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Tip Sheet for Week of May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

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An Eau Claire native is one of two geology students who helped develop a hiking guide for Wisconsin's newest state park. Senior Ian Freeman, Eau Claire, and junior Rebecca Moore, Champlin, Minn., developed hiking guides for the Ice Age Trail in Straight Lake State Park for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The trail guides are the first site-specific interpretive materials available for park visitors at Straight Lake State Park, which was dedicated in 2005. The students began their work on the project in July 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Kent Syverson, professor of geology. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail was recently constructed through the park, located in Polk County in western Wisconsin. For their project, Freeman and Moore researched the area, finding that most of the geologic features along the trail were deposited or shaped by glaciers. The student-created guides share information about the geology of Straight Lake State Park as seen along the segments of the Ice Age Trail. One side of the geological educational materials includes a topographic hiking map of the trail through the park with numbered stops. The other side contains interpretive materials about the geology at each numbered stop on the hiking map. All materials have been reviewed by the WDNR, representatives of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and other glacial geologists. The WDNR will post the hiking guide on the Straight Lake State Park website and have them available at certain WDNR locations. Materials will include a trail guide, as well as multimedia presentations accessible online via smart phones. WDNR plans to have the interpretive materials available this month. You can reach Ian Freeman at and Rebecca Moore at

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McIntyre Library will host "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience," a national traveling exhibition that chronicles the remarkable history of baseball's Negro leagues, and the challenges and success of African-American baseball players. The exhibit will run from May 29-July 2. The traveling exhibit is based on an exhibit on permanent display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. It is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities' "We the People" initiative, which explores significant events and themes in the nation's history and advances knowledge of the principles that define the United States. For details, call 715-836-3856.

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The foreign languages department now offers certificate programs in French and German proficiency, which are open to students and community members. Being proficient in a second language is becoming an increasingly important skill in the job market. For more information about the new programs,contact Dr. Jessica Miller at or Dr. Martina Lindseth at

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