UWP and MVSU exchange outlook is bright

May 13, 2003

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The Mississippi Valley State University jazz band, jazz combo and jazz ensemble performed at UWP's Center for the Arts in April. Photo by Cei Cei Shue, UWP Public Relations

PLATTEVILLE-The waters of the mighty Mississippi aren't the only things flowing south this spring. An exchange agreement between a mostly black university and a chiefly white one is also springing forth.

Three years in the making between the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss., the partnership is continuing on course.

According to Tom Lo Guidice of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, who serves as chair of the School of Education and director of the Teaching Excellence Center (TEC), faculty and students of both institutions can look forward to special events exchanges between the two universities.

"This fall, a two-week exchange between students from the two campuses is a possibility," Lo Guidice said.

Additionally, a plan to continue ethnic and gender equity, a course offered at UWP and meeting general education requirements, will begin in January 2004 at the MVSU campus, said Lo Guidice.

UWP's TEC "will continue to provide faculty with information to explore exchange possibilities," Lo Guidice said.

A delegation from MVSU visited last fall at both UWP and UW-Richland campuses to explore partnership possibilities, and a UWP faculty member went to MSVU in November.

This spring, the 23-member MVSU jazz band, jazz combo and jazz ensemble performed at UWP's Center for the Arts. The performance included the UWP Jazz Ensemble II.

Lo Guidice is justifiably proud of the partnership and jazz band exchanges. "This is the result of a relationship begun one year ago at Itta Bena, Miss. UWP's jazz band performed concerts at MVSU and area schools and was very well received."

The jazz band exchange is part of the "Strengthening the UWP, UW-Richland and MVSU Partnership" project which includes a jazz music exchange program between students enrolled at the three universities, student exchange and student teacher exchange programs.

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