Vol. 54, No. 14Fourteenth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 20, 2006

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Jazz students, professor play to crowds in China

Holiday concert roundup

Continuing Education brochure wins award

Program helps girls see future possibilities

Athletics announces Court 'n Rink Luncheons

 
Jazz students, professor play to crowds in China
UW-Eau Claire jazz students performing in downtown Chongqing
Members of the media photographed UW-Eau Claire jazz students as they performed in the downtown area of Chongqing, China, Nov. 14 for a crowd of about 2,000 people who stood in the rain to hear the concert. (Contributed photo)
Bob Baca and students performing at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
Thomas Kuang and UW-Eau Claire visitors to Chongqing
Top photo: Robert Baca and his students played for a crowd of 1,000 Nov. 13 at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing. Bottom photo: The UW-Eau Claire visitors posed for this photo next to the Yangtze River, which runs through Chongqing. From left to right are Thomas Kuang, international studies director at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Sean Carey, Jeremy Boettcher, Scott Currier, John Raymond, Alec Baca (Robert Baca's son), Ben Herpel-Dobay and Robert Baca. (Contributed photos)

A group of UW-Eau Claire jazz students, along with Robert Baca, director of jazz studies, made history in China last week by presenting the first jazz performances ever in two cities there.

The group performed concerts Nov. 13 and 14 in Chongquing, the home of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, where UW-Eau Claire representatives met with officials planning to start a music school within the next two years.

They also performed in Guangzhou during the Nov. 17 opening of Jinan University's 100-year anniversary celebration and again during a Nov. 18 centennial event. The performances were broadcast on television throughout southern China.

"We are receiving a proclamation from the governor of one of the cities claiming that we are the first jazz group to perform at the city," Baca wrote in an e-mail message. "Our audiences have been no less than 1,000 for each concert, with the largest concert at over 7,000 people."

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich also spoke during the centennial celebration, which included representatives from many of Jinan University's international partners. UW-Eau Claire has had a faculty and student exchange program with Jinan University for more than 15 years. Go to top of page

Holiday concert roundup
Artists Series presents Colcannon Nov. 28 and 29
ColcannonColcannon, a Colorado-based five-person acoustic band, will perform two Celtic holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28 and 29, in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium. The concerts are part of the university's Artists Series. Colcannon first performed in the Artists Series in 2000, packing the house for two performances which were completely different each evening. Fans of Celtic music may wish to attend both 2006 performances. More information.

Robert Robinson and the Twin Cities Community Gospel ChoirGospel Great Robert Robinson to sing Dec. 2
Favorite classics and new holiday songs will be performed by Twin Cities gospel great Robert Robinson at "Songs for the Season," a holiday concert to be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at UW-Eau Claire. Holly Collison and the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir will be special guests at the concert, which will feature a 12-piece orchestra. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The program also will include a guest appearance by the UW-Eau Claire Gospel Choir. More information.

Dave Rudolf to perform family show Dec. 3
Dave Rudolf"Christmas with Dave Rudolf," a free comedy concert for families with kids of all ages, will be presented Sunday, Dec. 3, at UW-Eau Claire. The interactive family show will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Rudolf's madcap theatrical production of songs, humor and heavy audience participation makes for a delightful family event for all ages. More information.

UW-Eau Claire presents annual Holiday Concert Dec. 10
The 32nd annual UW-Eau Claire Holiday Concert will be presented as a gift to the community by the music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in Zorn Arena. The concert will feature both individual and combined performances by six university music ensembles: the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Choir, the Women's Concert Chorale, the University Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen. The concert will conclude in traditional fashion with participation by all ensembles and the audience in Ross Hastings' arrangement of "The Joy of Christmas," a setting of familiar carols that was commissioned for the Holiday Concert and premiered in 1989.

Those who attend the Holiday Concert are invited to bring a new, unwrapped children's book for collection and distribution to area children in need through the Give-A-Kid-A-Book program. Request free concert tickets online.

Lorie LineTickets still available for Dec. 17 Lorie Line show
Perennial holiday favorite Lorie Line and Her Pop Chamber Orchestra will present the piano sensation's 2006 holiday extravaganza, "The Traditions of Christmas," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena. Tickets for reserved seating in the bleachers ($40 for the general public, or $34 for those age 15 and younger) and in the gallery ($24 for all) remain available. More information. Go to top of page

Continuing Education brochure wins award
winning brochure coverUW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has been honored for excellence in the "best brochure" category by the Learning Resources Network, an international association for providers of lifelong learning programs. Continuing Education's brochure for the 2005 Synergy Conference, hosted by UW-Eau Claire, was selected for the award from more than 100 nominations from four countries. Continuing Education staff who played major roles in the brochure's development were Deborah Lockhart, graphic artist; Sharon Sabatke, program manager; La Vone Sneen, program associate; Ann Rupnow, outreach specialist; and Laurie St. Aubin-Whelihan, marketing manager. Lockhart will attend the LERN conference in Baltimore Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 and accept the award.
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Program helps girls see future possibilities
Johanna Oosterwyck with Adventure Girls participants Nita Johnson with Adventure Girls participants
Collaboration among UW-Eau Claire faculty members, undergraduate students and area teachers has made possible an after-school program to help preadolescent girls see bright prospects for their futures. Eight fifth-grade girls from Longfellow Elementary School visited UW-Eau Claire Nov. 15 for the culmination of the eight-week Adventure Girls program, part of a research project focused on engendering empowerment, self-esteem, leadership and teamwork skills in preadolescent girls from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Above left, Johanna Oosterwyk, biology department greenhouse manager, explained a plant's root system during the group's tour of the Phillips Science Hall greenhouses. At right, Nita Johnson, nursing skills lab coordinator, helped the girls listen to the heart and lungs of SimMan, a patient simulator. More information. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

Athletics announces Court 'n Rink Luncheons

Tonya Englund Terry Gibbons
Tonja Englund
Terry Gibbons
Mike Collins Luke Strand
Mike Collins
Luke Strand

The weekly 1st and 10 Luncheons for media and Blugold fans started by first-year football coach Todd Glaser will continue throughout the winter as the Court 'n Rink luncheons, UW-Eau Claire Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon has announced.

The Court 'n Rink Luncheons will feature Blugold basketball coaches Tonja Englund and Terry Gibbons and hockey coaches Mike Collins and Luke Strand. Two of the four will speak each week with each of the four coaches making six appearances throughout their seasons.

The luncheons will begin Nov. 21 and run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room of the Quality Inn, 809 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. The luncheons will be catered by Mancino's. The cost for attendees is $6 per week and includes a sandwich, cookie and beverage. No advance registration is necessary. See full luncheon schedule. Go to top of page

 


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