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Tip Sheet for the Week of June 27, 2005

RELEASED: June 27, 2005

Story Idea
A UW-Eau Claire biology professor and 14 students recently returned from Costa Rica. The students were enrolled in Paula Kleintjes' field course titled "Studies of Tropical Environments in Costa Rica." The students — some biology majors and some other majors — spent 10 days on the Osa Peninsula in a tropical wilderness where the rainforest meets the black beaches of the Pacific Ocean. The class was coordinated with the Institute for Ecological Studies. They stayed at the entrance to Corcovado National Park. The class entailed hiking (day and night) in various habitats from the beaches and rivers to the lowland rain forest. Students learned about the natural history of the area, and observed animals (birds, bats, insects, mammals) and plants. They conducted field research projects, studied local culture and practiced Spanish. It was a transforming experience for many. They lived simply, had no electricity and hiked everywhere, even to their lodging. Most students enrolled in the course had never been out of the country prior to this trip. Kleintjes said it was one of the best field courses she has ever taught. Kleintjes has photos and video clips that she can share with the media. You can reach Paula Kleintjes at (715) 836-4166 or kleintpk@uwec.edu.

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Despite a tight job market and struggling economy, UW-Eau Claire graduates are finding jobs. A Career Services survey found that 97 percent of the 2003-04 UW-Eau Claire graduates responding to the survey were employed or continuing their education a year after graduation. A majority of the graduates — 59 percent — are working for businesses and organizations in Wisconsin, with 23 percent working in the Chippewa Valley. For details about the survey results, contact Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services, at (715) 836-5358 or skougjm@uwec.edu.

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Rob Reid, a UW-Eau Claire lecturer and member of the American Library Association's Newbery Award Selection Committee, will share his picks for the best children's books of 2005 during the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" session from noon-1 p.m. June 29 at Sweetwaters Restaurant. Reid teaches classes on literature for children, adolescents and adults. He's published several books, including "Cool Story Programs for the School Age Crowd." He likes books that appeal to and entertain children, but also challenge them by jump-starting their creativity and imagination, and by helping them learn about themselves and others who are unlike them.

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The finest student and local jazz combos will perform from noon to 1 p.m. every day this week (June 27-July 1) on the Central Campus Mall on lower campus. The Jazz at Noon performances are free and open to the public.

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Music on the Mall will feature Dennis Warner during the 7 p.m. June 27 show.
He blends acoustic folk-country music and humor to present an upbeat, up-tempo kids and family concert. The show is free and open to the public.

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