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Tip Sheet for week of March 4

March 4, 2013

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An educator lauded nationally for her work on literacy and social justice will speak at the 10th annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture. Linda Christensen, director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., will present "Outrageous Hope: Literacy and Social Justice" from 4-5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Christensen also will lead a workshop for area educators and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff on strategies for teaching students from diverse backgrounds. The series honors Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire graduate. Mogensen was one of the first victims of school shootings in the U.S. when he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he was principal. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Mogensen Nelson Brinkhaus, both graduates of UW-Eau Claire, help support the lecture series. A reception celebrating a decade of lectures will follow Thursday's presentation. For details, contact Dr. Marvin Lynn, associate dean for teacher education, at or 715-836-5832.

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Three students — including one from Eau Claire —designed artistic wraps for the city of Eau Claire's new hybrid buses. Seniors Alison Wheeler, Viroqua, Jennifer Johns, St. Louis Park, Minn., and Luke Benson, Eau Claire, began work on the hybrid bus art project in August. They spent hours creating the designs under the guidance of faculty mentors Jyl Kelley, assistant professor in photography, Ned Gannon, associate professor in illustration, and Sooyun Im, assistant professor of graphic design. The project's theme is centered on the three elements of a watershed: hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. The first bus has been wrapped with the design and can be seen on its route through the city. The two remaining buses will be wrapped soon. The designs highlight the efficient and eco-friendly aspects of the new hybrid buses, and reflect the landscape and nature found in Eau Claire. Students researched the types of trees, plants, animals and fish that are native to Eau Claire. They also brought Wisconsin's four seasons into the design. For details, contact Jyl Kelley at 715-836-4622 or

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The 23rd annual Culture Core event will run from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. The theme is "generation shifts." The event is designed to share Hmong culture, experiences and contemporary issues in America. It will include food, entertainment, speakers, art displays and workshops. For more information, contact Choua Xiong at

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International Culture Night will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Schofield Auditorium. The theme is "A World With No Culture." Activities will include music, dance, a global fashion show and play, and food from around the world. For details, contact Kim Nguyen at

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A lecture titled "Youth and Women's Leadership, New Media and the Arab Spring: Prospects for Political Change and Intercultural Dialogue" will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall. The speaker, Dr. Sahar Kham, is an expert in Middle Eastern media, with an emphasis on Middle Eastern women's use of media technologies.

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The Viennese Ball gown sale will run from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5-6, in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center. The 39th annual Viennese Ball will be held April 12-13.

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The Shamrock Shuffle 5K run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the McPhee Center. Proceeds go to the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, a free summer camp for area youth.

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