Dean Rader, a nationally acclaimed and award-winning poet, is the featured poet for the Spring 2018 Coffee Night events at UVa-Wise.
Rader will share some of his recent work from his collection of poems titled “Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry.” Rader’s public lecture is set for Wednesday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Slemp Student Center. He will discuss how paradoxical experiences come to be the most authentic and intense experiences in life. Numerous poets, including Emily Dickenson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rita Dove and others, have noted similar thoughts.
Coffee Night is set for Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room. The event, sponsored by the Jimson Weed literary journal, the Department of Language and Literature and the Department of Communication Studies at UVa-Wise, will include a reading / performance event dedicated to the poetry and prose of campus and community writers. The Spring 2018 edition of the Jimson Weed will be released at the event.
All contributors to the Spring 2018 edition of the Jimson Weed are welcome to present during Coffee Night. Others who are interested in participating or performing at Coffee Night may contact Heaven Parridgen, Jimson Weed managing editor at email@example.com by Thursday, April 12.
Rader’s award-winning collection of poems Works & Days and his new book Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry are available at both events. A book signing will follow.
Students will receive cultural activity credit for each event. For more information, please contact College Relations at (276) 376-1027.
His most recent work is “Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry.” Two other books appeared in the same year: “Suture,” a collaborative of poems written with Simon Muench, and “Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence,” edited with Brian Clements & Alexandra Teague. Rader’s poems have appeared in dozens of magazines and books, including Best American Poetry 2012, The Boston Review, Ninth Letter, Zyzzyva, Tri Quarterly, The Colorado Review, Quarterly West, Kestrel, Minnesota Review, Volt, and New American Writing. Rader writes regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, BOMB, and The Kenyon Review. In 2012, he wrote a series of columns on the Ten Greatest Poets that was covered by The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and The New York Times.
Rader earned a B.A. in English from Baylor University, and an M.A. & Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he studied creative writing, literature, and translation. An Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts at present, he is a professor of English and chair of the English Department at the University of San Francisco.
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Sponsored by The Gathering
For more information contact Joshua Griggs at firstname.lastname@example.org
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WISE - - Senior Taylor Brandts pitched the third no-hitter of her career as the right-hander allowed just three base runners while striking out 12 in UVa-Wise's 5-0 win over West Liberty in game one of a doubleheader. The King George, Va. native came back in game two to fire two innings of shutout relief to earn her third save of the season as the Cavaliers claimed the sweep with a 7-5 victory.
The Catholic Campus Ministry offers mass at 5 p.m. every Thursday in the Sandstone Room (Cantrell Hall). The service lasts about 30 minutes. For more information contact Matt Vaughn at email@example.com
This Week’s Food Truck is:
Visit The Shack on Facebook @getyoursteakon
Meet at Alumni Hall on Thursdays for fun, food and friendship.
We will feature a different food truck each week.
Follow us on Facebook @UVaWiseAlumni for more information.
All food trucks gladly accept cash or credit.
Truck-in Thursday at Alumni Hall
Glenn Blackburn, professor emeritus of history at UVa-Wise, has penned a book about the North Carolina Coastal Federation and its efforts to protect several areas along the coastal region.
“It’s about five big environmental fights on the North Carolina coast in which local citizens partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to fight off a development project,” Blackburn said.
The book, “Saving Great Places,” is available on the federation’s website at nccoast.org/savinggreatplaces.
“What got me started on this project was my admiration for a number of people — Todd Miller, Willy and Feather Phillips and Ann Braddy in the peat mine fight; Lena Ritter in the Stump Sound fight; Frank Nesmith and Bill Ducker in the Bird Island campaign; and many others — who did something really important for the North Carolina coast and need to be remembered,” Blackburn said in a federation news release.
According to the federation, the book chronicles efforts of those who sought to protect the environment by stopping a proposed peat mining operation in the Albemarle-Pamlico peninsula and efforts to protect Permuda Island in Stump Sound in Onslow County, and Bird Island in Brunswick County. In addition, the book recounts how the federation successfully supported legislation that stopped the development of a landfill proposed for Navassa, a predominately black community near Wilmington, and the successful fight against the building of a coal-fired cement plant in New Hanover County.
Weekly Bible study and snacks
Contact Joshua Griggs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Not approved for cultural activity credit
Band camp for members of the UVa-Wise Marching Highland Cavaliers has been set for Aug. 2-9, 2018. All leaders will have a retreat on Aug. 2 beginning at 1 p.m. On Friday, Aug.3, all members of the percussion line, colorguard and majorettes will report. Students may move into their residence halls between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon with rehearsals beginning at 1 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 5, all wind players are to report. Students are reminded to bring sunscreen, athletic shoes and hats for band camp. Camp will conclude on Thursday, Aug. 9, with a cookout and pool party at Lonesome Pine Country Club.
The Marching Highland Cavaliers will begin its 12th year on the campus of UVa-Wise. The band performs for all home football games, local band festivals and parades. This year will see the return of the CAV-L-CADE of Bands on Oct. 27.
This by invitation only contest pits some of the finest area bands competing for the prestigious Chancellor’s Cup.
Membership is open to any UVa-Wise student who has experience playing a wind or percussion instrument or that has spun a flag or twirled as a majorette. Students attending Mountain Empire Community College are also encouraged to join the Marching Highland Cavaliers.
For more information about the Marching Cavs, please contact Director of Bands Richard Galyean by email, email@example.com or by phone 276-328-0235.
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Office of Professional and Career Development will host a career fair on Wednesday, April 4, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is a general career fair, meaning students from ALL majors will be invited to attend.
WISE - - Due to forecasted weather, UVa-Wise's weekend baseball schedule has been altered. The Cavaliers' four-game series with Glenville State has been moved to Friday – Saturday. First pitch Friday is slated for 1 p.m. with the start time to be determined based on weather.
Alex Hall had quite a checklist in front of him when he began his work on the UVa-Wise spring musical. Do a few drawings, take some fabric and wires and build a couple of cute puppets. Oh, then construct a fully functional man-eating puppet. No big deal, right?
The audience for the upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors won’t see Hall on stage, but the crowd will soon be aware of the hard work the theater major has put into the show.
Hall, a native of Wise, Virginia, designed, created, and will operate Audrey II, the plant that the character Seymour nurtures from a weak potted plant to a demanding, man-eating giant. The popular musical is a fan favorite.
The 22-year-old Hall is no stranger to the stage or behind the curtain. He performed in several high school productions, including a state one-act championship production, before he enrolled at UVa-Wise. It was behind the scenes that Hall found himself thriving at UVa-Wise.
“I always wanted to study theater, but I didn’t feel confident about it,” he said.
He credits Professor Michael McNulty for giving him the confidence to pursue his academic goals.
“Before I came here, I had only worked with acting, special effects and make-up,” he said. “I had never worked a building project like this one. It’s definitely a challenge, but I enjoy it a lot.”
It’s a good thing Hall finds joy in the behind the scenes work. He estimates he has spent more than 200 hours designing and building the puppets for the musical. McNulty disagrees.
“He has likely spent around 300 hours constructing four separate puppets for “Little Shop,” which he will also operate during the show,” McNulty said. “The final puppet is so big, it will require the additional help of a stagehand to operate as it (spoiler alert) eats its final two victims.”
Hall admits feeling pressure since the entire show revolves around functional puppets. His major concern several weeks ago was to get it to work so the actors could rehearse with Audrey II. He worked closely with Professor Ben Mays on the project as well.
“It’s a good problem because it encourages me to get all the work done so I can make sure that the final product is safe for the actors to use,” he added.
The first two puppets, Audrey II at an early age, were easy to create out of foam and fabric. The third was a bit more challenging, but full-fledged Audrey II proved a feat.
A sketch and then a computer model were created first, followed by several modifications before the mechanical work began. Audrey II gradually took shape, and Hall noticed a personality coming through. The personality is expected to captivate the audience.
McNulty is pleased with Hall’s creation and his work ethic.
“Alex is a disciplined and reliable student who works quietly but diligently in the background, slowly contriving little works of wonder,” McNulty said. “He is a unique and creative thinker complimented by a strong intellect. Alex communicates well in writing and craft as well as in performing traditional acting roles or manipulating puppets and performance objects.”
Hall’s academic work will also be highlighted when he presents a paper he wrote on the appeal of haunted attractions at the National Council on Undergraduate Research this month In Oklahoma City. Little Shop will begin once he returns to campus.
“It has been a real joy and honor to work with Alex over the past three years and it will be exciting to see what he does in the future,” McNulty said.
Performances of Little Shop of Horrors are planned for April 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30 at 8 p.m. and April 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. A gala opening night celebration is set for April 12 at 6 p.m, which includes a dinner and a show.
For more information, contact Jessica Necessary at 276-328-0258.
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WISE - - Due to weather, the UVa-Wise softball schedule for this week has been altered. The Cavaliers' doubleheader scheduled for today against Concord University has been canceled and rescheduled for Sunday, April 8 with game times slated for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The Catholic Campus Ministry holds Bible study at 8 p.m. every Tuesday evening in the Henson Hall classroom. For more information contact Katie Reda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly dinner followed by Bible study
For more information contact Aliyah Gavin at email@example.com
Not approved for cultural activity credit