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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 8, 2007

RELEASED: Oct. 8, 2007

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As part of Dr. Sean Hartnett's geography of marathon research and his work for Track & Field News, he was in Berlin when Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie broke the world record in the marathon. Gebrselassie — whom Hartnett has known for years has two Olympic gold medals and 24 world records. Gebrselassie uses Hartnett's maps when preparing for races, including his record run. Following his world-record race, Gebrselassie gave two sit-down interviews: one with CNN and one with Hartnett. Hartnett's interview was the top feature on the Web sites Track& Field News and Let's Run. A pre-race feature that included Hartnett's maps is at online. Hartnett is available to talk about his research and experiences in Berlin. You can reach him at 715-836-5376 or hartnesg@uwec.edu.

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The Blugold Marching Band, America's largest NCAA Division III marching band, will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in Zorn Arena. The show will include a celebration of "Blugold Traditions" and the band's new "What's Hot," a collection of the hottest music from around the world. The Blugold Marching Band is directed by associate professor of music Dr. Randal Dickerson. The concert is a prelude to the band's performance for Pope Benedict XVI and 100,000 people during the 2008 New Year's Day blessing in St. Peter's Square. When Dickerson joined the faculty in 2000, the band had 60 students. He increased the size of the band and gave it a bigger sound with more of what he calls "move and groove." The band now has 202 students. In 2004, the Blugold Marching Band played at a Green Bay Packers' game at Lambeau Field for the first time. The Oct. 9 concert will be the first time the band has presented a stage show in Zorn Arena. Dickerson is available to talk about the band's recent successes, as well as the Oct. 9 concert and upcoming performance in Rome. You can reach him at 715-836-2312 or dickerrc@uwec.edu.

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The women's ice hockey team will play against a team of faculty and staff, including Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. The game, which will raise funds for the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library campaign, will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 in Hobbs Ice Arena. The "hockey profs" team will include: Levin-Stankevich; Fred Kolb, economics; Phillip Ostrander, music; Geoff Pignotta, geology; James Philips, chemistry; Joe Hupy and Paul Kaldjian, geography; Don Bredle and Jeff Janot, kinesiology; Tina Killey, activities and programs; and Matt Loen, Meghan Martin and Scott Kilgallon, athletics.

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National Depression Screening Day is Oct. 11. The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment found that 42 percent of college students felt so depressed at times over the last 12 months that it was hard to function, and 9 percent seriously contemplated suicide. Counseling Services offers an Online Self-Assessment Screening. To discuss the tool or depression among students, call Dr. P. J. Kennedy, director of Counseling Services, at 715-836-5521.

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UW-Eau Claire will participate in Money Smart Week Wisconsin Oct. 7-13, which is intended to increase financial wellness among Wisconsin citizens.
Activities will build financial knowledge so people can handle money more confidently. Faculty, staff and local experts will discuss paying for college, scholarships, budgets, financial advisement services, studying/retiring abroad and money management.
Oct. 8: "Protecting Yourself Against a Dollar Collapse When Studying or Retiring Abroad," noon, Alumni Room, Davies Center.
Oct. 9: "Does it Make Sense to Pay an Expensive Financial Expert for Advice," noon, Alumni Room, Davies Center.
Oct. 9: "Living in the Real World knowing more about credit reports, credit cards, budgeting, and checkbook balancing," 6:30-8 p.m., TV Lounge. Towers Hall.
Oct. 10: "Scholarship Searching," noon, Arrowhead Room, Davies Center.
Oct. 11: "Paying for College," noon, Potawatomi Room, Davies Center.
Oct. 11: "Living in the Real World knowing more about credit reports, credit cards, budgeting, and checkbook balancing," 6:30-7:30 p.m., Badger Room, Davies Center.

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"Raising Awareness About Organ Donation and Transplant: The Gift of Life!" will run from 10a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10 on the Central Campus Mall and in Davies Center.
Representatives from the UW Organ Procurement Organization in Madison will share information about the donation and transplant of human organs. Two people will tell their stories from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Mary Nachreiner is a donor mom whose story inspired the Kelly Nachreiner law that requires driver education classes to talk about organ donation. Trey Schwab is a former basketball coach who received a lung transplant. For details about the event, contact Dr. Eric Jamelske, assistant professor of economics, at 715-836-3254 or jamelsem@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will celebrate the redesign of the Hibbard parking lot in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. A ceremony will begin at noon Oct. 15 in the Hibbard lot on lower campus. The parking lot was redesigned to include a university design concept ramp. The Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor has declared October National Disability Employment Awareness Month. For details about this event or UW-Eau Claire's efforts to meet the needs of people with disabilities, contact Kathleen Hurley, director Services for Students with Disabilities, at 715-836-4542.

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