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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 15, 2007

RELEASED: Oct. 15, 2007

Story Idea
Business students now have access to a state-of-the-art computer lab thanks to three gifts which totaled more than $200,000 that supported the creation of the lab, the software used in the lab and the training necessary for faculty and students to make full use of the lab's upgraded technology. The Missling Business Communication Conference Room and Cargill Business Telecommunications Lab and Annex were renovated this summer. The lab now looks more like a lounge than a computer lab, with an emphasis on human interactions. Faculty suggested the changes after touring Cargills Minneapolis headquarters and seeing what looked like a lounge, but was actually a technology training lab for employees. Instead of rows of free standing computers, the new lab features small sitting areas with comfortable upholstered chairs and benches. The room is entirely wireless and suitable for laptop use. For students who do not have their own laptops, loaners are available in the room. The entrance to the Missling Conference Room now has double doors that connect it to the newly remodeled Cargill lab. Student groups can use the conference room when they need additional privacy. A wall separating the lab from the Cargill Lab annex was replaced with clear acrylic disks. As a result, the test servers in the annex are more accessible to students. The revamped lab is now named the Cargill Collaboration Center. A gift from Cargill an organization that has supported initiatives and programs in the College of Business for more than 30 years provided funding for the room renovation. A gift from Mason Companies provided the software necessary to create the virtual lab. Mason, a long-time donor to the university, has indicated an increasing interest in technology and its use in the workplace. A gift from Bob and Lois Krause donors who are interested in innovation and technology provided the dollars needed to train faculty, staff and students to make full use of the software and facility. For more information or a tour of the room, contact Dawna Drum, coordinator of instructional technology for the College of Business, at 715-836-5243 or drumdm@uwec.edu.

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Continuing Education has partnered with TraveLearn, a network of 300 higher education schools and retirement groups, to offer educational tours for adults. Alaska, Antarctica, Belize, the Caribbean, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador, Grenada, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Spain, the South Pacific, Tanzania, Turkey and Vietnam are among the "classroom-in-the-field" trips. For details, call Continuing Education at 715-836-3636.

Visiting Lecturer
Timothy Ericson, senior lecturer emeritus at UW-Milwaukee, will present "Discovering Forgotten Stories: Northwestern Wisconsin's First African-American Community" at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 19 in Phillips Recital Hall,
Haas Fine Arts Center. He'll talk about his research on a 19th century black community in Pierce County. As early as the 1850s, blacks migrating from the South settled in Trimbelle, Prescott and River Falls. At its peak in 1880, the black community included farmers, stone masons, barbers, ministers and doctors. By 1900, most blacks had left. Ericson will discuss why blacks settled in the area and why they left. The lecture is part of Wisconsin Archives Month activities. For details, contact Colleen McFarland, university archivist and head of special collections, at 715-836-3873 or mcfarlcd@uwec.edu.

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