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Tipsheet for week of Feb. 13, 2012

February 13, 2012

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A team of four UW-Eau Claire computer science students — including two from Eau Claire — took top honors in the first Windward International Collegiate Programming Championships. Windward is a business software development company based in Boulder, Colo. UW-Eau Claire's team consisted of James Felton, a junior from Wauwatosa; Jonathan Fretheim, a senior from Eau Claire; Rebekah Sippert, a senior from Eau Claire; and Corey Schulz, a junior from Lannon. The students earned the Windward Code Wars Trophy by defeating their closest rival by a final score of 502-468. The UW-Eau Claire team competed against hundreds of teams from a group of prestigious universities across North America: Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Harvey Mudd College, Georgia Tech, Purdue University, Stanford University, University of Illinois, University of Massachusetts and University of Toronto. Competitors matched wits against fellow computer science students in a previously undisclosed programming game. More information about the competition is available online.

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More than 150 community members — many of them senior citizens — will receive free foot and nail care this week from nurses who are enrolled in UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education's "Foot and Nail: Education for Nurses" course. The nurses will provide the foot and nail care from 9 a.m.-noon and from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at First Lutheran Church, 1005 Oxford Ave. The professional development program will run for two days. Thursday will be spent on instruction. Friday is a day of clinical practice, with the nurses providing the free care to people from the Chippewa Valley. Reporters and photographers are welcome on Friday. Details about the program are available online. For additional information, contact Laurie St. Aubin-Whelihan at 715-836-3476 or

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UW-Eau Claire students have a new option when looking for a ride away from campus. Zimride is an online ride-sharing program now available to UW-Eau Claire students. Several other campuses in Wisconsin and Minnesota use the system so students can share rides with the users from other schools. The program is supported by the Student Office of Sustainability, Student Senate and Parking and Transportation Services. Zimride makes it easy for students to get where they need to go while saving money and the environment, said Ben Ponkratz, who was director of the Student Office of Sustainability when work on the project began. Zimride also will help the campus ease the pressure on parking, and it has the capacity to increase the number of people making regular commutes together, he said. The university's previous ride board system, which had been in place for decades and was not online, eventually will be discontinued. For details, contact Ben Ponkratz at 715-214-5335 or, Brittany Whited at 413-687-4178 or, or see

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An African American read-in will be held from 10:15-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in McIntyre Library's breezeway. Adults from the community will read to young children to promote reading and using one's voice for good causes. The event is part of the university's Black History Month celebration.

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