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Tip sheet for week of Feb. 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

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For the 20th consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire's forensics team earned the championship trophy at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament. Senior Holly Albers, Mazeppa, Minn., won the oratory competition at the tournament. In April she will represent UW-Eau Claire and the state of Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest, the nation's oldest forensics competition. UW-Eau Claire's team won 10 of the 11 events at the 2012 state forensics tournament this month. Eau Claire native James Kust was among the winners. The senior placed first in after-dinner speaking; third in communication analysis, informative speaking and impromptu speaking; and fifth in individual sweepstakes and extemporaneous speaking. Established in 1944, UW-Eau Claire has one of the longest running forensics programs in the nation. The team has won the Wisconsin State Championship each of the past 20 years, and since 2000, has had more than 50 individual state champions. For information about the team's ongoing success, contact Karen Morris, director of the forensics program, at

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UW-Eau Claire's ECLIPSE program will host a birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss at an Eau Claire school. The event will run from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Flynn Elementary School. The free event is for families with children ages 3-6. Activities will include literacy games, literacy crafts and storytelling. ECLIPSE — Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program, Services and Evaluation — is an AmeriCorps program that focuses on early childhood literacy in Eau Claire and Altoona. The Dr. Seuss event is a collaboration between ECLIPSE and the Eau Claire Area School District's early learning program. For details, contact Malory Peterson, ECLIPSE volunteer coordinator, at 651-380-8761 or

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Some people attending the Aldo Leopold Banquet Friday, March 2, will hike to the event to honor the conservation legacy of Leopold. People making the 7-mile trek from campus to the Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club will meet on the Central Campus Mall at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The banquet — which will introduce students and community members to the Aldo Leopold land ethic — will run from 5-10 p.m. at the Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club. Kenny Salwey, author and star of the Emmy-award winning film "Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat," will speak. Speakers also will include a member of James Leary's family and Kimera Way, executive director of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The Foundation recently received a 160-acre land donation from the Leary family near the confluence of the Chippewa and Flambeau rivers. It also purchased the 112-acre St. Bede Monastery property on the outskirts of Eau Claire. John Hildebrand, professor emeritus of English, will be the program's emcee. Proceeds will benefit UW-Eau Claire's Wisconsin Youth Success Program, which introduces youth to the outdoors. For more information, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616 or

Visiting Expert

The Forum will present celebrated brain researcher Dr. V.S. Ramachandran Wednesday, Feb. 29. His lecture, "The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. An adjunct professor of biology at the Salk Institute, Ramachandran directs the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, where he is a distinguished professor in the psychology department and neurosciences program. Time magazine named him one of 2011's "100 Most Influential People in the World."Ramachandran is known as a storyteller who can simply describe the most complicated inner workings of the brain. He is fascinated by patients who have unusual abilities or defects in the way they perceive the world.

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