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May 2, 2014

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Student News

Robinson Flaig to attend UC-Berkeley

Robinson Flaig, a chemistry major from Platteville, Wis., will be attending the University of California, Berkeley this coming fall to start his master’s degree in chemistry.

Flaig applied to seven different graduate schools across the country, including UC-Berkeley. “I wanted to apply to at least one of the top five schools,” said Flaig. He ended up getting accepted to all seven schools and ended up choosing UC-Berkeley.

He will be working with a group of graduate students under the second most cited chemist in the world, who has more than 190 publications and is considered the father of reticular chemistry.

“I don’t think my family knew how big a deal it was at first, but they are really excited for me,” said Flaig. When asked what he would miss most about UW-Platteville he said that “the chemistry department has become like family to me and we are always happy for each other’s success.” Flaig is originally from Platteville and admits that California will be a huge change for him.

[See video on right for more.]

Students to showcase their writing at Gina's Restaurant

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Humanities will host its final “In Other Words…” student reading series of the spring semester, followed by an open mic, on Tuesday, May 6, in the upstairs of Gina’s Restaurant, 45 N. Second Street, Platteville, from 6-7:15 p.m. UW-Platteville students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend the reading as well as the open mic session.

Featured student readers will include Kaitlin White, a senior professional writing major from Richland Center, Wis.; Jennifer Rodig, a senior English education major from Sussex, Wis.; and Julia Henner, a senior professional writing major from Platteville.

Jennifer Kerske, a senior computer science major and published fiction writer from Stevens Point, Wis., will serve as the program host.

The department of humanities hosts four professional writers each semester and complements this with its “In Other Words…” continuing student reading series, which is hosted by undergraduate students for undergraduate creative writers to showcase their creative works.

The series enables students from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds to share and enjoy a collective of creative UW-Platteville student works in an informal setting.

“Our undergraduate student creative writing series has evolved into an extraordinarily well-attended celebration of our campus’ creative culture,” said Dr. Kara Candito, series director, poet and creative writing professor at UW-Platteville. “More than 40 students attended the April event and we look forward to ending the semester on a great note with our final May reading.”

Faculty News

Alcalay to play in faculty solo piano recital

Dr. Eugene Alcalay, professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will play a solo faculty recital on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Alcalay will perform Franz Schubert’s C minor Sonata, D. 958; Dmitri Shostakovich’s Prelude and Fugue in D-flat major from Book Two Op. 87; Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in D major Op.10 No. 3; and Franz Liszt's transcription of Richard Wagner's Festival and Bridal Song from Wagner's opera “Lohengrin.” 

“These pieces represent several style periods: Beethoven — early Classical, Schubert — early Romantic, Liszt-Wagner — late Romantic, and Shostakovich — mid 20th century Soviet era,” said Alcalay. “As such, I think they will provide the audience with interesting, contrasting listening experiences. The first performance in Pittsburgh last week was very well received, and I plan to share this program with audiences in China, Israel and London this summer.”

A native of Bucharest, Romania, Alcalay began playing piano when he was 2 years old and began composing music when he was 8 years old. After receiving his bachelor’s degrees in both piano and composition from the Indiana University School of Music, Alcalay continued his studies at the Curtis Institution of Music and then The Juilliard School, where he attained his master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance. He began teaching at UW-Platteville in 2005.

Campus News

Two dedications set for May 6

School of Business
To better reflect how well the University of Wisconsin-Platteville serves its business-related undergraduate and graduate students, the university has officially declared a new School of Business. The designation was approved at the UW System Board of Regents in December, and the formal ribbon cutting is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday. An open house and student presentations will begin at 3 p.m. See more.

Pat Collins' room naming
UW-Platteville will name its exercise science room, located in Room 210 of Williams Fieldhouse, the Dr. Patricia Collins Exercise Science Room, in honor of Dr. Patricia Collins. A formal dedication will take place at 2 p.m. Students, faculty, staff, administration, former students of Dr. Collins, donors to the room naming and community members are invited to attend.

Collins arrived at UW-Platteville in 1960 and throughout her 33 years of service, made an impact on the students, faculty and staff of the university and was a leading force in its physical education, health promotion and athletics programs. See more.

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