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Tip Sheet for week of May 14, 2012

May 14, 2012

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A groundbreaking event for the new Education Building is slated for 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the entrance of Campus School on Park Avenue. Construction of the first new academic building at UW-Eau Claire since 1982 is set to begin. People will gather Friday to bid farewell to the Campus School and break ground for the new building. A reception in Kjer Theatre and a Campus School open house will follow the groundbreaking event.

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The "Planting Fiesta" (canceled earlier this month because of rain) will begin at 5:30 p.m. TODAY (May 14) at the Phoenix Community Gardens, located at the intersection of Forest and Oak streets in downtown Eau Claire. The student organizers — several of whom are Chippewa Valley natives — have spent the semester establishing Partnerships for Pollinators, which is dedicated to promoting the stewardship of the pollinator species that are important to the Chippewa Valley's ecosystem. Research shows that pollinating animals — including bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles — are vital to the ecosystem and support wildlife, provide a healthy watershed and pollinate food crops and flower gardens. Yet in many places, pollinator species are in crisis due to habitat loss, pesticides and viruses. The students want to help Eau Claire residents understand how to create and support pollinator habitats within the city. They've researched pollinator habitats, created educational materials about the needs of pollinator species and partnered with community groups, schools, businesses and individuals to build support for the project. Today, the students and community members will plant a pollinator habitat, which the Girl Scouts will maintain. Dr. Ruth Cronje teaches the course. Mike Huggins, the recently retired city of Eau Claire administrator, has donated his expertiseto help students develop the skills to be community advocates. For details, see the project's Facebook page. A story can be found online. For more information, contact Dr. Ruth Cronje at 715-836-5384 or

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Students can donate clothes, household items, furniture and nonperishable food during Don't Dump It, Donate It! from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the university's Water Street parking lot.

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McIntyre Library will be open 24 hours this week for final exams and will host stress-relief events Monday and Tuesday. For details, contact Eric Jennings at or 715-836-4076.

Monday, May 14:

  • 6-7:30 p.m.: Certified therapy dogs will be on the first floor that students can pet.
  • 6-8 p.m.: Stress-relieving workstations will be on the first floor. Students can get massages, make stress balls and visit a regression center.
  • 11:30 p.m.-midnight: There will be a dance party with music in the second floor breezeway.

Tuesday, May 15:

  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Local leader dogs will be on the first floor for students to pet.
  • 5-7 p.m.: Stress relieving workstations will be on the first floor. Students can get massages, make stress balls and visit a regression center.
  • 11:30 p.m.-midnight: There will be a dance party with music in the second floor breezeway.

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Three students — including one from the Chippewa Valley — will be interns in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer program. Sophomore microbiology major James Dulaney, Shakopee, Minn.; senior physics and math double major Thomas Nevins, Chippewa Falls; and sophomore physics major Mandy Neumann, Spencer, will intern at NSF research institutes. These are coveted positions that draw applications from across the nation. Dulaney will work on investigative biotechnology research at Western Kentucky University. Nevins will conduct research for the "Nanoporous Materials for Sensor Applications" project at the University of Idaho. Neumann will work on solar and space physics research at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Calendar Notes

Final exams will continue through Friday, May 18. Classes for the three-week Summer Session will begin Monday, May 21.

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