Forensics team continues to build national reputation
A student from western Wisconsin will represent the state of Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest in Harrisonburg, Va., in April. Sophomore Elijah Freeman, Ladysmith, placed first in persuasion at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament, which qualified him for the national competition. For the 22nd year in a row, UW-Eau Claire's forensics team earned the championship trophy at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament. UW-Eau Claire's Forensics program has a longstanding national reputation for excellence. For more information, contact Karen Morris, director of forensics, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-3305.
Artist Series concert to feature Eau Claire native Geoffrey Keezer
Pianist and Eau Claire native Geoffrey Keezer will join Denise Donatelli for an Artist Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. The Denise Donatelli + Geoffrey Keezer with Jazz Ensemble I performance will be held in Zorn Arena. Geoffrey Keezer began playing in jazz clubs as an Eau Claire teenager. He has performed twice before for the Artists Series — in 1990, as a 19-year-old member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and four years later with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble. Keezer went on to record with jazzy chanteuses Diana Krall and Dianne Reeves; tour with David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; and collaborate with pop icon Sting, sax legend Wayne Shorter and guitar wizard Jim Hall. He has worked with vocalist Denise Donatelli on her acclaimed recordings, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions. His 2009 CD, "Áurea," was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Donatelli, a Grammy Award-nominated recording and international concert artist, is one of today’s premier jazz vocalists. The Los Angeles Jazz Society named her 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year, and she was voted one of the top 10 Female Vocalist Rising Stars in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll.
UW-Eau Claire to host annual Viennese Ball Gown Sale
The Viennese Ball Gown Sale will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4 and 5, in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center. The sale, made possible by Marry-Go-Round Occasions of Strum, will feature a selection of popular gown styles valued up to $600 but priced from $59-$99. The 40th Annual Viennese Ball will be held Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, in Davies Center. An evening of dance and romance, the Viennese Ball is a formal event recalling the elegance of 19th-century Austria. Modeled on Vienna's historic New Year's Eve Kaiser Ball, the event is presented in duplicate each evening, transforming Davies Center. The ball showcases the University Symphony Orchestra, performing waltzes from the Strauss Era; Jazz Ensemble I, performing music from America's Big Band Era; and student and faculty ensembles and regional musicians performing a variety of repertoire from polka to sing-along. Guests may also shop, have a photograph taken and enjoy a variety of Austrian and American cuisine. Created in 1974, the event has provided more than $1.5 million in music, service and international study awards for UW-Eau Claire students.
Annual Leopold event to include mining forum
The Ninth annual Aldo Leopold banquet, silent auction and mining forum, titled "Planning Ahead Seven Generations," will be held from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. The mining forum will be held from 2-5 p.m., followed by the silent auction at 5 p.m. The event will conclude with the banquet at 5:30 p.m. "Planning Ahead Seven Generations" will feature a variety of speakers from Native American and conservationist associations. It is intended to introduce students and the community to Aldo Leopold's land ethic and how it relates to the Gogebic Taconite's proposal to create the world's largest iron mine at the head waters of the Bad River in the Penokee Range near Lake Superior. All proceeds will benefit the UW-Eau Claire Native American Student Association and the Environmental Adventure Center. For more information, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616 or email@example.com.
High school and middle school girls to learn about careers in STEM fields
High school and middle school students and teachers will gather on campus this week for the 2nd annual Women in Mathematics event. The daylong event will run from 9 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Saturday, March 8. The goal of the event is to motivate and encourage high school and middle school girls to pursue careers and higher education in STEM fields. Participants will be part of game-themed workshops that involve math. This year's event is titled "DI-versity in Math: Gaming to Promote Exposure." It will consist of hands-on activities and workshops, such as "Math Geocaching," "Farmville," "MarioKart — Real Life," "Math Stations: Let's Make a Deal, Deal or No Deal and 24" and "Math Monopoly." There also will be a math competition, "Math Jeopardy." A panel discussion, titled "Increasing Diversity in STEM and Ways in which High School and Middle School Girls Can Make Contributions," will feature women who are faculty members at various institutions and who have careers in the mathematics field. For details, contact Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, assistant professor of mathematics, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-4821.
Culture Core event to feature food, entertainment and workshops
The Hmong Student Association's annual Culture Core event will run from 1:30-8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. The theme of this year's event is "Different Systems of Knowledge." This is the 24th annual Culture Core event. Every year, HSA hosts the cultural event to promote Hmong awareness within the campus and Eau Claire communities. In 2012, event organizers began adding workshops that focus on research on Hmong American contemporary issues. For details, contact Meng Vang at email@example.com.