Go Red for Women Week offers range of activities

Join the fight against heart disease in women by participating in Go Red for Women Week next Monday through Friday (Feb. 3-7) at UW-Green Bay. Visit the Go Red display in the University Union, across from the Phoenix Club, and pick up information on women and heart disease and get your Red Dress lapel pin. Enter the drawing for Go Red swag, and get ready for a week of fun activities! Contact Sheila Carter at carters@uwgb.edu or 465-2036 for more Information. The week’s activities include:

  • Tuesday (Feb. 4) — Zumba. Alumni Rooms 11:30 – 12:15
  • Wednesday (Feb. 5) — Heart Healthy cooking demonstration by A’viands 11:30- 12:15, Cloud Commons
  • Thursday (Feb. 6) — National Wear Red Day Observance. WEAR RED!
    Go Red Poker Walk, 11:30 – 2 p.m., starting from UU150
  • Friday (Feb. 7) —  Blood pressure screening, Go Red Info Booth in Union

Common Theme: Former Times writer will talk immigration, diversity

Brooke Hauser, author of The New Kids: Big Dreams and Grave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 7) in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. An award-winning author, journalist, teacher, and lecturer who has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Allure, Hauser chronicled a year at Brooklyn’s International High School at Prospect Heights, a vibrant public school that serves recently arrived immigrants and refugees from around the world. New Kids was a 2012 winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, given to the ten best books written for adults that appeal to teens. The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Hauser’s book is a refreshing reminder of the hurdles newcomers to this country still face and how many defy the odds to overcome them.” Her Thursday night lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Student Life as part of the University’s 2013-2014 Common Theme: Global Citizenship in an Evolving World.

Live from the Weidner: Bortnick on ‘Good Day Wisconsin’

Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick appeared live on Good Day Wisconsin Tuesday, July 9, speaking with WLUK, Fox 11’s Rachel Manek ahead of his Thursday (July 11) concert at the Weidner Center. Bortnick’s trip to Green Bay is his first, he told Manek during two segments shot live from the Weidner Center stage. A big football fan, he was looking forward to seeing Lambeau Field — but not before talking about his Thursday show that will benefit the Kress/Mattson Parkinson’s Fundraiser. Bortnick, 12, also performed live, treating audiences to a brief preview of what they might see Thursday. You can check out the segments by clicking the link below, and get more info — and tickets — at www.weidnercenter.com. WLUK Fox 11

Press-Gazette speaks with prodigy Bortnick ahead of Thursday’s Weidner show

As we’ve told you here before, 12-year-old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick will play the Weidner Center Thursday (July 11), showcasing his incredible musical talent on behalf of the Kress-Mattson Parkinson Fundraiser. The Green Bay Press-Gazette ran an interview with Bortnick in Sunday’s (July 7) newspaper, speaking with the music phenom about his background, fame and dedication to raising money for charity. Bortnick doesn’t get nervous when performing, he told reporter Eric Christenson, and he enjoys seeing his audiences derive pleasure from helping others. Plus, he just loves the music. Check out Bortnick’s interview.

Weidner reminders: Child prodigy, comedian Gaffigan coming in July

Just a quick reminder that tickets are on sale now for the July 11 Kress/Mattson Parkinson’s fundraiser at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The event will feature 12-year-old prodigy Ethan Bortnick, a pianist, singer, composer and entertainer who combines his musical pursuits with charitable endeavors. More information is available to Facebook users at the event’s page, click here, and tickets are available at www.weidnercenter.com. While on the Weidner website, you might also check out tickets for comedian Jim Gaffigan’s July 27 show, the local stop for the well-known funnyman’s national “The White Bread Tour.” More info

Remember, ‘no prior float-building experience needed’

UW-Green Bay will have a float in the Green Bay Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 17, which is just around the corner. Organizers are still looking for volunteers to help with building and decorating the float, which will take shape in the Scene Shop in Theatre Hall, Room 111. Work sessions are scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. daily the week of November 12 (with the exception of Wednesday because of the Brand Launch Celebration). No prior float-building experience needed! Please let us know if you want to help by emailing Tina Tackmier at tackmiet@uwgb.edu.

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Food drive, too — In conjunction with decorating the float, on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 12-13) volunteers from Liberty Mutual will be on hand conducting a food drive for Freedom House: “So, come help us decorate, donate non-perishable food for families in need, AND enter for a chance to win an Apple iPad.”

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Parade day volunteers? — The Holiday Parade team will also need assistance at the parade handing out goodies to the kids.  If you want to be part of the parade crew, email Tina at tackmiet@uwgb.edu. All they ask is you wear UW-Green Bay gear to represent the University.