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Tip Sheet for week of June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013

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Beginning today, more than 2,000 new UW-Eau Claire freshmen and their parents will visit campus during 15 June orientation sessions (and one session on Aug. 20). The new freshmen will learn more about their academic programs, register for fall classes and learn about university resources and campus life. Their parents and guests will interact with fellow parents, current students and university staff. The new students and their parents will attend morning informational sessions followed by lunch in Davies Center, and then will register for fall classes and attend a resource fair and additional information sessions during the afternoon in McIntyre Library. For more information, contact Julia Diggins, UW-Eau Claire's coordinator for new student orientation, at 715-836-5053 or

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June 11 marks the 50th anniversary of the successful integration of the University of Alabama, a civil rights struggle chronicled in a new book by B.J. Hollars, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of English, and published by the University of Alabama Press. "Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa" is Hollars' second book on the issues of race and civil rights in the South. It provides an all-encompassing account of the University of Alabama's 1956 and 1963 desegregation attempts, as well as the never-before-reported-story of Tuscaloosa's own civil rights movement. Hollars, who received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Alabama, said his time spent there was the source of inspiration to write "Opening the Doors." "I spent four years at the University of Alabama, and for three of those years, I had little to no understanding about the university's difficult history regarding desegregation," Hollars said. "I soon learned that my students knew relatively little about it as well. I wanted to try to change that, so I wrote the book." "Opening the Doors" tells the story of three African-American students who risked their lives to desegregate a southern university, as well as the story of a core group of reverends and townspeople — black and white — who worked together to overcome inequalities throughout the 1960s. For more information, contact B.J. Hollars at 715-836-2667 or

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Classes begin today, June 10, for students enrolled in UW-Eau Claire's eight-week summer session, which runs through Friday, Aug. 2.

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After a year's hiatus, UW-Eau Claire's Summer Events series is back beginning this week, with Monday evening concerts in the Owen Park band shell and Wednesday evening outdoor movies on the lawn west of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the concerts and movie screenings, which are free and open to the Chippewa Valley community:

  • Indie rock band Green Tea will perform at 7 p.m. tonight in the Owen Park band shell (rain site: Davies Center).
  • The movie "Oz the Great and Powerful" will screen at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday outdoors on the west side of the Haas Fine Arts Center (rain site: Woodland Theater, Davies Center).

For more information about the Summer Events series, contact Joe Haferman in UW-Eau Claire's Activities, Involvement and Leadership office at 715-836-4419 or

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