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Tip Sheet for the Week of Spring Break 2012

March 13, 2012

Many UW-Eau Claire students will participate in immersion, service and research projects during their 2012 spring break, March 19-23. The following are just a few examples of the diverse and meaningful ways some students will spend their breaks.

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Seven journalism students — including one from Eau Claire — will join the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, traveling through the Deep South and producing multimedia journalism on the people and places along the way involved in the Civil Rights movement. Jan Larson, associate professor of journalism, will lead the following students: James Kust, Eau Claire; Olivia Jeske, Shawano; Taylor Kuether, Grafton; Claire Sarafin, Hingham; Michelle Adamcyzk, Wind Lake; Lacey Erickson, Sparta; and Samantha Peterson, Winona, Minn. During the 10-day intercultural immersion experience students will follow the civil rights trail to sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement. The students will produce multimedia journalism telling the continuing story of the movement and the communities and people along the trail. Issues of race, class and gender typically take a backseat to event coverage in mainstream U.S. news reporting, Larson said. The Pew Research Center found that African Americans as a group attract relatively little media attention. The center's study found that most coverage focused on specific episodes rather than on examining broader issues and trends that affect the lives of blacks. If the challenge of covering underserved communities and broad social topics is to be met, journalism students must be engaged in experiences that move them beyond episodic coverage of a one-time event, Larson said. The project will help prepare students for their future work as journalists and challenge them to acquire the commitment to promote journalism as building democracy for all of society's members, Larson said. Go to http://www.insideec.com/ to follow the journalism students' blog. The journalism students will be part of a larger group of students participating in the Civil Right Pilgrimage, a trip offered every Winterim and spring break. For details, see http://uweccivilrightspilgrimage.blogspot.com/.

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A group of music and theatre arts students — including several from western Wisconsin — will travel to New York City March 17-24 to meet with professionals in different areas of the performing business, including opera singers, Broadway performers, people who work in TV and theater, agents and teachers. The New York City immersion experience will introduce aspiring young artists to the culture of the one of the leading artistic centers of the world. The students will learn how to find auditions and teachers, prepare for auditions, and learn to consider their own career as a business, all while learning to navigate a career in the arts while making the transition from the Midwest to a huge metropolitan area. While in New York, the students will attend different types of shows that feature performers at various stages of their careers. They will attend a student recital at Juilliard, an opera at the Metropolitan Opera, a Broadway show, an off-Broadway show and a concert at Carnegie Hall. The students also will meet with Sara Olson, a UW-Eau Claire alumna who works in TV and theater in New York. Each student also must make an appointment with a professional in their field of interest for an interview, lesson or coaching. Music faculty members Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour and Kenneth Pereira will lead the immersion project. Student participants are Jordyn Beranek, Rice Lake; Stephanie Dietz, La Crosse; Abigail Doering, Altoona; Tomas Dominguez, Mukwonago; Marie Gustafson, Wausau; Emily Klink, Baraboo; Nicole Korbisch, Birnamwood; Jennifer Lange, Eau Claire; Meagan Seubert, Eau Claire; Britney Shattuck, Curtiss; Leisa Sunier, Kenosha; and Evan Wilberg, Anoka, Minn. The students, who are meeting as a seminar class throughout the semester, have created a blog at http://uwecnycimmersion.blogspot.com/. For trip details, contact Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour at 715-836-3711 or msadeghp@uwec.edu.

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A University Honors immersion and service-learning project will take 15 students to Milwaukee for a five-day immersion experience that will focus on enhancing student learning in urban studies, intercultural communication and organizational leadership. Dr. David Jones, English, is the supervisor of the project, but a team of academic staff will travel with the students: Abby Vercauteren (coordinator, Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center), Catherine Emmanuelle (recent graduate) and April Ross (Honors student supervisor and former immersion project participant). Through collaboration with partners in Milwaukee, each student will complete 15 hours of service-learning, gaining experience in working directly with diverse urban populations. The partnering organizations in Milwaukee from 2011 were Urban Economic Development Association, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope and the Sojourner Family Peace Center. This year four new partners have been secured: Bread of Healing Clinic, 9to5 Milwaukee: National Association of Working Women, The Planning Council for Health and Human Services, and Alderwoman Milele Cogg. The organizations' missions include entrepreneurship, human services, family support and domestic violence prevention, and support for women in the workforce. The students participating in the immersion are enrolled in an interdisciplinary, team-taught Honors course: "Voices of Color in America." The class focuses on texts and themes related to the populations students will encounter in Milwaukee. The class explores themes and concerns in music, literature, language, film, history and art produced by ethnic communities. For more information, contact Dr. David Jones at 715-836 -4949 or jonesm@uwec.edu.

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The student leadership program's Alternative Spring Break trip allows students to explore the concepts of servant leadership and social justice — specifically around issues of poverty, homelessness and socioeconomic status. Running March 18-23, the Alternative Spring Break trip will be in Indianapolis, Ind. Nine students will engage in hands-on service projects and will discuss issues of servant leadership and social justice with Indianapolis organization leaders. Partner sites include the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, Gleaners Food Bank, Providence Cristo Rey High School, Rebuilding the Wall and Wheeler Mission Ministries. Go to the Alternative Spring Break 2012 trip blog to learn more about the project and hear from participants about the experience. For details, contact Katy Rand at 715-836-4803or randka@uwec.edu.

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