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Tip Sheet for the week of May 30, 2011

RELEASED: May 27, 2011

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, May 30, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.

Story Idea
Jazz Ensemble I is recording a CD of the late jazz legend Stan Kenton's never-before-recorded music. The recording sessions will continue through Wednesday, June 1, in the stage area of Gantner Concert Hall in Haas Fine Arts Center. The ensemble was invited to record the music after the owner of a record label heard the ensemble perform during a winter concert in Illinois. The CD project will honor the 100th birthday of Kenton, who was a big band leader, American pianist, composer and arranger, and jazz icon. The CDs will be available through Tantara Productions' record label and distributed internationally. The Kenton project will include multiple two-CD packages. One CD in each package will include never-before-released Kenton performances, while the second CD will feature a university or civic orchestra performing never-before-recorded Kenton music. The UW-Eau Claire CD package will likely be released in August. For details, contact Robert Baca, Jazz Ensemble I director and professor of music, at 715-836-4371 or bacarj@uwec.edu, or Bill Lichtenauer, owner of Tantara Productions, at tanprod@aol.com. Reporters and photographers can contact Baca to arrange to observe the recording sessions, talk with the musicians about the project and to take photographs.

Story Idea
Justin Vernon, 2004 comparative studies in religion graduate, Eau Claire native and leader/singer-songwriter for the much-acclaimed indie-rock group Bon Iver, is featured on the cover of the May 28 issue of Billboard magazine. The story is available online at http://www.billboard.com/features/bon-iver-the-billboard-cover-story-1005195152.story#/features/bon-iver-the-billboard-cover-story-1005195152.story. Bon Iver's second album, "Bon Iver, Bon Iver," is due out June 21. The group has announced a 16-date U.S. summer tour, which kicks off July 22-23 in Milwaukee. Another UW-Eau Claire alumnus, drummer Sean Carey, a 2007 music graduate, also is a member of Bon Iver.

Story Idea
The student-initiated campus garden in the courtyard of Phillips Science Hall will undergo a series of renovations this summer thanks to funding from the Environmental Endeavors Commission. The garden has been managed by the student organization The Foodlums since spring 2007 to provide a hands-on educational experience for students interested in sustainable food production and to produce food for the campus community. The funding has allowed The Foodlums to build raised beds to improve the aesthetics and accessibility of the garden. Funding also was allocated to purchase a garden shed and fruit trees as well as the already-established bee hives to help pollinate the garden. The fund will support a student worker who will help maintain the garden this summer. The green fund — student segregated fees allocated for the purpose of improving sustainability on campus — was distributed by The Environmental Endeavors Commission, now called the Student Office of Sustainability. For details, about the garden project, contact Briana Odegard at odegarbn@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Dr. Jean Pratt, associate professor of information systems, received the university's "Excellence in Service-Learning" award for mentoring a student project with Trinity Equestrian Center, a horse center in Eau Claire. The project demonstrates how a university-community partnership can be mutually beneficial. Students in Pratt's "Systems Analysis and Design" class work with community organizations on information systems needs. In fall 2009, students created an online scheduling system for Trinity Equestrian Center. The following semester students created a database management system to go with it. The class uses a sophisticated database management system that a nonprofit likely could not afford. To make the system usable for Trinity, Pratt created a service-learning opportunity for students to convert the database system into a more affordable application. For details, contact Pratt at ptattja@uwec.edu.

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