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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 1, 2007

RELEASED: Oct. 1, 2007

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An Oct. 7 concert featuring piano faculty and piano performance students will kick off the first phase of a UW-Eau Claire Foundation campaign to make the university an All-Steinway School. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. It will include solos, duets and piano ensembles as well as a collaborative piece with faculty cellist Paul Kosower. The event will demonstrate the quality of Steinway pianos by featuring UW-Eau Claire's two existing Steinway concert grand pianos. To be an All-Steinway School, the university must use Steinway pianos in faculty studios, classrooms, practice rooms and performance venues. Many of the university's 82 pianos must be replaced. The first phase of the campaign would place two Steinway grand pianos in the studio of each of the five piano faculty members (10 pianos). The $500,000 goal for this phase is to be completed by Dec. 31, 2008. The long-term plan would replace one of the two existing Steinway concert grand pianos, place eight Steinway grand pianos and eight Steinway upright pianos in classrooms and teaching studios, and place 28 Steinway-designed Boston pianos and four Steinway grand pianos in practice rooms. The $1.5 million goal for this phase is to be completed by Sept. 1, 2010. After the Oct. 7 concert, people can view the pianos the department hopes to replace. For details about the concert or campaign, contact Bob Knight, chair of the music and theatre arts department, at 715-836-4936 or knightrm@uwec.edu.

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Forty-five people will gather for the Organic Food Forum and Dinner from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Environmental Adventure Center in Hilltop Recreation Center on upper campus. The event will focus on reasons to "go organic" and to buy from local growers. From 6-6:30 p.m., representatives from campus and area organizations will share their views on the grassroots organic revolution. A dinner featuring locally grown and organic foods will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. For details, contact Dan Langlois, assistant director of University Recreation and Sports Facilities, at 715-836-3616 or langlodt@uwec.edu.

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A new program will give business faculty and students more opportunities to experience diverse cultures and explore international issues. It also will establish an organization to help guide area businesses as they compete in a global economy. A $174,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Business and International Education program will support "Partnerships in International Education," which will help globalize the College of Business curriculum to expose more students to international issues. The Northern Wisconsin International Trade Association will be established through a partnership among the College of Business, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce International Division, the Center for International Education and the student organization-AIESEC. The organization, which will open an office in the College of Business this fall, will help area businesses in their international endeavors through consulting, speakers, online resources and a newsletter. The program will provide faculty with overseas exchange opportunities in Greece and Ireland, and a business experience in China. And it will provide students with international internships and domestic internships with internationally-based businesses. For details, contact Dr. Rama Yelkur, "Partnership in Education" director, at 715-836-4674 or yelkurr@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will host the second annual Authors Celebration from 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Tamarack Rom, Davies Center. Despite teaching, advising and service demands on faculty and staff time, many members of the campus community bring their scholarly work to the level of publication, performance or show. This event will celebrate the publishing accomplishments of all university staff by showcasing the successes of some. It also will give attendees a taste of the breadth and depth of scholarly activity across the campus. The accomplishments of 35 faculty and staff members will be highlighted during the event.

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Faculty/staff will share their expertise with community members through a newly established personal enrichment program. The program will offer classes on a variety of topics of interest to the public, including Biblical archaeology, navigating in the wilderness, writing for children and parenting. For details, contact Phil Huelsbeck, Continuing Education, 715-836-5400 or huelsbph@uwec.edu.

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Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will discuss a variety of issues with students from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. During the Chancellor's Roundtable discussion, Levin-Stankevich will answer questions and share information with students. Agenda items include Plan 2008 update, UW-Eau Claire's environmental sustainability, a strategic planning update and university rankings in national publications.

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The People's Theatre will perform "Help Wanted" from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 2 in Davies Theatre. The one-act play is based on a true story of Mexican immigrants who come to Minnesota. The event is part of the university's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. For details, contact Stephanie Zighelboim, student services coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 715-836-3033 or zighelsd@uwec.edu.

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