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Tip Sheet for the week of Sept. 19, 2011

RELEASED: Sept. 19, 2011

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire has again been recognized by GI Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. G.I. Jobs' 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's service members and veterans as students. Miranda Cross-Schindler, military education benefits coordinator, can discuss the university's support for student veterans. She can be reached at 715-836-5212 or crossmk@uwec.edu.

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The Tour de Chancellor bike ride and environmental awareness outing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in a field west of Towers Hall on upper campus. A group of faculty, students and others will join Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich for a 10-mile bike ride through Eau Claire. As bikers leave campus, they will pass the steam plant, symbolic of the university's commitment to leave fossil fuel combustion behind. Much of Saturday's route is on paved bike trails and will highlight Eau Claire's rivers and many green spaces, as well as UW-Eau Claire. The event will help students learn how to use bike trails and bike-friendly roads to get places in Eau Claire. The riders will stop at the base of Garfield hill to celebrate the outdoor classroom facility that will replace what is now the Putnam parking lot. The ride will end at the Central Campus Mall with music and refreshments. For details, contact Dr. James Boulter, Sustainability Fellow, at 715-836-4175 or boulteje@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
For the first time, UW-Eau Claire's freshman class includes almost 400 Wisconsin Covenant Scholars. The state established the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation in 2007 to help young people in Wisconsin pursue post-secondary higher education. Students who sign the Wisconsin Covenant Pledge are guaranteed a place in a UW System institution, a Wisconsin technical college or a Wisconsin private college or university, as well as a financial aid package based on their family's need. In the pledge, students agree to graduate from high school with at least a B average while taking classes that will prepare them for a higher education, and they agree to demonstrate good citizenship. Kristi Herbenson is the Wisconsin Covenant coordinator at UW-Eau Claire. She can be contacted at 715-829-6744, or rassbakl@uwec.edu.

Campus Expert
Dr. Tarique Niazi, associate professor of sociology, was interviewed by the Voice of America in Washington, D.C., about the geopolitics of China-Pakistan-United States ties. Pakistan possesses the immense wealth of natural resources, especially coal, natural gas and more importantly oil that attract Chinese business and commercial interests. Pakistan also has deep economic and political ties with the U.S. that span six decades. Niazi was quoted in the article titled "China Unlikely to Replace U.S. In Pakistan," which was circulated by VOA worldwide earlier this month. You can reach Niazi at 715-836-3168 or niazit@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
The "Blugolds Forever" pep rally will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, on the Central Campus Mall. The Blugold Marching Band will perform. Todd Glaser, football head coach, will speak and several of the Blugold football players will be available. The event also will feature a performance by the university's Cheer and Stunt Team.

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