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TIP SHEET   Week of July 26, 2004
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Story/Photo Idea
UW-Eau Claire's two-week summer Hmong Youth Leadership program continues this week. The program, available to Hmong youth in grades 7-11, focuses on improving reading, writing, mathematical, science, leadership and Hmong language skills. It exposes the students to the reality of college entrance requirements and tries to prepare them to be responsible citizens. Activities include lectures, lab work and field trips. Participants will leave today, Monday, July 26, for Madison. While in Madison, they will tour the State Capitol and meet with Gov. Jim Doyle's staff. They'll spend Tuesday in Wisconsin Dells, returning to campus around dinnertime. They'll continue with activities on the UW-Eau Claire campus for the remainder of the week. Since the program began in 2001, participation has increased more than 15 percent. It's such a successful program that its organizer, Charles Vue, has been asked to present information about it at several national conferences, including the 2004 National Refugee Program Consultation in June in Washington, D.C. Vue was UW-Eau Claire's first Hmong graduate and is the university's Asian/Southeast Asian student services coordinator. For details about the Hmong Youth Leadership program, contact Charles Vue in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (715) 836-3367 or

Campus Expert
Rita Webb, UW-Eau Claire's adult opportunities adviser, will give a talk at 11:30 a.m. today, Monday, July 26, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Her presentation is titled "Keeping the Peacekeepers in Sri Lanka." Webb has been part of an international civilian peacekeeping pilot project in Sri Lanka since September 2003 through the Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. She is in Eau Claire for a visit before returning to Sri Lanka for the second year of her mission. During her presentation, she will describe the project and share her thoughts regarding the role of international citizens in helping build cultures of peace in conflict areas of the world. The university granted her a leave of absence to participate in the mission.

Photo Idea
Participants in the Hmong Youth Leadership program will have a bonfire from 9-11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31, behind Bridgman Hall on upper campus. The bonfire is part of Parent's Day activities. It's the last night of the summer youth camp coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Photo Idea
The Billy Krause Trio will perform as part of the Summer Session programs at 7 p.m. Monday, July 26, on the Central Campus Mall.

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Updated: July 26, 2004