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Milwaukee, St. Paul Students Present 'Finding Your Voice' Concert

APRIL 6, 2007--The UW-River Falls Pre-College and Upward Bound Programs have invited middle and high school students from Milwaukee and St. Paul to participate in the first "Nommo: Finding Your Voice Conference" April 10-11 culminating with a special free public concert on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Falcon's Nest Entertainment Complex of the University Center.

Nearly 80 students from the schools will spend two days in intensive singing, dancing, spoken word and theater workshops facilitated by well known professional artists including:

· Cherie Nelson, known as the 'Chillin' da Conscious Poet' and founder of the SaYes2Poetry Program is an award-winning poet. She has performed at the McDonald's Gospel Fest at Madison Square Gardens as well as the Rustbelt Midwest Poetry Slam in Milwaukee. She hosts a weekly radio show on KBOL in Iowa.

· Cornelius Rish, an award-winning theater director, educator and national motivational speaker, is currently with the St. Paul Central High School Traveling Theater. He is a recipient of the Minnesota Peace Prize and the founder of HOPE Ministries and HOPEducation Consulting.

·Torrion Amie is an adjunct instructor and teaches dance at UWRF. Since 1997 he has been a choreographer for the UWRF Dance Theatre and since 2000, advisor to the UWRF dance team. As a professional dancer, Amie has performed with former members of the Bolshoi Ballet, the Nicholas Brothers, Norman Miller, Bunny Briggs and Lance Benishek, J Isaac, Mint Condition, the Steele's, and James Greet and Company.

·Colleen Mock is a music graduate of UWRF and has performed with many of the UWRF ensembles and choirs. She directs the senior choir at St. Luke Lutheran Church in New Richmond and is the café supervisor at Borders Books in Woodbury, Minn.

In addition to the hands-on music, theater, dance and poetry workshops, students will hear from various speakers including Karwee Marshall, a native of Liberia, West Africa, who attends UWRF and is majoring in theater and minoring in mass communication. Marshall is a member of the Black Student Union and host of "Focus on U" and "RF Live," the campus TV programs. He currently works on campus with the Upward Bound program.

Speaker Erin Hall is a law student at William Mitchell College of Law, and works as a human rights specialist with the city of St. Paul. She is very active in community organizations, including the Urban League, Chicanos Latinos Unidos en Servicio, NAACP and many others. A singer, she currently writes and records music in the Twin Cities, Los Angeles and Nashville.

Jason Isaac Moore is a hip-hop singer/songwriter from the Twin Cities. He was part of a recording deal with Sony/A&M music but an industry consolidation prevented the release from reaching the market. He continues to record independently in the Twin Cities.

Windlan Hall was an All-American football player at Arizona State University in the early 1970s. He played with the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings, going to Super Bowl XI. He is now a manager of data convergence and connectivity at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Hall has instilled the importance of higher education in his nine children: three have master's degrees, one is in law school, and the others are a math teacher, football coach, Iowa Hawkeye football player, and University of Minnesota senior.


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