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TIP SHEET   Week of April 28, 2003
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students regularly volunteer to help area elementary school students develop their reading skills. Students volunteer through a variety of programs, including Jump Start, America Reads, Literacy Action Network and University Reading Partners. Student volunteers, the children with whom they are paired and their families will gather this week to celebrate the joy of reading. The Literacy Renaissance Festival is set for 5-8 p.m. April 30 in the Oak and Pine pavilions at Carson Park. As part of the event, UW-Eau Claire theater students and storytellers will dress as children's book characters. Other interactive activities also are planned. Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning, is available to talk with reporters about students' volunteer efforts and the impact they have on local communities. You can reach Mowry at (715) 836-4649 or For festival information, contact Lucianne Boardman at or

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Nearly 350 UW-Eau Claire students and 130 faculty mentors will display their research projects from noon to 5 p.m. today (Monday, April 28) during the 11th annual Student Research Day in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Because of its commitment to providing students with opportunities to work along side faculty doing research, UW-Eau Claire is the UW System's only Center of Excellence for undergraduate research. For research day, students create displays to highlight their projects. Projects represent more than 30 departments and units across the campus. For details, contact Chris Lind, assistant vice chancellor and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration. You can reach Lind at (715) 836- 3405 or

Nearly 300 students from 11 UW schools will present their research projects from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center as part of the fourth annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Oral papers and creative exhibits will be presented at various times in Davies Center meeting rooms. Lind can provide you with the details. You can reach Lind at (715) 836- 3405 or

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A class examining the ways the mind and body are connected and their implications for health will be offered in June, during UW-Eau Claire's interim summer session. The faculty who teach it believe community members may be interested in taking the summer class because of topics covered. Traditional medicine and the role of science, alternative medicine, health practices in other cultures, stress, gender and workplace health issues are among the discussion topics. Nursing and psychology professors jointly teach the class, which also is being taught this semester. Reporters are welcome to observe a class session this spring (it meets from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays in room 119 of the Nursing Building) and faculty are willing to talk with reporters about the topics covered in the course. For more information, contact Susan Moch, professor of nursing, at (715) 836-4004 or, or Robert Tomlinson, associate professor of psychology, at (715) 836-5484 or

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Updated: April 28, 2003