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UW-River Falls digital history archive to be featured on Spectrum West

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The "History of UW-River Falls," a new public, digital archive will be featured on Spectrum West this Friday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.

Other topics include the upcoming orchestra season in the Chippewa Valley, the Barron Spotlighters' production of Frost/Nixon, and a student-run health clinic in Menomonie.

Host Al Ross will talk with Kathryn Otto, university archives director at UW-River Falls, and Heidi Southworth, head cataloger of the "History of UW-River Falls." The online publicly-accessible digital collection consists of selections from photographs, yearbooks and other historical documents. Otto and Southworth will talk about the completion of the project and the rich history of UW-River Falls now available to a larger audience.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome Helen Bloomer of the Barron Spotlighters. Bloomer is the director of Frost/Nixon, a theatrical reenactment of the interviews between journalist David Frost and former President Richard Nixon. Frost/Nixon opens Jan. 24 at the Barron Area Community Center.

Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony music director, Dr. Aurelien Petillot, will chat with Ross about the upcoming Concerto Competition Finals. Four youth finalists will perform on Jan. 20 from UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center. Ross will also preview the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra's concert "ECCO Tells the Tale," which comes to First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire Jan. 26.

Also, Maleka "Polly" Hashmi, a UW-Stout associate professor of biology, will talk with Ross about her work with pre-health students to offer free, preventative health screenings at the Stepping Stones Food Pantry in Menomonie. Since the fall of 2011, the clinic and its students have provided free screenings and resources to over 300 local residents.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in Western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.