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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

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  • 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

Featured  Faculty Friday’s began last February to highlight the faculty of the College of Arts and Communication. With another February almost done, we have a whole new group of faculty for you to get to know!  Our first featured faculty member is the Professor of Clarinet and from the Music Department. Last year, he composed a piece for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s preview performance before they headed to Carnegie Hall. Have an idea of who it is? The featured faculty for this Friday is Christian Ellenwood! Read on to learn more about him.


Q: Where are you from?

A: I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is a lot like Madison, but without lakes.


Q: What do you do at UW-Whitewater?

A: I teach clarinet, clarinet ensemble, woodwind techniques, music theory, and chamber music. I perform as a clarinetist frequently on and off campus, and I am an active composer. Additionally, I serve as master advisor for our college and department.


Q: What is your favorite thing about UW-Whitewater?

A: The people here are of the highest quality—compassionate, intelligent, dedicated, helpful, engaged, and supportive. I feel, in the music department, that we have a team of faculty who are committed to nurturing growth, inquiry, creativity, and success.


Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I nearly pursued a career in the visual arts. I enjoy painting, drawing, and photography. I love the outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking (ocean, lakes, and rivers), and much of my musical composition is inspired by nature. I also enjoy cooking—particularly improvisatory cooking, using whatever is at hand. Basically, anything involving nature, people, or making things is something that I enjoy.


Q: If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

A: My superpower would be the ability to show human beings the ACTUAL perspective of other human beings, so that they could REALLY see the world from within another person’s mental, emotional, sensual, and spiritual framework. If people could actually experience this, then there would be true growth, empathy, and understanding, and we might actually save the planet. I suspect there would be less fear, less hatred, and more connectedness. All humans living today share 99.9% of the same genes, yet we harm and destroy each other, and the planet, for incredibly ridiculous reasons.


Q: What’s the best thing that you have ever done that you suggest others try?

A: Snorkeling. Everyone should snorkel, and see the miracle of an ocean reef. We all belong to the sea, and the health of the sea is tied to our survival. If people could see how very beautiful it is, they would be more invested in preserving it.


Q: What’s your favorite movie? Book?

A: Can’t choose a movie; favorite books are Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Q: What is your best advice for students? 

A: Find your passion, the one thing that you cannot live one day without, and do that, with all of your heart, in service of the world. This is what you will do best, and it is what you must give to the world. The world does not need mediocrity; there is an excess of that already. The world needs your best, so find that which you do best, and grow in it, for your entire life.


Q: What’s one thing that you want people to know about you?

A: For me, the essence, the very core of life is all about love. Love of people, love of growth, and love of experiences, coupled with a motivation to reduce the needless suffering in the world.


Interested in learning more about him? Ellenwood’s professional bio is below:

Christian K. Ellenwood is a passionate recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral clarinetist.  Dr. Ellenwood has performed with the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet, the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, the San Francisco-based Ives Quartet, the EastWind Quintet, and is frequently heard in live radio broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Radio. Dr. Ellenwood has presented solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States and Pacific islands of Japan, Guam, and Hawaii. He performs as principal clarinetist with the Skylight Opera of Milwaukee, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, and Bel Canto of Milwaukee; and he performs frequently with the Milwaukee Ballet, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Opera. His clarinet playing can be heard on the Albany Records release, Music of Chris Theofanidis, and on CD projects produced by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he serves as Professor of Clarinet.

As a teacher, Dr. Ellenwood is committed to the musical and intellectual growth of his students, and the quality of his teaching has earned significant recognition from his students and colleagues, including the W. P. Roseman Award, UW-Whitewater’s highest honor for excellence in teaching, as well as multiple inclusions in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  Dr. Ellenwood has also received UW-Whitewater’s Outstanding Research Award and the University Faculty/Staff Academic Advising Award.  He has held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and New England Music Camp.

He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, where he was an I.U. Fellowship recipient, and the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded Edith Babcock and George Eastman scholarships.  Major teachers and pedagogical influences include Kelly Burke, Eli Eban, and Peter Hadcock.


Thanks for being the featured faculty for this Friday Christian Ellenwood.


The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is held every year to encourage and help improve the quality of college and university theatre programs across the US.  The KC/ACTF allows for students to come to regional festivals and compete in different areas of theatre with the hopes of continuing on to nationals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  While they are at the regional festivals they are also able to attend workshops and symposiums, which is an effort to fulfill their goal of improving the quality of college and university theatre programs.  Students participate as Irene Ryan nominees, 10-minute play readings, full length play readings, or in the design/tech portion of the festival.

This year UW-Whitewater had large success at the Region III festival.  There were two pairs of Irene Ryan semifinalists, Rasell Holt, with partner Hannah Farajpanahi and Grace Yeager with partner Liz Ehrler, with Rasell Holt going on to the finals, a semifinalist in stage management, Alissa Krantz, and two semifinalists in make up, Kim Witte and Ann Ricca, with Ann Ricca going on to the finals and winning.

Along with these students, UW-Whitewater had a total of nine Irene Ryan nominees, along with their partners, and seven students in the design/tech portion.  These students are listed below:

Irene Ryan nominees:

  • Eric Pfeiffer
  • Peter Brian Kelly
  • Rasell Holt
  • Brandon Haut
  • Chris James
  • Jenn Samson
  • Adam O’Neil
  • Cory Hagen
  • Grace Yeager

Irene Ryan Partners:

  • Katie Krueger
  • Ryan Schwartz
  • Madison McCarthy
  • Makenna Paris-Day
  • Brittnay Meister
  • Conner Staples
  • Liz Ehrler (Grace Yeager’s partner)
  • Ken Wade
  • Hannah Farajpanahi (Rasell Holt’s partner)


  • Marguerite Frey
  • Tiffany Tesmer
  • Claire Kinder
  • Alissa Krantz
  • Kim Witte
  • Ann Ricca
  • Carolyn Barth

For more information on the KC/ACTF visit http://www.kcactf3.org/index.htm

There is a new organization being formed on the UW-Whitewater campus called the Phonographer’s Union. They will be creating music and recording sounds found in the natural world or anywhere there is noise. Phonography is the use of field recordings as source material for musical performance and compositions. This union is organized by Dale Kaminski, director of the Arts Media Center and is open to any interested UW-Whitewater students, no prior musical experience is necessary. Just the desire to create sounds for musical compositions for a soundtrack, video, game or performance.

phonography-poster1-2-200x300First meetings are Monday Feb. 3, 2014 or Friday Feb 7, 2014. both meetings are at 4PM
if these dates don’t work for you email me and we will work something out

Audition opportunities!

Do you enjoy being in the spotlight?     The College of Arts and Communication provides numerous opportunities to participate in music ensembles, plays, forensics competitions, dance concerts.  Check the list below for details.  If you have questions – please contact the department or visit their website.  This information is subject to change. 


Music Department:

Vocal Ensembles:

Chamber Singers
Vocal Jazz

Tuesday, September 3
Wednesday, September 4
Thursday, September 5

There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board across from room CA 1003. Information about the audition process is available at http://www.uww.edu/cac/music/choral/auditions

Concert Choir
Meistersingers Men’s Chorus
Women’s Chorale
Gospel Choir

Do not require an audition. To join one of these choirs, simply come to the first rehearsal in the new choir room, CA 30 (in the basement of the CA).

Concert Choir: first rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept 3, 4:45 pm in CA 30

Meistersingers Men’s Chorus: first rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept 4, 4:25 pm in CA 30

Women’s Chorale: first rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept 4, 4:25 pm in CA 30

Gospel Choir: first rehearsal on Thursday, Sept 5, 6:30 pm in CA 30.

 For further information, contact Director of Choral Activities Robert Gehrenbeck at gehrenbr@uww.edu .


Whitewater Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday, Sept 4 10-2 (strings)
Thursday, Sept 5 10-2 (winds and brass)
Friday, Sept 6 11-2 (makeup auditions)

Interested students can signup outside of CA2009. Email Chris Ramaekers at ramaekec@uww.edu for audition excerpts.


Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Brass Tuesday, Sept. 3 5:45 pm
Woodwinds – Thursdya, Sept. 5 at 5:45 pm

Sign up for a time on Band bulletin board – across from CA 1005

University Band

Come to the first class meeting on Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 pm – CA 1005

For more information contact Glenn Hayes (hayesg@uww.edu)

 Plan ahead for spring:

 Concert Band

The UW-Whitewater Concert Band (Tues/Thurs, 5:20-7pm) is a concert wind band that meets only during spring semesters. The ensemble is conducted by John Tuinstra and is open to all students with experience playing a band instrument. No audition is required, however, a chair-placement occurs during the second week of classes in the spring. For more information contact Dr. Tuinstra at tuinstrj@uww.edu.


Jazz Ensembles
Jazz Combos

New and returning students:

Tuesday, September 3 (rhythm section: 9:55am)
Wednesday, September 4 (rhythm section: 12:05pm, and horns: 5:00-8:00pm).

A sign-up list will be posted on the jazz bulletin board next to CA 2004.

Horns will be required to prepare a jazz etude in addition to sight-reading and improvisation.

Rhythm Section will be required to prepare a few tunes (written and lead-sheets) in a variety of jazz styles (swing, latin, rock/funk, etc.), sight-read, and improvise.

All audition information can be found at: http://facstaff.uww.edu/sintcham/UWWJazzAuditions/
Direct questions to Prof. Sintchak (sintcham@uww.edu).


Theatre/Dance Department:

Specific audition requirements will be posted on the Theatre/Dance Department website soon. http://uww.edu/cac/theatre

Jack and the Magic Beans – the children’s touring play

General auditions – Sunday, September 8 at 6:30 pm in Barnett Theatre

Callbacks – Monday, September 9 at 6:30 pm in Barnett Theatre

Please prepare a 1 minute monologue.

Anything to Declare?

General auditions – Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 pm

Callbacks to follow the general auditions on Sunday, October 13.

Into the Woods

General auditions – Friday, November 8 at 6:00 pm

Callbacks – Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 pm

DanceScapes ‘14

Tuesday, September 10 – 5-6:30

Friday, September 13 – 1-2:30

Romeo and Juliet

To be announced.


Communciation Department:



If you want to be involved in Forensics on campus –

visit the information table at the Student Organization Fair on September 11 or

attend the informational meeting on September 11 at 7:00 pm in Heide 105.

For questions email forensics@uww.edu or visit them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/whitewaterforensics

In order to meet the needs of the Music Department’s large ensembles, the wall is coming down between CA1003 (the choral rehearsal room) and CA1005 (the instrumental rehearsal room). The new, larger space will serve as the music department’s large rehearsal/classroom space.

construction in 1003

From the entrance of CA 1003. The wall has four layers that will be removed. The layers helped with the sound proofing between the two rehearsal spaces.

CA 1003 demolition

The risers in CA 1003 have been removed.


CA30 in the lower level is being remodeled to serve as the new choral rehearsal space, and will also still be a versatile classroom space for Art courses and World of the Arts.

front of room ca 30

A view of CA 30 from the back of the room.

image of CA 30 seats removed

A view from the front of the room with the old seats removed.


Finally, work is underway  in the Recital Hall, both to install side curtains that will make this an acoustically “tunable” space, and also to install a dedicated sound system.

workers in Light Recital Hall

Workers hang track for sound curtains.

“Let the melody, aroma and the beauty of the day lure you to the Birge Fountain to meet and eat with friends, family, colleagues and the community,” said Mark McPhail, president of the Whitewater Arts Alliance Board of Directors and Dean of the College of Arts and Communication.

Attendees may bring their own lunch or order lunch from participating vendors (listed below) while they enjoy music by Nima Salami, Looper’s Blues Duo, Brother’s Quinn, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Jazz 1 Combo, and Carl Cole.

Savory Sounds Concert Series schedule, which runs 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the following Thursdays at the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center near the Birge Fountain on 402 West Main Street:

June 20 – Nima Salami, who plays classical, folk, & Flamenco guitar. Sponsored by Fairhaven. Food vendor – Subway.

June 27 – Looper’s Blues Duo (Brian Lucas, UW-Whitewater Communication faculty and Eric Sheffield, UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication technology coordinator)  Sponsored by Quiet Hut. Food vendor –  The SweetSpot.

Brian Lucas and Eric Sheffield

Brian Lucas and Eric Sheffield – Looper’s Blues Duo

July 11 – Brothers Quinn, an Irish folk gypsy bluegrass group.  Sponsored by First Citizens Bank. Food vendor –  La Preferida.

July 18 – University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Jazz I Combo.  Sponsored by Olm & Associates. Food vendor –  The Black Sheep.

July 25 – Carl Cole   Sponsored by Fort Community Credit Union. Food vendor – Rocky Rococo.

After enjoying the music and lunch, attendees are invited to explore the exhibits at the Cultural Arts Center. June’s exhibit is the art of Kendra Bulgrin (art instructor at UW-Whitewater). July features photography by the community to honor the late Fran Achen with the Fourth Annual Fran Achen Photography Competition.

(information courtesy of the Whitewater Arts Alliance.  Discover more at www.whitewaterarts.org)

Guest post by Jessica Hendricks

Most UW-Whitewater students with majors in the communication department are required to spend at least a small amount of time working at the campus cable television station. However, some students may not see how working with UWWTV will help them succeed after they graduate.

Director of Cable Television Operations Jim Mead said he wants to give every student who works for the station an edge that will set them apart from other candidates in the field. “Those who are willing to commit to this,” Mead said, “will come out ahead more so than they ever thought possible.”

The quality of technology and equipment used at UWWTV plays a big role in putting communication students ahead. According to Mead, UWWTV is more advanced when compared to other campus stations from schools of a similar size to UW-Whitewater. The station recently transitioned into broadcasting in high definition and renovated their control room to employ up to date studio technology.

computer work stations

The station allows students to learn post production on programs that they would be using in a real job setting, such as Adobe Premier and Final Cut. Mead said the technology and programs that UWWTV has at their disposal are fairly close to the technology and programs used at an actual television station. He even said that they are looking to possibly get new programs over the summer to put UWWTV a step closer to a professional-type studio.

“The technology helps,” senior broadcast journalism major Dan Marz said, “but I think it’s the experience you get with the station that helps you the most.”

UWWTV allows many opportunities for department majors as well as non-department majors to get involved with the station. Each semester the station holds talent auditions for news anchors and anchors for various other programs. Students are also presented with the opportunity to direct, shoot, produce and post produce through practicum and production classes.

“I think the most helpful things are the practicum classes because it gives you hands on experience you don’t get in a classroom,” Marz said.

The students who take classes like the practicum in cable television production or television news should be prepared to work hard, according to Mead.

UWWTV workstation

“The expectation here is very, very large,” Mead said. “They don’t see it now, but they will once they leave and see how much the extra work has paid off.”

Marz said he believes all of the extra work has been worth it. As Marz looks ahead to graduation, he said he will take invaluable knowledge away from his experience at UWWTV. He also recommends that communication majors get involved at the station as soon they can.

“Be prepared to have a good time, meet lifelong friends, work your butt off and gain an insurmountable amount of knowledge,” Mead advises.

Students interested in becoming involved with UWWTV can contact Jim Mead via email at MeadJ@uww.edu, like their page on Facebook at facebook.com/UWWTV, or follow them on Twitter @UWWTVNews.

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