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Tip Sheet for week of Oct. 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

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McIntyre Library has a new collection of nearly 100 board games being used to support the university's new honors course on game design and analysis as well as to encourage social activity within the library. The collection includes games that focus on language acquisition and use (like Word on the Street), family games (like Clue), Euro games (like Ticket to Ride) and war games (like Twilight Struggle). In addition to being used in the honors curriculum, the games have been used by the university's Center for International Education to facilitate cross-cultural communication between international students and their American counterparts. "I love the idea that an international student can come to the library, find a game they are familiar with from their home country and teach this game to their American friends," said Jodi Simek, international student adviser in the Center for International Education. "It's a great start to cultural understanding and building friendships." Library staff also use the games in library programming, and students have organized monthly game days in the library using the board games. For more information about the game collection, contact librarians Hans Kishel at or 715-836-2959 or Eric Jennings at or 715-836-4076.

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The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has launched a comprehensive campaign to raise $60 million in support of people, programs and places at UW-Eau Claire by Dec. 31, 2016, during the year of the university's centennial celebration. The Power of Possible Centennial Campaign already has raised $27.6 million in gifts, pledges and deferred commitments. The Foundation's first comprehensive campaign ended in 2007 and raised nearly $54 million for UW-Eau Claire — surpassing its initial goal of $35 million. Among the gifts already received is a commitment of $2 million from Ralph Duxbury, a 1943 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, then the Eau Claire State Teachers College. Over the past 20 years, Duxbury has contributed more than $250,000 to his alma mater. His additional gifts of $2 million will create endowments for the university's Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship program and choral music program, as well as a new Biology Faculty Success Fund to help the university recruit and retain exceptional biology faculty and to invest in their collaborative projects with other faculty and students in the "hard" sciences of chemistry, physics and astronomy. For details, contact Kimera Way, Foundation president, at or 715-836-5180.

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The Office of Sustainability for Housing and Residence Life will host an event called "Do it in the Dark: Night Games" from 8-10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, on Towers field on upper campus. Students will join in outdoor activities that don't require electricity. The event will bring students together to play sustainable outdoor activities, which hopefully will prompt students to think about the amount of electricity they use at night. Activities will include a scavenger hunt and a game of Capture the Flag. (Rain date will be Thursday, Oct. 4.) For details, contact Kate Hartsel at or 715-836-2505.

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