April 2001

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Spring jazz concert

Choral 'sing spring' concert

Student recital

Cinco de Mayo

New music hand drumming concert

Trustee emerita award

German language play

Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Jazz Combo to perform

Domestic violence survivor to speak

Senior art show II

International Dinner

New Library director

SIFE team is first

'Teaching at Its Best' awards

'Sustaining Wisconsin' intern

Small Business workshop

Bands in concert

Theatre: 'Twelfth Night'

Thomas Frank lecture

Extended Degree success story

Women's Chorus concert

Student recitals

St. John Passion on WPR

Bachelor auction benefit

UW-Green Bay advocates
to testify

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Spring jazz concert includes student compositions

GREEN BAY -- Student composers will get a turn in the spotlight when University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Jazz Ensembles present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 in University Theater, located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Director of Jazz Studies John Salerno, will perform three pieces by students. Gerrit Roessler's "Sweet 'N' Sour" will feature Andrew Lautenbach on saxophone. Andrew Thiele is the composer of "Say Your Peace." Sara Salentine's "This Bizarre Life," will feature Lautenbach, Thiele, a saxophonist, and Salentine on piano.

The Ensemble also will perform an arrangement of "Misty" by Lovell Ives, founder of UW-Green Bay's jazz studies program, with Salentine on piano. Two compositions by Toshiko Akiyoshi are on the program. "Long Yellow Road" features Becky Fleming on saxophone and Shaun Combs on trumpet. Fleming, Sarah Danek on flute and Roessler on piano are featured on "Soliloquy."

Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Chris Salerno, will include two of her arrangements in their set. Sara deFelice is soloist on "Old Devil Moon," and Sarah Perry is featured on "Skylark." The group also will perform "To Dare the Moon," with Katie Scovell on solo vocals and Lautenbach on tenor saxophone.

The 15-member Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Prof. Thomas Pfotenhauer, will perform a Charles Mingus composition, "Sue's Changes" and other numbers including fusion, contemporary big band and swing styles.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or 1-800-328-8587.

(01-101 / 26 April 2001 / VCD)

Choral groups will 'sing spring' with Chicago's Kenwood Academy Choir

GREEN BAY -- The Kenwood Academy Concert Choir of Chicago will join with University of Wisconsin-Green Bay choral groups in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at the Weidner Center on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

"Sing Spring!" is the theme for the concert that includes the UW-Green Bay Vocal Ensemble, Concert Choir, Men's Chorus and University Chorus.

The Kenwood Academy Choir, directed by Kenneth M. Lenon, has performed widely in their home region and throughout the Midwest, South and East. The group recently performed in seven cities in Switzerland. They have performed before such noted individuals as civil rights activist Rosa Parks, the Archbishop of Canterbury, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, poet Maya Angelou, and Dr. Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X.

Lenon is chairman of the music department and student activities coordinator at Kenwood Academy, in addition to conducting the choir. He has taught vocal music in the Chicago Public Schools for 25 years and is a staff development coordinator for the system. He is the recipient of the Blum-Kovler outstanding teacher award and won the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Award in 1987. Lenon founded the Northern Illinois University Black Choir.

The Kenwood Academy Choir will perform music by composers ranging from George Frederick Handel to John W. Work, chair of the Fisk University Music Department and director of the famed Jubilee Singers in the mid-20th century, to contemporary composer and artistic director Moses Hogan.

Director of Choral Activities William Witwer directs the UW-Green Bay Vocal Ensemble, Men's Chorus and Concert Choir and Prof. John Plier directs the University Chorus.

The Vocal Ensemble will open the event with five selections, beginning with a pair of madrigals about birds, one by a composer from Mozart's time and the other by contemporary composer Emma Lou Diemer. They are accompanied by Sarah Zickert.

University Chorus, with Ellen Hanchek at the piano, begins its program with "Dance on My Heart," by Allen Koepke. Women from the Concert Choir will join with the Chorus in "Trilogy for Women's Voices," by Houston Bright.

The Men's Chorus will perform two numbers: "Brothers Sing On," by Edvard Grieg, and an arrangement of the traditional song, "Barbra' Allen." Prof. Janice Cusano accompanies both Men's Chorus and the Concert Choir, which closes its program with "It's a Grand Night for Singing."

The Kenwood Academy Concert Choir and the UW-Green Bay Concert Choir will join together to end program with Lenon and Witwer sharing directing duties.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or 1-800-328-8587.

(01-100 / 26 April 2001 / VCD)

Cinco de Mayo features traditional musicians

GREEN BAY -- Tlen Huicani, a folk music group renowned for interpreting traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico, and much of Latin America, will be featured at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay celebration for Cinco de Mayo from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 30 in Phoenix Room B of the University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. The event is free and open to the public.

Alberto de la Rosa, founder and artistic director of Tlen Huicani, is a master of the "arpa jarocha" or folk harp, which is the centerpiece of the group's music.

Since its founding in 1973, Tlen Huicani has three times been featured at the international conference for the Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen, performed at nearly 30 international festivals in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, England, Italy, Spain, Haiti and Australia, as well as in Mexico, Latin America and the U.S., and recorded nearly 20 albums. They have been named "Best Folk Group in Mexico" by the Union of Music and Theater Critics.

Tlen Huicani, which means "the singers" in the indigenous Nahuatl Indian language, began with the goal of preserving and promoting the musical heritage of Veracruz. Through their tours in Central and South America, the group has broadened its repertory to include styles of other regions and countries.

De la Rosa is musical director of Ballet Folklorico Veracruz, Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad Veracruzana, and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli, and has been a harp soloist with many orchestras and ensembles.

Opening for Tlen Huicani will be a Latino dance group, Forca Latina, from East High School.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates a battle on May 5, 1862, in which Mexican troups defeated French forces sent by Napoleon III with the purpose of establishing a French satellite in Mexico. The UW-Green Bay Cinco de Mayo celebration is co-sponsored by the American Intercultural Center and the Office of Student Life.

(01-97 / 23 April 2001 / VCD)

New music, hand drumming concert is May 1

GREEN BAY -- Music so new that it's different every time it is performed and the premiere of a hand drumming composition are on the program for the New Music and Hand Drumming Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 in University Theater, located in Theater Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

UW-Green Bay Prof. Cheryl Grosso directs both groups.

The six-member New Music Ensemble opens the program with a John Cage composition, "Living Room Music." Three of the four movements are performed on objects that might be found in a living room. The fourth, "Story," is a spoken movement with text by Gertrude Stein.

Two duets are on the program. Andrew Martin will perform on vibraphone and Sabrina Moore on piano on Warren Benson's "The Red Lion." Kristen Mazarik and Ellen Simon are the performers for Alec Wilder's "Suite for Trumpet and Marimba."

Composer Herbert Brun provides a computer graphic "score" and specific instructions on how to approach writing a composition based on those notations in "Floating Hierarchies." Each Ensemble member composed a movement and three of them will be performed in the concert.

Variations on "Mobile," by French composer Bart Quartier will be interspersed between the numbers. In the first variation, pianist Moore will perform the piece straight. For each succeeding variation, ensemble members Tim Patterson and Bryan Setzer "deconstruct" the piano to change the piece.

Five Grosso compositions are on the program for the 15-member Hand Drumming Ensemble. "Rhythm Chant 19" is a new piece written especially for this semester's group, according to Grosso. Pianist Gerrit Roessler will solo with the Ensemble on Rhythm Chant 14.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or 1-800-328-8587.

(01-96 / 23 April 2001 / VCD)

Hendrickson named 'trustee emerita' at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY -- Elizabeth B. Hendrickson, outgoing member of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor's Council of Trustees, has been honored with the title "trustee emerita." The award was presented by Council President Lou Le Calsey, president and CEO of Tufco Technologies Inc., and UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mark L. Perkins at a recent Council meeting.

"She has been a tireless advocate for, and a treasured friend of, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay," said Chancellor Mark L. Perkins. Perkins described her as an "energetic ambassador for the University of Wisconsin and its Green Bay campus."

Hendrickson was a founding member of the Chancellor's Council of Trustees, which had its first meeting in April 1998. The Council is a community group that advises the University and communicates about the University to the community at large.

Hendrickson has had a long association with UW-Green Bay, from which she earneda master's degree in 1979. She and her husband Philip J. Hendrickson, former president and CEO of Krueger International (now KI), were co-recipients of the UW-Green Bay Chancellor's Award given at commencement ceremonies in 1983.

The Hendricksons have been long-time members of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. In 1987 they created a named professorship, the Philip J. and Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Professorship for Business. The professorship recognizes and supports a full professor whose work helps students in the classroom understand the positive role of business in the community and the importance of business ethics.

(01-95 / 23 April 2001 / VCD)

German language play is April 28

GREEN BAY -- A comic play by one of the most famous German Baroque playwrights will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in Studio Two of the Weidner Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr.

"Herr Peter Squenz," is the play, Andreas Gryphius is the playwright, and it's performed by the UW-Madison German Department Theater Group directed by Prof. Sabine Gross. The performance is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay German Program.

The play will be performed in German, but it isn't necessary to understand the language to enjoy the play says UW-Green Bay Prof. Jennifer Ham. English synopses will be provided and the production "fully exploits the play's opportunities for slapstick and visual humor."

"Herr Peter Squenz" is based on the comic subplot of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," in which the artisans perform the "Pyramus and Thisbe" tragedy originally told in Ovid's "Metamorphoses." The short play was frequently performed in Germany by traveling English theater groups, whose performances were popular in Germany during the playwright's time.

Gryphius (1616-1664) wrote in Latin, new High German and the Silesian dialect and produced sonnets, odes, epigrams, and religious lyrics, as well as tragic and satiric comic plays.

Ham has scheduled her UW-Green Bay German Drama class to coincide with Madison's every-other-year graduate course in German theater, which culminates in a performance. This is the eighth year that the UW-Madison students have presented the play in Green Bay as well as in Madison. UW-Green Bay students help with the props and sets and are hosts to the Madison graduate students.

The performance is free and open to the public, but because space is limited, tickets are required. To reserve tickets, call or email Prof. Ham: (920) 465-2461 or HAMJ@UWGB.EDU.

(01-94 / 17 April 2001 / VCD)

April 23 opens Sexual Assault Awareness Week at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY - Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 23 through 27, will be observed with a series of events at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The programs address sexual assault and violence awareness and prevention.

The program "Drawing the Shades" will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the Christie Theatre on the lower level of the University Union. Student actors Angela Stangel, Jeff Zellner, Nicole Suchomel and James Radish will portray sexual assault victims, and dramatize first-person accounts of surviving assault. The theatrical performance and awareness program includes a slide-media presentation, statistics on the scope of the problem, and an overview of sexual assault issues. Discussion will follow the event.

Television and movie actor Victor Rivers will present "Breaking the Cycle of Violence: What Role Do You Play?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in Phoenix Room B of the University Union. Rivers is a spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and is a child survivor of domestic violence.

Members of the UW-Green Bay community also will take part in the Take Back the Night event at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 on the grounds of the Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay. Rivers is also the featured speaker for that event. The rally features music, remarks and a march against sexual abuse and domestic violence, followed by a reception at the YWCA.

Information tables will be staffed throughout the week outside the main campus dining area, the Nicolet Room, on the second level of the University Union, and in the Cofrin Library Alcove.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week is sponsored by the Counseling and Health Center and the COPE (Community, Outreach, Prevention and Education) program at UW-Green Bay. Kim Perry, assistant director of Residence Life, is a contact for additional information at (920) 465-2844 or 465-2040.

Individuals can also access information about sexual assault on the University Web Page: www.uwgb.edu/housing/programs/sexualassault.htm.

(01-93 / 17 April 2001 / SB)

Top Hat is the venue for UW-Green Bay Jazz Combo

GREEN BAY - The UW-Green Bay Jazz Combo, directed by Prof. Thomas Pfotenhauer, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Top Hat, 1139 Main St. The group will perform standards, an early jazz-rock fusion piece, an eclectic waltz, and an original composition that is so new it's still untitled.

Pfotenhauer says he began scheduling the end-of-semester concerts off campus to give students a realistic, "club-like" performing experience.

(01-92 / 17 April 2001 / VCD)

Actor, domestic violence survivor to speak on campus

GREEN BAY - Film and television actor Victor Rivers, a child survivor of domestic abuse, will speak on "Breaking the Cycle of Violence: What Role Do You Play?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in Phoenix Room B of the University Union at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr. Admission is free.

Rivers is a spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. He will be the keynote speaker at a Take Back the Night rally beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27 at the Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay.

Domestic violence isn't a woman's issue, it's everyone's issue, says Rivers. He says his own survival and success illustrates the importance of intervention by others who can help break the cycle of violence, an action Rivers urges people to take.

Rivers grew up with a physically abusive father. At 15, after failing to get help for himself and his family, he ran away from home with few prospects. Eventually, he was adopted into a caring family, graduated from high school as senior class president, and won a four-year football scholarship to Florida State University. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins where he was the first Cuban-American rookie.

Rivers began his film career in the early 1980s. The Mask of Zorro, In Too Deep, Amistad, The Distinguished Gentleman, One Good Cop and Havana are among his credits. He makes guest appearances in television programs and performs on stage.

Rivers says it was after the birth of his own son that he decided to share his story and work against domestic violence. He first feared he might be destined to repeat the cycle of violence he had experienced. "The minute I held my infant son for the first time, I knew there was absolutely no way I could ever harm him," Rivers says.

His appearance at UW-Green Bay is part of the observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 23 through 27. The UW-Green Bay event is sponsored by Take Back the Night, the Community, Outreach, Prevention and Education Committee, and the Offices of Counseling and Health and Residence Life.

(01-91 / 16 April 2001 / VCD)

Senior Exhibit II opens April 22

GREEN BAY - Five University of Wisconsin-Green Bay seniors in art will open an exhibit of their work with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in the Lawton Gallery, located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

The artists and their media are:

Sara Houwers, Sheboygan, mixed media on paper; Kristy Konitzer, Green Bay, charcoal and wax drawings; Rebecca Pearson, Kimberly, beaded works; Kevin Rondou, Green Bay, silver gelatin prints; and RaeAnn Sersch, metalwork necklaces.

Winners of art scholarships for fall 2001 will be announced during the reception.

Senior Exhibit II continues through May 5 and opens again for two hours following commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 19.

Lawton Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

(01-90 / 16 April 2001 / VCD)

International Dinner offers a taste of the world

GREEN BAY - Appetizers from Germany and the Philippines, main dishes from Africa, Spain and India, and desserts from Australia and the United Kingdom are on the menu for the 25th annual International Dinner set for Saturday, April 21 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. for the event in the Phoenix Rooms of University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. A program with a costume "fashion show," demonstrations of dances and other entertainment will follow the dinner. Social dancing is scheduled after the program.

The 2001 International Dinner is special, says Anna Malovannaya, Ukraine, who is co-chair of the International Club. "It's an anniversary event, celebrating 25 years of unity, friendship, fun, cooperation, knowledge and commitment to diversity," she explains. The theme reflects the mission of UW-Green Bay's International Club. Club co-chair Adela Carbo, Ecuador, is in charge of the menu.

The dinner has become a traditional spring semester event at UW-Green Bay, showcasing the cultures and talents of the international students who are enrolled at the time. Students from 30 countries outside the United States presently attend UW-Green Bay.

Tickets are $17 for community members and UW-Green Bay faculty and staff and $9 for students. Children under five are free. Groups can reserve tables for six or seven in advance.

Tickets are available at the University Union Information Center, (920) 465-2400. For other information about the International Dinner, the number is (920) 465-2413.

(01-89 / 16 April 2001 / VCD)

Hansen is new director of Cofrin Library

GREEN BAY - Leanne Hansen, Howard, has been named director of the Cofrin Library at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Hansen, whose experience at the Library includes teaching, reference work, cataloging, automation, circulation and special collections, had been assistant director for eight years. She implemented two library automation systems during her tenure as assistant director. Hansen joined the Library staff part time in 1978 and became a full-time professional in 1986. Her bachelor's degree in library science is from Central Michigan University and she earned a Master of Library and Information Science at UW-Milwaukee.

Hansen presently serves as past chair of the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians. She is a former board member of Wisconsin Library Association and chaired several WLA sections and committees over the past 10 years. Hansen has served on many committees, task forces and working groups at UW-Green Bay. She is active in the Friends of the Cofrin Library and worked in the fund raising effort for the new Brown County Library branch in Howard. She is a member of the Howard-Suamico Optimists Club.

(01-88 / 12 April 2001 / VCD)

SIFE team takes lst place

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) won first place in a field of 30 in an annual regional competition in which student teams match their education outreach projects against programs of teams from other institutions.

The win at regional level means that the team will be one of 16 competing in SIFE nationals May 13-15 in Kansas City.

UW-Green Bay presenters were Mary Basel, Becky Chasco, Tracy Falk, Tony Kammann, Tonya Legros, Nicole Rehbein, Jesse Throne, and Dave Warren. Other UW-Green Bay team members were Natalie Archie, Stephanie Melchert, Sheela Villiard and Colleen Wisinski.

SIFE is an international organization that encourages students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations and to use their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach programs.

UW-Green Bay chapter advisers, Professors Ismail Shariff and John Stoll, have been named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows in recognition of their support of the SIFE program. The UW-Green Bay chapter organized in 1999.

(01-87 / 12 April 2001 / VCD)

Two cited for 'Teaching at Its Best'

GREEN BAY -- Professors Regan Gurung and Dean Von Dras have been chosen for the "Teaching at Its Best" award at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Both are on the faculties in Human Development and Psychology.

The award given by the Faculty Development Council recognizes specific successful teaching strategies.

Gurung was chosen for his strategy for assessing whether students have done the reading without giving a test. He has capitalized on the popular game show to create "Who Wants to Be a Straight-A Studentnaire?" Review sessions in his introductory classes start with an easy question worth an "F" and work up the grade scale to questions worth an "A+." Students can "ask a friend" or call someone, providing they have a cellphone.

Von Dras was singled out for his approach to increasing student awareness of attitudes and biases that lead to prejudice and discrimination. In his Introduction to Psychology and Adulthood and Aging courses, Von Dras facilitates small group discussions on the subject, followed by a classroom demonstration, followed by a broader class discussion.

The "Teaching at Its Best" program began in 1996 as a way to single out successful strategies and share them with other faculty members.

(01-86 / 12 April 2001 / VCD)

UW-Green Bay junior is 'Sustaining Wisconsin' intern

GREEN BAY -- A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student has been selected to be an intern for the Center for Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) Sustaining Wisconsin project.

Charis Hoff, Green Bay, is a junior emphasizing American Social Issues in her Social Change and Development major. She grew up in the Fox Valley area and graduated from St. Mary Central High School, Neenah.

Sustaining Wisconsin is the first major initiative of COWS, a research and policy center housed in the UW-Madison Sociology Department. The project aims to create greater public awareness about sustainable economic development strategies. Hoff is the first intern selected for the program outside of Madison.

Hoff will work as a leader in Northeast Wisconsin to publicize the Sustaining Wisconsin project and to recruit volunteers. She'll also assist in defining particular issues that affect the Green Bay area. She will work full time during the summer and part time during the academic year through the end of 2001.

COWS is nonpartisan and nonprofit and supported by the University of Wisconsin System, consulting fees, governmental grants and private foundations.

(01-85 / 12 April 2001 / VCD)

'How to Value Small Business' repeat workshop is set

GREEN BAY -- "How to Value a Small, Closely-Held Business," a workshop to help small business owners plan for the future, is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the Business Assistance Center, 835 Potts Ave., Green Bay.

Karen Monfre, a CPA accredited in business valuation, will instruct the course offered by the Small Business Development Center of the Office of Outreach and Extension at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Monfre is a Certified Financial Planner and Senior Appraiser, accredited by the American Society of Appraisers. She is in practice with Wipfli, Ullrich, Bertelson in Green Bay.

The workshop will cover what buyers and sellers look at in terms of value, approaches to valuation, factors to consider besides "the numbers," and standards of value.

The workshop is a repeat of one held in early March that generated more demand than could be accommodated in one session.

The course fee of $69 includes instruction, materials and refreshments. To receive registration materials call (920) 496-9010 or FAX (920) 496-6009.

(01-84 / 9 April 2001 / VCD)

Statewide High School Honors Band joins in concert

GREEN BAY -- An honors band of high school students from across the state will join in a concert with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Weidner Center on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

The 75 students from 15 different high schools each received "superior" ratings in their district solo and ensemble competitions and will compete later this spring at the state level. "These are some of the best high school students from across Wisconsin," says UW-Green Bay Director of Bands Kevin Collins. Collins and Assistant Director of Bands Scott Wright will lead the students in two days of rehearsals and will conduct during the performance.

This is the third year that UW-Green Bay has assembled an honors band of high school students who'll compete at state level.

Collins will conduct the UW-Green Bay Wind Ensemble in selections including Gustav Holst's First Suite in E-flat for Military Band, the Overture to the opera La Gazza Ladra by Gioacchino Rossini, and Frank Ticheli's "An American Elegy," written in memory of students who died in the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. The Ticheli piece premiered a year ago at Columbine High School.

Faculty member Cheryl Grosso will be featured soloist with the Symphonic Band on Sonata for Marimba, by Peter Tanner. Wright conducts the Symphonic Band. They'll also perform an arrangement of Russian folk songs originally written for a University of Michigan Band tour of the former U.S.S.R. during the midst of the Cold War, and a piece based on Chinese folk music themes, The Golden Dragon Overture, by early 20th century American composer Karl King.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or 1-800-328-8587.

(01-83 / 11 April 2001 / VCD)

Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' at promises love, laughs

GREEN BAY -- The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theater program will present William Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, beginning Friday, April 20, and continuing Saturday, April 21 and Thursday through Saturday, April 26 - 28. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. each evening in University Theater, located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

"Twelfth Night has some of the most beautiful language Shakespeare ever wrote," says Director Laura Riddle, of the Theater faculty.

Through that language, Shakespeare weaves a romantic tale complicated by twins, disguised identities, love triangles, and unexpected twists of fate. Director Riddle adds some twists of her own.

"Because Illyria, where the play is set, is a fictional place, it gives us the liberty to decide what it is like," says Riddle. "It's certainly a different culture than the one we live in." Her inspirations included Superman's Fortress of Solitude, the lady Olivia's cold heart, the implications of gender roles, and a favorite video game.

Riddle also considered the 400-year time span since Twelfth Night was first performed and how today's performances of Shakespeare's works typically are "period" plays. "He set the plays in his period," says Riddle. "They were not 'period' plays then."

Above all, Riddle says, Twelfth Night is a love story and a play with "comic potential," which the UW-Green Bay production takes care to explore.

Portraying the major romantic interests are Sunam Ellis, Appleton, as the lady Viola; Steven Marzolf, Green Bay, as Count Orsino; Molly Mix, Windom, Minn., as the lady Olivia; and Spencer Neuman, Rice Lake, as Viola's brother Sebastian.

Sets are designed by Jeffrey Entwistle and costumes by Kaoime Malloy. Lighting design and technical direction are by R. Michael Ingraham. All are on the UW-Green Bay faculty. Student Briana Fahey, Marshfield, is assistant director.

UW-Green Bay's last Shakepeare production was As You Like It in 1997.

(01-82 / 9 April 2001 / VCD)

Author critical of 'New Economy' will speak April 19

GREEN BAY -- Thomas Frank, author of a new book, One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism and the End of Economic Democracy, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr. The free event is in Christie Theater in the University Union.

Frank, editor of the Chicago-based periodical, The Baffler, says New Economy propagandists have sold people on "market populism." Says Frank, "Implausibly, they have persuaded us that stock markets are a democratic, even 'revolutionary' force dedicated to overthrowing traditional business elites in favor of the 'little guy'." He argues that real populism is the kind that led past workers to form trade unions and strike for better wages.

Frank's book examines an economy in which CEOs make 475 times as much money as the average blue-collar worker and one percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Frank's previous book was The Conquest of Cool, a study of advertising and the counterculture.

The event is the last in the 2000-2001 series of Historical Perspectives lectures sponsored by the Center for History and Social Change at UW-Green Bay.

(01-81 / 5 April 2001 / VCD)

Career shifts, long road mark Extended Degree success story

GREEN BAY -- Patrick Kraus doesn't consider himself an adventurer, or a role model.

Yet, his story of earning a college diploma nearly two decades after he first enrolled, has more than a few twists and turns. And people in the Extended Degree Program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay consider him a prime example of someone who explored various career paths but kept his vision firmly fixed on the goal of a university bachelor's degree.

Kraus serves as a histologist (someone who studies tissue) at the Marshfield Clinic, in Marshfield, Wis., his hometown. He is the son of Jean and Jerry Kraus.

He started his education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. From there, he moved on to the Brown Institute in Minneapolis and work in the radio and television business. Still searching, he attended class at the two-year, UW-Marshfield and he also attended the School of Histotechnology at Marshfield Clinic. Completing the program there, he began a rewarding career that today is in its 14th year.

Still, he wanted the personal satisfaction of a bachelor's degree. In 1997, his counselor at UW-Marshfield directed him to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Extended Degree Program because at that time UW- Marshfield had no four-year programs.

Extended Degree is designed for returning adult students who cannot attend traditional daytime classes. Courses start each month from September through June. The program leads to a fully accredited Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UW-Green Bay, with students able to pursue specialization in a broad array of subjects. Students may pursue coursework independently and on their own schedules, via online learning, by way of audio or video presentations, or through monthly Saturday classes.

The life of a non-traditional student can be challenging, with the responsibilities of family, job and community competing for time with the commitment to complete a college degree. Kraus did all those. He did it, he said, "to get that feeling of completion. Doing something you set out to do."

He says an advantage of UW-Green Bay and the Extended Degree program is that classes are offered on Saturdays.

"I was able to do my job and attend classes," Kraus says. "The drive to Green Bay is not that long and I didn't have to go every weekend."

He also says he owes to support from his wife, Sarah, and to the counselors in the Extended Degree Program and their dedication to helping him get the job done.

"They and the professors recognize the special problems that adult students have and take them into consideration."

On December 16, 2000, Patrick Kraus officially graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Natural Sciences from UW-Green Bay.

He says that there is no doubt the experience of getting his education in later life has changed him.

"I am far more broad minded and consequently more confident of my thought process. This experience will help me in my career and in my daily life."

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This story was reported by Jeff Jordan for the Extended Degree Program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

(01-80 / 4 April 2001)

Women's Chorus performs April 11

GREEN BAY -- The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Women's Chorus, along with two quartets, three trios and a duet all made up of chorus members, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Admission is free.

Faculty member John Plier directs.

The 40-voice Chorus opens the program with "Two Love Songs," one based on text by Shakespeare and one on the Song of Solomon, by contemporary American composer Robert H. Young.

Quartets, trios and a duet follow. Amanda Friedland, Jamie Kearns, Lexie Hassinger and Valerie Walbrandt will perform "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone." A trio comprised of Carrie Colden, April Riste and Mary Dahl will sing "With a Voice of Singing," by Martin Shaw. JacquŽ Lindberg, Kristen Sheehy and Kristine Krueger will perform Antonio Lotti's "Miserere Mei." Shannon Borley and Nicole Dal Santo are a duet on "All Through the Night." Emma Lou Diemer's "Alleluia" will be performed by Jayme Henkel, Katie Moehrig and Timi Wojcik. The final quartet will be sung by Stephanie Storch, Kimberly Gudowicz, Kari Moriak and Trisha Krause: "Somewhere Out There."

The entire chorus comes together to close the concert with "Three Spanish Ballades," by contemporary American composer Eugene Butler.

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Students schedule recitals

GREEN BAY -- Pianist Gerrit Roessler will present his junior recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in University Theater at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr. An exchange student from Unna, Germany, Roessler studies classical piano with Namji Kim and jazz studies with Christine Salerno, both at UW-Green Bay.

He performs with Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combo, Concert Choir, Hand Drumming Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble and was in the pit orchestra for the musical, Company. He was among those selected to perform in an Honors Recital earlier this year.

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GREEN BAY -- Kami Nordgaard will present a senior recital in voice at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. A student of Prof. John Plier, she is completing her degree in applied music. The accompanist will be Ellen Hanchek.

Nordgaard will perform works by Samual Barber, Gabriel FaurŽ, Hugo Wolf and Jules Massenet.

In 2000, Nordgaard was selected to compete in the Antonin Dvorak International Voice Competition in the Czech Republic. At UW-Green Bay, she has performed with Concert Choir and Vocal Ensemble.

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GREEN BAY - Bryan J. Setzer and Brian D. Dainsberg, will share a junior recital in classical guitar at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr.

Both students are applied music majors and both study guitar with Dan Weaver.

Setzer will perform works by Tarrega, Villa-Lobos, Lauro, Clapton and Johim. He has performed with Concert Choir, Guitar Ensemble, New Music Ensemble and Jazz Combo.

Dainsberg has performed with Concert Choir and Guitar Ensemble. He will present works by Sor, Ponce, Crespo and Coste.

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'St. John Passion' will be broadcast on WPR

GREEN BAY -- The performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's "St. John Passion" presented on March 25 by the combined choruses of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Norbert College will be broadcast at noon on Easter Sunday, April 15 on the News and Classical Music network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio.

The two-hour work originally was performed in the Weidner Center at UW-Green Bay. William Witwer of the UW-Green Bay faculty directed 120 voices of the Concert Choirs from both institutions, St. Norbert's Chamber Choir and Women's Chorus and UW-Green Bay's Vocal Ensemble, along with eight soloists and a 20-member orchestra.

The work, believed to have been performed first in 1724, tells the passion story from Jesus's arrest to his burial. Bach drew much of the text from Martin Luther's German translation of the Bible, from poetry of the time, and from

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hymns. The concert celebrated the 250th anniversary of Bach's death.

Family Violence Center to benefit from Bachelor Auction

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Student Government Association will hold its fourth annual Bachelor Auction to benefit the Family Violence Center of Green Bay at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

"We support the Family Violence Center because of the good it does for the community of Green Bay," said Student Government Association President Kurt Kober. "The partnership between UW-Green Bay and the Family Violence Center also creates an understanding on our campus that domestic violence does occur and that there are resources available for those who need them."

Eight bachelors will be auctioned. In previous years, the average bid has been $50 but bids have reached as high as $300. The high bidders receive gift certificates donated from local businesses to take the bachelors on dates. Last year's auction, with more than 250 in attendance, raised nearly $900.

Radio personality Jaime Laurence of 95.9 KISS FM will host the event. Admission into the Bachelor Auction is $1 or free with a non-perishable food item.

Fore more information call Angie Kluth at (920) 465-2287.

(01-75 / 4 April 2001 / SB)

UW-Green Bay advocates to testify before Joint Finance in Peshtigo

GREEN BAY - Students, faculty and community supporters of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay plan to be in Peshtigo Thursday (April 5) to testify before the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee in support of the institution's Learning Experience Initiative.

The influential budget-writing committee is holding public hearings around the state as it deliberates the proposed 2001-03 spending plan for the state of Wisconsin. Thursday's hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gymnasium of Peshtigo Middle/High School, 380 Green St., Peshtigo.

The Joint Finance Committee is chaired by Rep. John Gard, R-Peshtigo. The committee is holding eight public hearings. Thursday's session has been preceded by forums in Superior, Eau Claire, La Crosse and Marshfield, and will be followed by forums later this month in Kenosha, Madison and Milwaukee.

Advocates for UW-Green Bay are expected to suggest that Joint Finance and the full Legislature consider additional support for the UW System's "Economic Stimulus Package" should funds be available. That would include new funds for the UW-Green Bay Learning Experience Initiative and plans to lower the student-faculty ratio, enhance retention and generate an additional 175 graduates from every freshman class.

UW-Green Bay Student Government President Kurt Kober said he expects more than a dozen students to travel to Peshtigo in a show of support for the Green Bay initiative. Among those planning to testify are Kober, Chancellor Mark Perkins, faculty governance chairman Prof. Jeff Entwistle, and community leaders Bob Bush, chairman emeritus of Schreiber Foods Inc., and Thomas Olson, president and CEO of U.S. Paper Mills.

(01-74 / 3 April 2001 / CS)

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