Campus Activities Board (CAB) Noon Events
Wednesday, February 4
Pete Lee might be the nicest person in New York City, but that’s because it’s impossible to sound aggressive with a Wisconsin accent. Pete was raised in Janesville, WI by divorced parents and a 19-inch television, which is probably why he pursued a career in entertainment.
In 2005, Pete flew to New York to make his television debut on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. That same night, he met his future wife, and she made him move to Manhattan. Soon after moving to NYC, he was selected to perform at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, where he was voted a standout performer. In 2008 Pete made his network television debut performing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing finishing as a semi-finalist. That same year, he made his television acting debut on the CBS Soap Opera As The World Turns, lasting two episodes!
In 2010 Pete began producing and editing his own shows for the Internet which led to getting his own web show on MSN.com called New York Minute:30. His web shows attracted the attention of television talent scouts and in 2012 he was hired to be a writer and cast member on FUSE TV’s Video on Trial and the NFL Network’s Top 10’s. In 2013, Pete was hired as a cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever, which debuted in January.
Nicholas Hoffman (Chief Curator at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton)
Wednesday, February 11 - Noon - Room 1346
After the Civil War, Appleton was home to a growing number of blacks who were veterans, small business owners, and community leaders. Just a few decades later, growing racism led racial covenants that denied blacks home ownership, hotel occupancy, and access to many private businesses. We will talk about the city’s history of racial exclusion, local anti-discrimination campaigns that initiated change, and why this legacy matters today.
it gets better World Cafe
Thursday, February 19 - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Student Union
The World Cafe Event at will feature intimate discussion on LGBT topics affecting our community as a part of a weeklong residency featuring the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. With the mission to promote a welcome, inclusive and safe Fox Valley community we will celebrate all people through community awareness, conversation and song. To learn more visit http://foxcitiespacblog.com/2015/01/21/fox-valley-welcomes-it-gets-better-residency/
it gets better Project Journey
Friday, February 20 - Noon - Perry Hall
The it gets better Journey is an exploration of how the project came to be and why it continues to make a difference. This experience is part of a week of community awareness, conversation, celebration and song featuring the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Join us as we fulfill our mission to promote a welcome, inclusive and safe Fox Valley community. To learn more visit http://foxcitiespacblog.com/2015/01/21/fox-valley-welcomes-it-gets-better-residency/
Fox Cities Black History Month
Friday, February 20 – Noon – Perry Hall
Keynote speaker: Keith L. Brown
Early in life, Keith L. Brown, “Mr. I’M POSSIBLE,” was identified as a “Special Ed” and “At Risk” student, primarily because he talked too much, was too hyper, and wanted to give “all the answers;” ironically, these are a few of the same traits that made him a hit on the legendary “Showtime at the Apollo,” and Popular Game Show, “Family Feud”.
Named a “World Class Speaker” and one of the top speakers and consultants in Education by “Insight Publishing,” Keith empowers hundreds of thousands of people annually, many of whom are in colleges, schools, school systems, supplemental education agencies, family advocacy agencies, foundations, government agencies, Faith Based Institutions, Corporate America and the private sector. He is turning the impossibilities into “I’M POSSIBILITIES” for all who witness or hear his life changing messages via face-to-face, radio, the internet, webinars and teleconferences. Co–sponsored by African Heritage, Inc. and UWFox
Free Admission – Soul Food Reception following program
Saakumu Dance Troupe is an award winning traditional and contemporary African dance and music group. Saakumu means traditions, and as the name implies, the company derive its repertoire on the variety of both traditional and contemporary cultures with creativity. Led by master musician, Bernard Woma, the group repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial, recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms. Their music and dance is joyful, expressive and highly participatory.
Duel the Dean
sign up for a chance to “Duel the Dean” in a game of ping-pong
Wednesday, March 4
John Cassidy is a professional comedian, magician, and balloon artist who holds several Guinness World Records® for balloon sculpting speed. His records include Most Balloon Sculptures Completed in One Hour and Most Balloon Sculptures completed in One Minute.
He has appeared numerous times on television as either a stand-up comedian, magician or as a Guinness Book of Records® celebrity. He has been a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Martha Stewart Living, The Weakest Link, NBC's Today Show, Live With Regis and Kelly, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon four times.
He has also been featured in numerous periodicals including FHM, National Geographic Kids' Magazine, Time, Better Homes and Gardens and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Though known for his Guinness World Records®, he is sought after for his stage show which he has presented across the US and internationally, performing for family, corporate and collegiate audiences.
He is a frequent performer aboard Disney Cruise Lines and has been honored to perform at the White House five times. Other well know venues have included The Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA, Foxwoods Casino, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, the Flamingo Las Vegas and The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA.
National Oreo Cookie Day
Friday, March 6 – Noon – Atrium Hallway
Free Oreo cookies in honor of National Oreo Cookie Day
Tutoring Services Trivia Contest
Tuesday, March 10 – 12:10 PM – Student Union
Tutoring Services will be sponsoring a trivia contest with prizes. Free pizza sponsored by CAB
Friday, March 13 – Noon – Atrium Hallway
Free pieces of pie will be given away in honor of Pi Day (Saturday, 3.14)
Women’s History Month Panel
Wednesday, March 18 – Noon – Student Union
Faculty and staff of UWFox will discuss an issue related to Women’s History Month
Eva Geiringer Schloss
Wednesday, April 1 – Perry Hall
From Wikipedia: Eva Geiringer Schloss, MBE (born 11 May 1929) is a Holocaust survivor memoirist and stepdaughter of Margot and Anne Frank's father Otto. Shortly after the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938, the Geiringer family emigrated to Belgium and finally to the Netherlands. In May 1944, the Jewish family was betrayed, captured by the Nazis, and brought to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camps. Her father and brother did not survive the ordeal, but she and her mother were freed in 1945 by Russian troops. They returned to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where Eva continued her schooling and then studied art history at the University of Amsterdam. Her mother Elfriede (1905-1998) married Otto Frank, father of Anne and Margot Frank, who died in 1945, in November 1953. Schloss writes of her family's experiences during the Holocaust at educational institutions. For her dedication to this work, Northumbria University in England awarded Schloss an honorary doctorate in 2001. Eva Schloss is a co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK. James Still described her experiences as a persecuted young Jewish woman in the play And Then They Came for Me - Remembering the World of Anne Frank. Schloss has three daughters and lives in London with her husband, Zvi. Free and Open to the Public
Game Show or Live Karaoke
Wednesday, April 8
Possible Talent Show
Wednesday, April 15
FCBF (additional authors to be determined)
Jerry Apps – Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist's Memoir
Reading and book signing
Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life. His nonfiction books include: Living a Country Year, Every Farm Tells a Story, When Chores Were Done, Humor from the Country, Country Ways and Country Days, One-Room Schools, Cheese, Breweries of Wisconsin, Ringlingville USA (History of Ringling Brothers circus), Old Farm: A History, Barns of Wisconsin, Horse Drawn Days: A Century of Farming With Horses, and Campfires and Loon Calls. His children's books include: Stormy, Eat Rutabagas, Tents, Tigers and the Ringling Brothers, and Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker. He has an audio book, The Back Porch and Other Stories. Jerry has published four novels, The Travels of Increase Joseph, In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story, Blue Shadows Farm and Cranberry Red. Jerry is a former publications editor for UW-Extension, an acquisitions editor for the McGraw-Hill Book Company, and editor of a national professional journal.
Jerry has won awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association (the 2007 Notable Authors Award), American Library Association, Foreword Magazine, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Robert E. Gard Foundation, The Wisconsin Council for Writers (the 2007 Major Achievement Award), Upper Midwest Booksellers, and Barnes and Noble Bookstores, among others. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Check www.jerryapps.com for more information.
Christina Baker Kline – Fox Cities Reads Author – Orphan Train
April 21 - Perry Hall
Overview (from Barnes and Noble)
The runaway bestseller that has swept the nation, with more than one million copies sold.
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck and chance.
This is the story of one such child.
As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are reminders of a turbulent past.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.
Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
Christina Baker Kline
Christina Baker Kline is a novelist, nonfiction writer and editor. In addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train, her novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines and Sweet Water. She served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University from 2007 to 2011 and was an on-staff editor and writing coach at the social networking site SheWrites.com.
Kline is coeditor, with Anne Burt, of a collection of personal essays called About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror. She also commissioned and edited two widely praised collections of original essays on the first year of parenthood and raising young children, Child of Mine and Room to Grow. She is co-author, with her mother, Christina Looper Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters, The Conversation Begins. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in San Francisco Chronicle, the Literarian, Coastal Living, More, Psychology Today, and others. Kline is currently at work on a literature anthology for Facing History & Ourselves and a novel based on the iconic painting Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth.
Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. In addition to Fordham, she has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, New York University, and Drew University. She is a recent recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship, a Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Fordham Faculty Research Grant. She donates her time and editing skills to a number of organizations in New Jersey and Maine, including Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (www.volunteerlawyersnj.org) and JumpStart (jstart.org).
Kline has worked as a caterer, cook, and personal chef on the Maine coast, Martha’s Vineyard, and in Charlottesville, Virginia. She lives in an old house in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, David Kline, and three boys, Hayden, Will, and Eli. She spends summers with extended family in an even older house on Mount Desert Island in Maine.
April 23– Noon – Student Union (Fox Cities Book Festival Author/Poet)
Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA, Honors English – 2002) and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA, Fiction – 2012). He is the recipient of the 2010 Roark Prize in Poetry, the 2007 Davis Demitasse Poetry Award, and a runner-up in the 2009 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest. He has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
His first novel Shotgun Lovesongs was published in March of 2014 to rave reviews. The New York Times says, “Shotgun Lovesongs is about a hometown in Wisconsin and the close band of friends who will always feel its magnetic pull. … The most lyrical parts of this big-hearted book are about how all the characters, including the star, are almost physically drawn to the town and one another. ... Impressively original.” While Silver Linings Playbook author says, “Nickolas Butler ripped my heart out with rare honesty and good old-fashioned unapologetic love. A book that makes you want to call old friends. A writer who makes you feel more human than you thought possible.”
Civil Rights/Will Schwalbe/Fox Cry Review/Jericho Brown
Monday, January 27 - 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Atrium Hallway
Members of the League of Women Voters of Appleton will be on hand to help students, faculty and staff register to vote. They will be able to help with new registrations and updating registrations. Please have a current ID with you.
Three Quarter Court Shot
Monday, February 3 - Half-time of Men's BB Game v. UW-Fond du Lac
Three randomly selected contestants will have a chance to win $25,000. Contestant(s) must be randomly selected from a bin containing names of registrants who entered their names into the drawing upon entering University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley - Menasha, WI on 2/5/2014. Names will be chosen from the bin at random until the first name of somebody in attendance at the named event is chosen.
The following people are ineligible to participate:
a. Current or former professional or semi professional basketball players or coaches who have played or coached at that level anywhere in the world; current or former college or Olympic basketball players or coaches who have played or coached at that level anywhere in the world; current or former high school basketball players or coaches who have played or coached at that level anywhere in the world within the past five (5) years.
b. Current or former employees, family members, agents, successors or assignees of UWFox or any promotional agency involved with this promotion
You will not be permitted any practice shots; you must use a regulation size basketball, through a regulation size hoop from a distance of sixty feet, nine inches (60’9”). Distance is measured from the demarcation line to the center of the rim.
The chosen contestants must sign a “Contestant Agreement to Participate”. Copies of this agreement are available in the Student Activities Office (Room 1216).
All rules and regulations for the contest can be reviewed in the Student Activities Office (Room 1216)
Pizza and Punchline with Derek Hughes
Wednesday, February 5 - Noon - Student Union
Derek Hughes, a multi-talented U of MN alum proved he can do it all by earning an invitation to perform his unique brand of comedy and magic at the prestigious HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado. Featured on VH1's Celebracadabra, and paired with Kid from the rap group Kid and Play, Derek took this rare opportunity to teach celebrities magic and made it his own. Derek has also appeared in "Mr. Deeds", had a guest role on CSI:NY and has been featured on several national ad campaigns. As polished a performer you'll ever see, Derek will have old and new fans mesmerized by his magic and in tears from his jokes.
Pizza and a Punchline with Arvin Mitchell
Wednesday, February 12 - Noon - Student Union
Arvin Mitchell has hit the comedy scene running since his debut on BET's Coming to the Stage in 2003. Mitchell's runner-up status on the comedy reality show turned him into a household name with audiences both young and not so young. His clean comedic style along with his hilarious impressions have made him a hit for the college circuit and corporate engagements that include the Kentucky Derby Grand Gala Reception, the St. Louis Premiere of The Longest Yard, and the Marshall Faulk Charity Extravaganza. Arvin has also starred in two gospel hit plays, A House Divided ( Fox Theater- STL, Norfolk, Peoria) and If They Only Knew ( Wichita, Oklahoma City).
As the former bartender and co-host of BET's ClubComicView and host of Spring Bling 21 Questions, Arvin has attracted fans in the U.S. and abroad. His television appearances have helped him become one of the hottest comedians on the college circuit. From hosting stepshows and charity events to headlining comedy shows, Arvin has set a blazing trail performing at colleges across the country. In addition, Arvin has spread laughter to the troops in Stuggart, Germany.
Arvin continues to hone his craft by working the comedy club circuit including "A" and "B" rooms in New York and Los Angeles that include Comic Strip Live, Boston Comedy Club, Irvine Improv Room, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store. He participated in the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and showcased for a final audition for the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival. In 2010 Arvin was the highlight comedian at the NACA college National convention getting more bookings than any other comedian participating at the conference. His comedic style appeals to both urban and mainstream audiences worldwide.
Black History Moth Panel
Wednesday, February 26 - Noon - Student Union
Black in Corporate Wisconsin; The Importance and Future of Black History Month; Civil Rights: How Far We Have Come, How Far We Have to Go; Freedom Now: Attaining and Sustaining Equality in a 'Post-Racial' Society;
Pizza and a Punchline with Jay Black
Wednesday, March 12 - Noon - Student Union
In 2007, Jay Black left teaching to pursue writing and stand-up full time. Since then, he has headlined at close to 300 colleges, scoring three nominations and one win as the nation's top college comedian. He has appeared as a comic on Showtime, A&E, Fox, the CBC, and NBC. Jay has also performed at some of the most prestigious clubs in the country, from the Comedy Stop at the Tropicana in Atlantic City to the world famous Los Angeles Improv. Jay has opened for several celebrity comedians, including Joel McHale, Carlos Menica, D.L. Hughley, Sinbad, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Christopher Titus. In 2010, Jay was given the opportunity to work with the US Army on the "I Am Strong" tour, traveling overseas to entertain the troops.
He's met equal success as a writer, selling his first screenplay in 2008 and working heavily as one of Hollywood's most sought-after "punch-up" writers, making your favorite movies even funnier.
Jay's comedy is funny for two reasons: 1. he's a keen observer of the absurd and 2. he's desperate to never have to go back and teach again.
Women's History Month Panel
Wednesday, March 26 - Noon - Student Union
UWFox Faculty and staff scheduled to participate in a discussion and audience questions include:
Rachel Knighten - Associate Professor, World Languages
Tammy Ladwig - Associate Professor, Education
Carrie Tirel - Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Renee Gralewicz - Associate Professor, Anthropology/Sociology
Susan Rabideau - Associate Professor, Communications/Theater Arts
Terri Gonya - Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Beth Johnson - Assistant Professor, Geology/Geography
Caroline Geary - Associate Professor, Chemistry
Evelyn Li - Lecturer and Senior Administrative Program Specialist, Information Technology
Fox Cities Book Festival – Lauren Kessler – "Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's"
Tuesday, April 8
Lauren Kessler is an award-winning author, (semi) fearless immersion reporter and self-designated guinea pig journalist who combines lively narrative with deep research to explore everything from the wild, wild west of the anti-aging movement to the stormy seas of the mother-daughter relationship. She is the author of seven works of narrative nonfiction, including her latest, Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging. Her other work includes My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey Through the Thicket of Adolescence; Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Dancing with Rose (published in paperback as Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s), Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club — which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. Kessler appeared twice on his late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial.
Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, O magazine, salon.com, Utne Reader, The Nation, newsweek.com, Prevention, Ladies Home Journal and elsewhere. She blogs at www.counterclockwisebook.com about the hope and hype of the anti-aging industry and at www.myteenagewerewolf.com and mom.me about the rollercoaster ride of mothering a 21st century teen girl. Kessler is a national speaker and workshop leader and the director of the graduate program in multimedia narrative journalism at the University of Oregon. She divides her time between homes in Prague, Montepulciano and Eugene, Oregon. Okay, she lied about the first two.
Fox Cities Book Festival – Henry Golde - "Ragdolls"
Wednesday, April 9
Henry Golde spent five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps; today he lives to tell his remarkable story of survival. He was born in Poland and lived in a city just west of Warsaw. Of the 3,000 Jews who lived in that town, only 50 survived the Holocaust. Golde lost his entire family due to the war. His book, Ragdolls, tells the story of experiencing the horror of the murder factories and slave-labor camps throughout Nazi Europe.
Fox Cities Book Festival – Ben Percy – "The Indelible Image: Set-piece moments in fiction and nonfiction" (A writing craft talk)
Thursday, April 10 - Noon
Benjamin Percy is the author oftwonovels, Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, May 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006). His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Glimmer Train, and Tin House.
His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.
He is adapting Red Moon as a series with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I am Legend, Winter’s Tale) with producer Ilene Staple for FOX TV. He is also currently at work on the screenplay adaptation of The Wilding for filmmaker Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) and on a novel called The Dead Lands (forthcoming from Grand Central/Hachette in January of 2015).
He has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is currently the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.
Fox Cry Review Reading
Thursday, April 10 - 1:30 p.m.
The release of the 2014 edition of Fox Cry Review, the 40th in the journal's history, will be celebrated with a public reading. The reading is free and open to the public, and writers whose work is included in this year's Fox Cry Review are encouraged to join us and read their selections from the journal.
Fox Cities Book Festival – Sean Davis – "Art and Ares: using writing, painting, acting, and other art to help the difficult transition of the combat veteran back into the society he fought for."
Friday, April 11 - Noon
Sean Davis is a Purple Heart recipient who served in the army infantry for fourteen years; during his time in the military he served on numerous deployments including a revolution, a war, and three humanitarian missions. He left the military to go back to school and received his Bachelor's from Portland State University and his Master's at Pacific University. He lives in NE Portland with his beautiful family and Great Dane/Mastiff.
Author of The Breech, Sean Davis gives a haunting first-person account of the inhumanity (and the humanity) of war.
Fox Cities Book Festival – Tall Poppy Writers: Erin Celello, Ann Garvin, Kelly Harms, and Susan Gloss – "Women Writing Women's Lives: a panel discussion of crafting and publishing women's fiction".
Sunday, April 13 - 3:15 p.m.
The Tall Poppy Writers (TPW) is a community of women writers dedicated to uniting smart readers and smart authors. By sharing information and supporting one another's work, we strive to stand out in the ever-changing literary marketplace. Our partnership is based on the theory that if a poppy is left to grow as opposed to being cut down, other poppies in the field will rise and reach for the ample sun where everybody gets a voice and everybody gets to grow.
Fox Cities Book Festival – Peter Geye
Sunday, April 13 - 4:30 p.m.
Peter Geye received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and continues to live there with his wife and three children. He is the author of the award winning novels, Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road.
Fox Cities Book Festival – Debbie Macomber
Sunday, April 13 - 5:30 p.m. - Perry Hall
Debbie Macomber - Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Macomber brings to life the compelling relationships that embrace family, community and enduring friendships, filling her readers with a sense of love and hope.
Macomber is the author of more than 100 novels, most recently Starry Night and Rose Harbor in Bloom; two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; two acclaimed children’s books and the Mrs. Miracle Christmas novels. She is also the author of beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series set in Cedar Cove, Washington, on which Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, is based. She is the recipient of a RITA® award; an RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a multiple winner of both the Holt Medallion and the B. Dalton Award. In 2010, the Romance Writers of America presented Macomber with their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her next novel to be published will be BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES (April 2014).
In addition to her bestselling novels, Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she was recently named World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.
A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington State (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.
April 14-30 - Various drop-off sites on campus
Wednesday, May 4 - Noon - Outside (weather permitting; rain location in Fieldhouse)
Come enjoy FREE food, music, fun and games.
Take Back College - Ryan Penneau
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Noon - Perry Hall
The purpose of this program is to initiate personal responsibility of education within students. Concepts of self-motivation, personal responsibility, lifelong learning, and calculated risk taking are all major focuses of this high energy, funny and powerful presentation. Students are also introduced to the multiple avenues available to them within higher ed. Students are challenged to go beyond the classroom to truly develop into the person they are capable of during their time in higher education.
The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms: A Discussion of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Wednesday, September 17 - Noon - Union
This discussion will be held in the union featuring Steven Sheehan, Associate Professor of History and George Waller, Senior Lecturer of Political Science.
Stories of Guatemala - Maria Louisa Rosal
Monday, September 22 - Noon - Room 1346
Stories of Guatemala with Maria Louisa Rosal, Field Organizer, School of the Americas Watch.
Musical Performance - Josh Vietti
Wednesday, October 22 - Noon - Union
A musical performance by Violinist Josh Vietti.
Stand-Up Comedy - Pete Lee
Monday, February 2 - Noon - Union
Pete Lee is an adorable smart mouth with a 10th grade vocabulary. Mixing smart punchlines with a juvenile perspective, he is one of the hottest acts on the college circuit today. In the past two years, Pete has performed at over 100 colleges and universities. This season, Pete is one of the starts of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Continuing his breakout year, he films his very own Comedy Central Presents Special in August. His comedy CD "Gasmoney" plays on XM and Sirus Satelite Radio. He is also a regular on the Bob and Tom radio show. He has been seen on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and in A Prairie Home Companion the Movie, a Robert Altman film. Pete was recently a standout at Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. If you haven't heard of him yet, prepare to tell other people!
Comedy, Magic, & Really Weird Things With Baloons - John Cassidy
Wednesday, March 4 - Noon - Union
John Cassidy is a professional comedian, magician, and baloon artist who holds several Guinness World Records for baloon sculpting speed. His records include Most Baloon Sculptures Completed in One Hour and Most Baloon Sculptures completed in One Minute.
He has appeared numerous times on television as either a stand-up comedian, magician, or as a Guinness Book of Records celebrity. He has been a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Martha Stewart Living, The Weakest Link, NBC's Today Show, Live With Regis and Kelly, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon four times.