Friday Features - Oct. 16, 2015

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Friday Features
October 16, 2015

Rountree Ensemble to perform Nov. 4

The Rountree Ensemble, the professional chamber music ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. The ensemble features UW-Platteville music faculty and area professional musicians.

The ensemble has been heard in concerts on the UW-Platteville campus and on Wisconsin Public Radio. For its 12th season, the Rountree Ensemble will celebrate UW-Platteville's Sesquicentennial with music composed during the early years of Platteville: John Rountree, the city of Platteville, the Platteville Academy 1839-66, and the Normal School. The music of Stephen Foster, Johann Strauss, Felix Mendelssohn and Arthur Bird are featured at this concert, the first of two Rountree Ensemble concerts during the 2015-16 school year.

For more information about this concert as well as other upcoming events, contact the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at 608-342-1143.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform Nov. 18

The fall Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert will feature student concerto winner, flutist Emily Hefty on Wednesday, Nov.18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at the Center for the Arts.

The music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Michael Markowski and film composer James Horner complete the first half. This concert is titled “Audience Choice.” Audience members will select the music they would like to hear in the second half of the concert by voting live via their cell phones and tablets. Film music from “Star Wars” and “James Bond” are just some of the titles the audience will get to vote on.

For more information about this concert as well as other upcoming events, contact the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at 608-342-1143.

Blood donors wanted

The Residence Hall Association at UW-Platteville will be hosting a blood drive in collaboration with the American Red Cross in Velzy Commons Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Thursday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

RHA has been hosting blood drives each semester at the university since 1982 and is hoping to break its blood donated record of 880 units to 300 units per day.

RHA advisor Savion Kirk believes that having students participate in this event helps in bringing the campus community together. “This sense of purpose drives our campus to be a part of something larger than themselves,” he said. “This is the largest blood drive in the Badger-Hawkeye region, and its effects are seen nationwide.”

Jeffrey Jacobs, RHA president, added, “UW-Platteville is consistently beating its records. We're very happy to participate and give back."

Although walk-ins are welcome, RHA encourages anyone wishing to donate to register online at http://www.redcross.org/blood. RHA is also starting a Blood Donor App called Red Cross Blood, which will allow donors to start the donation process early by completing an online pre-donation and health history questionnaire on the day of the appointment.

‘Halt the Hangover’ event planned

The Pioneer Academic and Transitional Help Center will be hosting a Student Academic Success Seminar on holistic living titled “Halt the Hangover” on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in 140 Ottensman Hall.

This session will provide attendees real-world knowledge and hands-on skills that will help them be safer when they choose to drink.

SAS seminars are held in both fall and spring semesters and are directed by peer mentors. These one-hour seminars are designed to assist first-year students in their transition to campus. The peer mentors leading the seminars are successful undergraduates who share what they wish they had known as first-year students.

For more information about SAS seminars or the services in PATH go to www.uwplatt.edu/path or go to their office located at 120 Brigham Hall.

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