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Tip Sheet for week of Dec. 10

December 11, 2012

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John Noltner, a 1990 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, will bring his "A Peace of My Mind" project to campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11-12. The freelance photographer and writer developed the multimedia art project to foster public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility and peace. A compilation of black-and-white portraits and oral histories, the project features more than 50 subjects describing what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives and some of the obstacles they encounter. "A Peace of My Mind" takes the form of a website, podcast, blog, exhibit and book. During his visit to Eau Claire this week, Noltner will work with art students and community members to develop additional pieces for the project exhibit. On Tuesday, Noltner will meet with the campus project team from 8:30-11 a.m. in Room 207 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. At 3 p.m. at the Brickhouse Gallery in downtown Eau Claire, he will interview and photograph a project subject and instruct students in the process. On Wednesday, students will interview and photograph subjects with coaching from Noltner at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Noltner's visit is the first part of a campus project that will include a showing of his exhibit in April 2013 and a May Forum presentation by Ela Gandhi, who wrote the introduction to Noltner's book and is the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi. For details about the project and Noltner's visit, contact Rick Mickelson, media and learning services manager in Learning and Technology Services, at 715-836-6005 or Mickelson was Noltner's supervisor when he was a student worker in the university's photo division. The media is welcome at Noltner's sessions this week.

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The Materials Science Center was recently showcased at a national conference. Students Jason Leicht, a senior physics major from Little Chute, and Caramon Ives, a senior materials science major from Eau Claire, attended the conference to accept a certificate recognizing the formation of a UW-Eau Claire chapter of the Materials Research Society. State-of-the-art instrumentation, student and faculty research collaborations and innovative industry partnerships have been the hallmark of the Materials Science Center since it opened in 2004.The university introduced a materials science major in 2009. The Materials Science Center was highlighted in a video shown at the conference.

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The music and theatre arts department will present its annual holiday concert in the lobby of the Haas Fine Arts Center from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The concert, organized by UW-Eau Claire students, will feature small ensembles playing traditional holiday music. There will be performances by a cappella groups, brass and woodwind chamber ensembles and Jazz Ensemble I.

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