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Origins of the alphabet to be discussed at First Fridays program

RELEASED: Feb. 16, 2010

Dr. Arlyn Anderson
Dr. Arlyn Anderson

EAU CLAIRE — "The Origins (and Mysteries) of the Alphabet" will be discussed at the March 5 First Fridays program for senior citizens, presented by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dr. Arlyn Anderson, assistant professor of communication and journalism at UW-Eau Claire, will explain that while our contemporary alphabet owes much to the Greeks and Phoenicians, they in turn owe much to others who came before them. A member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty since 2004, Anderson holds a doctorate in communication studies and teaches international communication, communication criticism, communication in the information age and public speaking.

A free continental breakfast will precede the formal program at Christ Church Cathedral, located on the corner of Lake and Farwell streets in downtown Eau Claire. Doors will open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m. For the safety of the program's senior citizen audience, the event will be canceled if the Eau Claire Area School District has canceled or delayed classes due to hazardous weather.

First Fridays occurs on the first Friday of each month October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community. Those who have season passes stamped each month will be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the May presentation. The program is funded in part by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts.

Now in its eighth season, First Fridays is coordinated by Jennifer Brockpahler of the University Centers' Activities and Programs office and is hosted by Christ Church Cathedral. Scott and Heather Kirby and Stan Carpenter are First Fridays' community partners. The mission of First Fridays is to provide no-cost entertainment and educational experiences for senior citizens of the extended Chippewa Valley community through shared community and university sponsorship.

For more information or to be placed on a mailing list, call 715-836-2787 [ARTS] or visit the First Fridays Web site.

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