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Tip Sheet for week of April 8, 2013

April 8, 2013

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Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet will leave Friday, April 12, for a 10-day trade mission to China led by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Bousquet will represent the UW System. In November, Bousquet led a UW-Eau Claire delegation to China to enhance existing partnerships and develop new partnerships between UW-Eau Claire and institutions and businesses in China. You can reach Dr. Bousquet at 715-836-2327 or bousqug@uwec.edu.

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For the first time the Viennese Ball will be held in the new Davies Center. The Viennese Ball, the university's largest social event, will be held Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. The ball recalls the culture, history and music of 19th-century Vienna. It features student and faculty ensembles and area musicians.

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Students have a new option for improving their foreign language skills — video games. Beginning this month, "Wii open labs" will be offered from 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Language Lab (Room 311, Hibbard Hall). The labs were set up after the Foreign Language Technology Committee researched the educational benefits of playing games, including advantages for second language learning. The committee received a grant to buy a Nintendo Wii for the lab. Faculty say playing games can facilitate language learning by providing context for students in which the language is useful. Students follow instructions in the language other players use. For details, contact Dr. Jessica Miller at millerjs@uwec.edu or 715-836-4267, or Dr. Anne Hlas at hlasac@uwec.edu or 715-836-3528.

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An opening reception for the exhibit "A Peace of My Mind," created by John Noltner, a 1990 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Alumni Room, Davies Center. The exhibit will be displayed through May 12. Noltner, an award-winning photographer and author, specializes in images of people, lifestyle and travel. In 2009, he created a documentary project exploring the meaning of peace by asking ordinary people the question, "What does peace mean to you?" The exhibit contains portraits and stories of 52 diverse subjects. Each subject is showcased on a canvas that includes the subject's name, biography, portrait and a short excerpt from their interview about what peace means to them. The people profiled include Holocaust survivors and a homeless man, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive. In 2010 "A Peace of my Mind" became a traveling exhibit. It then grew into a website, a series of podcasts and ultimately a book with a foreword written by Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi will give a Forum presentation May 7 on campus as the culmination of the "A Peace of My Mind" exhibit. In December 2012 Noltner worked with current art students on additions to the exhibit, which will be featured during Tuesday's reception. This week, Noltner will give lectures about the project at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Room 101 of the Haas Fine Arts Center and 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Hibbard Hall 103.

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Social work majors — including sophomore Merissa Kane from Stanley — are participating in a national project designed to raise awareness about violence, human rights violations and genocide around the world. The students are creating clay bones as part of "One Million Bones," a large-scale social arts project devoted to creating awareness of and raising funds for victims of genocide and other atrocities in the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Burma and other countries. The students hope to make at least 300 clay bones, which are being fired to a realistic bone-white color by Susan O'Brien, associate professor of art & design. Through a partnership with Students Rebuild, every bone made earns $1 for CARE International and its work with survivors. The collection of bones will result in an installation to be unveiled later this month on campus. The bones will then be shipped to the One Million Bones organization in Washington, D.C., to be part of an installation on the National Mall in June. The students will make bones from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 10, in the ceramics lab, Room 112, Haas Fine Arts Center. The project will have a presence at the John Noltner opening on Tuesday (see above). For details, contact Dr. Don Mowry, chair of the social work department, at715-836- 4435 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

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An Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month event featuring alumni who are Hmong will run from noon-1 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Ho-Chunk Room, Davies Center.

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