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Tip Sheet for week of Nov. 12

November 12, 2012

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The geography and anthropology department will host an open house in its new Geospatial Lab (being used for the first time this semester) as part of Geographic Information Systems Day celebration Wednesday, Nov. 14. The lab, located in Room 268 in Phillips Science Hall, serves geography, biology, geology students and others interested in geospatial techniques. Geospatial technology is a term used by industry and government to refer to the tools (hardware and software) used in global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS) and computer cartography. Demand for classes teaching geospatial techniques have increased significantly as students have recognized the growing job opportunities in the public and private sectors for graduates with geospatial technology skills. The U.S. Department of Labor listed geospatial technology and its use as one of 14 "high growth, high demand and economically vital sectors of the American economy." The Department of Labor recently published a geospatial technology competency model to promote the development of a well-trained workforce. Students planning to attend graduate school also recognize knowledge of geospatial technology increases their chances of being accepted into top graduate programs. In response to the high interest, in 2010 UW-Eau Claire used Blugold Commitment funds — dollars students have agreed to pay above their tuition to fund high-impact projects — to hire a faculty member who is a human-environmental geographer with expertise in GIS and remote sensing, and an academic staff member to serve as a geospatial technology facilitator. In 2011, Blugold Commitment funds were used to create the Geospatial Lab, which has doubled the number of students who can learn geospatial techniques. The lab is used by hundreds of students to complete work associated with research, collaborative assignments and internships. Other GIS Day events on Nov. 14 include a panel of students who will talk about their GIS internships (11 a.m.-noon, Room 268, Phillips); info sessions about GIS (1-1:30 p.m. in Room 268 and 2-2:30 in Room 275, Phillips); and a Geospatial Revolution video series on how digital mapping is changing how people think and live in the world (6:30-8 p.m., Woodland Theater, Davies Center). For details about the demand for graduates with geospatial technology skills, the Geospatial Lab or GIS Day events, contact Dr. Doug Faulkner, chair of the geography and anthropology department, at 715-836-5166 or faulkndj@uwec.edu; Martin Goettl, geospatial technology facilitator, at goettlm@uwec.eduor 715-836-4709; or Dr. Christina Hupy, who teaches GIS courses, at hupycm@uwec.edu or 715-836-3313.

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Award-winning fiction writer Chad Simpson will be on campus Monday, Nov. 12 (today). He'll be part of a Q&A at 4 p.m. in the Hibbard Penthouse and will read from his works at 7 p.m. in the Ojibwe Room, Davies Center. Simpson is the winner of the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award for his short story collection, "Tell Everyone I Said Hi." The stories feature Midwestern characters who prove that heartache is alive and well in the heartland. For details, contact B.J. Hollars at hollarb@uwec.edu.

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The campus will help fight hunger in the Chippewa Valley through a food drive Tuesday, Nov. 13. The drive will benefit Feed My People Food Bank. It will raise awareness of the hunger that affects thousands of people in the Chippewa Valley. Items collected on campus will help senior citizens, single parents, the working poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and others in need in the Chippewa Valley. Donations will be gathered in the east lobby of Davies Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday.

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Composer Michael Colgrass will visit campus Monday, Nov. 12 (today), to present lectures and clinics to students and community members. Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Colgrass began his musical career as a jazz drummer in the 1940s. He's since performed with the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, Modern Jazz Quartet and the original West Side Story orchestra on Broadway. Today, he will rehearse with the Symphony Band from 3-3:20 p.m., Haas Fine Arts Center, Room 139; meet with music education students from4-5 p.m., Haas Fine Arts Center, Room 159; and rehearse with the Wind Symphony from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Haas Fine Arts Center, Room 139. For details, contact Brian Diller at 715-836-4417 or dillerbt@uwec.edu.

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