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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 14, 2008

RELEASED: Jan. 14, 2008

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The history department, an honorary UW-Eau Claire alumna and the Arab community in Eau Claire have come together to establish a lecture fund to bring speakers to campus to address Middle Eastern and Arab world issues. Cathy Sultan, a peace activist and author of "Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides," and Dr. Kate Lang, chair of the history department, have led the effort to establish the Arab World Lecture Fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Many people from the Middle East who now live in Eau Claire have donated to the fund because they believe education about the Arab world issues is essential given current world politics, according to Sultan, who received an honorary alumna award from the Alumni Association in recognition of her work on Middle East peace initiatives. Lang said the Arab-American community in Eau Claire has been supportive of the university's effort to broaden students' knowledge of the Middle East. The Arab World Lecture Fund will allow the university to bring scholars with national and international reputations to Eau Claire at a time when it is critical for students to learn about Arab countries. For more information about the lecture fund, contact Dr. Kate Lang at 715-836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu.

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A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Ecumenical Religious Center. The Chippewa Valley Youth Choir will sing "Dreams that Children Dream" during the ceremony. King's chronology and excerpts from his "I have a dream" speech will be read by student members of the UW-Eau Claire Black Student Association. For more information about the event, contact Rachel Keniston at 715-834-8026.

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again included UW-Eau Claire among its 100 best values in public colleges. UW-Eau Claire is ranked 64th in the magazine's national 2008 rankings for in-state students and 62nd in best value for out-of-state students. The "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" lists are published online and in the magazine's February issue.

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Cabaret XXX Diamond Anniversary performances will begin this week, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-19 and a 2 p.m. matinee Jan. 19 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The musical revue will showcase four decades of music starting in the 1970s. The show — the music and theatre arts department's largest annual production — will feature performers from Concert Choir, Jazz Ensembles, The Singing Statesmen, University Symphony Orchestra and Women's Concert Chorale. Performances will continue Jan. 24-26. Many students who perform in Cabaret are music majors who will produce musicals and variety shows during their professional careers. Ten student directors work with a cast of 130 students each year. Cabaret began in 1978 with a modest sound system, little staging and piano accompaniment. Today, Cabaret has a 10-month production schedule during which time students arrange, choreograph, rehearse and stage the production with orchestra. Student Cabaret directors enroll in a course addressing arranging, choreography and other areas involved in the production of a musical variety show. Cabaret has raised more than $250,000 for scholarships for music students in the voice/choral and jazz programs. Several faculty members assist with the production, including dance professor Toni Poll-Sorensen and music faculty members Robert Baca, Alan Rieck, Nobuyoshi Yasuda and Gary Schwartzhoff.

Calendar Notes

  • 2008 Winterim classes will end Friday, Jan. 18.
  • UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • UW-Eau Claire spring semester classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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