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TIP SHEET   Week of Nov. 8, 2004
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Three UW-Eau Claire students and associate professor of psychology Gregory Madden have been working with Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire Center to review procedures used to order lab tests for patients and make recommendations to improve the process. The initial analysis by the students identified changes that could potentially improve the efficiency of the lab order process. A performance management team was formed to discuss the existing process as well as the students' proposals for improvement. After a series of meetings, the team approved a plan that is being piloted in two departments at the Eau Claire Center. The student researchers hope to have data on the efficacy of the program by the end of the Fall 2004 semester. The students involved in this project are completing the behavior analysis emphasis within the psychology department. This is the second project that Madden and his students have worked on with Marshfield Clinic. Last year, he and a student developed a proposal to re-train the telephone staff at the Eau Claire Center. For more information, contact Madden at (715) 836-5479 or

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Several UW-Eau Claire alumni will be on campus today, Monday, Nov. 8, to share their experiences working for organizations such as the Peace Corps, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, AmeriCorps and Teach for America. The Center for Service-Learning is hosting "Careers in the Common Good." The program, which will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center, will give students a chance to learn about internships and jobs in NGOs, nonprofits, federal government offices, state agencies and more. For details, contact Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning. You can reach him at (715) 836-4649 or

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The Hmong Mutual Assistance Association and UW-Eau Claire will sponsor a Hmong New Year's celebration Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14, at the McPhee Physical Education Center on upper campus. Faculty, staff, students and community members will join in the festivities, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Events include traditional Hmong ball tossing and cultural shows featuring traditional dance performances, folk songs, crafts and food vendors. The traditional ball tossing, called Pov Pob, is a form of courtship for the youths. If a participant drops the ball he or she must give a "gift" to a partner. Once all possessions have been given away the participant may sing several songs to get his or her possessions back. Charles Vue, Southeast Asian Student Services Coordinator in the Multicultural Affairs Office, can provide details. You can reach him at (715) 836-3017 or

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