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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 8, 2010

RELEASED: Nov. 8, 2010

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The State Building Commission recently approved a $3.6 million energy conservation project on campus. The project includes implementing 10 major energy conservation measures in eight buildings, as well as other energy conservation measures in 21 campus buildings. By implementing the measures, UW-Eau Claire will realize nearly $227,000 in energy savings per year. It will recoup the $3.6 million invested in the project in about 13 years. The project includes various upgrades, including replacing exterior lighting with new induction lighting systems; installing temperature control improvements in buildings; and replacing or modifying fixtures such as sinks, toilets and showers. Work will get under way in December and be completed by December 2011. The project will help UW-Eau Claire comply with energy reduction goals stipulated by Gov. Jim Doyle. In 2006, Doyle directed UW System institutions and other state agencies to identify strategies to reduce energy consumption by up to 20 percent. For details, contact Terry Classen, director of Facilities Management, at 716-836-5278 or classetl@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will host a Hmong New Year celebration Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14. Faculty, staff, students and the public will play games, watch performances and sample traditional Hmong food from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. both days in the Olson Addition of the McPhee Center on upper campus. The game "Pov Pob," a ritual ball-tossing that is a traditional form of courtship for young people, will be played. Hmong participants will wear traditional Hmong clothing. A popular holiday celebrated by Hmong people, the Hmong New Year is a time to start new lives or new beginnings. The time is usually celebrated by focusing on casting away old habits and welcoming new behaviors in life. For details, contact Charles Vue in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at vuecc@uwec.edu or 715-836-3017.

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Dr. Garry Running, professor of geography and anthropology, received the Formal Educator of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. The award honors educators for "outstanding, ongoing effort in infusing environmental education into their teaching." WAEE is a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible environmental action through education in the classroom and in the community. For details, contact Dr. Garry Running at 715-836-2731 or running@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library will join libraries across the country in recognizing National Gaming Day from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. The free event, which is open to the public, will take place in Room 2022 on the second floor breezeway of the library. People will gather to play a variety of video, card, dice and board games. For details, contact Hans Kishel at 715-836-2959 or kishelhf@uwec.edu.

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The campus community will help fight hunger in need in the Chippewa Valley by taking part in a Helping Hands Across America event Wednesday, Nov. 10. The food drive will run all day in all campus dining locations. Items collected will help senior citizens, single parents, the working poor, homeless, mentally ill and others in need throughout the Chippewa Valley. Last year more than 2,800 pounds of donated food was given to the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire. This year's goal is to collect more than 5,000 pounds of food. For details, contact Paula Stytz at stytzpm@uwec.edu.

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The Women's and Gender Equity Center will host "Swap-O-Rama," the popular twice-yearly clothing drive and swap, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in The Cabin of Davies Center. "Swap-O-Rama" provides students, faculty and staff with an alternative to consumerism by offering a place to give, take and trade clothing and other items. Leftover items will be donated to local organizations. For details, contact Abby Vercauteren at 715-836-2693 or vercaual@uwec.edu.

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