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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 4, 2008

RELEASED: Feb. 4, 2008

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More than 10 years of research by geology professor Dr. Kent Syverson and students came to fruition with the publication of Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin 103, "Pleistocene Geology of Chippewa County, Wisconsin." The illustrated bulletin on the glacial geology of Chippewa County describes the sediments, landforms and glacial history of the county. The information now will be accessible to everyone from land-use professionals and land owners to teachers or outdoor enthusiasts interested in local geology. The bulletin and map will be displayed at the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Reserve Visitor Center, located on the Ice Age Trail east of New Auburn. The bulletin will be important to economic development and land management efforts in the county. Local governments, engineering firms, private developers, building contractors and well drillers need information about site conditions when making decisions about developing and conserving land. They also need reliable sources of sand, gravel and clay to build roads, manufacture cement and improve building sites. The project is an example of university research that has great practical value. Syverson will lead a glacial Sept. 27 field trip for laypersons that will look at glacial sediments and landforms in the area. For details about the research or the trip, contact Syverson at 715-836-3732 or syverskm@uwec.edu.

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a reception in celebration of Black History Month from noon-3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will give a welcome at 12:15 p.m. The reception will feature the works of Dr. Tess Onwueme, the Nigerian-born playwright, novelist, scholar and poet who is Distinguished Professor of Cultural Diversity and professor of English at UW-Eau Claire. Onwueme will read from her works and present video excerpts, play bills and stories from her plays. Onwueme rose to prominence writing plays with themes of social justice. She uses the theater as a medium to showcase the views of historically silenced African women and shed more light on African life. She has won awards from the Association of Nigerian Authors, received major grants from The Ford Foundation and has won numerous other awards and honors. Samples of Nigerian and African-American foods will be offered during the reception.

Visiting Expert
Anthony Romero will be the featured speaker during The Forum presentation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. A provocative speaker deeply committed to American rights, equality and freedom, Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union and is the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity. In 2005, Romero was named one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Hispanics in America."

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Jabali Afrika will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Schofield Auditorium. The group will present original compositions and traditional African melodies in a colorful fusion of drums, vocal harmonies, dancing and African tribal costumes. Their performance is part of Black History Month.

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More than 100 businesses, organizations and agencies will meet with 2,000 students during Internship Mania. The event will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Davies Center. Employers from the Chippewa Valley and other parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa will be at the event to field questions about their companies, accept resumes for internship opportunities and share information about their industries. The day also will include events such as resume reviews, mock interviews, critiques of appearance and business etiquette, an employer research day and an early morning breakfast social. For more information, contact Jesica Witte at 715-836-4730 or wittejm@uwec.edu.

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