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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 28, 2011

RELEASED: Feb. 28, 2011

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A civil rights legend who helped desegregate public schools will meet with students and give a public lecture during a Wednesday, March 2, visit to UW-Eau Claire. Minnijean Brown Trickey will present "Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Moment in American Education and Civil Rights" at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Reporters may interview her at 7:15 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Brown Trickey also will speak to the women's studies class "Women of the Civil Rights Movement" at 3:30 p.m. March 2 and join the Blugold Beginnings Learning Community students for dinner. Past or future members of UW-Eau Claire's Civil Rights Pilgrimage will meet with Brown Trickey after her lecture. As a teen Brown Trickey entered the civil rights movement — and American consciousness — through the front doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. As a member of the Little Rock Nine, and in defiance of the state of Arkansas, she took her place in what had previously been a whites-only school. Walking past armed guards and an angry mob, and in front of a worldwide television audience, Brown Trickey helped desegregate public schools and change the course of education in America. Brown Trickey also will visit Eau Claire Memorial High School for a morning lecture on Thursday, March 3, and will be available for questions during lunch periods. Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, is coordinating the visit and may be reached at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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For the 19th year, UW-Eau Claire's forensics team took first place in team sweepstakes at the Wisconsin State Tournament. Two Eau Claire natives were among the winners. Junior James Kust, Eau Claire, took second in communication analysis, third in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking and fourth in persuasion. Senior Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, took first in impromptu speaking and after-dinner speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in communication analysis.

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A Rice Lake native and his wife whose multimillion-dollar donations to UW-Eau Claire already have supported more than 100 scholarship awards has established two new scholarship funds to assist the university's mathematics and physics programs. Dave and Marilyn Karlgaard hope their gifts will encourage advancement and innovation in the sciences. The Great Falls, Va., couple recently established the Karlgaard Mathematics Scholarship and Karlgaard Physics Scholarship, which will be endowed over a five-year period by grants of $100,000. While the endowments are building, the couple will support annual awards of $500 each, which will begin with the 2011-12 academic year. Dave Karlgaard, a 1967 UW-Eau Claire graduate who went on to co-found and serve as CEO and president of an internet technology consulting firm, said the couple want to recognize the important contributions that math and physics made in his career and to help the university. The Karlgaards, who were the national chairs of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's successful Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign, already have a computer science scholarship fund in place. Since 2001, more than 100 Karlgaard Computer Science scholarships have been awarded to outstanding and deserving computer science majors. For more information, contact Kimera Way, Foundation executive director, at waykk@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's chapter of Best Buddies International will host a concert to support the Special Olympics campaign "Spread the Word to End the Word." The word, according to Special Olympics, is "retard" or "retarded." The Best Buddies hope to raise awareness of the pain these words cause to people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The group invites people to share in the effort to replace such words with another: "respect." The "Spread the Word to End the Word" concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center, will feature eight local musicians and groups: The Innocent Men, 5th Element, Audacious, Impromptu, Women's Concert Chorale, Concert Dance Company, Gospel Choir and Mike Blaisdell. For details, contact Nicole Weber at weberni@uwec.edu.

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