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Tip Sheet for week of May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

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Four students — including Breana Meyer, a junior ecology and environmental biology major from Fall Creek — will spend six weeks this summer in Cambodia conducting biodiversity studies in a community forest managed by Buddhist monks. Deb Freund, a lecturer of biology, will lead the research team. Researchers will live in remote villages and work with villagers and monks as they add to the region's biodiversity baseline data. A small country in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is rich in culture and biodiversity. Natural resource protection is crucial to improving the quality of life for Cambodians, but their forests are being threatened by deforestation. The Cambodian government is trying to address the issue, but more research is needed for educated decision making. Student researchers will work in Sorng Rokavorn, known as Monk Forest, a protected area set aside to reduce the destruction of local forests by illegal logging. Students hope to bring with them donated trail cams and binoculars to leave with monks and volunteers. Volunteers patrol the forests for illegal logging and hunting, and collect information on animals. Currently, they use old trail cameras, which require costly processing of film. The cameras also require flash at night, which alerts loggers and poachers. The flash also makes it hard to capture shy animals. There are reports that a tiger has been seen crossing a trail, and tracks have been seen that could be from a tiger. Tigers are shy and nocturnal so unmanned cameras are the best way to see them. Tigers have not been seen in Cambodia since 2007 so documentation of one would trigger special conservation efforts. The researchers will leave June 26. For details, contact Deb Freund at or 715-836-3522.


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This spring accounting students prepared 1,015 state and federal returns for taxpayers through UW-Eau Claire's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, a program that provides free tax-return assistance to low-income people. In addition, 109 people prepared their own tax returns using VITA kiosks in Schneider Hall, bringing the total number of returns processed by the UW-Eau Claire VITA to 1,124 (383 more than last year). UW-Eau Claire's VITA program gives students a hands-on experience that can't be replicated in the classroom. By working with real clients, students enhance their interpersonal communication skills and their knowledge of accounting and taxation. For details, contact Brenda Thalacker, UW-Eau Claire VITA coordinator, at 715-836-4512 or

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Housing and Residence Life will collect furniture and other items that students don't want to bring home. The Give and Take Event will begin Friday, May 10, and continue through Sunday, May 19. Tents will be set up near residence halls. Students can bring things they don't want and take items they need. RHA will collect nonperishable food in the lobbies of the halls. For details, contact Kate Hartsel at 715-836-2505 or

Calendar Notes

  • Classes for the 2013 spring semester will end Friday, May 10.
  • Students will take final exams the week of May 13-17.
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