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Hunger Awareness Week Observed
At UW-Eau Claire Oct. 12-17

 MAILED:  Oct. 8, 2003

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has a variety of activities planned in conjunction with Hunger Awareness Week, Oct. 12-17.

The feature event will be a “Can Sculpture Contest” on Towers Lawn from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, with judging at 5 p.m. For this United Hall Council and National Residence Hall Honorary sponsored event, students will use food donations from campus residents for the sculptures, and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Students can donate by using the “Change Hunger” cans that will be located at all residence hall front desks and Sodexho cash registers beginning Sunday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 17. UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life asks that participants give generously. The residence hall that raises the most money per capita will win a Papa John’s Pizza party.

Jodi Thesing-Ritter, assistant director of UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life, emphasizes the importance of the week’s events.

“The primary goals of this week are to raise money and food for the hungry in the Eau Claire community and to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness in our world,” said Thesing-Ritter.

A “Crop Walk” through Carson Park is scheduled for 1:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 12. The purpose of the walk is to raise money for needy people and 25 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire.

“Shanty Town” is sponsored by Outdoor Recreation, Habitat for Humanity, Hobnailers and the Student Homeless Awareness Chapter and will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, on the Campus Mall. Students can participate by building cardboard houses and sleeping on the campus mall to experience what it might be like to be homeless.

The “World Food Day Teleconference” will be held in the Davies Theatre from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. This year’s theme, “Collaboration or Calamity: Africa in Peril,” addresses the predicament of sub-Saharan Africa and what might be done to help. The 20th anniversary worldwide teleconference will feature Urban Jonsson, UNICEF regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa. Students, faculty, and the Chippewa Valley community are encouraged to attend.

“Can Hunger Jam,” a new event sponsored by National Residence Hall Honorary, is scheduled for two hours at the Campus Mall beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. This event will feature performances by Girls Night Out, Innocent Men, West African Drumming Society and Ladder El in an effort to raise awareness and money for UNICEF. This event will be held at The Cabin in Davies Center in the event of inclement weather.

The week’s events will conclude with the “Campus Food Collection” from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 17.

Other campus sponsors and participating organizations or departments include Outdoor Education, Alpha Phi Omega, Financial Management Association, Residence Hall Activities and the Student Organization Complex.

For more information, please contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at (715) 836-3630 or visit the UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life on-line.

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Updated: October 7, 2003