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Tip Sheet for week of Nov. 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

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UW-Eau Claire will host several events this week in appreciation and support of veterans. Events include:

  • Sgt. Nick Bures, an Army National Guard member and UW-Eau Claire student who served in Afghanistan, and Dr. E. Milo Pritchett, a longtime Eau Claire resident and UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of special education who served during World War II, will present "Freedom Honor Flight" from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Ho-Chunk Room of Davies Center. The two veterans will share their experience with the "Freedom Honor Flight," which takes veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., that stand in their honor. Dr. Pritchett was among the older veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C., on the May 2012 Freedom Honor Flight and Sgt. Bures served as a guardian for a World War II veteran on the same flight. Bures, a junior political science major and current president of the Veterans Club on campus, served in Afghanistan in 2008-09 with the 951st Sapper Company. You can reach Sgt. Nick Bures at 715-219-0838 or buresna@uwec.edu. Dr. Pritchett served as an infantry scout with the U.S. Army 91st Infantry Division from 1942-45. The division fought in Italy in 1944-45. Dr. Milo Pritchett can be reached at 715-832-3989.
  • Currently serving military members, veterans and their families will receive free admission to the Blugolds vs. UW-River Falls Falcons football game at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Carson Park.

For more information about these and other Veterans Day (Nov. 11) events, contact Miranda Cross-Schindler, military education benefits coordinator, at crossmk@uwec.edu or 715-836-5212.

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Blugold Dining now is consistently serving meat products that have been raised and processed locally thanks to an agreement with Cadott-based Crescent Meats, a family-owned and -operated full-service meat processing plant located fewer than 30 miles from Eau Claire. As a result, nearly 20 percent of the $4.3 million Blugold Dining spends in a year on food is going to purchase local food products. To be considered local, products must be produced and distributed within 150 miles of Eau Claire. Crescent Meats now provides meats for several dining facilities on campus, including the university's cafeteria that serves about 7,500 meals a day. Much of the chicken used also will come from Crescent Meats. The partnership with Crescent Meats is the latest in Blugold Dining's ongoing efforts to support UW-Eau Claire's sustainability initiatives. Already, 90 percent of dairy offered comes from local vendors, including nearly 600 gallons of milk per week. For more information, contact Christian Wise at 715-836-2716 or wisec@uwec.edu.

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Sixteen students in a journalism class have created an online election guide to help educate students about Tuesday's election. The multimedia blog, found at http://ecelection2012.wordpress.com, includes print and broadcast stories about candidates and races at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Michael Dorsher, associate professor of journalism, teaches the class that created the voter guide. The project reflects the communication and journalism department's ongoing commitment to public affairs journalism. As the department has updated and revised its curriculum, it no longer teaches separate classes in public affairs reporting or news editing and design. Rather, it has carried forward that skills training into a fully converged multimedia class. The Election 2012 voter guide also shows some of the skills students have gained from new courses in multimedia communication and research methods for journalists. Next semester, for the first time, Dr. Dorsher will teach a course in "Journalism Entrepreneurship," so students can be innovators into the 21st century. To discuss the voter guide project or journalism education today, contact Dr. Dorsher at 763-688-3472 or mdorsher@uwec.edu.

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