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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 12, 2011

RELEASED: Dec. 12, 2011

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UW-Eau Claire will display the largest community art project in the world — The AIDS Memorial Quilt — Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 14-16. People can view the quilt from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. each day in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3-by-6-foot panel created in San Francisco. Today, the quilt includes more than 47,000 individual 3-by-6-foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. The panels come from every state in the nation and every corner of the globe. Panels have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members. The AIDS Memorial Quilt remains a powerful symbol of the global impact of HIV/AIDS, says Chris Jorgenson, UW-Eau Claire's LGBTQ program coordinator. As of 2010, 33.3 million people are living with HIV and 30 million have died from AIDS. The quilt serves as a powerful reminder that AIDS does not discriminate and neither should we, Jorgenson said. As of Sept. 30, there are 8,711 reported cases of HIV/AIDS in Wisconsin, according to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. In the western region, which extends from La Crosse up to Superior, there are 457 cases. Of those, 75 are in Eau Claire County, 22 in Chippewa County and 18 in Dunn County. People viewing The AIDS Memorial Quilt can record their experience on signature quilt panels. These names, messages, thoughts and reactions will be framed and displayed at various locations on the campus as a way of ensuring that the HIV/AIDS conversation is respected and ongoing. For details on the upcoming display, contact Chris Jorgenson at jorgencj@uwec.edu or 715-836-2693. For more information on The NAMES Project and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, visit aidsquilt.org or call the national headquarters at 404-688-5500.

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UW-Eau Claire alumni Justin Vernon and Sean Carey will return to their alma mater with their internationally known indie rock group Bon Iver this week. The sold out shows by the four-time Grammy nominated group will take place Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 12-13, in Zorn Arena. Details about media access/media parking are available online.

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Commencement ceremonies for more than 700 students will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Zorn Arena. Fall 2011 classes will end Friday, Dec. 16. Final exams will be held Dec. 19-23.

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McIntyre Library will be open 24 hours per day the week before and week of final exams. The library will host a variety of stress-relieving events, including having therapy dogs visit, a dance party and wellness stations. Details are available online or by contacting Eric Jennings at jenninge@uwec.edu or 715-836-4076.

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