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Tickets available now for eighth annual Aldo Leopold Banquet

January 22, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center will collaboratively host the eighth annual Aldo Leopold Banquet and silent auction from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Westgate Sportsman Club.

Organizers say the event will introduce students and community members to the Aldo Leopold land ethic and pass the conservation torch to the next generation.

The event will feature comments by Kenny Salwey, author and star of the Emmy-award-winning film "Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat." Renowned author and outdoorsman John Hildebrand, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of English, will serve as the program's emcee.

Other speakers and their topics will be as follows:

  • Dr. Debra Barker, UW-Eau Claire professor of English and director of the university's American Indian studies program, will present "Teachings from the Remembered Earth: A Native American Perspective." She will discuss the hard lessons that Native American oral teachings attempt to convey to humans regarding their responsibility to the natural world.
  • UW-Eau Claire student Joe Rupslauskas, a senior broadfield social studies education major from Appleton and a representative of the UW-Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club student organization, will discuss his research, "Trigger Itch: Aldo Leopold and the Evolution of a Sportsman Ethic." Rupslauskas has conducted the research under the mentorship of Dr. Patricia Turner, professor of history, and Dr. Bob Gough, professor emeritus of history.
  • Patricia Popple, representing Concerned Chippewa Citizens and Save the Hills Alliance Inc., will present "The Demolition of Wisconsin Sandstone Hills, Bluffs and Ridges: Would Aldo Care? How About YOU?"

Special musical selections will be provided by the student staff of the Environmental Adventure Center.

The menu will include beef, pork loin wrapped in bacon, vegetarian options, pies donated by Norske Nook and free wild game samplers donated by the UW-Eau Claire student Rod and Gun Club.

Aldo Leopold is considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States wilderness system. He was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast. He had a nearly 20-year career with the U.S. Forest Service followed by a stint conducting game surveys of Midwestern states as a private consultant before joining the faculty at UW-Madison in 1933. "A Sand County Almanac," a well-known collection of Leopold's ecological essays, was published in 1949, the year following his death.

The Environmental Adventure Center will present the Aldo Leopold Banquet and silent auction in conjunction with the UW-Eau Claire American Indian studies program, department of English, Watershed Institute and Rod and Gun Club student organization, as well as the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, Westgate Sportsman Club and Norske Nook.

The cost is $25 per person for community members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, and $15 for students. Seating is limited and expected to sell out. Advance registration is required.

All event proceeds will benefit the Wisconsin Youth Success Program at UW-Eau Claire. For tickets, contact the UW-Eau Claire Service Center at 715-836-3727 or 800-949-8932.

For more information, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616 or


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