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Tip Sheet for week of Feb. 25

February 25, 2013

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For the 21st year in a row, the forensics team earned the championship trophy at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament. Students from western Wisconsin were among the individual winners at the state tournament, including freshman Jake Wrasse, Durand, who placed fourth in informative speaking, first in impromptu and third in after-dinner speaking; freshman Heidi Feyereisen, Roberts, who placed fifth in persuasion; and freshman Elijah Freeman, Ladysmith, who placed first in communication analysis. The team competes at 11 different tournaments across the country. For details about the forensics team and its success, contact Karen Morris, forensics program director, at

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The Aldo Leopold Banquet will be held from 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Westgate Sportsman Club in Eau Claire. The popular banquet —hosted by the Environmental Adventure Center — will introduce students and community members to the Aldo Leopold land ethic. It 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, professor emeritus of English, will serve as emcee. Other speakers will be Dr. Debra Barker, professor of English and director of the American Indian studies program, who will present "Teachings from the Remembered Earth: A Native American Perspective"; student Joe Rupslauskas of the Rod and Gun Club student organization, who will discuss his research, "Trigger Itch: Aldo Leopold and the Evolution of a Sportsman Ethic"; and Patricia Popple of Concerned Chippewa Citizens and Save the Hills Alliance, who will present "The Demolition of Wisconsin Sandstone Hills, Bluffs and Ridges: Would Aldo Care? How About YOU?" For details, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616 or

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UW-Eau Claire's ECLIPSE program will present a birthday celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss from 10 a.m.-noon March 2 at Flynn Elementary School in Eau Claire. The event, intended for families with children ages 3-6, will include literacy games, literacy crafts, storytelling, face painting and more. ECLIPSE — Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program, Services and Evaluation — is an AmeriCorps program that focuses on early childhood literacy in Eau Claire and Altoona. The Dr. Seuss event is a collaborative effort between ECLIPSE and the Eau Claire Area School District's early learning program. For details, contact Joshua Swalheim, ECLIPSE volunteer coordinator, at

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Author and storyteller Rob Reid will read from his new book, "Silly Books to Read Aloud," Saturday, March 2. The University Bookstore will host the event from 10 a.m.-noon in The Cabin of Davies Center. Reid is a children's humorist who has entertained children and their families for more than 30 years. The author of 15 books, he will read from his latest, "Silly Books to Read Aloud" — a guide for parents, teachers and librarians looking for good picture books, chapter books, poetry collections and graphic novels to read aloud to preschool through middle school-age children. He also will read from six of the books he showcases. An acclaimed children's book authority, Reid is a senior lecturer in the education studies department, specializing in children's literature, literature for adolescents and storytelling.

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