in the show are: Misha Bolstad, Joel Elgin, Kathleen Hawkes, Linda Levinson, Brad Nichols, John Ready, Randy Reeves, Binod Shrestha, Moxie Stoermer, Karen Terpstra and Jennifer Williams Terpstra. On display will be drawings, prints, ceramics, photographs, paintings, mixed media work, metalwork and comics.  

    The exhibition is supported by the UW-L College of Liberal Studies and Student Association. For more information, contact the department office at 608.785.8230 or visit

    What: “Faculty Biennial Art Exhibition

    Who: Eleven UW-L faculty members 

    Opening Reception: 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with the artists

    When: Nov. 20- Dec. 10. The gallery will close for Thanksgiving Nov. 27-30

    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’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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