Friday Features - Sept. 25, 2015

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Friday Features
September 25, 2015

Pluemer advances in writing competitions

Karen Pluemer, University of Wisconsin-Platteville humanities lecturer, has been selected as a semi-finalist at CineStory and a second rounder at Austin Film Festival’s screenwriting competition this year.

CineStory, which takes place over four days in Idyllwild, Calif., is an educational and mentor opportunity for writers. The goal is to help introduce writers and their work to people who work in the film industry. She and all other attendees will receive 90-minute one-on-one sessions with mentors, interact with panels to discuss topics related to screenwriting as well as have time to mingle throughout the duration of the retreat.

The Austin Film Festival, which she will attend in October, provides a creative platform for screenwriters and filmmakers to showcase their talent. At this conference, Pluemer will have the opportunity to attend panels and meetings with individuals who are established in the industry.

A UW-Platteville graduate, Pluemer chose to come back to UW-Platteville to teach after many years of working as a writer and editor for McGraw-Hill and others. She teaches Technical Writing courses, Magazine Writing and Editing and Advanced Writing.

Faculty Gala planned for Oct. 4

The Department of Performing and Visual Arts will be hosting a Faculty Gala on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.

The Gala will showcase the talents of the faculty within the department through solo performances, ensembles and unique collaborations.

General admission is $7 and $5 for students. To request disability accommodations, contact the University Box Office at 608.342.1298.

Pioneers to be represented at World Dairy Expo

The UW-Platteville Alumni Foundation and College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture are hosting an event at this year’s World Dairy Expo on Oct. 1 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. in the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

This networking event is open to any staff, students, alumni and friends of UW-Platteville and will welcome the guests of honor Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, College of BILSA Dean Dr. Wayne Weber and School of Agriculture Director Dr. Mike Compton.

Presentation to link Ojibwe youth with wild rice production

Jason Bisonette, cultural program instructor at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School in Hayward, Wis., will present “Manoomin: How Wild Rice Empowers Ojibwe Youth” on Oct. 13 from 6–8 p.m. in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery in Ullsvik Hall. The presentation, as part of Indigenous People's Day, is about Bisonette’s program that teaches LCO Ojibwe teenagers to harvest, process and market manoomin (wild rice) in a 1,000-year tradition.

His presentation will link sustainability, Native sovereignty and cultural vibrancy. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Social and Environmental Justice Program, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Education and Olga and Ray Guest Lecturer Fund.

Photo courtesy of Charlie Rasmussen, GLIFWC: The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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