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Tip Sheet for week of April 23, 2012

April 23, 2012

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UW-Eau Claire has again been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in North America. "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition" includes UW-Eau Claire among the 322 institutions of higher education that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in its academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. UW-Eau Claire is the only public university in western Wisconsin on the green list. The schools included were selected after more than 765 schools' green ratings were tallied. UW-Eau Claire earned its place among the top eco-friendly schools by making meaningful changes that are putting it on a path toward carbon neutrality, said Dr. James E. Boulter, sustainably fellow. The guidebook noted many of those initiatives, ranging from campus-community partnerships on biking, pedestrian and busing issues, to projects that reduce waste sent to landfills. It also recognizes the leadership role students have played in sustainability efforts, including a student-initiated $20 per student per year green fee that funds many sustainability projects. Among the green facts included is that the university's focus on keeping waste out of landfills led to an unprecedented 75 percent waste diversion rate in 2011. The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges can be viewed online. Dr. Boulter is available to discuss university's sustainability efforts. You can contact him at 715-836-4175 or boulteje@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will host events Monday, April 23, to celebrate the rededication of a historic venue on campus that was recently renovated. The "Celebration of Achievements" events will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the rededication of Schofield Auditorium. People will gather for a ribbon-cutting and rededication of the refurbished space. Several musical ensembles featuring students and staff will perform. The celebration will continue at 7:30 p.m. Monday with Jazz Ensemble I giving its spring concert in Schofield Auditorium. The auditorium, which resides in Schofield Hall — the only National Historic Building on campus — was refurbished to better accommodate public events serving the campus, student organizations and the community. The largest fixed-seating venue on campus, it's the setting for presentations such as the Artists Series, The Forum, orientation welcomes and lectures. It hosts about 135 student-sponsored events per year. The daylong celebration also will include a farewell reception for outgoing Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. Members of the news media wishing to cover that event can contact Debra Lang at 715-836-5607 or langda@uwec.edu for details.

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Twelve international students in an ESL class will be guest readers at the Tuesday, April 24, story time in McIntyre Library. Kids from the Children's Center will gather at 10:15 a.m. in the Instructional Media Center in McIntyre Library. The international students will read a book or lead a song or activity. International students participating are from China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Chile. Story time will be about 45 minutes. It will be the last story time held on campus since the existing Children's Center will be torn down to make way for a new education building and the new Children's Center will be located off the main campus. For details, contact Kati Tvaruzka at 715-836-4522 or tvaruzke@uwec.edu.

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The Honoring Education Traditional Pow-Wow will be held April 28 in Zorn Arena. Doors will open to the public at 11 a.m. Grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The feast will begin at 5 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The head female dancer will be Rebecca St. Germaine and head male dancer will be Dr. Rick St. Germaine. Up to 1,000 visitors are expected, including Indian nations from throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. The event provides opportunities for Native American people to gather and celebrate the importance of their heritage and culture, and for UW-Eau Claire to recognize and honor its American Indian alumni. For details, contact Odawa White, Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 715-836-5840 or whiteol@uwec.edu.

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