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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

News Bureau

TIP SHEET Week of Sept. 3, 2002
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire faculty have received two $1 million grants from the U.S. Department of Education, funding initiatives to improve K-12 teaching in western Wisconsin. One grant will increase the number of English as a Second Language trained personnel in the area by nearly 700 percent. The second grant will help 50 history teachers increase their knowledge of American history and develop hands-on teaching techniques to help students better learn history. Dr. Kate Reynolds, director of UW-Eau Claire’s Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages and English as a Second Language programs, is available to talk about the ESL grant. You can reach Reynolds at (715) 836-4067 or Dr. Patricia Turner, associate professor of history, will talk about the history grant. You can reach Turner at (715) 836-3369 or

Story Idea
New York City reporter David Kuhn, a 2000 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, is among the young journalists whose essays about their experiences covering the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was included in a recently published book, “At Ground Zero: 25 Stories from Young Reporters Who Were There.” Kuhn made his way on inline skates into lower Manhattan just as the second World Trade Center tower fell. Kuhn, who grew up in Milwaukee, is a reporter for the New York bureau of The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s (and the world’s) largest circulation daily newspaper. Kuhn shares what he saw, heard, smelled, felt and thought during those hours after the attacks in his essay, “All I Hear is Silence.” The former Spectator editor is available to talk about his experiences and the book. You can reach him at 

Campus Expert
Dr. Jill Smith, a senior lecturer of geography and anthropology, has researched health issues and service disparities among different U.S. populations. She is available to talk about issues relating to poverty and economic or health disparities in the United States. You can reach Smith at (715) 836-4027 or

Photo Opportunities
As part of Hunger Awareness Week, the United Hall Council will host a can sculpture contest. Students living in the halls can donate canned goods during the week. From 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, students will bring the donations to a field near Towers Hall on upper campus where they will build sculptures using the cans. Students will be judged on style, creativity, size, overall presentation and spirit. The collected goods will be donated to a local food pantry.

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Judy Berthiaume
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 201
(715) 836-4741

Updated: October 14, 2002