UWW Department of Music 2019 Starts Off with Musical High Notes

UW-Whitewater’s Department of Music starts 2019 with many musical high notes and concerts to choose from. Faculty recitals include Benjamin Whitcomb, cello; Leanne League, violin; Music Mosaics concert Woodwinds of Change; and guest artists including percussionist Patti Cudd; flutist, Ian Clarke and Otis Murphy, saxophone with Haruko Murphy, piano. Tickets are on sale by calling 262-472-2222, or online to tickets.uww.edu, or in person at the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office or the Information Services Desk in the University Center.

On Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 pm in Light Recital Hall the Department of Music presents the faculty recital of Benjamin Whitcomb, cello. This concert will feature Suite No. 2 in D minor, Op.131c by Max Reger; Suite No. 2 in D, Op. 80 by Benjamin Britten, and Suite No. 2 in D by Ernest Bloch. The concert takes place in the Light Recital Hall. Tickets are $8 general public/$6 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students

UW-Whitewater Department of Music & Sonict Presents percussionist Patti Cudd on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Light Recital Hall. Percussionist Patti Cudd will perform new works by composers Cort Lippe, Brett Masteller, Chris Mercer, and UW-Whitewater faculty member Jeff Herriott.

Tickets are $8 general public/$6 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students http://www.patticudd.com

The Faculty Recital of Leanne League with the Illinois Chamber Music Festival Faculty takes place Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3pm in Light Recital Hall. Leanne League, violin performs with Michelle Elliott, Lisa Nelson and Nina Gordon of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival Faculty. They will be performing Brahm’s sextet along with other chamber music works.

Tickets are $8 general public/$6 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students.

The Music Mosaics Concert Woodwinds of Change is on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:30pm inLight Recital Hall. The UW -Whitewater Department of Music presents the Music Mosaics Concert Series featuring the Whitewater Woodwind Trio. The concert entitled Woodwinds of Change features Cristina Ballatori, flute, Christian Ellenwood, clarinet and Matthew Sintchak, saxophone. The Whitewater Woodwind trio will be performing a wide variety of works including a premiere of  a new work by our very own Christian Ellenwood. All proceeds from Music Mosaics concerts benefit UW-Whitewater music student scholarships.

Tickets are $12 general public/$10 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students

Guest Artist Ian Clarke, flute performs on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:30pm in Light Recital Hall.

Ian Clarke, world renowned British flutist and composer will present a concert featuring his own compositions with piano accompaniment. Tickets are $8 general public/$6 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students www.ianclarke.net

Guest Artist, Otis Murphy, saxophone with Haruko Murphy, piano perform a concert on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Light Recital Hall. Otis Murphy is a professor of saxophone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and will be joined by his wife, pianist Haruko Murphy.

Tickets for any and all of these events can be purchased by calling 262-472-2222, going online to tickets.uww.edu, by visiting the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office, or the Information Services Desk in the University Center.

Little Dribblers and Shooting Stars Complete Another Successful Year

Shooting Stars
Little Dribblers

The coaches were very happy with the skill development of the Little Dribblers (ages 4-6) and shooting stars (ages 7-8) over the eight weeks. Players practiced shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense and listening skills.

Coach Jordan, John, Bob, and Brian all think the girls and boys basketball programs will have a bright future with these young players.

Washington Student Council raises money for The Treehouse

The Student Council at Washington Elementary School recently completed the first step of a year long service project benefiting The Treehouse, the Walworth County child advocacy center located in Elkhorn. Students made fleece blankets to donate for the children visiting the Treehouse. In addition, students sold coffee and hot chocolate at the recent Washington Winter Wonderland event and raised $50. Nicci Erdmann, an employee of the Treehouse, came to Washington to accept the blankets and the money. Another $88 has already been raised for donation through the purchase of “Caring Canes” at Washington’s Winter Sing!

Celebrate Christmas at KMBC

The members and (new!) pastor of Kettle Moraine Baptist Church (KMBC) invite you to come and experience the joy of the Christmas season.

Come enjoy familiar Christmas hymns and a short dramatization of the Christmas story by the KMBC children on Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 pm. Cookie reception following. 

On Christmas Eve at 7:00 pm, you’re invited to join KMBC for their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, when we’ll be singing favorite Christmas carols and listening to Scripture readings about the Savior’s birth. 

Kettle Moraine Baptist Church
Pastor Steve Kindstedt
505 S Wisconsin St.
Whitewater, WI 53190
FB: @KettleMoraineBaptistChurch

Lima 4H December Update

During the last two months we have helped the Whitewater food pantry prepare Thanksgiving food baskets, we had a float in the Whitewater parade, and we had a Holiday party where we did crafts and went caroling.

Lima 4-H meets the second Sunday of the month at 3 pm at Lima Township Hall.  Our club is open to any child grades 4K-12th grade. It doesn’t matter what school you go to, county you live in or if you live on a farm or in town.

  • Community Service 
  • Meet New People Rock
  • County 4-H Fair 
  • Learn New Things:
    • Woodworking
    • Electricity
    • Mechanical Science
    • Food Science
    • Animal Science
    • Photography
    • Gardening
    • And MUCH, MUCH MORE!!

If you are interested, contact us at lima4h1@yahoo.com or stop by our next meeting!

Studio 84 to hold Holiday events: Hot Cocoa Fundraiser; 2nd Saturday Ornament Making


Keep warm with a cup of hot cocoa during the Parade of Lights from 5 to 8 pm on December 7 in Downtown Whitewater.  Proceeds support the art programming at Studio 84 for people with disabilities.

Also, join Studio 84 for their 2nd Saturdays event on December 8 from 10 am to 4 pm.  The special project for the month is holiday ornaments.

WUSD Computer Science and Robotics News

Whippets Earn 3rd Place at MSOE Computer Programming Contest

On Friday, November 16, 14 current and former WHS computer programming students competed at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Opportunity Conference Computer Programming Competition with 67 teams representing 19 southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois high schools. Other participating schools included Brookfield Central, Cary-Grove, Cedarburg, Janesville Craig, Crystal Lake Central, Eisenhower, Fort Atkinson, Homestead, Marquette University HS, Menomonee Falls, Milton, New Berlin West, Janesville Parker, Prairie Ridge, Rufus King, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, and a homeschool team. A team from Homestead High School won the competition with a team from Brookfield Central placing second. Whitewater Team A, consisting of Zach Brantmeier, Colin Chenoweth, Cassi Hoxie, and Nick Kuzoff, placed 3rd, earning 161 out of 210 possible points and solving 8 of the 9 problems correctly. Team B included Nikole Pelot, Gwynne Sahyun, and Nicole Sedmak. Team C was made up of Broderick Frye, Cody Rupke, and Jon Zheng, while Team D included Jakob Klawitter, Bennett Miles, Luke Rule, and Andy Vo. Teams were given nine problems of varying difficulty that could be solved using Java with a time limit of 2.5 hours using two laptops. Teams could select to spend their time on 10 point problems, 20 point problems, and/or 40 point problems. Each incorrect submission resulted in a minus three points.

Students Compete in Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

In early November, 48 Whitewater High School computer science students participated in the online Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. The challenge gave students 45 minutes to solve 15 problems of varying difficulties meant to challenge students’ logic and computational thinking skills. Each problem was worth either 6, 9, or 12 points depending on difficulty, with a total of 200 points available. Freshmen and sophomores competed in the junior division while juniors and seniors competed in the senior division. Freshman Andrew Rollette finished with 156 points, achieving the high score in the junior division. Also scoring high in the junior division were Crystal Chan, Anthony Cano, and Kevin Dieter. Junior Colin Chenoweth scored 192 points in the senior division, achieving the high score for the school and matching the high score in the state of Wisconsin. Also scoring high in the senior division were Zach Brantmeier, Nick Kuzoff, and Brian Apgar.

Ferradermis earns NASA Grant

Ferradermis is pleased to announce that they are the recipient of a $5000 Program Growth Grant from NASA that will help cover the cost of registration for regional competitions this year. Ferradermis was one of 192 teams (out of over 7500 existing FIRST Robotics teams worldwide) that was selected for a NASA grant; only three other Wisconsin teams will receive a grant from NASA. For more information on the NASA Grant program, visit https://robotics.nasa.gov/news_feature.php?id=631.

Ferradermis Takes Part in FIRST Robotics Training Day

Members of Ferradermis traveled to Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee on Saturday, November 17, to participate in a FIRST Robotics Training Day. Students attended sessions on leadership, fundraising, robot wiring, pneumatics, drive trains, safety, planning, and inspections among other things. They will be able to share their newfound knowledge with other members as we prepare for our six-week build season starting in January.

Ferradermis Visits Generac

On Thursday, November 29, members of Ferradermis traveled to Generac’s Whitewater Facility for a tour of the plant and a question and answer period. Carissa Petzinger, an engineer for Generac, serves as Co-Lead Coach for the team. Generac has been a strong financial sponsor for the team since it began in the fall of 2016.

Ferradermis to Hold Toppers DoughNation Night Fundraiser

On Tuesday, December 4, Ferradermis will receive 20% of the sales for all orders between 2:00 and 8:00 at the Whitewater Toppers. You do not need to turn in a flier or do anything special to credit the team; all you need to do is order from Toppers during that time frame. Please help spread the word!

Lakeview Loves receives grant to remodel workspace

Theisen’s of Jefferson and The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque presented Lakeview Loves with a Theisen’s More for Your Community in-kind Grant of $1000. The grant will be used to “remodel” the room used as the Lakeview Loves workroom. The room will be repainted and the old cabinets will be removed to make an improved workspace.

Thank you to Theisen’s (Jefferson, WI)!

Random Acts of Kindness completed by the Whitewater Gymhawks Youth Gymnastics Team

Members of the Gymhawks Gymnastics Competitive Team in Whitewater recently worked together to complete 19 Random Acts of Kindness from October 5 – 24 to celebrate the memory of their former teammate and friend, Avery McCarthy. Avery was an 11-year old, talented and hard working gymnast, who was also a follower of Christ with a kind heart and a love of life. She focused on giving of herself and helping others, bringing joy to people every day simply by letting them know she cared. Each year, the 19 days between Avery’s birthday and the day she tragically passed away six years ago are celebrated – by completing 19 random acts of kindness in her honor. Inspired by the love and guidance provided by their coach, Allison Annala, and in celebration of the girls’ bond as teammates and friends, the team eagerly completed their Random Acts of Kindness throughout Whitewater and their surrounding communities. As team members reside in Whitewater, Palmyra, Janesville, and as far away as Watertown, Oconomowoc, Orfordville and surrounding areas, a variety of area organizations and individuals benefitted from the team’s efforts. A sample of their acts are noted below (a complete listing with additional photos and related video can be found on the Gymhawks Facebook page).

Day 12 – Ava (level 4) delivered a baking package to a retired teacher at her school who is recovering from cancer

Day 10 – Falyn (level 4) donated 19 handmade fleece blankets and pet food to the Humane Society of Jefferson County

Day 9 – Benzi (level 3) donated personal care items and doughnuts to the shelter for women and children at the House of Mercy in Janesville

Day 7 – Makayla (level 4) donated 19 items, including kid-friendly snacks, to The Little Food Pantry in Whitewater

Day 6 – Izzy (level 7) delivered a fall plant and a special “Thank you” to the Vice Principal at her school for going above and beyond in helping her throughout the year

Day 5 – Bailey (level 3) delivered flowers care package to the 3rd floor nurses and patients at Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater in memory of her great-grandmother who was a resident there until she passed.

Day 4 – Trinity (level 6) Baked cookies to share with her whole class at school

Day 3 – Lacy (level 3) Donated 19 pairs of socks to the Community Clothes Closet in Whitewater

Day 1 – Carmen (Level 5) and Courtney (Level 4) delivered a box of fire-themed treats to the Janesville fire station and cookies to their police station to thank their local heroes

The Gymhawks Gymnastics program is a developmental gymnastics program run by the UW-Whitewater Gymnastics team. Young gymnasts learn in state-of-the art facilities with professional and caring staff and train in the same facilities as the five-time NCGA Division III National Gymnastics Champions Whitewater Warhawks. Gymhawks offer recreational group sessions, private and semi-private lessons, gymnastics camps, birthday parties, and has a USAG Competitive Team.

The Gymhawks competitive team currently consists of 21 team members, competing at Levels 3 – 7. Their team has completed the first two of five scheduled competitive meets this season and 12 gymnasts have already qualified to compete at the State Gymnastics Competition on December 1st for Levels 3 – 5. Gymnasts Amethyst Grunnert (Level 3), Ava Zepezauer (Level 4) and Rhianna Pena (Level 5) are currently leading each level with high scores.

For more information about Gymhawks Gymnastics, contact Head Coach Allison Annala at gymhawks@uww.edu or 262-472-1454, find them on Facebook under “Gymhawks Gymnastics” or at the University of Whitewater’s website.

For more information about Averydayministries, find them on Facebook under AVERYday Ministries.

Richmond 4H cleans up Richmond Cemetery

Richmond 4H club did a community service project at Richmond Cemetery on Hwy 89 on Oct. 14. The club cleaned gravestones (by scraping the lichens off and then using a special solution designed for gravestones) and picked up garbage/ sticks on the grounds.

Thank you to the Richmond Cemetery Association and Walmart for purchasing/ donating supplies to help us get the job done.