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TIP SHEET   Week of April 19, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
Students from three African countries are studying nursing at UW-Eau Claire. The students will gather for an African Roundtable discussion from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Room 114 of the Nursing Building. The students will discuss culture, health care and health issues in their countries. Students include Lydia Siphiwe Chowa from Swaziland; Richard Mokua from Kenya; and Komba Omaru from Sierra Leone. Reporters and photographers are welcome. For details, contact Jayne Bielecki at (715) 836-5008 or

Visiting Expert
Ada Deer will be on campus Monday, April 19, to discuss her vast experiences working for government agencies and grassroots organizations relating to Native Americans. Currently the director of the American Indian Studies program at UW-Madison, she’ll speak at noon in the Potawatomi Room of Davies Center.

Visiting Expert
Dr. Muli Linder, a medical doctor who was in the Israel Defense Forces and later joined a group called Courage to Refuse, will discuss the costs of war and peace in Israel at 7 p.m. Monday, April 19, in Schneider Hall. The group of 600 people refuses to serve militarily in the West Bank and Gaza strip. For details, contact Paul Kaldjian at (715) 836-2321 or

Photo Idea
Gordon Thunder, a tribal elder and language instructor from the Ho-Chunk Nation, will open Native American Awareness Week with a ceremony Monday, April 19. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. where the Council Oak Tree used to stand (between the School of Nursing and Davies Center). For more than 300 years the tree served as a shelter, marker and gathering place for generations of Native Americans who lived in the area and later for generations of students. The tree no longer stands but remains a prominent symbol on campus.

Photo Idea
Grand entries for the 2004 Honoring Education Pow Wow will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in Zorn Arena. The annual event provides opportunities for Native American people to celebrate the importance of their heritage and culture. Photographers are welcome. Contact the Multicultural Affairs Office at (715) 836-5840 in advance to discuss any photo guidelines.

Student Activity
The Student Senate will host Pennies for the Planet April 19-23 with proceeds going to the World Wildlife Fund. Booths will be in Davies Center and in all residence halls. For details, contact Lauren Demerse at

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Updated: April 16, 2004