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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 16, 2012

January 16, 2012

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A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at St. James the Greater Church in Eau Claire. Youth from Eau Claire elementary, middle and high schools, along with university students and community members, will participate in the ceremony. Volunteers will read from several of King's speeches, including "I Have a Dream...," "Maladjusted" and "The Drum Major Instinct." To arrange for interviews, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019 or A rehearsal is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at St. James the Greater Church, 2502 11th St. The media is welcome at the Saturday rehearsal. Participants also will be available to talk with the media from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday before for the program.

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Members of the campus and greater Eau Claire communities will help with Martin Luther King Day of Service community projects Monday, Jan. 16. The projects will commemorate King's life and his idea of service. Participants will meet at noon at The Community Table in Eau Claire. They will break into groups to join in service projects during the afternoon. Projects will include painting at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, sorting donations at Beacon House, and redistributing food at the Feed My People Food Bank. For details, contact Ann Watson at 715-836-5283 or

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The department of music and theatre arts will present Cabaret XXXIV this month, with eight shows and 150 performers. Performances for this year's show, "Careers," are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19-21 and Jan. 26-28 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 and Jan. 28. Cabaret features student performers from ensembles as well as small acts and solo performers. It will include performances by the Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale, UW-Eau Claire jazz ensembles and the University Symphony Orchestra. Cabaret — the department's largest annual production — has raised nearly $300,000 to support scholarships for music students. The production began in 1978 to provide experience for students in arranging and staging a variety show similar to ones they might encounter in their professional careers. Nine student directors are involved in directing this year's show, including Jessica McIlquham of Chippewa Falls.

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A psychology faculty member wrote a book exploring how the use of textile arts and handcrafts in therapy can contribute to women's psychological well-being. Dr. Ann Futterman Collier, adjunct assistant professor of psychology and faculty research fellow, had her book, "Using Textile Arts and Handcrafts in Therapy with Women: Weaving Lives Back Together," published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The book is geared toward fiber artists, mental health professionals and people who enjoy working in the textile arts. Collier teaches courses in abnormal psychology, global issues in women's mental health, counseling techniques, health psychology and art therapy theory. For details, contact Ann Futterman Collier at 715-836-2487 or

Calendar Notes

  • UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
  • Winterim classes will continue through Friday, Jan. 20.
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