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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 23, 2009

RELEASED: Feb. 23, 2009

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The Black Student Association will present a panel discussion titled "On Being Black at UW-Eau Claire" from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Presidents Room, Davies Center. Students will talk about their experiences being Black and trying to maintain their cultural identities on campus and in the Eau Claire community.

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The Environmental Adventure Center will host the Aldo Leopold Banquet from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Westgate Sportsman Club in Eau Claire. The banquet honors the conservation legacy of Aldo Leopold, celebrates his life, and fosters the idea of developing a land ethic. Speakers include Matt Frank, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Tex Hawkins, a watershed biologist from the National Fish and Wildlife Refuge; Kenny Salwey, author and star of the Emmy-award-winning film "Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat," which won seven international wildlife film awards; and Dr. Sean Hartnett, professor of geography, and Dr. John Hildebrand, professor of English, who teach the Leopold land ethic and are involved in efforts to create an awareness for the lower Chippewa River corridor. For details, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616 or langlodt@uwec.edu.

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The first talk of the Arab World Lecture series will feature Dr. Miriam Cooke, a pioneer in Middle East women's studies. "Feminism in Islam" will begin at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Phillips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. Her visit is funded by the Arab World Lecture Fund. 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, established the lecture fund to help educate the campus and community about Arab world issues. Many people from the Middle East who live in Eau Claire have donated to the fund because they believe education about Arab world issues is essential given world politics. For details, contact Lang at 715-836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu.

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Dr. Joseph Hupy, assistant professor of geography, will discuss how landscape impacts military operations and how military operations impact 20th century battlefields. His talk, "Assessing the Impacts of War on the Contemporary Landscape," will begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Sweetwaters in Eau Claire. He will discuss how he combines geography with military geographic theory, and talk about his research on battlefields in Vietnam and France that has generated military interest. For details, contact Hupy at 715-836-2316 or hupyjp@uwec.edu.

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Dr. Scott Hartsel, professor of chemistry, will present "Natural Product Drugs" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. More consumers are using herbal remedies for health problems, often with unreasonable expectations. There is an impression based partly on fact and partly on mysticism that the remedies are always safe and effective. Hartsel will discuss common misconceptions during his "Ask a Scientist" presentation.  UW-Eau Claire scientists share their expertise with the Chippewa Valley through the "Ask a Scientist" program.

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The Eau Claire City Council declared Tuesday, Feb. 24, TRIO Day to recognize what the programs bring to students of many ages. UW-Eau Claire will host events from 3:30-6 p.m. in Davies Center. TRIO programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, serve students whose parents do not have a college degree, students from families of limited income and students with disabilities. UW-Eau Claire operates four TRIO projects: Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Center and McNair Program. The programs receive more than $1.2 million in federal funding and serve nearly 1,500 people annually.  For details, contact Dr. Bruce Ouderkirk, director of Student Support Services, at 715-836-4542 or ouderkbj@uwec.edu.

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Two alumni were ranked as the top financial advisers in Wisconsin and Minnesota on a list in the Feb. 9 issue of Barron's magazine, a prestigious business publication for investors. A third graduate was ranked No. 7 in Wisconsin. Barron's created a state-by-state list of America's top 1,000 financial advisers. Andrew Burish, a 1981 marketing graduate who works for UBS Financial in Madison, was named the top adviser in Wisconsin. Peter Eckerline, who graduated in 1982 with a business administration degree and in 1983 with an MBA and works for Merrill Lynch & Co. in Wayzata, Minn., was named the best financial adviser in Minnesota. Michael Markin, a 1975 accounting graduate who works for Wachovia Securities in Eau Claire, was ranked No. 7 in Wisconsin.

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