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Tip Sheet for the Week of Nov. 28, 2005

RELEASED: Nov. 28, 2005

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The son of a UW-Eau Claire alumnus from Uganda is now a freshman computer science major at UW-Eau Claire thanks to a scholarship created by an alumna who wanted to give a young African a chance to study at an American university.
Mary Hilfiker, a 1967 graduate who has visited Africa several times, will pay Samson Gimui's tuition and fees until he graduates. Samson's father, Joab Kiboma Gimui, is a 1970 alumnus who came to the university through a government-sponsored program that has since been eliminated. Kiboma Gimui had dreamed that one of his children would attend his alma mater but he lacked the resources to make it happen. After her most recent trip to Africa, Hilfiker worked with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to establish a scholarship to help a student from Africa. In July 2004, the Foundation sent letters to the 14 known alumni who live in Africa, asking if they had children or grandchildren who might want to attend their alma mater. They soon heard from Joab Kiboma Gimui asking that his youngest son, 20-year-old Samson, be considered for the scholarship. Hilfiker and the Foundation staff then began the challenging task of bringing him to campus, a lengthy and difficult process. Gimui, who had never before left Uganda, says he already understands why his father has such fond memories of his years at UW-Eau Claire. Samson Gimui is available to share his story with the media. You can reach him at gimuis@uwec.edu.

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"Holy Sites/Sights," a collection of photographs by faculty and students of the Hartford Art School documenting archaeological excavations in Israel, will open Dec. 1 in the Foster Gallery.
Christine Dalenta, curator of the exhibit, will give a lecture at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Foster Gallery. Dr. Harry Jol, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography and anthropology who has been involved in archaeological research at some of the sites depicted in the exhibit, also will speak. The exhibit includes photos of sites long regarded by many as holy, as well as archaeological excavations now seen as important. Several UW-Eau Claire students and one alumnus who were involved in the research with Jol appear in the photo exhibit. For details, contact Jol at (715) 836-3472.

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"Music of the Winter Season," a concert by the Clearwater Trombone Quartet, will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 2 at Christ Church Cathedral.
UW-Eau Claire students will perform music ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz. The concert is part of First Fridays, a free series of events for senior citizens. For details, contact Beverly Soll at (715) 836-4419 or sollba@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's Chamber Choir will present its annual "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The dinner features a 15th century-style banquet, show and music. The choir, composed of 20 musicians, plays a royal court celebrating a successful harvest and the excitement of the holiday season. The court has gathered in the Great Hall of Lord and Lady Chamberlain's castle where they will share a night of laughter over the antics of the court jester. Gary Schwartzhoff directs the Chamber Choir.

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