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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.


FB forensics showcase image

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

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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.

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