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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

News Bureau

TIP SHEET Week of Dec. 2, 2002
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea/Photo Opportunity
Violence in the Middle East continues to escalate. Hardly a day goes by, it seems, without a deadly attack or retaliation. Deep-seated hatred between Jews and Muslims often is cited as the reason for the violence — something many of us have difficulty understanding. In an effort to learn more about both religions, UW-Eau Claire is hosting a joint celebration of Ramadan, the Muslim observance of the month of fasting, and Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 5-7 p.m. in the Menominee and Ojibwa Rooms of Davies Center. The event will include traditional foods, ceremony and songs. 

Story Idea
English professor and nonfiction author John Hildebrand will present “Chasing Stories: A Narrative View of Life,” Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Hildebrand will discuss the field of literary journalism — the fact-finding of journalism mixed with the narrative techniques of literature. You can reach Hildebrand at 836-3146 or

Story Idea
In 1979, Mark McKenzie was UW-Eau Claire’s first music theory and composition graduate. Today, he is a successful Hollywood composer and orchestrator. On Sunday, Dec. 8, those who attend UW-Eau Claire’s 28th annual Holiday Concert will hear the debut performance of “Blizzard Christmas Suite,” which McKenzie derived from the score he composed for the movie “Blizzard.” Concerts will be performed at 2 and 5 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
         In addition to his gift of “Blizzard Christmas Suite,” McKenzie and his wife Susan, a 1978 UW-Eau Claire graduate, have given a financial gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to establish a fund to commission original compositions for performances by UW-Eau Claire music ensembles.

Photo Opportunity
The UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will welcome choreographer Kim Neal Nofsinger, artistic director of Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, as an artist in residence Dec. 2-7.
         During his residency, Nofsinger will teach, choreograph and speak. (see list of events).

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Judy Berthiaume
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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(715) 836-4741

Updated: December 2, 2002