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Tip Sheet for the week of March 30, 2009

RELEASED: March 30, 2009

Visiting Expert
Terry Gips, president of Sustainability Associates, will give a presentation from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in Schofield Auditorium. Gips' presentation is titled "Taking the Natural Step to Sustainability: A Win-Win-Win for Business, Communities and the Earth." An agricultural economist, sustainability business consultant, independent Natural Step Framework instructor, speaker and author, Gips has more than 30 years experience in global environmental leadership, government policy, sustainable development, business management and consulting. The presentation will serve as the opening event for Earth Month in the Chippewa Valley. For details about Gips' visit or other Earth Month events, contact Dr. Kate Hale, sustainability fellow, or call 715-836-2761.

Story Idea
Sixteen high school students with Asperger's syndrome will spend a week on campus in June to get a sense of college life. The Center for Communication Disorders will offer its first Camp Campus June 8-12, a program for teens entering their junior or senior years of high school who have Asperger's and plan to go to college. Teens will live in residence halls, use dining services and join in recreational activities. It will introduce the teens to a variety of services, such as Admissions, Counseling and Services for Students with Disabilities. Students will explore careers, meet professors, meet other future college students and improve their social skills. Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social understanding and increased levels of anxiety. Registration deadline is April 24. For details, contact Ann Dybvik, project director, at 715-836-3844, or Dr. Kristine Retherford, chair of the communication sciences and disorders department, or call 715-836-4905.

Photo Idea
Swap-O-Rama an event encouraging students to find alternatives to consumerism will run from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the basement of Towers Hall on upper campus. It also will run from noon-4 p.m. April 2-3 in The Cabin, Davies Center. For details, contact WAGE or call 715-836-2693.

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The Dulany restaurant in Davies Center will host lunch buffets featuring local food during April to celebrate Earth Month. The first buffet will be from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. For details, call 715-836-5261.

Photo Idea
Two to Tango, a student dance organization, will offer a Viennese Ball dance workshop from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the L. E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire. The workshop will help patrons brush up on or develop their ballroom dancing skills before the 35th annual Viennese Ball, set for April 17 and 18. For details, contact Daven Raj or call 715-864-3469.

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The Eau Claire Jazz Festival will host a kick-off concert featuring jazz vocalists Christine Salerno and Woody Mankowski from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Haymarket Grill in Eau Claire. The "Light Food, Light Jazz" event will kick off a weekend of concerts, clinics and jazz events. For details, contact Martha Seroogy or call 715-836-4092.

Story Idea
Students in "Teaching Foreign Languages in Grades 1-9" will offer free classes in French, German and Spanish for area children. Classes will meet from 4:10-4:50 p.m. on Thursdays, April 2-May 7, in Hibbard Hall. The classes will help students prepare to teach foreign languages to elementary students. For details, contact Paul Hoff, professor of foreign languages, or call 715-836-4437.

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