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Tip Sheet for week of Oct. 21, 2013

October 21, 2013

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Hundreds of area public school teachers and thousands of middle and high school students were served by a federally funded program that helped improve how history is taught in classrooms. With about $6 million in funding from U.S. Department of Education grants, the Teaching American History program helped educators rethink and redesign how they teach history to fourth- through 12th-graders in public schools in western Wisconsin. As a result of the 10-year-long initiative, more than 300,000 public school students have benefitted from being taught by teachers who enrolled in the program. The program ended this summer when the federal grants no longer were available. For details or to connect with area teachers who benefitted from the program, contact Dr. Patricia Turner, professor of history at 715-836-3369 or; or Dr. James Oberly, professor of history, at 715-836-4599 or

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Students interested in health-related fields have a centralized place to go for information and resources thanks to Dr. William J. and Marian A. Klish, an Eau Claire couple who donated $100,000 to support a health careers center. UW-Eau Claire is the only school among the UW System comprehensives to offer a specialized health careers center. The center helps students explore health career options and guides them on the path to careers in health sciences. It offers academic and career advising, connections to health-related clinical, research and volunteer opportunities, and workshops on career development and graduate school applications. It serves faculty and staff who support students pursuing health sciences, and helps develop relationships with the health care community. William Klish, a 1963 graduate, retired in 2009 from a long career as a physician and researcher on childhood obesity — a subject area in which he became a nationally recognized expert. Marian Klish, a native of Eau Claire, is a retired nurse. For details about the William J. and Marian A. Klish Health Careers Center, contact Dr. Julie Anderson, center director, at 715-836-3860 or

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Student Health Service will celebrate 75 years of service during an open house from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the Cress Wellness Center on upper campus. Starting with just one registered nurse in a small room in Schofield Hall before World War II, SHS has provided students with quality health care for decades. Staff now consists of two physicians, a physician assistant, four nurse practitioners and a health educator. From the scares of tuberculosis and polio outbreaks, through the women's lib movement, the AIDS epidemic and now health care reform, SHS has been responsive to the unique health issues affecting students. The celebration will commemorate the successful management of the complex health challenges of each era. For details, contact Alice Hanson at or 715-836-5952.


UW-Eau Claire will host the International Folk Fair from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in Davies Center. The fair brings the campus and community together for an enriching and educational experience as people sample different foods, enjoy international performances and learn about the history and languages from around the world. More than 40 student and community organizations participate. For details, contact Maria Carvalho at 715-836-4411 or


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