Wisconsin student musicians head to UW-Green Bay, May 4

Thousands of dedicated middle and high school student musicians from across the state are preparing for the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo & Ensemble Festival. UW-Green Bay will host this event on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be open to the public and free of charge.

“The WSMA State Music Festival is an enriching experience for all participants, both performers and their supporters,” said Prof. Kevin Collins (Music), festival manager for UW-Green Bay. “It is also an opportunity for our music program to showcase our facilities and emphasize how much we value and support the efforts of our school music colleagues, their students and their families.”

Students must earn a “starred first” rating in Class A (which consists of the most difficult music) at a WSMA District Music Festival to qualify for WSMA State Music Festivals. The participants, in grades 6-12, can choose from a variety of instrumental and vocal solo and ensemble categories for their performances in district festivals throughout the state. Over the past six months, WSMA has held over 225 such events, involving more participants than any other student activity.

“We are extremely proud to support student growth throughout Wisconsin with programs like WSMA State Solo & Ensemble Festivals that contribute to a well-rounded education. The dedication and effort that the students demonstrate is truly inspiring,” said WSMA Executive Director Laurie Fellenz.

Nine other university campuses will host performances by more than 32,000 students, making this event one of the largest of its kind in the nation. UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater will hold festivals on April 27. Cardinal Stritch University, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Parkside, UW-Stevens Point and Viterbo University festivals will be held on May 4. An evening Jazz Festival will take place on May 3 at UW-Green Bay.

Learn more about WSMA State Music Festivals and other programs by visiting wsmamusic.org. Festival information, including schedules and results, will be posted as available.

Submitted by Kevin Thays
Phone: (608) 850-3566
Email: thaysk@wsmamusic.org
Web: www.wsmamusic.org

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Strategic Philanthropy

Strategic Philanthropy class to award $10,000 grant to local agency

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 4 p.m. in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Winter Garden, Associate Prof. Lora Warner’s “Strategic Philanthropy: Civic Engagement Through Giving” class will award a $10,000 grant to a local organization working to enhance overall wellness of young children. It’s the seventh year of the student-led class and $75,000 will have been awarded to community organizations through the years. Funding is provided by the Boston-based Learning by Giving, a Buffett family foundation.

“Students learn philanthropy, but also how to be active citizens,” say Warner. “They learn how to act on their values to make a positive impact.” The course is the only one of its kind in Wisconsin. It offers a hands-on approach to help college students develop commitment to and engagement in the community while bringing external funding to local organizations. The event is open to the public.

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Strategic Philanthropy Presentation 2019

– Photos by Daniel Moore, Marketing and University Communications

APICS student chapter forming at UW-Green Bay

There’s a new student org in town! UW-Green Bay is now home to a new APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) student chapter, which is a student club involved in all aspects of supply chain management. All are welcome to join! Please contact club president Dylon Pokorny pokodb10@uwgb.edu or faculty/staff advisor Assistant Prof. Amulya Gurtu (Business Administration) gurtua@uwgb.edu for more information.

Teaching English as a Second Language Career Panel on Monday (April 29) at 5:30 p.m.

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Career Panel will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in World Unity B (behind the Phoenix Club in the University Union). Are you interested in other cultures? Have you ever considered Teaching English as a Second Language? Would you like to teach English here in the U.S. or abroad? Come meet, talk and learn from professionals, current students, faculty and alumni already working in this exciting field and learn about your options for courses, internships and other ways of getting TESL experience while at UW-Green Bay! All invited!

Jazz Ensembles at Weidner Center on Thursday, May 2

Presented by UW-Green Bay Music, Jazz Ensembles will be performing at the Weidner Center on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Led by directors Adam Gaines and John Salerno, UW-Green Bay has a long enjoyed a tradition of excellence in Jazz. For the last Jazz Ensembles concert of the season, Jazz Ensembles I and II will be joined by the Vocal Jazz Ensemble on the main stage at the Weidner Center. Jazz I will perform works by Bob Mintzer, Antonio Carlos Jobim and others. Jazz II will feature soloist Johnny Warpinski on vocals and Vocal Jazz will feature soloist Rissel Peguero on vocals. Buy tickets.

Mark your calendars: Spring All Academic Staff Assembly is Thursday, May 9

The Spring All Academic Staff Assembly is Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the Christie Theatre, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. The assembly agenda will be posted soon and will include updates from Chancellor Miller, Provost Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor Clif Ganyard and more. All are invited to an Academic Staff end-of-the-year social to follow at 4:30 p.m. at Shorewood Club. The 2018-19 Academic Staff Committee (ASC) meets biweekly on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. in Cofrin Library (CL) 735. Committee meetings are open governance group meetings. Contact any member of the 2018-19 committee: Jamee Haslam Sherri Arendt, Lynn Niemi, Eric Craver, Jan Malchow, Bao Sengkhammee, Parker Nadeau, Bethany Welch and Mark Krell.

Artist Talk with Lydia Dildilian taking place on Thursday, May 9

An Artist Talk with Lydia Dildilian will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Lawton Gallery, located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall. In 2018 she was awarded an artist in residence at the UW-Green Bay, employing much of the past year avidly developing a new body of work dealing with the human perception of physical spaces. Dildilian’s exhibit “Into the Fray: A Journey Through Ambient Space” is on display in the Lawton Gallery from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 16, 2019. The opening reception is Thursday, May 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn more

Chamber Ensembles performance taking place on Wednesday, May 8

Presented by UW-Green Bay Music, Chamber Ensembles will be performing at the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. From complex African rhythms, to lofty brass fanfares and the avant-garde sounds of post-1945 works, UW-Green Bay Chamber Ensembles offer something for every musical taste. Hand Drumming and New Music Ensembles, led by Assistant Prof. Bill Sallak (Music), will be joined by the Clarinet Ensemble, led by Associate Prof. Eric Hansen (Music), and the Brass Ensemble, led by Associate Prof. Adam Gaines (Music), for this intimate concert of small musical groups. This event is free. Learn more.

‘Pakistan: Going Beyond Borders’ event on Wednesday (May 1)

The event “Pakistan: Going Beyond Borders” will take place at the Mauthe Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Come and join four exchange-semester students from Pakistan as they share their experience of living in the United States over the past few months. They will present the diversity they enjoy in Pakistan, not only in culture but in landscape as well. There will be a musical performance on the Rabab (a traditional musical instrument, originally from Afghanistan) and on an eastern flute, and lots of good Pakistani food prepared by them. For questions, please email Kristy Aoki at aokik@uwgb.edu.