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October 24, 2014

Marching Pioneers to give Last Blast concert

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Marching Pioneers will perform in the Last Blast concert on Sunday, Nov. 2 at noon on Bo Ryan Court in Williams Fieldhouse. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

“This has been a very special season for us,” said Matt Gregg, associate director of bands at UW-Platteville and director of the Marching Pioneers. “As our way of saying thanks, we would like to invite our fans to come enjoy this concert. There is no Packer game that day and admission is free, so we hope to see everyone there.”

The program will include percussion cadences “George,” “Clean Beats,” the UW-Platteville Pep Tune, the National Anthem, “Land of 1000 Dances,” “Call Me Al,” “Hey Baby,” “Starships,” “Kashmir,” “Dynamite,” “I Want You Back,” “Forget You,” “Souls Bossa Nova,” “Build Me Up Buttercup,” “Creep,” “Secret Agent Man” and “Alma Mater.”

The UW-Platteville Marching Pioneers includes 174 musicians and performers and features the color guard, drum majors and Pioneer Dance Team, as well as the sounds of the piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion instruments.

UW-Platteville to host Family Weekend

The University of Wisconsin Platteville will be hosting Family Weekend Friday, Oct. 31- Sunday, Nov. 2. Parents will be able to interact and connect with their student while enjoying a variety of events. The fun will begin after check-in on Friday when national recording artist Preston Pugmire will be putting on a live performance at 8 p.m. 

Saturday will begin with a welcome reception from 8:30-10 a.m. and presentation at 9:15 a.m. From 10-11:30 a.m. families can choose what sparks their interest from tours of the world’s largest “M,” Pioneer Farm, and the Mining Museum or classes on engineering, chemistry and crime scene investigation. A caricature artist will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Markee Pioneer Student Center, along with tailgating that will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tailgating will also include lunch and live music by the Swing Crew. At 1 p.m., the Pioneers will kick off their football game at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium as they take on UW-Whitewater. Following the game, national recording artist Josh Vietti will put on a live show at the student center at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., a mentalist/mind reading duo, The Evansons, will be putting on a show in the student center to wrap up the day.

On Sunday, brunch will be available in Bridgeway Commons for $8.50 per person from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information on Family Weekend visit uwplatt.edu/cpr. All families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Confucius Institute to offer series on modern Chinese and American cultures

University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Confucius Institute is hosting a series on modern Chinese and American cultures this fall, taught by Confucius Institute instructors from China. The sessions are free and open to university students, faculty and staff as well as community members.

Participants will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from others’ cultural experiences, join discussions about aspects of modern Chinese life and how they compare to modern American life and share their own ideas and perspectives.

All sessions will be held in 110 Royce Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. Session topics include:

  • Oct. 28: Culture Shock (the clash of two cultures)
  • Oct. 30: Pensai and Bonsai
  • Nov. 4: Food Cultures
  • Nov. 6: East and West Home Remedies
  • Nov. 17: Life as a Chinese Resident in USA
  • Nov. 18: Pensai and Bonsai
  • Nov. 24: Life as a Chinese Resident in USA
  • Dec. 2: Food Cultures
  • Dec. 4: East & West Home Remedies
  • Dec. 8: East & West Home Remedies

The UW-Platteville Confucius Institute serves the people of Wisconsin and the tri-state region with high quality programing in Chinese language and culture for K-16 schools and institutes, community members and businesses.  

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