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gary vaughn imageIf you are an artist, you have probably had someone suggest that you should get a degree in a field that will      pay the bills, and save your art as an avocation? And yet we all know people who have followed their passion in the arts to a lucrative and fulfilling profession.

What is their secret?
Did they have rich parents?
Do they have more talent than you?

Not necessarily. What is more likely is that they learned how to make a business plan and get financial assistance to get things started.

Do you want to follow your passion and have a career in a field you love? Do you want a job where going to work never feels like work? Then we have the seminar for you! The title of this blog sort of gave it away. . . huh?

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 1-4 pm. Find a way to get to the Whitewater Technology Park Innovation Center for “Dollars and Sense for Arts Entrepreneurs,” a workshop featuring Gary Vaughan of Guidant Business Solutions.  Gary will teach the basics of balance sheets, understanding profit and loss, pricing your art to make a profit, calculating income and profit (there is a difference) all in a language that you can understand. Find out what a banker looks for before they lend you money for your start up.

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Gary Vaughan is on the Self-Emplyment in the Arts Advisory Board and is currently an instructor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Coordinator of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Interdisciplinary Area at Lawrence University.

Admission is $20, but free to UW-Whitewater students with valid ID. Call 262-472-2222 to reserve your seat now!

Did you know that anyone can audition to be in music ensembles? If you used to be involved in choir or a musical ensemble and brought your instrument to campus you can still play or sing! Check out all the opportunities to become involved in a musical ensemble at UW-Whitewater.

Here is the information for the various ensembles and when the auditions are held:

All UWW Choirs are open to ALL STUDENTS!

Concert Choir, Meistersingers Men’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorale do not require an audition. Simply attend the first rehearsal:

Concert Choir: Thursday, Sept. 3, 4:30 pm, Center for the Arts room 30 (in the basement)
Men’s and Women’s Choruses: Wednesday, September. 2, 4:30 pm, CA room 30

Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz do require an audition. Sign up for an audition time outside CA room 1005 (just past the elevator by the front entrance to the CA).

Audition times:
Wednesday, 9/2, Noon – 2:00pm and 3:30-4:30pm (Chamber Singers only)
Thursday, 9/3, Noon – 3:00pm (both choirs) and 3:30-4:30pm (Chamber Singers only)
Friday, 9/4, 10:00 – Noon and 2:00 – 3:00pm (both choirs)

More info about individual choirs and the audition process at http://www.uww.edu/cac/music/choral-/choral-ensembles

Vocal Jazz is an auditioned group, so you will need to audition to be part of this group. The ensemble will likely have between 10-16 singers (2-3 people/part). Auditions will be on Wednesday & Thursday, September 2 & 3. The sign-up sheet for an audition time will be posted on the choir bulletin board across from the instrumental rehearsal room (CA1005) by August 25. The audition location will also be listed on that sign-up sheet.

How to prepare for your audition:
1. Please come warmed up.
2. Range check – for highest & lowest comfortable pitches.
3. Sightsinging.
4. Aural skills – copying a few short melodies played first on the piano.
5. Please come prepared to sing about 60 seconds of a song – preferably a song in the jazz or pop idiom that you feel very confident to sing. Please bring sheet music with you. Someone will try to accompany you. Even if you prefer to sing a cappella, bring the sheet music – it is always helpful, especially if it’s a song with which the director is unfamiliar.

Please let Dr. VanAlstine (vanalsts@uww.edu) know if you have any questions. Once the auditions are completed on Wednesday, she will send out an email with a roster of the selected singers.

Jazz Band Auditions:
Horns: CA Room 1
Wednesday, September 2 from 5:00 – 8:00pm (all groups)

Rhythm Section: CA Room 1005
Wednesday, September 2 – 10:00 – 10:50am (all groups)
Thursday, September 3 – 1:00 – 1:50 pm (all groups)
For more information- Go to uwwjazz.com
or Sign-up CA 2004 bulletin board.

Questions? Email Professor Matt Sintchak: sintcham@uww.edu

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Auditions
Thursday, September 3 in Light Recital hall
There is a sign-up sheet in 5 minute increments from 3:30pm until 9:55 pm (9:10- 9:55pm times are reserved for Percussion).

Audition music is posted in envelopes on the SWE bulletin board in the music wing of the Greenhill Center of the Arts.

Whitewater Symphony Orchestra Auditions
Strings – Thursday, September 3 – 3:30 -5:00pm
Violin: 3:30 – 4:00pm
Viola: 4:00 – 4:30pm
Cello: 4:20- 4:40pm
Bass: 4:40 – 5:00pm

Woodwind- Thursday, September 8 – 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Flute: 3:30 – 3:50pm
Oboe: 3:50-4:00pm
Clarinet: 4:00-4:20pm
Bassoon: 4:20- 4:30pm

Brass – Tuesday, September 8 – 4:30 – 5:10 pm
Horn: 4:30-4:45pm
Trumpet: 4:45-5:00pm
Trombone: 5:00 -5:10pm


“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.

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