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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 14, 2011

RELEASED: Nov. 14, 2011

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A sophomore who hopes to one day be among the nation's elite race car drivers won $20,000 in racing scholarship money this month during an event in California. Aaron Telitz, a 19-year-old geography major from Birchwood, earned fourth- place honors at the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout held Nov. 3-6 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California. Twenty-two U.S. and international go kart drivers competed in the four-day event, which included racing in the Formula Skip Barber 2000 race car, a smaller version of a Formula One car. Telitz will end his 2011 racing season at a Nov. 16-20 SKUSA event in Las Vegas that will feature 80 drivers from throughout the world. The $20,000 scholarship Telitz earned — the most money he's made to date in racing — will pay half of the cost for him to compete next summer in the 2012 Skip Barber presents the Mazda Summer Series. Through the summer series, he will participate in 12-14 races at venues throughout the United States, including at the historic Road America track near Elkhart Lake. Telitz started racing go karts at the age of 7 in Eau Claire at the Midwest Karting Association racetrack. While his dream is to make it big in the racing world, Telitz plans to complete his UW-Eau Claire degree in geography. The skills he's learning in college will help him succeed on and off the racetrack. Telitz also is bringing his interest in racing into his academic work when possible. For example, he is researching the ways that racing has had an impact on the safety, fuel efficiency and quality of vehicles people drive. For details, contact Aaron Telitz at telitzaj@uwec.edu or go to Aaron Telitz Racing on Facebook.

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The Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center will host Swap-o-Rama, an event that offers an alternative to consumerism, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in The Cabin of Davies Center. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to give, take and trade clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, books and other items they no longer need. Leftover items will be donated to community organizations based on need. A special section of the swap will be dedicated to children's items, particularly winter clothing and apparel. For details, contact Abby Vercauteren at vercaual@uwec.edu or 715-836-2693.

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Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will receive a prestigious award from the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. He will receive the President's Award from NASPA IV-East Region for his leadership as a president who supports student development, his commitment to the university and the contributions he has made to the region. NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education serves more than 12,000 members in 50 states, 29 countries and eight U.S. territories.

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Rhythmic Circus, a rapid-fire tap dance troupe, will perform Monday, Nov. 14, for the Artists Series. Named the Best Dance Performance of 2011 by City Pages, the company's production, "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" blends hard-hitting tap, high-spirited humor and finger-snapping tunes, exploring rhythm and percussive dance through musical genres from funk to salsa. The dancers perform on everything from sand to folding chairs, and in one number even use the technology of electric drum triggers to change the sound of their taps.

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