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Tip Sheet for the week of May 2, 2011

RELEASED: May 2, 2011

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A Madison couple who met decades ago when both were members of the Blugold Marching Band will be welcomed to campus this week by current members of the marching band. Eau Claire native Marcia (Zuehlke) Steffen and her husband, Bob, created the Marsha M. (Zuehlke) Steffen Class of 1969 Nursing Scholarship last year. The scholarship supports students from Eau Claire who are pursuing nursing degrees. The couple also recently became the first donors to a new UW-Eau Claire Foundation funding initiative to support the Blugold Marching Band. They will be on campus Wednesday, May 4, for an annual nursing banquet. As they visit Schofield Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, current Blugold Marching Band members will surprise them by playing for them. Robert earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from UW-Eau Claire in 1968 and Marsha earned a nursing degree in 1969. They also will attend the College of Nursing and Health Sciences dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. They will meet their latest scholarship recipient at the dinner. Photographers and videographers are welcome at the afternoon surprise or the evening dinner. For details, contact Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire Foundation executive director, at waykk@uwec.edu.

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A Chippewa Falls native who created a scholarship to encourage more men to enter the nursing field will be on campus Wednesday, May 4, for a nursing banquet. Gerald "Jay" Woldt served in the Army Nurse Corps for 21 years and spent 21 more years as a civilian working as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. He is not an alumnus of UW-Eau Claire but created the UW-Eau Claire scholarship because he has a passion for encouraging others in the field. The Gerald D. Woldt Nursing Scholarship is a $2,000 award, to be presented annually beginning with the 2011-12 academic year. Preference will be given to male nursing majors. Woldt retired from the U.S. Army in 1987 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He retired from the civilian sector in 2006. Woldt will attend the College of Nursing and Health Sciences scholarship dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, to meet the first two recipients of his scholarship. For details or to arrange an interview with Woldt, contact Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire Foundation executive director, at waykk@uwec.edu.

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Students will display their faculty-mentored student research, and scholarly and creative projects at the 19th annual Student Research Day Monday-Wednesday, May 2-4. Nearly 260 student projects will be on display from noon-6 p.m. Monday, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Zorn Arena. The public is welcome. Students will be at their posters to answer questions from noon-4 p.m. Monday. Many projects span the globe, including Cambodia, Ecuador, Hungary, Nicaragua and Thailand. Examples include research on the effects of fertilizer and agrochemical use in Cambodian rice paddies, and establishing a community radio station in Moldova. For details, contact Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration, at orsp@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3405.

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UW-Eau Claire will host Astronomy Day for the Chippewa Valley from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, near the north entrance of Phillips Science Hall. The event will include displays and activities about astronomy for all ages. Participants can examine the sun using a solar-filtered telescope and a radio telescope, and build and launch rockets made from two-liter bottles. There will be free planetarium shows on the hour from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A presentation will begin at 11:30 a.m. regarding NASA's Dawn Mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. Hands-on displays will highlight meteorites, the scale of the solar system and radioactivity. Hobbs Observatory will host public observing of the night sky from 9-11 p.m., weather permitting. Hobbs Observatory is located across the road from the Beaver Creek Reserve nature center, four miles east of Fall Creek. For details about Astronomy Day, call the physics and astronomy department at 715-836-3148.

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