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Tip Sheet for the Week of Feb. 14

Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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A UW-Eau Claire senior communications major from Augusta recently worked as an intern at the White House. Kara Kangas worked in the Intergovernmental Affairs Office, which is a liaison between the President and state and local government officials such as governors, lieutenant governors, state legislators and mayors. Kangas was one of 100 students hired (about 1,400 students applied) for the internship program. Kangas is available to talk about her experiences and what the internship means to her future. You can contact Kara Kangas at (715) 559-1050 or kangaske@uwec.edu.

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In honor of Black History Month, a forum titled "Racism: Does it Exist at UW-Eau Claire?" is slated for 7-8 p.m. Feb. 16 in Towers Hall TV Lounge on upper campus. Sponsored by Making Our School an Intercultural Community, participants will discuss the perspectives and ideas people have about racism and how it relates to UW-Eau Claire. For details, contact Elizabeth Welle at welleem@uwec.edu.

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Last year, 70 students fulfilled their service-learning requirement while studying abroad. Study abroad programs give students a chance to volunteer in unusual places, use a second language and get involved in host communities. This spring students studying in Australia will volunteer at a koala hospital. In Spain, students volunteer at food kitchens, work with children at local hospitals or help the elderly. Programs in Costa Rica, South Africa and Germany have service-learning built in. For details, contact Susan Lochner, Center for International Education, at (715) 836-4411 or lochnesa@uwec.edu, or Don Mowry, Center for Service-Learning, at (715) 836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's National Youth Sports Program is again the top NYSP program in the country. UW-Eau Claire received the Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence. It's the third time UW-Eau Claire received the award, an unmatched achievement among the 205 programs in the nation. NYSP began in 1969 as a free summer camp for economically deprived families. More than 10,000 Chippewa Valley children have received academic and sports skill instruction through the program. The 2005 program will run from June 9-July 15. For details, contact Lisa Schuetz at (715) 836-2176.

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UW-Eau Claire's Peer Diversity Educators are starting a diversity book club for faculty, staff and students. Discussion groups will meet throughout the semester. For details, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at (715) 836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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Jabali Afrika, a group with a unique blend of fusion and African rhythms, will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in Schofield Auditorium. The show is part of Black History Month. The Kenyan group will play instruments, sing and dance as they perform in stunning African tribal costumes. Photographers are welcome.

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