Photo courtesy UWSP. Revive memories of yesteryear at UW-Stevens Point’s Homecoming, Oct. 19, as the university celebrates its 125th anniversary and displays items from the past in the Carlsten Gallery.
Photo courtesy UWSP. An annual fundraiser for music scholarships at UW-Stevens Point, “Experience the Music of the 20s” will be held Oct. 18.

Get ready to step back to the days of “The Great Gatsby” and “The Charleston” as the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of Music invites you to experience the 1920s.

Offered at 6 p.m. Oct. 18, “Experience the Music of the 20s” is the annual Music Department fundraiser, formerly known as Soirée Musicale. It includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a concert in Michelsen Hall at 7:30 p.m. and an after party featuring desserts and a cash bar. It will be held in the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point.

The evening highlights the talents of music faculty, students and alumni, and features music such as “The Charleston” and work from Louis Armstrong and musicals such as “Show Boat.” Attendees are encouraged to wear attire from the 1920s.

Admission is $50 per person or $25 for UW-Stevens Point faculty, staff and students, and includes the concert, pre- and post-performance receptions. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://tickets.uwsp.edu. To become a sponsor, contact Maggie Marquardt at mmarquar@uwsp.edu or 715-346-3056.

All proceeds fund scholarships, primarily for incoming first-year students, which enable UW-Stevens Point’s Music Department to recruit and retain some of the region’s most promising musicians. The event has raised more than $300,000 for music scholarships since its inception.

Photo courtesy UWSP. An annual fundraiser for music scholarships at UW-Stevens Point, “Experience the Music of the 20s” will be held Oct. 18.


Photo courtesy UWSP. Revive memories of yesteryear at UW-Stevens Point’s Homecoming, Oct. 19, as the university celebrates its 125th anniversary and displays items from the past in the Carlsten Gallery.

Join the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as it celebrates 125 years of milestones in education, alumni successes, community partnerships and Pointer spirit with Homecoming activities the weekend of Oct. 18-19.

A reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 17, for “125 Years of Higher Education in Stevens Point,” an Edna Carlsten Gallery exhibit of memorabilia and antiques from throughout UW-Stevens Point’s history. Speakers include Bob Wolensky, professor emeritus of sociology, and Tom Reich, professor and head of acquisitions for the library. The display continues through Oct. 19. The gallery is open from noon to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, until 9 p.m. Thursdays and on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

Activities on Oct. 18, include the “Experience the Music of the 20s” music fundraiser at 6 p.m. in the Noel Fine Arts Center (www.uwsp.edu/music/Pages/Experience-Music-Event.aspx), the 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. (https://give.uwsp.edu/HOF) and reunions for swimming and diving teams and Greek organizations.

On Oct. 19, the alumni check-in tent will open at 11 a.m. at Goerke Field on Minnesota Ave., Stevens Point.  Join alumni and friends at the tent for reunions with former faculty members and Greek alumni as well as a celebration of 50 years of study abroad and Albertson Hall.

The Homecoming football game begins at 1 p.m. at Goerke Field. The Pointers will take on the UW-Whitewater Warhawks. For ticket information, call 715-346-4100.

The 125th Pointers Gala will be held Saturday evening at 5 p.m., honoring three Distinguished Alumni Award winners: Judy Goldsmith, ’63; Kathy Kinney, ’16; and Cheryl Schreier, ’79. The Trailblazer Award winners are Jenna, ’10 and Drew Kutcher, ’09, and the Lifetime Achievement Award winners Dennis Peterson, ’78, and Sharon Dehlinger Peterson, ’78. The Mary Ann Nigbor Volunteer of the Year awardees are all the 125K Service Challenge volunteers, and the Theron B. Pray Award winners are Mary and Lon Roberts, ‘70. Tickets are available through Friday, Oct. 11. For information, go to https://give.uwsp.edu/125-gala.

To learn more, go to www.uwsp.edu/alumni or call Alumni Affairs at 715-346-3811 or 877-POINT01. Information is also on Facebook at “UW Stevens Point Alumni.”

Photo courtesy UWSP. Revive memories of yesteryear at UW-Stevens Point’s Homecoming, Oct. 19, as the university celebrates its 125th anniversary and displays items from the past in the Carlsten Gallery.


Photo courtesy UWSP. A new show at UW-Stevens Point’s Blocher Planetarium begins Oct. 20, taking a tour of the planetary bodies in the solar system and how they were named after mythical gods.

Take an up-close tour of the solar system through a free show at the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

“Gods of the Solar System” will be offered at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Free of charge and open to the public, the show presents the mythology, history and characteristics of the planetary bodies in the solar system, many named for mythical gods such as Jupiter and Neptune.

On Monday evenings, the free “Night Sky” program is offered at 8 p.m. in the planetarium to look in detail at objects in the current night sky.

Planetarium seating is first come, first served for up to 55 people.

The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory telescope is open for free viewings from 8:30-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evenings if the skies are clear and the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Groups of 15 or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program for $25 per group. To learn more about showings or to check if the observatory is open, call 715-346-2208 or go to www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs.

The planetarium and observatory are located on the second and fourth floor, respectively, of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building at the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue. Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m. and on weekends.

Photo courtesy UWSP. A new show at UW-Stevens Point’s Blocher Planetarium begins Oct. 20, taking a tour of the planetary bodies in the solar system and how they were named after mythical gods.