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BStudent film featured at film festival

A film created by a UW-River Falls Communications Studies and Theatre Arts Department special topics class was selected as an official selection in the Milwaukee Spotlight Student Film Festival and took first place under the narrative filmmaking genre.

The course taught by Evan Johnson, required two groups to each make an original 10-minute film for a final project. Both films were a success and one, "Pushed Over," was entered in the Milwaukee Spotlight Student Film Festival.

The student film crew included: Brad Brookins, a senior majoring in English from St. Paul; Chris Kibellus, a sophomore from Exeland; former UW-RF student Ryan Brennan; former UW-RF student Cody Dinsen who composed the score; Melissa Murphy, a senior majoring in English from Stillwater, Minn.; Holly Conwell, a junior from St. Michael, Minn.; Nathan Piotrowski, a sophomore majoring in English from Stevens Point; and Beth Van Kampen, a junior majoring in psychology from St. Paul.

Student Reading Series features poetry, prose

The UW-River Falls English Department will hold a Student Reading Series from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Chalmer Davee Library Breezeway. The event is free and open to the public.

The reading will begin with five scheduled writers reading their original poetry and prose. If time permits, an open mike session will follow the scheduled readings.

Interested writers should sign up outside the English Department Lounge in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building or by sending an e-mail to Jenny Brantley at

Art exhibit showcases student's work

The UW-River Falls Harriet Barry Gallery in the Chalmer Davee Library now hosts "Recent Work 2008" by UW-RF graduate student Ann Myers through Thursday, Nov. 20. A closing reception is set from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, also in the gallery.

The exhibit features Myers' photography work toward completion of her requirements for the Plan B thesis for a Master of Science in education degree. For more information call the library at 425-3222.

Upcoming events in November

  • Thursday, Nov. 13: Coffee With The Times; "Phishing and Identity Theft;" 2 p.m.; Chalmer Davee Library Breezeway; free; discussion leader is Mary-Alice Muraski, ITS Computer Support Services manager; co-sponsored by the Student Voice; sponsored by the American Democracy Project and The New York Times.
  • Thursday, Nov. 13: Percussion Ensemble Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building; free; events are subject to change; for more information check the UW-RF music department Web Site at; call 425-3183; or send an e-mail to:
  • Saturday, Nov. 15: Radd Jazz Series Concert, 7:30 p.m., ACH, KFA; free.
  • Monday, Nov. 17: Community Classroom: Perspectives on the United States and Iran Relations; 6:30 p.m., River Falls Public Library; examine the historical, political and socio-economic factors that have influenced these relations over the years; join a discussion about why these relationships are important as we look to the future from academic, economic and business perspectives; speakers include UW-RF faculty Hamid Tabesh and Reza Rahgozar, and Majid Entezarian, UW-RF adjunct professor and Director of Applied Research at Phillips Plastics Corporation; for more information call 425-3256.
  • Monday through Monday, Nov. 17-24: Senior Show 2; student exhibition; Gallery 101, KFA; free; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 2-4 p.m. Sunday; for more information call the UW-RF art department at 425-3266.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: Trumpet Studio Concert; 7:30 p.m.; ACH, KFA; free; UW-RF music faculty Tom Barnett is director.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: Cultural Festival; 6-9 p.m.; North Hall Auditorium; free; a festival of many cultures with food, dance, music and other entertainments; sponsored by Asian American Student Association (AASA); for more information call student affairs at 425-4444.

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