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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 17, 2011

RELEASED: Oct. 17, 2011

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A series of events to promote higher education to Chippewa Valley youth will take place Oct. 16-23. Higher Education Awareness Week activities include:

  • Students from Memorial and North high schools in Eau Claire will be on campus from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, for the College Access visit program. They will learn about access to higher education, study abroad, student organizations, financial aid and application writing.
  • High school students and parents can attend workshops from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Room 102, Hibbard Hall. Topics will include financial aid, scholarships and application writing.
  • The Admissions Office will host a Multicultural Visit Preview Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Activities will include presentations, a tour, scavenger hunt and majors fair.
  • One hundred Blugold Beginnings university student mentors will bring their fifth-through 12th-grade mentees to Carson Park for a tailgate party and Blugold football game Saturday, Oct. 22. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with the tailgate lunch. Blugold Beginnings College Day will give area youth an opportunity to socialize with university students and learn more about UW-Eau Claire. Blugold Beginnings brings together university students with elementary through high school students from several Chippewa Valley schools.

For more information, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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The women's volleyball program will host the fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness and Fundraising Event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the McPhee Physical Education Center on upper campus. In the past three years, the event has raised more than $30,000. It is part of a collaborative effort among Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference volleyball programs to support the fight against breast cancer. UW-Eau Claire's team has partnered with Mayo Clinic Health System, Charter Media and 13 area high school volleyball teams. For details, contact Kim Wudi, women's volleyball head coach, at 715-836-4343 or wudikm@uwec.edu.

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A Saturday, Oct. 22, entertainment showcase featuring comedian Jeff Civillico and comic hypnotist Sailesh will highlight Parents' Weekend. The show will begin at 8 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Civillico is a Las Vegas-based headline entertainer who blends his art of juggling with comedy, balancing, athleticism and audience participation. MTV Europe has called Sailesh the best hypnotist on the planet. He uses hypnosis, comedy, improv and music to create an interactive show that features volunteers.

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A distinguished labor and women's historian will give presentations to K-12 teachers and to the public during a visit to campus this week. Dr. Alice Kessler-Harris, the R. Gordon Hoxie distinguished professor of history at Columbia University and president of the Organization of American Historians, will be on campus Friday, Oct. 21, as a distinguished lecturer as part of the OAH Distinguished Lecture Program. Her lecture, "Gendering Labor History: The Future of the Past," will be based on ideas from her book, "In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America." The lecture — which is free and open to the public — will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in Room 100 of Schneider Hall. On Saturday, Oct. 22, Kessler-Harris will meet with the 45 K-12 teaching fellows who are part of UW-Eau Claire's U.S. Department of Education-sponsored Teaching American History's "Constructing Liberty" project. The history department, along with the Chippewa Valley Museum and Cooperative Educational Services Agency 10 in Chippewa Falls, are partners in the statewide teaching and learning history program.

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