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Voter Registration

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 HughesDerek 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 MitchellArvin 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

Jay BlackIn 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 KesslerLauren 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"Henry Golde

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 PercyBenjamin 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 - NoonSean Davis

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 GeyePeter 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 MacomberDebbie 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.

Electronic Recycling

April 14-30 - Various drop-off sites on campus

Campus Picnic

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 HallRyan Penneau

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. For Student Organization Members:

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,Maria Louisa Rosal 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.


Josh Vietti

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 Pete Lee10th 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 CassidyJohn 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.