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Tip Sheet for the week of March 22, 2010

RELEASED: March 22, 2010

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More than 100 members of the Blugold Marching Band will spend Spring Break in Europe as part of a performance tour. The "Springtime in Paris" tour includes stops in Paris, London and Venice. The students, along with several directors/managers and a number of parents, will travel March 27-April 5. With more than 250 members, the Blugold Marching Band is one of the largest and most active marching bands in the Midwest. For details about the Spring Break tour, contact Dr. Randal Dickerson, director, at 715-836-2312 or dickerrc@uwec.edu.

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Fourteen novice principals who serve in schools in western and central Wisconsin will participate in a leadership program this month at UW-Eau Claire. Principals who have been in their positions between one and five years are eligible to participate. The Leadership Academy will begin Wednesday, March 24. The group will meet on campus once a month through June. A UW-Eau Claire alumna donated funds to make the program possible. For more information, contact Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of the teacher education program in the College of Education and Human Sciences, at watsondc@uwec.edu or 715-836-3100.

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Nursing students, in partnership with Oakwood Homes and London Square apartments in Eau Claire, will provide free health care fairs for seniors this week. The fairs will run from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the community room of Oakwood Homes Apartments on Damon Street, and from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, in the community room of London Square Apartments on London Road. The fairs will include a demonstration of how Nintendo Wii can be used for exercise, flexibility and balance. There also will be blood pressure screenings, hand-massage demonstrations, sleep tips, and exercise tips. The students are enrolled in a "Nursing Practice in Health and Illness" class, which requires them to complete a health education project. Clinical instructors and registered nurses Katherine German-Olson and Diane Marcyjanik will supervise. For details, contact Katherine German-Olson at 715-836-5000 or germanka@uwec.edu or Diane Marcyjanik at 715-836-4012 or marcyjdl@uwec.edu.

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The "Ask a Scientist" series will continue with a presentation by Dr. Robert Andersen, associate professor of mathematics. The session, titled "Numbers that are Bigger than Infinity," will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at the Acoustic Café in Eau Claire. The discussion will focus on the possibility of extending numbers beyond the infinite barrier. The "Ask a Scientist" sessions are geared toward the layperson. For details, contact Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy, at 715-836-3615 or thomaspj@uwec.edu.

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"Girls Fight Back!" will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, March 22, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. The interactive program will focus on women's safety and self-defense. It will combine cutting-edge safety training, empowerment and techniques that are easy to remember. The program was developed in 2001 after the murder of an Illinois college student. Her friend created the program to help women understand that it's not necessary to be a black belt to save your life. The award-winning seminars are attended by more than 100,000 women annually.

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