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Tip Sheet for week of Sept. 17

September 17, 2012

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Dr. Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and associate professor of criminal justice, is available to share his thoughts on a new study published by the journal Pediatrics that found that teens who "sext" sexually explicit texts or images are likely taking other sexual risks as well. The study indicates that teens who "sext" are seven times more likely to be sexually active and significantly more likely to be having unprotected sex. Patchin said the teens he has talked with as part of his ongoing research in the area of teens and technology say sexting typically occurs within an existing romantic relationship or interest. Patchin said the latest study provides yet another opportunity for parents to talk with their teens about the consequences of sexting. While not part of the study published in the journal Pediatrics, Patchin has conducted extensive research on adolescent behavior online. His newest book, "School Climate 2.0:Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time" ( talks a lot about sexting and ways to prevent inappropriate online behaviors. Patchin has given presentations about cyberbullying to thousands of educators, teens and parents throughout the United States. He has co-authored three books on cyberbullying related issues, and also has served as a visiting scholar with the FBI, training FBI staff on issues relating to cyberbullying. In March, he was invited by the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Obama administration to share his expertise on the causes of and solutions for bullying during a conference at the White House. You can contact Dr. Justin Patchin at

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Students who have been trained and outfitted with protective gear will dump three containers of trash from Governors, Sutherland and Bridgman halls outside Sutherland Hall this week in an effort to educate students about items that can be recycled. The students will sort through the trash from 3:30 -6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, to determine how many items could have been recycled. The Trash Sort will help students living in the residence halls better understand what items are recyclable that they now are throwing away. Another Trash Sort will be held in the spring to see if the students in the three halls have improved their recycling habits. The event is part of a Sustainability Pilot Project by the Housing and Residence Life Office of Sustainability. The Trash Sort will be moved to Sept. 19 in the case of inclement weather. For details, contact Kate Hartsel at or 715-836-2505.

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For the fourth straight year, UW-Eau Claire has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. G.I. Jobs' 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's service members and veterans as students. The following staff members are available to talk with reporters about the university's support for student veterans:

  •  Jacqueline Bonneville, assistant dean of students,715-836-2003 or;
    Miranda Cross-Schindler, military education benefits coordinator, 715-836-5212 or
  •  Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student adviser, 715-836-3259or

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The Art Faculty Show is under way in the Foster Gallery of the Fine Arts Center. The show, which will continue through Sept. 27, features works from art & design faculty Li Ying Bao, David Brock, Wanrudee Buranakorn, Ned Gannon, Sooyun Im, Jyl Kelley, Jason Lanka, Susan O'Brien, Jill Olm, Scott Robertson, Sandra Starck and Christos Theo. The faculty are displaying their works in a variety of mediums, including paintings, drawings, photos, ceramics and sculptures. For details about Foster Gallery exhibits, contact Tom Wagener at 715-836-2328 or

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