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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 16, 2006

RELEASED: Oct. 16, 2006

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UW-Eau Claire's history department will receive the Regents Teaching Excellence Award for Academic Departments and Programs. The award recognizes an outstanding department or program from a UW System campus that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to teaching and learning. The award will be presented during the Regents' Nov. 10 meeting. For details, contact Kate Lang, chair of the history department, at 715-836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu.

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With an increase of nearly 17.5 percent in 2005, exports are the fastest growing segment of Wisconsin's economy. A series of workshops will help businesses learn how to profitably export products to international markets. The first workshop, "Getting Started Exporting — International Market Research," will run from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 20 in the Cargill Computer Lab, Schneider Hall. John Konkel of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce will address the challenges and advantages of exporting and trade agreements. It's sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center, Continuing Education and the International Division of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. For details, call Continuing Education at 715-836-3636.

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Supporters of the new women's studies major will honor the roots of feminist learning and grassroots activism. "A Day of Learning," which will focus on area organizations that address social justice issues, will run from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Tamarack Room. Internationally known author Marge Piercy will lead a discussion from 2-3:15 p.m. Oct. 17 in Davies Theatre. "An Evening of Celebration" will run from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 19 in The Dulany. For details, contact Susan Turell, women's studies program coordinator, at 715-836-5718 or turellsc@uwec.edu.

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The first Graduate and Professional School Fair will run from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Zorn Arena. Representatives from more than 30 schools with graduate programs will attend "Steps Toward Your Future." The event is open to anyone, including students from other universities. A variety of programs will be represented, including medical schools, law schools, and business schools. Information about UW-Eau Claire graduate programs will be available. For details, contact student event coordinator Lori Scardino at 715-577-4999 or scardill@uwec.edu.

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Students will fight hunger in the Chippewa Valley by joining in Cans Across America Oct. 18. The Blugold Dining program will sponsor a canned food drive from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in The Terrace (Davies Center) and Riverview Cafe (Hilltop Center). Cans Across America aims to set a Guinness World Record for the most canned food donations raised during a single event in multiple locations across the United States. All items collected at UW-Eau Claire will help people in the Chippewa Valley. For details, call Blugold Dining at 715-836-5261.

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International students studying a UW-Eau Claire will participate in a discussion Oct. 18 titled "The European Union and Enlargement: How Big is too Big?" It will begin at 4 p.m. in the Arrowhead Room, Davies Center. The student panelists are from Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Latvia, Armenia, Croatia and Moldova. Some believe the European Union is becoming a counterbalance to the power and influence of the United States on the world stage. The EU, comprised of 25 member states, is the largest political and economic entity covering the European continent. It plans to continue its expansion. Some question whether the EU can continue to expand and function adequately as a political and economic entity. The media are welcome to attend.

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