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Tip Sheet for the week of March 23, 2009

RELEASED: March 23, 2009

Story Idea
Members of the campus and greater Eau Claire communities are invited to a town hall meeting Tuesday, March 24, to discuss the new student center. The meeting will run from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Davies Center. Architects will give a project overview followed by a question-and-answer session. A green space between Davies Center and the Phillips Hall parking lot on the south side of lower campus is the preferred site of a new student-funded $48.8 million student center. Technical analysis of the site is under way and public input is being solicited. Construction will begin in summer 2010, with occupancy in fall 2012. The project will be funded through segregated fees, which are paid by students. No tax dollars will be used to develop or operate the new building. For details about the meeting, contact Charles Farrell, director of University Centers, at 715-836-5904 or farrelcf@uwec.edu.

Campus Expert
Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff will present "Women Keeping Nature in the Nurture of the 21st Century Child" at 2 p.m. Friday, March 27, in Room 319 of Phillips Hall. A professor of biology, she teaches courses in environmental science, conservation biology and entomology. She is interested in citizen science and the role of families and environmental educators in nurturing a love for nature in young kids.

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The Center for International Education will host "Teas of the World" from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Presidents Room, Davies Center. Activities include tea tasting, a tea bazaar and presentations on culture, customs, traditions and tea service from around the world. For details, contact CIE at 715-836-4411 or international@uwec.edu.

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The first Asian American Cultural Extravaganza will run from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. As part of Asian Heritage Month, the event will educate people about Asian culture and the many forms of beauty from the continent. Activities will include an Asian-themed fashion show, cultural dances, poetry readings and musical performances. A dinner will feature food from Asian countries. For details, contact student Adam Sorelle at 715-836-4646.

Visiting Expert
Stanford University neurobiologist Robert M. Sapolsky will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Zorn Arena. His Forum presentation is titled "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers." A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, Sapolsky is known for his work on the effects of stress on brain chemistry and human health. Sapolsky is a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. He was featured in a special on stress by National Geographic and PBS.

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Hmong Culture Fest will run from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. It will feature attorney Sophia Vuelo, who has been a prosecutor, assistant public defender and a criminal defense attorney. Vuelo graduated from Memorial High School in Eau Claire and recently moved back to Eau Claire. For details, contact Sai Vang at vangsai@uwec.edu or 920-265-0266.

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UW-Eau Claire's Concert Dance Company will present its spring concert, "Danceworks 2009," at 7:30 p.m. March 26-28 in Kjer Theatre. Under the direction of Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of dance, the Concert Dance Company will present 12 works featuring the traditions of ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.

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