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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 17, 2007

RELEASED: Dec. 17, 2007

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The Blugold Marching Band, directed by associate professor of music Dr. Randal Dickerson, received a special invitation to perform for Pope Benedict XVI and an estimated crowd of 100,000 people during the Pope's 2008 New Year's Day blessing in St. Peter's Square in Rome. A total of 120 members of the Blugold Marching Band will participate in the New Year's Day performance, which is part of a Marching Band tour of Italy and Greece. Other student performances during the tour include the Rome New Year's Day parade, and stage shows at the Duomo in Florence, on the Via della Conciliazione in Rome, and at Syntagma Square (Greek Parliament) in Athens. The group will leave Eau Claire Dec. 28 and return Jan. 6, 2008. In addition to the student performers (some of whom are Chippewa Valley natives) and Dickerson, 46 paying guests will join the tour. Band members will meet from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 27 for a rehearsal. The media is welcome to attend the rehearsal. For details about the trip, confirmation of the rehearsal location or names of students who will participate in the tour, contact Randy Dickerson at 715-836-2312 or dickerrc@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Senior graphic design students have spent the semester designing concepts for public awareness campaigns for 15 nonprofit organizations. The students will share their ideas with representatives of those organizations beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Students worked individually or in groups to create the designs. Most of the nonprofits involved in the project are from the Chippewa Valley but several are from other parts of the state and St. Paul. Participating organizations are: Feed My People Food Bank of Eau Claire, Eau Claire County Restorative Justice Program, the St. Claire Health Mission of La Crosse, Chippewa Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Bolton Refuge House of Eau Claire, Sacred Heart Hospital's Regional Cancer Center and Safe Place for Newborns, Eau Claire County Humane Association, Admission Possible of St. Paul, AVAIL Inc. of Antigo, the Menasha Police Department's Victim Crisis Response Team, Chippewa County Department of the Aging, White Pine Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Eau Claire County Recycling Program. Representatives of the organizations have been invited to attend Tuesday's presentations. Several already have said they will use the designs created by the students. The media is welcome to attend Tuesday's event. For details about the class and/or projects, contact Christos Theo, professor of art & design, at 715-836-5187 or theocm@uwec.edu.

Calendar Notes

  • Students will complete their 2007 fall semester final exams on Friday, Dec. 21.
  • University offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and again Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
  • Winterim classes will run Jan. 2-18, 2008.

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