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Minnesota Public Radio
Prescriptions for Living (Take as Directed from the Dying)
Cathy Wurzer, one of the upper Midwest's premiere journalists, has an extensive background in public and commercial broadcasting. Currently the host of "Morning Edition" on Minnesota Public Radio, Cathy also co-hosts "Almanac," a weekly public affairs program, produced by Twin Cities Public Television for Minnesota's statewide public television network. Her career has included stints at KSTP Radio, WCCO Radio and Television and KMSP-TV. The winner of several Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award, Wurzer's reputation is that of an astute interviewer and gifted storyteller. Those skills were highlighted in an acclaimed series of radio conversations with the late Bruce Kramer, a former dean at the University of St. Thomas, who showed extraordinary grace in living with ALS. Dr. Kramer died of complications of the disease in March of 2015. Cathy says the four year series with Bruce Kramer was the most challenging and rewarding reporting of her career and an incredible, life enhancing experience.
The radio series was the catalyst for a book Cathy co-wrote with Bruce, "We Know How This Ends: Living while Dying" a Minnesota Book Award finalist, published by the University of Minnesota Press. Her first book, "Tales of the Road: Highway 61" was published by the Minnesota Historical Society in 2007. She has just begun work on a third book about the history of broadcasting in Minnesota with a companion documentary film. Cathy is a proud graduate of the UW-River Falls Journalism Department and has served on the UWRF Foundation Board.
She loves horses and history, fly fishing, ballroom dancing and making mosaics. Frequent naps and large quantities of caffeine keep her going.
"Time"…So, What Are You Going to do With What's Left?
A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Lacek has deep roots in the transportation, technology and marketing industries. He is a pioneer in the loyalty-marketing field with two-plus decades of marketing experience. He began his career in strategic planning at Republic Airlines. After the merger of Republic and Northwest Airlines, he served as Director of Marketing. In this capacity, he co-developed and was responsible for WorldPerks, Northwest Airlines industry leading frequent flyer program. He left Northwest in 1991 and then in 1993 co-founded and was CEO of The Lacek Group (TLG), a loyalty marketing agency with offices in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Sydney which was sold in 2000. Over the past 20 years he has founded or co-founded a number of companies including TLG, MilePoint, Denali, BidPal, Lacek Development and is currently Founder & CEO of FamDoo. FamDoo is digital loyalty company with tools to help parents positively influence their kids. Along with his wife, Susan, Mark also co-founded Faith’s Lodge which is a not-for-profit focused on helping families who have lost a child or have a child with a life threatening illness. Partnering with The Ronald McDonald House, Faith’s Lodge has served almost 2500 families since opening in 2007. The Lodge, built on 80 acres in Danbury, WI, was created in memory of Mark and Susan’s daughter, Faith, who died at birth in 2000. Mark served as Chairman for eight years and is now Chairman Emeritus.
In addition to his business interests Mark spends his time on adventures including travelling the globe with his family, hunting, fishing, skiing, writing and recently started Emalia, a vineyard and apple orchard in Wisconsin named after his daughters with the hope his daughters get married on the vineyard!:) Over the past decade, Mark and his family have lived in Tuscany and the Caribbean island of Anguilla in between business ventures. Mark is happily married to Susan Lacek and proud father of two daughters, Emmy (14) and Ally (12), the greatest joy and adventure in his life.
How They Horror: The Difference Between American and Japanese Horror
Why you should listen:
Josh is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Stage and Screen Arts. His career goal includes serving as a professional voice actor for characters in animated films and video games. In his free time, josh enjoys video games, acting, electronic music composition, sound editing, and an occasional game of “Ninja.”
Ann E. Lawton
Artist, Art Therapist, Art Educator
Art as Empowerment: The Virtue of Art Therapy
Ann E. Lawton believes that art has the potential to heal, transform and empower individuals and communities. As a Registered Art Therapist, she has worked with inmates, domestic abuse survivors, young adults with depression and anxiety, addicts and individuals with cognitive impairments.
As an artist, Lawton investigates the essences of everyday experiences and circumstances. Visual expression and the process of art making allows her the perspective to transform random, seemingly meaningless events into meaningful and contemplated moments of significance. The splices of paper and washes of paint in her work try to blend the balance between spontaneity and structure visually, yet also serve as the symbolic mirror of the constant swell and swale of finding that balance in her personal and professional life.
Lawton received her Bachelors of Science in Broad Area Art with a minor in psychology from the University of Wisconsin—River Falls and her Masters in Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. She teaches full-time in the art department at UWRF and conducts adult and child art enrichment classes at Fox Den Books in River Falls.
Rebbekah "Beck" Hite
Senior Undergraduate Student
That One Professor You're Scared Of: Undergraduate Research and Why You Should Be Interested in It
Rebbekah is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology in May. Rebbekah has won over seven individual research grants from the Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity office, including Undergraduate Stipend and Expense Grant and the Falcon Travel Grant. She has presented her research both locally on and off campus and nationally and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Rebbekah is active both as a participant and as a mentor for several undergraduate research projects at the UWRF campus.
The Power of Belief. A personal story of believing. The creation of a Social Enterprise.
Michael is a 5th year senior and a transfer student at UWRF and will graduate with a bachelors degree in marketing this June. Michael is currently developing a social enterprise named Hippy Feet, which will offer socks constructed of organic fibers to consumers. For every sock purchased, another will be donated to the homeless or those in need. Michael is convinced that the key to happiness is generosity and an underlying belief in yourself and the goals you wish to accomplish. By believing in something with 100% of your soul, you can find the means to accomplish anything, Michael wishes to apply this philosophy to business and will talk about how he applies this belief while developing the social enterprise Hippy Feet.
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Saturday, February 27, 2016
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12:30 pm Check-In Opens
1:30 pm Welcome
1:50 - 3:10 pm Session 1
3:10 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm Session 2
5:00 pm Refreshments and Networking Social
Founded in 1874, University of Wisconsin-River Falls is one of 13 comprehensive universities in the prestigious University of Wisconsin System. Located on 226 acres of rolling land, just 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, UWRF is a leader in exemplary teaching, undergraduate research, and sustainability. Our mission is to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective
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500 Wild Rose Avenue,
River Falls, WI 54022
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The first 20 hours -- how to learn anything
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Born a girl in the wrong place
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