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Tip Sheet for the Week of July 10, 2006

RELEASED: July 10, 2006

Story Idea
The Summer Institute in Eau Claire will run July 10-20 at Meadowview School. An enrichment program for students in K-8th grade, the institute is offered by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension and the Eau Claire Area School District. The university-school district partnership is in its 29th year. Classes cover all subject areas including creative arts, foreign languages, language arts, math, music, science, social studies and recreation. For details, contact Libby Thurston, youth outreach specialist, at (715) 836-3365 or thurstel@uwec.edu.

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The Putnam Park walking trail along the south bank of the Chippewa River reopened July 8 following completion of a seven-week construction project to repair a section of retaining wall and trail that collapsed 2½ years ago. The collapsed wall left a steep drop to the river, and university officials immediately barricaded the trail. The repair project involved removing 125 feet of stone masonry retaining wall, including the portion that had collapsed, and 75 feet of wood handrail. Workers constructed 70 feet of concrete foundation on rock, 125 feet of modular block retaining wall with geogrid soil reinforcing and 75 feet of wood handrail. They repaired 75 feet of crushed aggregate walking path. The $180,000 project was approved in February 2005 by the state Building Commission. The location of the project created unique challenges. It was difficult accessing the construction site with materials and machinery via the narrow and steep path, and workers were limited to using the smallest of machinery. Also, design and construction had to be sensitive to minimally disrupting Putnam Park. The trail now provides a safe route for hikers in Putnam Park. For details, contact Terry Classen, director of facilities planning and management, at (715) 836-5278 or classetl@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire and Eau Claire Memorial High School alumnus Trever Hagen has received a Fulbright Scholarship to research dissident Czechoslovak musical communities during 1971-1989.
Hagen, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2003, will interview musicians as part of his research. Based in Prague, Czech Republic, he'll travel the country to learn about the purpose of their music, how they formed their communities, the threat of imprisonment for playing unsanctioned music and why it was important. Hagen, who's been teaching English in Prague since 2004, applied for the scholarship after visiting a concentration camp (Terezin) in northern Czech Republic. The camp was full of paintings, music, theater, costumes, all created by people who were sent there. He then began to research how communism played a role in producing interesting music from these dissident musicians. Hagen did similar research about the New Orleans jazz community while at UW-Eau Claire. Administered by the U.S. State Department, the Fulbright Scholarship program provides funds for students, scholars and professionals to conduct research. A total of 1,000 grants are given each year for study in 144 countries. Hagen can be reached via e-mail at trevonic@yahoo.com.

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Irie Sol will perform at 7 p.m. Monday on the Central Campus Mall
as part of the Music on the Mall concert series.

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