Department of Performing and Visual Arts hosts ‘Swinging for Scholarships’ golf outing and social

June 6, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts faculty will host “Swinging for Scholarships” on Friday, June 14, at the Platteville Golf and Country Club. The event is open to everyone and will include golf, lunch, games, prizes, entertainment and a silent auction for tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Cost of the event varies, depending on the number of holes played. Proceeds will provide music scholarships for incoming and current students who are majoring or minoring in music. More than 13 area businesses are helping to sponsor the event.

Entertainment will include two live music performances, including a pep band performance featuring current UW-Platteville faculty, students and alumni as well as a special jazz performance by Ken Kilian’s Swingtet during the luncheon.

The event was organized by UW-Platteville’s Barry Ellis, director of bands, and Allen Cordingley, professor of saxophone/jazz studies, as well as Monte Muller, a retired UW-Platteville alumnus who served as band director in the Wisconsin public school system for 36 years, most of them at Lancaster High School.

“UW-Platteville’s music department is very strong and has outstanding faculty members,” said Ellis, who has taught at UW-Platteville for 22 years. “In order to continue being able to best serve our students, we need help in the scholarship area. Money raised at this event will provide educational opportunities for even more students who are pursuing a major or minor in music.”

“We hope that this year’s event is successful and that people enjoy the unique live music element,” said Cordingley, who has taught at UW-Platteville for seven years. “We anticipate this year’s event will be very successful and hope that it grows into an annual event.”

“Because this event is open to anyone who would like to attend, it’s a wonderful opportunity for members of the community and other UW-Platteville family and friends to spend time together in a social setting,” added Muller, who was inducted into the UW-Platteville Arts and Letters Hall of Fame in 2005. “It promises to be an enjoyable day of golfing, food, good company and excellent entertainment for everyone – and most importantly, it is helping a very meaningful cause.”

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. People who do not wish to golf but are interested in attending the luncheon are welcome to do so. For more information, please contact Alumni Services at (608) 342-6147 or register online at

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, communications specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,

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