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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 3, 2007

RELEASED: Dec. 3, 2007

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A UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate will give a lecture titled "A Nurse at Abu Ghraib" from 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Fanny Hill in Eau Claire. Retired Lt. Col. Deanna Germain, U.S. Army Reserve, nurse practitioner, speaker and co-author of "Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib," will describe her experiences with the physical and emotional difficulties that she and other nurses endured as they cared for U.S. soldiers and Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison hospital. Her presentation is part of the M.P. Coffman Lecture Series, which was established in 1977 at UW-Eau Claire in honor of Marguerite P. Coffman, the founding dean of what was then the School of Nursing. Germain earned a master's degree in nursing from UW-Eau Claire in 1997. For details about the Dec. 10 presentation or to arrange for an interview with Germain, contact Barbara Enright at 715-836-5645 or enrightbj@uwec.edu.

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An alumni couple donated $50,000 to the Blugold Marching Band, a gift that will help sponsor the band's upcoming trip to Rome. The Blugold Marching Band will play on New Year's Day 2008 in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict XVI and an expected audience of 100,000 people. The gift came from Tom Flesch, a 1974 graduate, and his wife, Jeannie, a 1973 graduate. Tom, president and CEO of Gordon Flesch Co. Inc. in Ohio, and Jeannie serve on the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors. The gift also will help purchase band uniforms and will help cover travel expenses to other venues. The Blugold Marching Band is now the largest Division III marching band in the country. Since 2000, the band has grown from 60 members to more than 200. In 2006, the Blugold Marching Band gave 10 performances, including Blugold football games and exhibitions at the Minneapolis Metrodome, Irondale High School and Chippewa Falls High School. The band's schedule has included NFL games, festivals and stage shows. For details about the Marching Band's upcoming trip to Rome, contact Dr. Randy Dickerson, associate professor of music and conductor of the Blugold Marching Band, at 715-836-2312 or dickerrc@uwec.edu. For details about the gift, contact Kimera Way, executive director or development, at 715-836-5180 or waykk@uwec.edu.

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A UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of music received a $6,000 commission from the highly competitive Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University to compose a work for the Avalon String Quartet. Dr. Ethan Wickman was one of just 12 composers awarded commissions this year. Wickman met members of the Avalon String quartet, described by The Washington Post as "one of the most exciting young string quartets in America," when he was a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University South Bend. The Avalon String Quartet was in residence there at the time. The idea for a contemporary piece grew from Wickman's interest in the artistic implications of Eastern religion and yoga practice. He expects to complete the composition in time for an April 2008 premiere in Chicago. The Avalon Quartet also will come to UW-Eau Claire to perform the piece and conduct a master class for string and composition students. This was Wickman's second Barlow commission. You can contact Dr. Wickman at 715-836-4172 or wickmaef@uwec.edu.

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