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“Well it’s about time” . . . is a response we have been hearing quite a bit since hatching the idea of this reunion. The brilliant minds behind it are former professor Gorden Hedahl and alumnus John Bill with onsite help from Leslie (Wallace) LaMuro. For several months these three have been making arrangements, contacting Theatre alumni and hoping this all comes together later this summer.

Gordon created a Facebook page if you are on Facebook check it out to see who is already planning to attend. We plan to update the  College website with the invite letter, order form and the online sign up. (Note: there are added fees with the online order form.) Currently on the Facebook page there are at least 59 who have responded that they are attending and many will bring significant others along with them, but in checking with the ticket office only 20 people so far have officially signed up. Let’s Get Busy People! The deadline to sign up and pay is Friday, July 10 by 4:00 pm, but earlier would be appreciated.

We are looking forward to alumni returning and reminiscing about old times, sharing their current endeavors, remembering the good ol’ college days and the crazy antics behind the scenes!

It seems to be a busy weekend so hotel accommodations in Whitewater are tight. So if you know someone who lives nearby or are not opposed to driving there are plenty of hotels/B &B’s in the area.

Dr. Fannie Hicklin plans to attend and is very excited to see faces from the past. We may have to do “slow head rolls” just to make her happy!

Friday, July 31 will be a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres informal gathering in the Greenhill Center of the Arts Atrium staring at 6 pm. The cost is $15 per person.

Saturday, August 1 will be a more formal dinner taking place in the Young Auditorium facility and the dinner choices are listed on the online survey monkey site: or on the forms linked below.

theatre reunion invite

theatre reunion letter.

theatre reunion order form

If you are someone who Tweets feel free to use these hashtags;

#uwwTDreunion, #slowneckrolls, #backstage@barnett

If you are planning to send the order forms in via mail please send to:

Leslie LaMuro, Theatre/Dance Department Room 2046, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190

Please make checks payable to: UW-Whitewater

You may also call the box office to make reservations and pay via phone with credit card. Box Office Call 262-472-2222

If this is successful reunions may happen more than once every 20 years! Please join us for one or both nights and see what it’s like to remember the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd!

If you have questions call 262-472-1228.

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Have you ever wondered just what a Forensics meet is all about? Well this is your chance to find out and experience award-winning student performances. UW-Whitewater Forensics presents the 2015 Forensics Showcase at 7:00 pm, Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main Street, Whitewater.

This annual event highlights the Forensics teams best student work. It showcases events that have qualified for the pinnacle of college forensics, the National Forensics Association National Tournament. This event is free and open to the public and seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. It is suggested that attendees are over the age of 16 due to adult language and themes.


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Have you ever wondered just what a Forensics meet is all about? Well this is your chance to find out and experience award-winning student performances. UW-Whitewater Forensics presents the 2015 Forensics Showcase at 7:00pm, Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main Street, Whitewater.

This annual event highlights the Forensics teams best student work. It showcases events that have qualified for the pinnacle of college forensics, the National Forensics Association National Tournament.  This event is free and open to the public and seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. It is suggested that attendees are over the age of 16 due to adult language and themes.

Please join the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Department of Art and Design in welcoming guest author and critic Janet Koplos to campus at 7pm on Thursday, December 4th in the Greenhill Center of the Arts Room 30, for her presentation “The WORK of Art”, an illustrated lecture on the meaningfulness of the labor involved in creating art and its relevance in contemporary culture. Her lecture will include examples from all art disciplines, but will emphasize the place of contemporary craft: its role, meaning and value in culture.

Art critic and lecturer Janet Koplos was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Critics’ Fellowship in 1978, has served as a guest editor of American Craft magazine, and between 1990 – 2008 was a senior editor at Art in America magazine, where she is now a contributing editor. In addition to her extensive experience writing for national and international publications, Koplos has authored or coauthored ten books, including The Art of Toshiko Takaezu: In the Language of Silence (2011), Makers: A History of American Studio Craft (2010), Venice: Three Visions in Glass (2009), Betty Woodman (2006), Gyongy Laky (2003), and Contemporary Japanese Sculpture (1991), among others. Her broad expertise encompasses architecture, design, American craft and folk art, contemporary Japanese art, Japanese folk art, and contemporary Dutch art. Koplos has lectured widely on contemporary art issues and since 2003 held teaching and critic in residence positions at Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, University of the Arts, Parsons School of Design, University of Hawaii, and Colorado State University. She is currently in the research phase of a book focused on American functional pottery.

For additional information, please contact the UWW Department of Art and Design at 262-472-1324 or email artanddesign@uww.edu.

Audition Info

Do you want to be involved in music ensembles, theatre or dance productions?  Auditions are open to anyone so take a chance and share your talent with the UW-Whitewater community!

Music Department Audition Info:

Orchestra (Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra)

Sign up for times on the sheets outside Greenhill Center of the Arts Room 2025.

WINDS and BRASS: Wed., Sept. 3 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Light Recital Hall

STRINGS: Wed., Sept. 3 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Light Recital Hall AND Thurs. Sept. 4 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm in CA 1005

See website for details and excerpts, or email Music Director Chris Ramaekers at ramaekec@uww.edu

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Thursday, September 4 from 3:30 – 9:30 pm in the Recital Hall. Excerpts will be posted on D2L and available via email beginning August 18. Students that do not have D2L access should email Prof.Hayes at hayesg@uww.edu

University Band

There are no auditions for the University Band – just show up with instrument at the first rehearsal on Monday, September 8 at 6:30 pm in room 1005 of the Greenhill Center of the Arts.  For more information email Prof.Hayes at hayesg@uww.edu

Jazz (Jazz Ensemble I & II, plus combos)

Questions should be directed at Prof. Sintchak sintcham@uww.edu

Rhythm section (drums, bass, piano and guitar)

Sept.3 10-10:50am jazz ensembles (or combos)
Sept.4 1-1:50pm combos (or jazz ensembles)
Location TBA

Horns: Sept 3

5:30pm saxes
6:30pm trumpets
7:30pm bones
8:30 other


See website for details or email Prof. Gehrenbeck at gehrenbr@uww.edu


Theatre/Dance Department Audition Info:

Nate the Dragon – touring children’s show

Required puppet workshop – Sunday, September 7 – 6:30 pm

Auditions – Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30 pm. (prepare 1 minute monologue, preferably for young.  Callbacks will be cold readings)

Questions – contact Charles Grover – groverc@uww.edu   http://www.uww.edu/cac/theatre-dance/nate-the-dragon

Dance practicum / DanceScapes ’15

Tuesday, September 9 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday, September 12 – 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Questions – contact Amy Slater – slatera@uww.edu

The Media Arts Game Development Expo is a chance for students to submit work in several areas under any of the following categories: web video, game, digital arts and interactive design, writing and strategy, and audio.  The expo is a showcase of different kinds of work that are within the department.

Students develop these projects, some in teams and some individually, and most is done outside of the classroom.  The Expo is split up into three parts, starting with a panel discussion from 3:00 pm until about 3:45 pm.   Then is the actual expo, which is set up exhibition style from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  To end the night there will be a keynote speaker from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Followed by the awarding of prizes.

This years panel discussion will be focusing on working in games and how to find work and get a job in the gaming industry.  The panel will consist of people that are working in the field.  The Expo portion will be open for people to walk around and look at each persons project.  There will be judges walking around during the expo, and will be able to provide feedback and commentary for the students on their projects.  The keynote speaker for this years expo will be Lindsay Grace.  Lindsay Grace is a professor at American University, he is also a game designer, programmer and artist.  For more information on Grace visit www.lgrace.com

While the panel and keynote are considered a little bit more “formal”, the expo allows students to come and go as they are able to.  All portions of the evening are held in Young Auditorium Fern Young Terrace.

For any questions or more information contact Jeff Herriott at herriotj@uww.edu 

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Communication Department, and the corporate and health communication major specifically, are sponsoring the 2nd annual Corporate Health Symposium Thursday, April 24th, 2014.

This is a half-day session with over 15 corporate, healthcare and non-profit speakers.  There will be a keynote address by our very own Dr. Christina Jones at 9:00 am, followed by two panel discussion sessions at 9:30 am and 11:00 am.  To end the day there will be a potluck lunch allowing students to network with the professionals from the panel discussions.

The keynote address, by Christina Jones, will be focused on the topic of hunger and the leading research that she has done.  Her address is titled “Voices of Hunger”.  A few of the panelists are Sue Konkel, Jefferson Public Health; Jerry Curtin, CEO, Standard Process in Palmyra; Amanda Krentz, UHS Coda Coordinator; Molly Wiederholt, Epic, Madison; Angie Alesci, Aurora Healthcare; and James Arnett, Meriter Hospital.

The purpose of this symposium is to give students more insight into potential careers in their chosen major and to gain exposure to the Whitewater community, specifically in corporate and health communication.

Thursday night there will also be a Zumba fundraiser to benefit the Whitewater Food Pantry.  The first session will run from 7:30-8:30 pm and the second session from 8:45-9:45.  The cost of Zumba is a $5 donation or 3 non-perishable food items.

All sessions, as well as Zumba will be held in UC 275 Ballroom.

For more information please contact either Bill Lowell at lowellw@uww.edu, 262-472-1286 or Julie Ridgeman at ridgema@uww.edu, 262-472-1034.

In this RSA Shorts video, Sir Ken Robinson argues that education, organisations and communities need to be built on a model of diversity rather than conformity, so that every individual is able to discover and develop their unique talents and abilities.

via RSA – RSA Shorts – How to Find Your Element.

Hicklin Studio Theatre and Barnett Theatre in the Greenhill Center of the Arts will be undergoing some great improvements in the coming months.  Both theatres will have improvements in the three following areas: lighting, sound and facilities.

Hicklin Studio Theatre Renovation

Improvements in Lighting:

  • Replacing dimming system
  • Reworking and expanding circutes
  • Installing LED house lighting system
  • Fixtures are being added so Hicklin and Barnett Theatres can function simultaneously
  • New lighting control board, ETC ION

Improvements in Sound:

  • Sound system designed and installed
  • Speakers not permanently installed but hung like lighting instruments for adaptability
  • Yamaha CL1 digital sound board, either in control booth or in space for live mixing

Improvements for the facility itself:

  • Risers are done
  • New seating
  • Sound isolation from atrium
  • New doors that will close silently
  • Protect mirrors (mirrors will stay for class)

Barnett Theatre Renovation

Improvements in lighting:

  • Expand circuitry
  • Upgrade operating system, electronic infrastructure upgraded
  • New ETC GIO sound board
  • Replacing house lights with LED
  • As well as LED front, down and cyc lights. CYC currently uses 37,000 watts and the LED’s will use less than 3000!

Improvements in sound:

  • Digital Yamaha CL5 will replace the analog sound board
  • 12 wireless mics are being added

Improvements in the facility:

  • Replacing the doors so they close silently
  • Expanding accessibility – seating will be changed to accommodate more handicap accessible seating

While some of these improvements are already in progress, the timeline is set for the next coming months.  FP & M electricians are working during this semester to prep for Barnett Theatre, which should be done by mid/end of May.  Hicklin Studio Theatre will follow in summer and will be finished by fall semester.  What this means for Summeround, which is usually held in Hicklin Studio Theatre, will now be held in Barnett Theatre.  This means that the seating that is usually in Hicklin Studio Theatre will now be ON stage in Barnett Theatre.  This provides a unique and exciting experience for audience members.  These improvements will be great to see this fall.



The seven Andy Warhol prints that UW-Whitewater was gifted arrived at the end of February from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York.  This foundation works to keep the visual art industry moving forward and provide an outlet for under-recognized work.

These seven prints are going to be in a permanent display in Crossman Gallery in the Greenhill Center of the Arts.  The seven prints are:

    • Reigning Queens (Royal Edition)(Queen Margrethe), 1985 photo 1625567_10151965523523963_975230137_n_zps018b214d.jpg
      • This piece is part of a collection that Warhol did of different queens.  This particular piece is unique because it has diamond dust on it that you can very clearly see.  Queen Margrethe is the Queen of Denmark.
    • Reigning Queens (Queen Ntombi), 1985 photo 1505532_10151965523493963_29108880_n_zps9a6e21a9.jpg
      • This piece is also part of the collection that Warhol did of different queens.  Queen Ntombi is the Mother Queen of Swaziland.
    • Truck, 1985

 photo 1653453_10151965523103963_757538051_n_zps69cd64c1.jpg

  • Cowboys and Indians (Annie Oakley), 1986 photo 15110_10151965523308963_1901608095_n_zps6e14a3fb.jpg
    • Annie Oakley was a sharpshooter and exhibition shooter in the late 1800’s which led to her role on Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.
  • Cowboys and Indians (Kachina Dolls), 1986 photo 1505355_10151965523208963_1514805733_n_zpsa233402b.jpg
    • Kachina Dolls are figures that are carved by Hopi people to instruct people about katsinas, which are the immortals that bring rain and other natural aspects of the world.  These dolls were very popular in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
  • Sitting Bull, 1986 photo 1558400_10151965523273963_1104896924_n_zpscb3f5616.jpg
    • Sitting Bull was a tribal chief that led Hunkpapa Lakota people in the years of resistance to the United States government policies.
  • Camouflage, 1986 photo 400650_10151965523353963_766058549_n_zps75f2965c.jpg
    • Camouflage was part of a series that Warhol did after it was invented by artists for the military.  He changed the coloring for his pieces to take away the military aspect but still using the idea of hiding.

Michael Flanagan, Crossman Gallery Director, plans on having a showing of these prints at some point this summer.

For more information on the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts visit warholfoundation.org

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