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Tip Sheet for the Week of Feb. 7

Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
Music professor Bob Baca and a group of jazz students recently returned from what they describe as a phenomenal trip to Los Angeles, Long Beach, Calif., and Portland, Ore. In California they attended an International Association for Jazz Education conference, where they attended jazz clinics and heard performances by "the best of the best" of the jazz world. In Portland, they met jazz students and faculty from Mt. Hood Community College. Students stayed with Mt. Hood students to experience a different college culture. They also performed with jazz students from the University of Oregon-Eugene, and met Portland's top jazz musicians for clinics and private lessons. Baca is available to talk about the trip and can help put reporters in touch with students who participated. You can contact Baca at (715) 836-4371 or bacarj@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
Student Peer Diversity Educators will lead a Family Folk Fair from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Sherman school. The event is designed to get families talking about diversity issues. The Peer Diversity Educators are taking diversity education into Eau Claire schools. They work with area schools to conduct the programs. Students also participate in Diversity Day at Northstar Middle School and conduct classroom programs at other schools. For details, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at (715) 836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Two international students with ties to countries affected by December's tsunami are on campus and available to talk with the media. Reporters can contact Don Gunaratne of Sri Lanka at gunaradd@uwec.edu and Anjali Anaand of Malaysia at pcananaa@uwec.edu. Neither of the students was in their home country at the time of the disaster but they have talked with family and friends in those regions.

Visiting Expert
The Feb. 7 Forum will feature Angela Davis, who is known internationally for her work to combat oppression. A witness to the historical struggles of the 20th century, she was put on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List in 1970. A police search drove her underground and culminated in one of the most famous trials in recent U.S. history. Davis' talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. She'll be available to talk with the media from 6-6:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center.

Story Idea
As part of Black History Month, UW-Eau Claire will screen three films involving race issues. The "Dialogue on Diversity" series will run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 16 and 23 in Davies Center. The campus and Eau Claire communities are welcome. For details, contact Jesse Dixon, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at (715) 836-5503 or dixonjl@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
Students can take dog sledding rides during UW-Eau Claire's Winter Carnival. The sled rides are from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, behind Governor's Hall on upper campus.

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