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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 19, 2007

RELEASED: Feb. 19, 2007

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Three area landlords are giving scholarships to UW-Eau Claire students to thank them for being good tenants. University Area Housing, North Country Aire Properties and Caron Management each are providing $250 scholarships per semester to current student tenants who are in good standing. Scholarship recipients are randomly selected from tenant lists provided by the landlords. The first scholarships were awarded during the fall semester.

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An exhibit of photographic works by art faculty and students at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in China will be on display Feb. 22-March 15 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. An opening reception for "The Perspective of Chinese Art at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute" will be from 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 22 in the gallery. China has experienced rapid changes during the last two decades, changes that are reflected in contemporary Chinese art. The goal of the UW-Eau Claire show — which will feature the work of six faculty members and several students from SFAI — is to increase awareness about Chinese culture, art and society on campus and in the community. A partnership between the two institutions was initiated after Jian Luo, a Sichuan Institute alumnus, joined UW-Eau Claire's art & design department in 2004 as an assistant professor of art. In spring 2006, four art professors from the Institute visited UW-Eau Claire, and a UW-Eau Claire faculty member visited SFAI during winter break. The schools are forming a study abroad partnership. UW-Eau Claire art students can study there beginning in the summer of 2008 and a SFAI faculty member will teach a class at UW-Eau Claire in the fall of 2008. For details about the exhibit, call Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener at 715-836-2328.

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Kathryn Finnerty, a nationally acclaimed ceramic artist whose work was recently featured in a Foster Gallery exhibit, will present several workshops and a lecture Feb. 22-23 in the Haas Fine Arts Center. She'll give demonstrations from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 22 and from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 in Room 112 (Ceramics Lab) of the Haas Fine Arts Center. She will work on several pieces throughout the two days and visitors may come to any or all of the demonstrations. Her lecture will be from 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 22 in Room 101 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. For details, contact Susan O'Brien, assistant professor of art, at 715-836-2920 or obriensm@uwec.edu.

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John Perricone, an educator and author of "Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching," will talk about establishing a sense of mission or purpose that inspires teachers during the annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture Feb. 20. The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The lecture series was established to honor Martin Mogensen, a 1952 alumnus who became one of the first victims of school shootings in this country when he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he served as principal. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Mogensen Nelson, both graduates of UW-Eau Claire, and others support the lecture series through the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture and Scholarship Fund. Perricone's lecture comes as teachers are called to work on many issues under increasing controls and regulations. Understanding what keeps someone teaching is important because statistics indicate that 50 percent leave the teaching profession within five years. Perricone has been a health educator with the Maine-Endwell Central School District in New York for 23 years. He has received numerous local, state and national excellence-in-teaching awards. During the day, Perricone will meet with area teachers to share his concept of philosophical identity. For details about the lecture series, contact Katherine Rhoades, dean of the School of Education and Human Sciences, at 715-836-3641 or rhoadeka@uwec.edu.

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