UW-WC Community Lecture Series Focuses on Sports

Matt Zillig Memorial Lecture opens series on Oct. 14

Sports – Beyond the Game is the title of UW-Washington County’s Community Lecture Series for 2009/10. The lectures take place on Wednesday evening, with three fall sessions planned for October 14, 21 and 28.  Each one hour lecture begins at 7pm in Room 228. Admission is free and no reservations are needed.  The popular lecture series welcomes area adults as well as high school and college students.  

Dr. Daniel Taylor, Professor Emeritus from Lawrence University, is the speaker for the first lecture on Wednesday, October 14. Dr. Taylor’s lecture titled “Ancient Olympics,” will cover the nature and importance of sports, both historically and intellectually.   Dr. Taylor will use an illustrated slide show to introduce participants to gods and goddesses athletes and heroes, events in the ancient games as well as the spirit of competition that was ever present in the ancient Greek world. This first lecture in the series is also being deemed the Matt Zillig Memorial Lecture. Matt Zillig was a University of Wisconsin graduate, a world traveler and an active community supporter. After his death in 2008, an endowment was established by his friends and colleagues to sponsor an annual lecture relating to global citizenship at UW-Washington County. This is the first such lecture to honor Zillig.  A cheese and wine social will follow this lecture.

The complete series – with dates and topics include:

Wed. October 14: Ancient Olympics

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Taylor, Lawrence University (Emeritus)

Wed. October 21: Sports in Literature

Speaker: Dr. Greg Ahrenhoerster, UW-Waukesha

Wed., October 28:   Mental Skills to Improve Your Game

Speaker:Dr. Celine McNelisKline, UW-Marathon

Spring 2010 Lectures:

Wednesday, March 31:  Sports Medicine

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Earl, UW-Milwaukee

Wed. April 14:  Female Equality in Sports

Speaker: Dr. Michael Nofz, UW-Fond du Lac

Wed., April 21: The Role of the Sports Reporter

Speaker: Tim VanVooren, Fox 6 News

The purpose of the lecture series is to provide fundamental information and a better understanding of a topic, which is chosen each year by the UW-WC Lectures Committee. Members of the Lectures Committee for the 2009/10 series included Sue Bausch (University Relations), Dr. Dylan Bennett (Political Science), Dr. Chris Hays (Anthropology), Dr. Mike Mattek (English), Dan Anhalt (Continuing Education) and SGA student representatives, Jacob Cochran and Abby Hartwig.

Information about the Lecture Series is also available on the campus website at washington.uwc.edu.  All lectures will meet in Room 228, which is located on the second floor of the campus at 400 University Drive in West Bend.  Use the main entrance and follow the directional signs to lecture hall. Free parking is available.                                   


Sue Bausch