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Tip Sheet for the week of April 30, 2007

RELEASED: April 30, 2007

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UW-Eau Claire's English Festival is one of the largest student-run language arts festivals in the nation. The annual week-long event, which will run April 30-May 4, features guest authors, lectures from English faculty, student panels, presentations, poetry readings and live music each day. "Comma Sutra: Let Language Touch You" is the theme of this year's English Festival. A highlight of the festival will be the appearance of author Charles Baxter, who will read excerpts from his newest book at 7 p.m. May 1 in Davies Theatre. For details, contact organizer Jackie Lockerby at lockerjm@uwec.edu.

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The first International Poetry Reading will run from 7-9 p.m. May 2 in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. Those attending will hear poems recited in 30 languages. Event organizers invited students, faculty, staff and community members to share the beauty of their languages by submitting a favorite short poem to be read aloud. They were thrilled — though surprised — by the large number of people who sent poems. Audience members will receive booklets with all poems printed in their original languages, along with English translations. For details, contact organizers Audrey Fessler at 715-836-3016 or fessleaa@uwec.edu, or Jeff Vahlbusch at 715-836-4490 or vahlbujb@uwec.edu.

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The campus and Eau Claire communities will celebrate Astronomy Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 5 in Phillips Science Hall. The annual event will include sunspot viewing, radio telescope demonstrations, making star wheels and astrophotography. Planetarium shows will be presented until 2:30pm. A children's show featuring "Larry, Cat in Space" will begin at 11 a.m. For details, call 715-836-3148.

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Neena Xiong, a North High School student who is part of UW-Eau Claire's Upward Bound program, is a winner of the Kemps Nickels for Schools Extraordinary Student search. A $5,000 check will be given to North during a 10 a.m. celebration May 4 at the high school. Xiong will be featured on labels of Kemps milk jugs. Kimamo Wahome, director of Upward Bound, nominated Xiong for the honor. Among her volunteer activities is tutoring her peers in Upward Bound. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, students from families in which neither parent have a bachelor's degree, and low-income military veterans. The goal is to increase the number of people from those groups who enroll in and graduate from postsecondary schools. For details about the Upward Bound Program of Xiong's award, contact Wahome at 715-836-4088 or wahomek@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's Continuing Education has joined TraveLearn, a network of higher education institutions and retirement groups, to offer learning vacations that teach history, art, culture and customs of countries. The trips feature experiences not available on conventional tours, as well as lectures and seminars by faculty escorts and in-country specialists. Summer programs will be to China, Egypt, the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Peru, Russia, Spain and Turkey. For details, contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 or ce@uwec.edu.

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Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will meet with students for a roundtable discussion at 4 p.m. May 3 in the Alumni Room, Davies Center. Topics to be discussed include the process of changing majors; ways to make commencement ceremonies more accessible; involving students in faculty hiring; and excused absences for students going to job interviews. The chancellor hosts regular roundtables with students to provide opportunities for students to ask him questions about topics of interest to them.

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