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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 29, 2010

RELEASED: Nov. 29, 2010

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UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for mid-length study abroad experiences than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2010 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education. UW-Eau Claire ranks sixth nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who participate in mid-length (quarter- or semesterlong) study abroad programs, according to the report. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school — public or private — on the top-20 list of master's-level schools that send students on mid-length programs. The report used 2008-09 data to make its rankings. There were 299 students who studied abroad that year who participated in mid-length programs. The report ranked UW-Eau Claire 34th nationally among all master's-level schools in overall numbers of students who study abroad. UW-Eau Claire had a total of 392 students studying abroad during the 2008-09 academic year. For details, contact Dr. Karl Markgraf at 715-836-4411 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

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Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson, professor of physics and astronomy, will explore the interesting and sometimes strange physical aspects of pressure through demonstrations at a Friday, Dec. 3, First Fridays program for senior citizens. His presentation, "Under Pressure," spotlights the pressure that is all around us, from the everyday objects we use to make our lives simpler to the air molecules that surround us. The program will begin at 9 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Eau Claire. First Fridays provides free entertainment and educational experiences to senior citizens. For details, call 715-836-2787 [ARTS] or visit the First Fridays website.

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The Chamber Choir will present the 19th annual "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The dinner features a 15th-century-style banquet, show and selections of madrigal style music performed by the Court Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music. The choir, composed of 16 musicians, plays a royal court celebrating a harvest and the holiday season. The court has gathered in the Great Hall of Lord and Lady Chamberlain's castle where they will share a night of laughter over the antics of the court jester. The performances will include a variety of musical experiences. In Renaissance period costumes, choir members recreate lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses, counts and countesses, and a king and queen. The "Royal Court Singers" perform music, sing holiday songs and end with a play. Patrons enjoy an authentic renaissance feast and are encouraged to dress in period costume.

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Mary Imsdahl Claxton, a senior music education major from Eau Claire, received the first Evelyn and Walli Zabo Fellowship, which provides full tuition to a music or theatre arts major. A Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony volunteer, Claxton also teaches in Menomonie schools. Alumnus Rick Schroder established the fellowship as a birthday gift for his wife, Evelyn Zabo. The fund honors Zabo and her mother, Walli Zabo. Evelyn, who was named an honorary Blugold in 2010, is a leader in the systems integration field. She also is a supporter of higher education, and, along with Rick, is a member of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors.

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