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UW Center for Civic Engagement Open House

by on October 21st, 2010

[I took this directly from Facebook]

A ribbon cutting ceremony, tours and a panel discussion on democracy will open the University of Wisconsin Marathon County’s new UW Center for Civic Engagement building.

The public open house will be held Saturday, October 23, beginning with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:00 p.m. Self-guided tours of the building, with guides stationed throughout the building, will follow until 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

At 6:00 p.m. a panel discussion will be held on Contemporary American Democracy: Perils and Promises. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, the panel will include Congressman Dave Obey, National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Jim Leach, Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton, County Administrator Brad Karger, National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Jim Leach and Associate Professor of History Brett Barker. Moderator is former UWMC Campus Dean Jim Veninga. (See separate media release for more information about the panelists.) A reception will follow the panel discussion.

All events are free and open to the public. However, tickets are needed for the panel discussion. They can be picked up at the UWMC information desk in the new building. Any remaining tickets will be available at the open house.

Speakers at the ribbon cutting are: UWMC Campus Executive Officer and Dean, Sandy Smith, Congressman Dave Obey, Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton, County Board Chairman Keith Langanhahn, Campus Faculty Project Coordinator Sarah Rudolph and a UWMC student (TBD).

The new building, like the others on the UWMC campus, is owned by Marathon County. Total cost for the construction of the building was $6.8 million, funded by the county and the federal government. The furnishings were provided by the state, and the faculty and staff are employees of the UW System.

Programs that will be located in the new building will include the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, UWMC Department of Theatre Arts, UWMC Office of Continuing Education and Outreach, Wisconsin Public Radio and Kids Voting USA-Wisconsin.

The UW Center for Civic Engagement is located at 625 Stewart Avenue in Wausau.

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