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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 28, 2011

RELEASED: Nov. 28, 2011

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey will read from her work during an event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Trethewey is the author of three books of poetry: "Domestic Work," "Bellocq's Ophelia" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Native Guard." Trethewey teaches English and creative writing at Emory University. She is a recipient of the Lillian Smith Award for Poetry, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Born in Gulfport, Miss., in 1966, her southern roots frequently influence her work. Her poems explore issues of race from the Civil War to present, including her experiences growing up in an interracial home in Mississippi in the 1960s. The event is sponsored by the Blugold Visiting Writer Series, a program funded by a Blugold Commitment grant. The series aims to bring writers of national recognition to campus, something that hasn't been possible for a long time due to costs. For details about the Nov. 30 event, contact Karen Loeb at 715-836-3140 or loebk@uwec.edu.

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Is RateMyProfessors.com a reliable source of information regarding a college professor's quality of teaching? Students who rank professors on the site "are likely providing each other with useful information about quality of instruction," according to research results by Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, associate professor of psychology, and senior psychology major Amber Fritsch. Their research results were published this month in the journal Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation. The paper, "Student Consensus on RateMyProfessors.com," also was the subject of a Nov. 18 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. RateMyProfessors.com is the largest online destination for professor ratings. The site has more than 6,500 schools and more than 10 million student-generated comments and ratings. Dr. April Bleske-Rechek is available to talk to reporters regarding the research on RateMyProfessors.com. Contact Bleske-Rechek at 715-864-8000 or 715-831-6352.

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The Chamber Choir will present its 20th anniversary of "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. UW-Eau Claire is the only four-year university in Wisconsin to have a Madrigale dinner. The dinner features a 15th-century-style banquet, show and madrigal-style music performed by the Court Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music. The choir, composed of 24 student musicians, plays a royal court celebrating a successful harvest and the excitement of the holiday season. The court has gathered in the Great Hall of Lord and Lady Chamberlain's castle where they will share a night of laughter over the antics of the court jester. The performances will include various musical experiences including the Court Chamber Choir, the Court Brass Choir, the Court Thespians, Gamba Consort, Draw and Quarterstaff and Paula Smith on harp. Heather Mueller, Altoona, will be among the student performers. Each December the ensemble performs "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner." As a result of its popularity, it's performed twice each holiday season. In Renaissance period costumes, the students recreate lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses, counts and countesses, and a king and queen. Throughout the evening the "Royal Court Singers" perform music from the madrigal tradition, sing songs of the holiday season and conclude the festivities with a short play. Patrons enjoy an authentic renaissance feast and are encouraged to come dressed in period costumes. For details, contact Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff at 715-836-4056 or schwargr@uwec.edu.

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