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Tip Sheet for week of Oct. 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

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Blugold women's tennis doubles partners Gretchen Bachmeier and Maddie Johnson — named the WIAC doubles team of the week on Oct. 9 — have more in common than their obvious talent in their sport. (The partners in Blugolds' doubles have won their last five consecutive matches.) Gretchen, a North High School graduate and a senior mass communication/women's studies double major at UW-Eau Claire, and Maddie, a sophomore biology major from Lakeville, Minn., both are daughters of former Blugold women's tennis teammates Joan (Pedersen) Bachmeier and Theresa (Retka) Johnson. Joan, also an Eau Claire North graduate, received a degree in elementary education in 1986. She played on the Blugold tennis team from 1980-83 and in 1984-85, and now is the North High School girls' and boys' head tennis coach. Theresa, a South St. Paul (Minn.) High School graduate now living in Lakeville, Minn., played Blugold tennis from 1981-84 and is a 1985 marketing graduate. To arrange an interview with Gretchen or Joan Bachmeier or Maddie or Theresa Johnson, contact Joan Bachmeier at 715-835-4541 or, or Theresa Johnson at 612-747-0047 or

Visiting expert

Michelle Palubicki, the marketing manager of the Green Bay Packers, will speak to students about her career in sports marketing during a presentation this week. The event, which is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's American Marketing Association chapter, will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall. For details, contact Amy Bruzda at

Visiting expert

Broadcaster and poet Jean Feraca will give a presentation to students at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall. Feraca will talk about her experience in adapting to media audiences ranging from radio, print and the Web. As Wisconsin Public Radio's distinguished senior broadcaster, Feraca was host and co-producer of the award-winning call-in news and cultural affairs program "Conversations with Jean Feraca" from 1990-2003. In addition to a distinguished career in public radio that spanned 27 years, Feraca also is a noted poet. She was the recipient of The Nation's l975 Discovery Award and was named "one of the most promising poets of her generation."

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Kim Wellnitz, an academic adviser in Advising and New Student Initiatives at UW-Eau Claire, is a recipient of the UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award. Wellnitz holds a bachelor's degree in communication and Spanish as well as a master's degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She uses her position as an academic adviser to provide a strong support system for her advisees, students connected with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Blugold Beginnings and Commanding English programs as well as international students. The Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award program is sponsored by the UW System Women's Studies Consortium and the UW System Office of Diversity Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. For more information, contact Kim Wellnitz at

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