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    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

    Books by UW-L Alumni, Faculty and Staff Authors to be Highlighted 

    La Crosse, Wis. – Books about modern motherhood and a pilot’s journey through recovering from a plane crash will be featured during a UW-La Crosse program highlighting university authors.

    The Celebration of Campus Authors runs from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Strzelczyk Great Hall in the UW-L Clearly Alumni & Friends Center. More than 40 books written by UW-L alumni, faculty and staff will be highlighted.

    David Berling, a 2001 UW-L graduate, will be joined by his wife, Missy, to talk about writing and publishing their self-published book, “Just Living the Dream.” Both are Holmen High School graduates. Berling was flying to work from Phoenix to Los Angeles in 2007 when his private plane hit a power line and crashed in a field. The plane’s engine pushed into the cockpit, crushing the U.S. Air Force officer’s legs. Rescuers found him hanging upside down strapped in his seat — which ultimately saved his life by preventing bleeding through his legs. Berling lost both legs and since has learned to live with a different perspective.            

    UW-L History Professor Jodi Vandenberg-Daves will talk about writing and publishing her book, “Modern Motherhood, an American History,” published this spring by Rutgers University Press. Her 344-page book explores the multiple and complex societal roles mothers have endured throughout history. Vandenberg-Daves shows how mothers have continued to innovate new ways to combine labor force participation and domestic responsibilities. She follows their challenge to male expertise in the 1960s on issues from abortion rights to childbirth practices, to confinement of women to maternal roles.

    Other authors will be in attendance and some books will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Find out more about the event at: http://www.uwlax.edu/MurphyLibrary/About-the-library/Programs-and-publications/Campus-authors/

    If you go—

    What: 2014 Celebration of Campus Authors

    When: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21

    Where: Strzelczyk Great Hall, UW-L Clearly Alumni & Friends Center

    Admission: Free

    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.

    Dance troupe to entertain at UW-La Crosse

    African American dance troupe Step Afrika will perform at UW-La Crosse. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Valhalla in Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.   Step Afrika, has become one of the top 10 African American dance companies in the U.S. Its mission is to promote an appreciation for stepping, a full-body dance form that incorporates footsteps, hand claps and spoken word. In its 19 years, Step Afrika has grown to become a troop that performs and presents workshops worldwide.

    Step Afrika’s performance is part of the Campus Activities Board Series. Tickets in advance are $2 for students and $5 for others. Tickets the day of the show are $4 for students and $10 for others. For more about the troupe, visit stepafrika.org. For tickets or more information about the show visit uwlax.edu/CAB or call608.785.8877

    If you go- 

    Who: Step Afrika

    What: Dance Performance

    When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14

    Where: Valhalla, UW-L Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition

    Admission: $2 students, $5 others in advance; $4 students, $10 others day of show.

    UW-L Students to Tango for Class

    Michael O’Brien and his Argentine tango quintet “Quinteto Yzafa” are coming to UW-La Crosse as part of a new modern languages class. O'Brien will explore the tango's transnational history as a music and dance of immigrants that became an Argentine national symbol. The tango used the instruments and musical materials of Europe and movements from Africa in new, uniquely Argentine ways. O'Brien will also explain how lyrics and song matter, even in instrumental music. Assisted by tango dancers, he will explore the connections between music and movement in this art form. 

    O’Brien is an ethnomusicologist whose research and passion includes playing the bandoneon and the tango. He will speak to students in the new course, “It Takes Two to Tango: The Sounds, the Words and the Movements of a Culture.”

    Students in UW-L Spanish classes have been taking tango lessons since the semester began so they can dance at the event. In addition, tango dancers from surrounding tango societies have been invited.

    If you go—  

    What: Interactive Presentation 

    When: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct 3

    Where: 103A Mitchell Hall

    For more information:

    Reporters should contact Rose Marie Brougham, Assistant Professor of Spanish, at 608.785.5242.

    The event is sponsored by the Institute for Latin American Studies, College of Liberal Arts and the Modern Languages Department.

     

    Chamber music recital set for Oct. 4 at UW-La Crosse 

    La Crosse, Wis. – UW-La Crosse Associate Professor and pianist Mary Tollefson has invited two accomplished musicians for a Chamber Music Recital on campus. Michelle Lee Elliott and Busya Lugovier will perform with Tollefson at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Annett Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts.

    Elliott is a violinist who received an artist’s diploma from Yale School of Music, as well as a doctorate from the University of Colorado. While featured as a soloist with several professional orchestras, Elliott has become known as a professional chamber musician, including being an original member of the Vinca Quartet, hailed by the New York Times as “stunning” and “musicians worth keeping an eye on.” Elliot recently moved to La Crosse.

    Lugovier, a professional violist born and educated in the former USSR who currently lives in La Crosse, will join the musicians for the performance. Lugovier has an extensive performing and teaching career and is instrumental in the Sister-City Project between Dubna, Russia, and La Crosse. 

    The music during the chamber program will include violin and viola duets and the music of Max Bruch, including his double-concerto that will feature Elliott and Lugovier on violin and viola respectively. Tollefson, in her 20th year at UW-L, has performed recitals almost continuously throughout her tenure, including performances of solo piano, chamber music, collaborative faculty and guest artist recitals.

    The performance is free and open to the public. 

    If you go—   

    What: Chamber Music Recital

    When: 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

    Where: Annett Recital Hall, UW-L Center for the Arts

    Admission: Free

     

    Downtown Hunt to Promote History, Library

    A UW-La Crosse history student’s class project proposal will take people on a scavenger hunt-like game through downtown La Crosse.

    Last spring, senior Julia Roden proposed setting up a research project to get college-age students to the historic downtown area and into the local archives at the La Crosse Public Main Library. It included a competitive, trivia game with some of the answers leading those playing through the archives and up to historical sites downtown.

    “I had to make a mock event for the class,” explains Roden. “When the assignment was over, I decided I actually wanted to do a scavenger hunt.”

    The Port Washington, Wisconsin, student turned the idea into a senior research project, working with Downtown Main Street and the La Crosse Public Library. The hunt will be held during Historical Downtown Day, Saturday Oct. 11

    Along with college-age students, Roden expects families to join the hunt. She will survey participants at the end of the hunt to get clues of ways to get young adults more interested in the library’s archives.

    Roden came up with the idea during an “Introduction to Public and Policy History” class, which is part of the new public and policy history major and minor in the History Department.

    While researching for the game, Roden discovered many interesting historical facts about downtown. “I was impressed with the numerous celebrities who visited the Stoddard Hotel,” she says.

    Roden hopes to attract up to 100 participants. Along with encouraging UW-L students to participate, she will promote the event at Western Technical College and Viterbo University as well.

      

    Downtown History Hunt

    1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11

    • Begins at Third and Main streets, La Crosse.

    • Teams of two to six people can participate.

    • Two hours to complete as many clues and questions as possible.

    • Only walking allowed; teams caught on wheels will be disqualified.

    • Top three teams getting the most correct answers earn cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50.

    • Participants will receive a fee T-shirt to wear during the event.

    • The hunt is free, but teams must register. Registration open through Sept. 27 at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-annual-history-hunt-tickets-12694655055?aff=efbevent

     

    Indigenous Peoples' Day Speaker Presents 'Decolonizing the Rape Law' 

    La Crosse, Wis. – A professor at the William Mitchell College of Law who advocates for victims of domestic abuse will give a keynote address as part of an Indigenous Peoples’ Day event at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at UW-L’s Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. Admission is free.

    Sarah Deer will present “Decolonizing the Rape Law: A Native Feminist Synthesis of Safety & Sovereignty.” A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Deer plans to talk about how criminal jurisdiction in Indian country is a complex area of federal Indian law. The Violence Against Women Act of 2013 will change the scope of protection for American Indian victims of domestic violence, closing significant gaps in the justice system and expanding the authority of tribal courts to prosecute domestic violence crimes committed against Native American women. This is an important step for tribal governments, increasing their authority to protect their citizens and a milestone toward resilience and healing for domestic violence victims.

    Indigenous Peoples’ Day, celebrated the second Monday in October, started as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. The celebration promotes Native American culture and commemorates the history of Native American People.

    The event is sponsored by the Native American Student Association; Asian, Latina, Native, African American Women of Color; New Horizons Shelter and Outreach, Inc.; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Office of Multicultural Student Services; and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

    Deer was recently recognized as one of the MacArthur Fellowship Program Award recipients, also referred to as "The Genius Award.” The 21 MacArthur fellows nationally receive a $625,000 grant to follow their creative visions. Deer’s work is related to ensuring equal access to justice for the victims of crime.

    If you go—

    Who:  Sarah Deer

    What: “Decolonizing the Rape Law: A Native Feminist Synthesis of Safety & Sovereignty.”

    Where: Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall  

    When: 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13

    Admission: Free

     

    Who Was Here First? Exploring the Peopling of the Americas

    La Crosse, Wis. – The story of how people first entered the Americas remains partly a mystery. Jessi Halligan, assistant professor of UW-L Sociology/Archaeology, will present archaeological data that has challenged original theories of the peopling of the Americas and will discuss why scientists still do not know exactly what happened even after a century of research. Her free, public lecture will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Port O’ Call Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition, UW-L.

    For most of the twentieth century, scientists were sure they knew how and when the Americas were first colonized. They thought that the first people entered the New World during the last Ice Age — around 14,000 years ago — using the Bering Land Bridge that connected Asia to Alaska. They then followed mammoths and other big game into North America through an "ice-free corridor" between the enormous glaciers that covered most of Canada. Once they emerged south of the glaciers, they rapidly spread south and east to cover the entire continent by 13,000 years ago. 

    Over the past decade, new research has provided challenges to every portion of this narrative, indicating that the story of the peopling of the Americas is both much more complex and much more interesting than originally thought.

    For more information call 608.785.6473 or e-mail mvac@uwlax.edu.

    If you go —   

    Who: Jessi Halligan, assistant professor of UW-L Sociology/Archaeology and Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center research associate

    What: ‘Exploring the Peopling of the Americas’

    Where: Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition, UW-L    

    When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14

    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: http://kimmatthewsart.com/.

    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 www.uwlax.edu/art 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.

    ON THE GO: Project aims to shape a safer UW-L campus for bikes, pedestrians

    UW-La Crosse associate professor James Longhurst is looking for volunteers to help make UW-L’s campus a friendlier place for all commuters and modes of transportation.

    With renewed local and national interest in sustainable transportation and walkable cities, Longhurst says now is the time to assess the mix of transportation on campus and develop a plan for the future.

    “We need to plan for a future that improves the safe combination of biking, walking, driving and public transit,” he says. "This generation seems to want alternative transportation as well as cars, so we need education and engineering that provides for all to safely use the road together." 

    With a grant from the UW-L Foundation, Longhurst is launching the “UW-L ON THE GO” project, which will conduct opinion surveys, focus groups, interviews and counts of bikers and pedestrians. Data gathered will help shape a safe and sustainable bicycle/pedestrian plan for campus and a first-time application for national recognition as a “Bicycle Friendly University.”

    Longhurst will kick off the project with a bike count starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Volunteers are invited to help count bikes and pedestrians at strategic points on campus. Anyone is welcome to sign up to participate.

    The City of La Crosse is already one of 13 Wisconsin communities with bicycle-friendly status. The city has also shown a commitment to being bicycle-friendly with a renewed 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plan, which calls for more steps to make biking and walking safer for residents. La Crosse and Onalaska also recently both passed a new “Complete Streets” ordinance.

    Want to help?

    Sign up to count bikes and pedestrians at http://www.uwlax.edu/bikeped, or by emailing jlonghurst@uwlax.edu; pick up and return materials at the table near Hoeschler Tower beginning 8 a.m. Sept. 24. Shifts last as little as one hour. Oct. 21 is an alternate day in case of rain Wednesday, Sept. 24 or if there are issues with the first count.

    UW-L archaeologist discusses 5,000-year-old wonder

    Great stone structures created about 5,000 years ago in northwest Kenya have intrigued archaeologists for decades.

    Today the mystery behind these “pillar sites” is being unraveled. Katherine Grillo, UW-L assistant professor of sociology/archaeology, will give a free public lecture about what researchers are uncovering in eastern Africa at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

    The first group of cattle herders in eastern Africa moved into the Turkana Basin of northwestern Kenya and built large megalithic "pillar sites" at several places surrounding Lake Turkana about 5,000 years ago. New excavations reveal that many of these sites were large communal cemeteries. Grillo will discuss what’s been found and conclude with a discussion about the enduring legacy of the pillar-site builders. 

    Minnesota artists to exhibit at UW-La Crosse

    Two artists from Minnesota will show their work in the first exhibition of the academic year at the UW-La Crosse Art Gallery.

     Lovesickness with Trees,” courtesy of the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, will feature the works of Sophia Heymans and Garrett Perry. The two will participate in an artist lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in 116 Center for the Arts. The exhibit opens following the talk with a reception from 4-6 p.m. in the University Art Gallery, on first floor of the Center for the Arts. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 4.

    Heymans lives and works in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s of fine arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Perry, who lives in Minneapolis, holds a bachelor’s of fine arts from the College of Visuals Arts in St. Paul. He currently works out of his studio in Minnesota’s capital.

    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 the UW-L Student Association, the UW-L College of Liberal Studies and the Soo Visual Arts Center. For additional information, visit www.uwlax.edu/art or contact the gallery at 608.785.8230.

    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.”

     

    Film series to stimulate discussion on Politics in Film

    The UW-La Crosse 'Politics and Film' class will host public screenings and discussion on four films at the La Crosse Public Library during the month of September.

    UW-L Assistant Professor Tim Dale teaches the class “Politics in Film.” The collection of films will be shown, followed by a guided short discussion, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, at the Main, Auditorium.

    The films reflect four different eras in political filmmaking, as well as a variety of styles including drama and comedy. The films are intended to generate discussion about their political meaning and context, and help people understand the role of popular culture in larger political conversations.

    The screening is part of a theme-based film series at the library called “Film Freaks. ” The screenings and discussions offer value added content such as information about the film’s actors and director, other recommended films, related library resources, basic film study analysis and a discussion at each screening.

    The four films in the Politics in Film series include:

    • “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”  (1939) NR – Sept. 3
    • “Seven Days in May” (1964) NR – Sept. 10
    • “Being There” (1979) PG – Sept. 17
    • “In the Loop” (2009) – Sept. 24

    Dale, an assistant professor of Political Science and Public Administration, teaches a class on Politics and Film. The class examines the use of film as a form of political communication, and encourages students to consider how films reflect and communicate things about the political world. 

    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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