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TIP SHEET   Week of Sept. 15, 2003
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Story Idea
Eau Claire elementary teacher and her former student were reunited this fall in a UW-Eau Claire classroom. Nancy Schwartzhoff was Laurie Jo Brenner Brott’s fourth-grade teacher at Sam Davey Elementary School in Eau Claire. This semester Schwartzhoff is teaching “Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction in Grades 1-9” in UW-Eau Claire’s School of Education. Brott, a senior special education major, is a student in the class. Schwartzhoff and Brott are available to talk about reconnecting in the classroom. You can reach Nancy Schwartzhoff at (715) 833-8061 or You can reach Brott at (715) 830-1832 or

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This weekend’s “A Salute to the Big Band Era” will pay tribute to all past and present members of the U.S. armed forces. Rosters of veterans and current military personnel attending each performance will be posted. A birthday cake with 100 candles will be lit in tribute to the late Bob Hope, who entertained an estimated 10 million servicemen and women from 1948-1990. Performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Zorn Arena. UW-Eau Claire’s award-winning Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Robert Baca, will provide the salute and the swing, performing music popular between 1928 and 1948. For more information, contact Robert Baca at (715) 836-4371 or

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The Wisconsin Geographical Society will hold its 57th annual meeting Sept. 19 and 20 in Davies Center. The meeting will include paper/poster sessions, workshops, speakers and field trips. Brady Foust, professor of geography and anthropology, will be the featured speaker Friday, with a talk titled “Seeing the World in New Ways: The Education of a Geographer.” On Saturday, Professor Sean Hartnett will discuss his research on the geography of long distance runners. Field trips include a walking tour of Eau Claire’s architectural history, and canoe and bike trips. For details, contact Tim Bawden, assistant professor of geography and anthropology, at (715) 836-5186 or

News Conference
Humorist, journalist and political commentator P.J. O’Rourke will be available to talk with the media from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Potawatomi Room in Davies Center. O’Rourke will open The Forum season during his 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 presentation in Zorn Arena. His speech is titled “The Politics of Worry – Government vs. the Free Market: Which is Worse?” For details, contact Jennifer Hinners at (715) 836-2787 or

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Updated: September 15, 2003