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Tip Sheet for the week of March 3, 2008

RELEASED: March 3, 2008

Story Idea
The Annual Community Breakfast will run from 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center. The theme is "The I-Q Corridor: Economic Opportunity for the Chippewa Valley." Dr. David J. Ward, head of a Madison economic development consulting and research firm, will deliver the keynote presentation. The I-Q Corridor, an area of innovation, entrepreneurship and technology stretching from the Twin Cities to Chicago, offers the potential for economic growth to communities located along this axis. Ward will examine the key role the Chippewa Valley could play in this region. He also will discuss how the region may be positioned to capitalize on the growth of biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol. Ward is the president and founder of NorthStar Economics. The media is welcome at the event. For details, contact Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean for the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, at 715-836-5930 or hutterga@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
"Jazz in the Valley," a first-of-its-kind communitywide jazz celebration, will feature jazz-themed events during March in venues throughout the Chippewa Valley. The events will culminate with UW-Eau Claire's nationally recognized Jazz Festival March 27-30. As part of the "Jazz in the Valley" celebration, the State Theatre will host "Jazz at 5" every Tuesday in March, combining jazz music, original literature and artwork. Jazz combos will be featured at venues such as Festival Foods, Oakwood Mall, Borders and local coffee houses. Jazz professionals and high school students will share jazz history and play selections during a presentation March 24 at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I will perform at South Middle School. The Artwalk will feature local artists' work with a focus on jazz at various locations in the city. To learn more about "Jazz in the Valley," contact Robert Baca, director of jazz studies at UW-Eau Claire, at 715-836-4371 or bacarj@uwec.edu.

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International students will gather at noon Thursday, March 6, in Davies Theatre to talk about how they celebrate women and honor International Women's Day (March 8). International Women's Day is an important holiday in many countries, including Vietnam, Romania, Macedonia, Uzbekistan and China. A display relating to the holiday will be shown throughout March at the entrance of McIntyre Library. For details, contact Lucy deMalignon, International Roundtable coordinator for the Center for International Education, at demalilm@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Juan Cole, one of the world's foremost Islamic historians, will speak on "The Iraq Crisis and the Future of America" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Schofield Auditorium. The Richard P. Mitchell Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Cole has written extensively about Egypt, Iran, Iraq and South Asia. Cole studies and writes about contemporary Islamic movements, and he is a leading expert on Iraq and the role of the United States and the Iraqi resistance in the war. For more information about this Forum event, contact Beverly Soll at 715-836-4419 or sollba@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert

A member of the La Crosse police department will present "United We Stand" at 3 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the Hibbard Hall Penthouse. After the 10th alcohol-related death of a college-aged person in 10 years in La Crosse, the community came together to take a stand. Drew Gavrilos will describe how La Crosse used new legislation, non-traditional enforcement techniques, alcohol education and an aggressive public information campaign to raise awareness and gain community support. Student-driven initiatives played a major role in gaining support from the city's college community, and new legislation focused on keg registration and public intoxication were enacted with unprecedented public support services. For details, contact Jennifer Lee at 715-836-5111 or leejs@uwec.edu.

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