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Tip Sheet for the week of March 12, 2007

RELEASED: March 12, 2007

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UW-Eau Claire's Ireland Concert Band will perform a free St. Patrick's Day concert at 7:30 p.m. March 14 in Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. The 66-member band is conducted by R. Mark Heidel, with soloist and guest conductor Phillip Ostrander. The band includes students from the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band, as well as other students with musical backgrounds who expressed an interest in performing and taking part in a tour to Ireland. The Ireland Concert Band will spend five days in Ireland this month, visiting Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Galway. In Dublin, they will perform in the Saint Patrick's Music Festival, which draws a crowd of about 500,000. They also will perform at St. Nicholas Church in Galway. The tour will finish in London. Heidel led a group of band students on a tour of Ireland and England in 2002, which was the first time a band from UW-Eau Claire had traveled abroad. Heidel said his own experience as a college student visiting England gave him the idea for taking the band on a tour of the British Isles. For details about the Ireland Concert Band and its upcoming performances, contact Heidel at 715-836-4417 or hwidelrm@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will be a host site for a national discussion about open government. The Webcast, "Sunshine Week 2007: Closed Doors; Open Democracies?," will be from noon-1:30 p.m. March 12 in L2023 of McIntyre Library. The Webcast will originate at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. McIntyre Library registered as a host site so residents of the Eau Claire area can participate. The impact of government suppression and manipulation of scientific information on public health and safety is among the topics to be covered. The program's goal is to call attention to why openness in government is important to everyone. Telephone and e-mail connections will allow members of the audience to contact panelists during and immediately after the dialogue. For details, contact Leslie Foster at 715-836-3247 or fosterla@uwec.edu or visit the Sunshine Week Web site.

Story Idea
Four leading economists will share their insights and predictions for local, regional, national and international economies and financial markets for the remainder of 2007 and beyond at the "Economic Outlook Executive Briefing." The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 16 in the RCU room at CVTC. UW-Eau Claire's Continuing Education/UW-Extension and the Small Business Development Center are among the sponsors. The program will be offered via interactive video so attendees can ask questions. For more than 40 years, the semi-annual event has been helping business leaders and owners translate economic trends into competitive intelligence. The event will explore factors impacting the economy, such as oil prices, federal budget deficits, interest rates, employment outlook, and war on terrorism. Business leaders from throughout Wisconsin, northern Illinois and eastern Iowa are expected to participate. Featured speakers are: Neil George, editor of Personal Finance, Neil George's Inner Circle and By George!; Anthony Chan, managing director and chief economist, JPMorgan Private Client Services; Jay N. Mueller, CFA, senior portfolio manager, Wells Capital Management Fixed Income Team; and Donald A. Nichols, professor emeritus of economics and public affairs, UW-Madison. For details, contact Ann Rupnow at 715-836-5811 or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
A re-creation of Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party" will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 14 in the Hibbard Hall Penthouse. This work of art commemorates the overlooked achievements of women from prehistory to the 20th century. Attendees are encouraged to dress up like a woman from history and share what they know about her during the event.

Calendar Note
Spring break will be March 19-23. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. March 26.

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