University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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TIP SHEET   Week of May 5, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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Some area children from low-income households will receive their first new age-appropriate books thanks to a new UW-Eau Claire project called First Book. Research shows that 61 percent of low-income families have no age appropriate books for their children, and those children lag behind children from middle and upper income families in one-to-one reading time, vocabulary and other measures. The university's Center for Service-Learning is working with a campus advisory board - which includes students - to obtain books through the national office of First Book and to raise funds to buy books to give to local families. Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning, can talk about the program and put reporters in touch with students volunteering their time to help with the effort. You can reach Mowry at (715) 836-4649 or

Story Idea
Free Planetarium shows and a solar telescope for safe viewing of sunspots are among the events and activities planned for Astronomy Day Saturday, May 10, at UW-Eau Claire. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Phillips Science Hall and outside the north doors of the building. The events are free and open to the public. For details, contact Lauren Likkel at (715) 836-5034 or

Photo Idea
UW-Eau Claire will re-dedicate its Kent State Memorial at 11 a.m. today (May 5), marking the 33rd anniversary of the 1970 shootings that left four students dead and nine injured at Kent State University in Ohio during an anti-Vietnam War protest. On May 8, 1970, UW-Eau Claire planted four trees next to Davies Center as a memorial to the young people who died. One of the four trees died and was removed. The university will plant a new tree to re-dedicate the memorial. Chancellor Donald Mash will preside. The event was to take place outside Davies Center. The rain site is the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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There will be live music every day this week (weather permitting) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. The music is part of the university's annual Springfest celebration.

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Updated: May 5, 2003