Swinging for Scholarships to benefit music students

June 8, 2017
Swinging for Scholarships

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — For many students, receiving a scholarship can be life changing – providing opportunities that may not have been possible without it.

With this in mind, University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts faculty members will host the fifth annual Swinging for Scholarships golf outing on Saturday, June 24 at the Platteville Golf and Country Club to raise financial support for music scholarships for incoming and current students who are active in the music program.

The event is open to everyone and will include lunch, games, live music, silent auction and prizes. Last year, the event raised more than $8,000 with more than 60 UW-Platteville alumni, faculty, staff and community members golfing. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000.

To kick off the event, there will be an informal social on Friday, June 23 at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill in Platteville from 5:30-8:30 p.m. On Saturday, check-in for golf will begin at 9 a.m.

For entertainment, the Basin Street Boys, a musical group whose members are UW-Platteville alumni, will play before golfers tee off as well as during the outing at the 11th hole. Following golf on Saturday, there will be an informal social at Steve’s Pizza Palace in Platteville.

The event was organized by Dr. Barry Ellis, professor of music and director of bands at UW-Platteville; Allen Cordingley, professor of saxophone/jazz studies at UW-Platteville; and Monte Muller, a retired UW-Platteville alumnus who served as band director in the Wisconsin public school system for 36 years, most of them at Lancaster High School and Middle School in Lancaster, Wisconsin.

Keely Liska, a sophomore music education major from Richland Center, Wisconsin, is one of the many students who benefited from a music scholarship in fall 2016, made possible thanks to last year’s Swinging for Scholarships event.

“College is expensive, and I truly appreciate the help that I was given through music scholarships at UW-Platteville,” Liska said.

Ellis said that in order to attract talented students to UW-Platteville who are majoring or minoring in music, the music program must continue to build its scholarship program.

“Money raised at the event allows us to compete with other music schools that are vying for these students,” Ellis said. “This is one of my favorite events; it is an enjoyable day of golfing, food, good company and musical entertainment for everyone and most importantly, it is helping a very meaningful cause.”

Cordingley said Swinging for Scholarships has become one of the music program’s most important events, noting that over the past four years, music scholarships have doubled.

“I am continually impressed by the rising level of teaching and performing from my talented colleagues in the music program,” Cordingley said. “Our students are receiving a top-notch education and their own artistry has certainly increased over my 11 years on campus. We need more money to help continue their growth, and we hope that many people consider attending the event.”

Muller agreed, saying, “The UW-Platteville music program has meant so much to so many of us over the years. Now, more than ever, we need to support the efforts of the university’s outstanding music faculty and staff. Swinging for Scholarships provides this opportunity as well as a chance to reconnect with old friends. We hope people will help us bring the best young talent to UW-Platteville and join us for a fun weekend.”

For more information or to register online for the outing, go to www.uwplatt.edu/alumni-events/swinging-scholarships or call Development and Alumni Engagement at 608-342-1181.

Gifts from alumni, friends, parents, corporations and foundations help UW-Platteville preserve its heritage of excellence in education – for current students and for generations of future students. Gifts to the university through the UW-Platteville Foundation provide scholarships, improve academic programs, support capital building projects and enrich campus-life experiences for students. For more information, contact the UW-Platteville Foundation at 608-342-1181 or foundation@uwplatt.edu.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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