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TIP SHEET   Week of March 15, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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Twenty-six UW-Eau Claire education students will spend their Spring Break learning about religious, socio-economic, historical, educational and environmental issues facing African-American communities in the Chicago area. The students are in the Foundation of Education’s Social Foundations of Human Relations’ course, titled “An Urban Experience in African American Communities.” The course challenges students to understand human differences by examining things such as gender, race, ethnicity, social class, age, abilities, sexuality and sexual orientation. During their Spring Break stay in Chicago, the students will attend a Sunday Church service, be immersed in the day-to-day experience of an urban Chicago public school (Jenner Academy for the Arts) and visit city landmarks. Students will teacher assist for four days in a classroom and participate in half a day of professional development activities at an inner-city elementary school. Darlene Fry, associate lecturer in Foundations of Education, can give you more information. You can reach her at (715) 836-4537 or

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Several student groups will host “Blugolds Gone Wild,” an event designed to educate students about the risks associated with Spring Break and suggestions for how they can reduce those risks. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, on the Central Campus Mall. To help create a Spring Break atmosphere, there will be music, games and “mocktails.” UW-Eau Claire’s Spring Break will begin March 22. For details about the “Blugolds Gone Wild” event, contact Emma Chambers at (715) 836-2845 or

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A nursing professor is working with the local Hmong community to decrease disparity in health care. Susan Moch’s research identifies strategies for completing comprehensive medical evaluations with the Hmong to help ensure quality health care. She also distributes health care information to the Hmong via TV and radio. Moch is available to talk about her work to address disparities in health care. Contact her at (715) 836-4889 or

Story/Photo Idea
Rock/folk musician and Asian-American artist Magdalen Hsu-Li will perform at 6:30 p.m. March 17 in Schofield Auditorium. A lecture titled “Asian American Women in the Arts” will follow her performance. Her show is part of the university’s Women’s History Month celebration. Hsu-Li is available to talk with the media. You can reach her at (206) 954-0269 to arrange an interview. The News Bureau has additional background material about Hsu-Li as well as a print photo. Call the News Bureau at (715) 836-4745 if you are interested in the background info or a photo.

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Updated: March 11, 2004