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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 3, 2011

RELEASED: Oct. 3, 2011

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A first-of-its-kind art exhibit will open this week in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center on campus and at the same time in three private homes in Eau Claire. "Domesticity" — an exhibit that features works by three visiting Utah artists — will be displayed at the four Eau Claire locations Oct. 6-27. Curators hope the exhibit will encourage the community to embrace the notion that "home is where the art is." The artists will create and construct installations in homes in Eau Claire's Third Ward and north side neighborhoods. An opening reception will run from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Foster Gallery and in the three Eau Claire residences. The private homes are located at 616 Wisconsin St., 458 Garfield Ave. and 1429 Drummond St. The homes will be open to visitors from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 6-27. A public presentation by the visiting artists is slated for 10 a.m. Oct. 7 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Art Center. The artists will discuss their work and installations in an effort to better connect UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery with the greater Eau Claire community. Students have helped with the design and curatorial decisions throughout the production of the exhibition. Andrew Hagen, a junior art major from Eau Claire, is among the student organizers. For more information about "Domesticity," contact Jyl Kelley at kelleyja@uwec.edu, or Ned Gannon at gannonnb@uwec.edu. You may also visit the "Domesticity" website.

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UW-Eau Claire has launched a new mobile application for users of smartphones, tablet computers and other web-enabled devices. UW-Eau Claire Mobile is available as a free download on the university's mobile app Web page. The app enables users of Android, Apple and other devices to check grades and browse the course catalog; access campus emergency and safety contacts.; look up contact information for students, faculty and staff, and call or email them from within the app; view in real time which computers are open in the various labs; search the McIntyre Library collection to find out where materials are located; ask questions of librarians; access maps and directions to buildings and parking lots; and access Blugold Dining menus. Chip Eckardt, UW-Eau Claire's chief information officer, is available to discuss the app. You can reach him at eckardpp@uwec.edu or 715-836-2381.

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Students will participate in numerous Homecoming activities this week on campus, while thousands of alumni are expected to return to Eau Claire this weekend for reunions, the parade, Carson Park festivities and the Blugold football game. To see a full calendar of student events, visit http://www.uwec.edu/UAC/festivals/homecoming2011.htm. To see a calendar of alumni events, visit http://www.uwec.edu/alumni/events/homecoming.htm.

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UW-Eau Claire's dining services is making a special effort to make the university's growing and increasingly diverse international student population feel at home. For example, rice with a variety of condiments and sauces is now available at every meal. The changes can help international students transition more easily into campus life, while also providing American students with more diverse dining options. For more information about the international student population and campus efforts to support them, contact Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, at Markgraf@uwec.edu or 715-836-4411.

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