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Tip Sheet for the Week of March 28

Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

RELEASED: March 28, 2005

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The Chippewa Valley Jewish and Indian communities will celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Indian holiday of Holi at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Holi began in North India as a Hindu festival but became a holiday celebrated throughout India. Honoring the coming of spring and birth of new life, Holi celebrates the triumph of good over evil as explained in a sacred story about the defeat of a demon. People celebrate Purim by reciting the Book of Esther, sending food to friends and giving money to the poor. Celebrations include eating, singing, dancing and costumes. For details, contact Helaine Minkus at (715) 836-5481, Veena Chadha at (715) 836-3727, or Shyam Chadha (715) 836-3272.

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Jazz trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling will kick off the 2005 Jazz Festival March 31. He'll begin his concert with Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Bob Baca, at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The show is titled "Trumpet Kings: A Portrayal of the Great Trumpet Artists Throughout Jazz History." Jazz Fest continues April 1-2.

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Phi Alpha, a social work honor society, is organizing Cinderella's Closet, a project to provide prom dresses for high school students who can't afford them. Students can choose a dress April 5 and 9 at First Baptist Church. This is Phi Alpha's third year organizing Cinderella's Closet. Last year about 25 of the donated dresses were worn to proms. For details, contact Liz Bode at (715) 836-271-6470 or bodeem@uwec.edu.

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Gordon Thunder, tribal elder and Ho-Chunk culture and language instructor, will open UW-Eau Claire's Native American Month activities with a traditional blessing ceremony. The ceremony will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in front of the Nursing Building. For details, contact Odawa White at (715) 836-3367 or whiteol@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The Multicultural College Women's Association will present "A Multicultural Women's Perspective" from 6-8 p.m. March 30 in the Eagle Room of Davies Center. The student panel will discuss diversity-related issues. American Indian, Asian, Black, disabled, Hmong, Latino, LGBT and non-traditional female students will talk about their experiences on campus. For details, contact Nichole Ray at raynv@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Rob Grunewald, a regional economic analyst from the Federal Reserve Bank, will discuss economic returns from early childhood education from 4-5 p.m. March 30 in Davies Theatre. For details, contact Duane Oyen at (715) 836-3507 or oyend@uwec.edu.

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The Final Four Fun Fest begins at 4 p.m. April 2 in the McPhee Center. Screens will show the NCAA men's basketball games. It's the first time Fun Fest has been on campus. For details, contact Tim Petermann at (715) 836-4184 or petermta@uwec.edu.

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