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Tip Sheet for week of April 1, 2013

April 1, 2013

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The UW-Eau Claire Materials Science Center will sponsor two events this week as part of the national NanoDays celebration. Materials Science Center staff and UW-Eau Claire students will lead hands-on activities for all ages during a free event at the Children's Museum of Eau Claire from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. More than 20 activities will allow the public to learn about nano, the science of the small. Visitors will explore how 3-D images are made, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what the world might look like if we could build an elevator to space. Other activities include making bracelets that change color in the sun and a storytime reading of Dr. Seuss's "Horton Hears a Who!" On Thursday, April 4, Materials Science Center staff also will lead hands-on activities and demonstrations between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Cadott High School for students in grades 2 through 6. NanoDays, organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. For more information about the Materials Science Center's NanoDays activities, contact Dr. Doug Dunham, Materials Science Center director, at 715-836-5312 or dunhamdj@uwec.edu.

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The 46th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival will bring professional jazz musicians from across the U.S. — including Eau Claire native and Grammy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer; internationally acclaimed trumpeter, flügelhornist and composer Claudio Roditi; and several accomplished UW-Eau Claire alumni — as well as more than 2,000 middle- and high-school musicians from more than 90 schools to the UW-Eau Claire campus Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6.

  • Throughout both days university, high school and middle school big bands and combos will give free performances, and jazz workshops will be offered in various locations in the university's Davies Center and Haas Fine Arts Center. Keezer and Roditi will lead master classes in the Haas Fine Arts Center's Gantner Concert Hall on Friday and in Schofield Auditorium on Saturday. All the daytime performances, workshops and master classes are free and open to the public.
  • Headliner concerts featuring Keezer and Roditi will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial High School. The concerts will include the premiere of a collaborative work by Keezer and New York Times bestselling author, humorist and UW-Eau Claire alumnus Michael Perry. The new work will be performed with UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, Keezer accompanying on piano and Perry narrating. Tickets for the headliner concerts are $15 for general admission and $10 for students.
  • For the second consecutive year, Eau Claire's Barstow Street will be transformed into New York's 52nd Street beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, with action expected to "explode" at 10 p.m. following the evening's Jazz Festival headliner concert at Memorial High School. Bands including UW-Eau Claire faculty, students and alumni along with other area performers will play jazz at various locations downtown. Area musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to sit in with the bands.

A full schedule of events is available on the Jazz Festival website. For more information about the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, contact Alexa Deacon of Eau Claire Jazz Inc. at deaconar@uwec.edu, 262-492-1302 or 715- 836-4092.

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The Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month, featuring a series of events promoting appreciation for and education about Hmong culture and history, will kick off this week with a presentation on issues faced by Hmong Americans in K-12 public schools. The discussion will run from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Ojibwe Room, Davies Center. Yang Sao Xiong, a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at UCLA, who has researched racial and linguistic inequalities in public schools, will discuss trends in Hmong Americans' school attendance and educational attainment as well as institutional challenges that Hmong American students continue to face in K-12 public schools. A Hmong luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 3, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Ojibwe Room, Davies Center. Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month was established in 2012 by Mai Neng Vang, a senior psychology major from Eau Claire, to promote an appreciation for and education of the complexities of Hmong culture and history among members of the UW-Eau Claire campus and the Eau Claire community. For details, contact Mai Neng Vang at vangmn@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will celebrate Chinese Culture Week April 3-6. Through demonstrations, food, lectures and presentations on and off campus, Culture Week will allow Chinese students to share their Chinese culture with the campus and Eau Claire communities, and to promote communication and cooperation among Chinese students and students from around the globe. Activities will include Kongfu tea, Mah-jong and calligraphy demonstrations from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, on the first floor of Davies Center near the Service Center. From 5-8 p.m., members of the Chinese Culture Club and the Foodlum Club will prepare a dinner together in the Towers Hall kitchen on upper campus. Calligraphy demonstrations, Chinese songs and a fashion show will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the L.E. Phillips Public Library in downtown Eau Claire. For more information about Chinese Culture Week, contact Shu-Chuan Cheng in the UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education at 715-836-3957 or chengshu@uwec.edu.

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