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Tip Sheet for week of Jan. 7, 2013

January 7, 2013

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Max Garland, a professor of English and an award-winning poet, essayist and fiction writer, was named the 2013-14 Wisconsin poet laureate by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. During his two-year term, Garland will promote poetry and creativity among all ages, and be an advocate for imaginative engagement in poetry and the other arts in Wisconsin. Garland previously earned a Juniper Prize for Poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship. A member of the English faculty since 1996, Garland is the second person with UW-Eau Claire connections to be named Wisconsin's poet laureate. In 2004, Denise Sweet, an alumna and former staff member, was named to the post. The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters has overseen the program since 2011. The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, which includes members from state arts organizations, conducts the selection process, assigns responsibilities to the poet laureate and assists them in performing the duties of the position. To discuss his newest honor, contact Max Garland at

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Six UW-Eau Claire students — including a student from Eau Claire — were awarded scholarships through the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study abroad during the spring 2013 semester. Michael Gehrke, a sophomore art major specializing in illustration, received a $4,000 Gilman scholarship to study in Nagasaki, Japan. He plans to work on his language skills and take photographs. For more information, contact Michael Gehrke at

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Rob Reid, a senior lecturer of education studies, provides a guide for parents, teachers and librarians to share humorous picture books, easy readers, chapter books, poetry collections and graphic novels with preschool through middle school-age children in his new book, "Silly Books to Read Aloud." Reid has expertise in children's literature and music, storytelling and motivating children to read. For more information about the book or the author, contact Rob Reid at

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UW-Eau Claire management students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the fall 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Assurance of Learning exam. Ten students took the four-hour exam, which assesses whether seniors and recent graduates have the knowledge needed to be successful HR practitioners. The national pass rate for the fall 2012 exam was 60 percent, according to Dr. Scott Lester, professor of management. Passing the exam is a mark of excellence that differentiates the graduates from others in the job market, Lester said. The exam consists of 160 questions that address HR concepts such as employment law, organizational development, compensation and benefits, and workforce planning and talent management. SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. For details, contact Dr. Scott Lester at

Calendar Notes

  • Winterim classes will continue through Friday, Jan. 18.
  • The 2013 spring semester will begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.
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