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Tip Sheet for the Week of March 13, 2006

RELEASED: March 13, 2006

Story Idea
The last words of an Army soldier who was fighting in Iraq to his family inspired the composition "Private First Class Jesse Givens," which will be performed for the first time
during the 42nd Intercollegiate Men's Choruses National Seminar March 16-18 at UW-Eau Claire. The piece is based on a letter Army Pfc. Jesse Givens, 34, of Springfield, Mo., wrote to be delivered in the event of his death to his wife, Melissa, and their children. Givens was killed in May 2005. Givens' widow will attend a special performance of the piece by UW-Eau Claire's The Singing Statesmen and Miami University Men's Glee Club from 1:30-2:30 p.m. March 18 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Composed by Lee Hoiby, the piece was commissioned by the IMC Consortium for the 2006 seminar, which will be hosted by the Statesmen. Fifteen male choruses, representing 1,200 singers from eight states and the District of Columbia, will take part in the event. Headline performers are the United States Army Chorus and the male vocal ensemble Cantus. For details, contact Gary Schwartzhoff, director of choral activities, at (715) 836-4056.

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Most UW-Eau Claire students living in residence halls are doing very well academically, a recent analysis of grade point averages shows. The average GPA for the 3,888 students living in the residence halls in fall semester 2005 was 3.134.
There were 55 wings/floors of students with GPA averages of 3.0 or greater and 11 halls with average GPAs of 3.0 or greater. Chancellors Hall had the highest GPA, with an average of 3.409. The GPAs are even more impressive since more than half of the students living in residence halls are freshmen in their first year of college. Chuck Major, director of housing and residence life, is available to talk about how living on campus can positively influence student GPAs. You can reach him at (715) 836-5387 or majorch@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's Women's History Month events will include "The Dinner Party: Recreation of Judy Chicago's 'The Dinner Party,'" a work of art commemorating the overlooked achievements of women from prehistory to the 20th century. Those attending the event were invited to choose a woman from throughout history and come willing to share information about her. Participants also are encouraged to dress up in character. The event is slated for 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. March 14 in the Hibbard Penthouse.

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A series of presentations will be offered by UW-Eau Claire's Peer Diversity Educators as part of Diversity Week, March 13-17. The theme is "Reach out for Respect." Among the events will be a March 14 presentation by Tim Scott titled "The Holocaust: Its Relevance Today." The event will begin at 8 p.m. in Schofield Hall auditorium. Scott, a lawyer from Minnesota, will include feature photos, videos and slides to explain how racism and prejudice were present during the Holocaust and how they are still present today. For more information, contact Megan Justin-Bridgeman, at justinme@uwec.edu.

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