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 www.lacrossesymphony.org/conductor-wannabe.
For more information
contact her at email@example.com
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
UW-L Concert Choir sets ‘Grand night for
The UW-La Crosse Concert Choir will perform “It’s A Grand Night
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
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
Admission: Free; seating is limited.
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
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.
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
“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.
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
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
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
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
Where: UW-L Morris Hall, Frederick Theatre
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,
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 www.uwlax.edu/Social-Justice/. The institute will also hold its first social justice
conference involving community partners next year.
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
Area artists are
invited to submit their work to a Pump House exhibition that blends La Crosse
community history and art: [Art]ifact.
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
“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
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.”
The deadline for artists to submit their work is September 2015. More details related to submissions are available on the project website at www.art-ifact.org. Three prizes will be awarded to artists who present the best connection, best transformation and best renewal.
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
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
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
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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