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Faculty and Staff Showcase Creative and Scholarly Works

By Kirsten Nordstrom
University Communications

MARCH 13, 2009 | A reception to honor the scholarly and creative output of University of Wisconsin-River Falls faculty and staff is March 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Chalmer Davee Library Atrium.

"We started this as an annual event to honor the scholarly and creative activity of our faculty and staff," said Library Director Valerie Malzacher. "We collect citations from all of the scholarly and creative works that faculty and staff completed in the prior calendar year, so we are celebrating the work that took place in 2008."

Since 2003, the Celebrating Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement (CRSCA) group on campus has encouraged submissions ranging from journal articles, books, playbills and newsletters to art pieces and research posters for the annual showcase.

“The work takes many forms; it could be journal articles, books, book chapters, musical compositions, artwork or posters,” Malzacher said.

The items are displayed in the Harriet Barry Gallery and throughout the library so the campus and community can view the work of faculty and staff. This year is larger than the previous with 209 submissions by 103 faculty and staff members.

"I think it is really important to showcase the scholarly and creative work that goes on at the University," said Malzacher. “There is a lot of faculty who are engaged in doing research and pursuing grant-funded opportunities and excelling at their artistic creations, so we view it as a real opportunity to let others know what kind of work goes on here at the University.”

Solo violinist Marta Pedersen, a health and human performance major from Barron, will perform during the reception. The reception is an opportunity to share creative and scholarly activities with a larger audience.

"Anyone is welcome to come to the reception, including students,” said Cate Dodson, a library staff person who is chair of the group organizing the event, which is free and open to the public. Additional CRSCA information can be found on the library's Web page at


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