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Tip Sheet for the week of May 10, 2010

RELEASED: May 10, 2010

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The Society of Participating Honor Students will host its first "hill hike" from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The hike will begin near Horan Hall on upper campus. SOPHS honors sophomores for academic excellence and for outstanding campus and community involvement during their freshman year. For details about Saturday's event, contact Kristi Wanous, SOPHS president, at wanouskj@uwec.edu.

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The Chippewa Valley Freedom Float and Veterans Program will be Saturday, May 15, at Round Hill in Arkansaw. World War II veteran Harold "Diz" Kronenberg will be a guest speaker. The "Freedom Float" will run from 3-4:30 p.m. from the Durand boat landing to Round Hill. A program will begin at 5 p.m. with Kronenberg's talk at the Round Hill Pavilion. Sponsors are UW-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center, Veterans Center and the Round Hill Corp. For details, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616 or langlodt@uwec.edu.

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A group of education students will travel to Milwaukee later this month for an immersion experience in the Milwaukee Public Schools. The May 24-28 experience will focus on race, culture and public education in contemporary public schools. Dr. Christin DePouw, assistant professor of education studies, will lead the group. For details, contact Dr. Christin DePouw at depouwca@uwec.edu or 715-836-5587.

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SpringFest, the annual campus celebration of music and spring, will run Monday-Friday, May 10-14. The free festival on the Central Campus Mall will feature bands every lunch hour.

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The Innocent Men, an a cappella group, will mark its 25th anniversary with an alumni celebration performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the State Theatre in downtown Eau Claire. The performance will include alumni members. More than 50 Innocent Men alumni are expected to return for the concert.

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More than 200 university students will be in fifth-grade classrooms the week of May 10 visiting with the children they mentored last week during the Blugold Beginnings' first Fifth-Grade Tour Days. More than 1,000 fifth-graders from elementary schools in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Arcadia are participating in the program to learn about college and to learn to be comfortable in a university setting. Earlier this month the UW-Eau Claire mentors met the fifth-graders in their classrooms. The mentors interacted with the students on campus last week. Now they will again meet with the fifth-graders in their elementary school classrooms to talk about their experiences on campus and to answer their questions. Blugold Beginnings is a pre-college access program that pairs UW-Eau Claire student mentors with youth in Eau Claire and surrounding schools. The program aims to inform and inspire underrepresented students about higher education and how it is attainable for them. For more information or to find out the times and locations of this week's classroom visits, contact Lissa Martinez at 715-836-3651 or martinlj@uwec.edu.

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