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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 18, 2010

RELEASED: Oct. 18, 2010

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Thirty students and three faculty members will spend a month in Turkey next summer as part of a new program designed to help students better understand the Middle East. Students will enroll in two semester-long courses during the spring 2011 semester. The classes will focus on the history, geography, culture, customs and religion of Turkey. The classes will prepare the students to immerse themselves in Turkish daily life, an experience faculty say will be different from anything students are likely to have previously experienced. The project is partially funded with Blugold Commitment dollars, monies all students pay in addition to regular tuition. For details, contact Dr. Paul Kaldjian at 715-836-2321 or kaldjian@uwec.edu, Dr. Kate Lang at 715-836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu, or Dr. Scott Lowe at 715-836-2993 or lowed@uwed.edu.

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A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in Room 326 of Phillips Science Hall to celebrate the completion of new and updated displays in the J. Newman Clark Bird Museum in Phillips Hall. The work was completed by students who received the Gritzmacher Science Education Award, which is given to students conducting education outreach activities. The students worked with a well-known bird expert, alumnus Stephen Betchkal, and were supervised by Lynn Janik, the biology department greenhouse and animal care manager. The group worked with a graphic design student to create a poster about bird conservation and a self-guided tour book for the museum. They made improvements to display cases housing the birds. One case, displaying warblers perched on tree branches, now includes examples of mnemonic devices that represent the birds' songs. In another case, a large map of North America, which identifies the four migratory flyways and key national wildlife refuges, was added. Nameplates were placed above the cases, birds were reorganized into taxonomic groupings and labels were corrected. Betchkal and the students will be recognized at the Oct. 21 reception and will answer questions about the displays. The free museum will be open to the public during the reception.

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Catherine Emmanuelle is attending "FAIR GAME START Now Summit: Women Leaders for Nuclear Security" Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 18-19, in Washington, D.C. The event is hosted by The White House Project. Emmanuelle, a women's study major from Eau Claire, will learn about nuclear security, campaign strategy, public speaking skills, working for nonprofit organizations, state and federal lobbying and how to advocate effectively. Participants will meet former CIA operations officer Valerie Plame and watch "Fair Game," a film based on Plame's autobiography. The White House Project advocates for more women to hold political positions.

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A Midwestern author who wrote three novels before a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down and sidelined his career for 30 years will speak at the second annual Schneider Disability Issues Forum. David Rhodes will present "Words in Wisconsin" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. He will discuss his novel, "Driftless." The forum was established by Dr. Katherine Schneider, a senior psychologist emerita, in 2009 to help people understand accessibility issues for people with disabilities. Schneider worked in Counseling Services for 14 years.

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Kalia Yang, author of "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir" and artist-in-residence in the English department, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Schofield Auditorium as part of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. First-year students at UW-Eau Claire are reading Yang's memoir in composition classes. Yang was born in a refugee camp in Thailand in 1980. At the age of 9, she settled in St. Paul with her family. Her work portrays the immigrant experience of Hmong refugees while also telling the story of her family.

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The 45th anniversary of The Singing Statesmen will be celebrated this fall with Nov. 12-13 concerts. Alumni of the ensemble will perform as The Singing Statesmen Alumni Choir. Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, who has conducted the chorus since 1991, has commissioned three new choral works for the ensemble in its anniversary year. As one of the premier university male choruses in the United States, The Singing Statesmen have traveled extensively — performing at historic international venues — and have released nine recordings. About 700 men have been members since it was founded in 1966. It includes members from many academic disciplines. The group's repertoire ranges from Renaissance and sacred music to contemporary. Schwartzhoff has escorted Statesmen on six concert tours abroad. The late Morris D. Hayes founded The Singing Statesmen and conducted until 1988. Schwartzhoff took over in 1990.

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