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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 4, 2010

RELEASED: Oct. 4, 2010

Story Idea
An international photography exhibit created by students in an advanced photography class will be displayed at the Latvian Embassy in Washington, D.C. An opening reception for "Cultural Perceptions" is slated for Oct. 7 at the embassy. The exhibit will run from Oct. 7-Nov. 6. During the Oct. 7 event, five students and two faculty members will present lectures with students and faculty from the Latvian Culture College. In the spring, the students worked with students from the Latvian Culture College to share and interpret visual culture between the two countries. "Cultural Perceptions" — a series of photographs — was then exhibited in Riga, Latvia, at the Latvian Culture College and Museum of Foreign Art and at UW-Eau Claire. Live feed video connected the students from both parts of the world as they simultaneously presented the same artworks. For details, contact Jyl Kelley, assistant professor of art & design, at 715-836-4622 or kelleyja@uwec.edu.

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The nursing department will buy new high-tech interactive manikins thanks to a $283,050 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The monies will allow the university to buy three interactive geriatric manikins, a baby manikin and two adult patient simulators. The manikins will be used by more than 110 students in the advanced nursing education programs. For details, contact Dr. Debra Jansen, professor of nursing and interim associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, at 715-836-5183 or jansenda@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
An opening reception for the "Four Seasons/Four Corners" art exhibit will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The exhibit features the environmental artwork of Roy Staab, called the "Johnny Appleseed of environmental art" by The New York Times. Staab has been on campus for more than two weeks working with sculpture students on an outdoor art installation. The sculpture was installed Sunday along the Chippewa River under the footbridge. For details, contact Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener at wagenetk@uwec.edu or 715-836-2328.

Visiting Experts
The 69th season of The Forum will open with a Tuesday, Oct. 5, address by social justice advocate and author Maude Barlow. An internationally renowned campaigner against corporate control of the dwindling freshwater supplies, Barlow will outline the issues facing the world today — scarcity, pollution and privatization — and solutions to meet these challenges. Her presentation, titled "Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Barlow is a founder and the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Canada's largest public advocacy organization. Barlow also chairs the board of Food and Water Watch, a Washington-based nonprofit that promotes environmentally friendly policies for natural resource management.

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