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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 17, 2011

RELEASED: Jan. 14, 2011

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UW-Eau Claire will recognize Martin Luther King Day Monday, Jan. 17, in several ways. The media is welcome to attend the events.

  • A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the Ecumenical Religious Center. More than 60 youth from Lakeshore Elementary and Delong Middle schools in Eau Claire, along with UW-Eau Claire students and community members, will participate in the Martin Luther King Remembrance ceremony. During the ceremony, area youth, UW-Eau Claire students and community members will read from several of King's speeches, including "I Have a Dream..." and "What We Must Do Now." They also will read from a letter King wrote while in a jail in Birmingham, Ala. Mike Huggins, Eau Claire city manager, will be among the readers. This is the first year that city offices in Eau Claire will recognize the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Music will be provided by the Lakeshore Singers, Delong Middle School students, University Lutheran Church, St. James the Greater Catholic Church and UW-Eau Claire's Black Student Association. A recently recovered video of King's "We Shall Overcome" speech will be among the video clips shown. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will share remarks as the event comes to a close. For details, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019 or duckswsm@uwec.edu.

  • The Martin Luther King Day of Service will bring together members of the campus and greater Eau Claire communities to join in service projects throughout the community. Volunteers will meet at noon Monday at The Community Table, 320 Putnam St., to register and eat lunch. At 1 p.m., there will be a presentation about King's life and teachings. Participants then will volunteer at a service site. Sites include The Community Table, the Campus Kitchen at UW-Eau Claire, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and Feed My People food bank. Activities will end at 4 p.m. Last year about 60 people participated. For details, contact Ashley McCarthy at 402-631-8917 or mccarta@uwec.edu.

  • UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday (TODAY) in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Winterim classes will resume and offices will be open again beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18. Winterim classes continue through Friday, Jan. 21.

Story Idea
An "Ask a Scientist" presentation for children will be given by Dr. David Lonzarich, professor of biology. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Children's Museum of Eau Claire. Lonzarich will show the form and function of different animals using skeleton models.

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