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Tip Sheet for the Week of March 14

Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

RELEASED: March 14, 2005

Story Idea
Nearly 30 UW-Eau Claire students will spend spring break in Santa Fe, experiencing Southwest traditions that illuminate New Mexico's music, culture, cuisine, families and communities with the help of area experts. Students also will participate in community service projects during the trip. The "Food for the Soul: Traditions of the Southwest" spring break trip will give students a chance to learn about the socio-economic, historical and environmental issues of the region, and to meet with Hispanic, Native American and Anglo leaders. Eight of the students, led by Jeannie Harms, senior student services coordinator in Advising and New Student Initiatives, have majors ranging from nursing to journalism to Spanish. Twenty students are education majors enrolled in the Foundations of Education 385 class, taught by Cynthia Gray-Mash, associate professor of Foundations of Education. The students will develop field journals that are to include media, artifacts, written reflections and sketches of their experiences during the trip. Prior to leaving, students will meet with campus experts to learn about Latino and Native America cultural values and attitudes, and Pueblo Indians. For details about the trip, contact Gray-Mash at (715) 836-5587 or grayca@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire accounting students, working with accounting faculty member Lucretia Mattson, are providing free income tax assistance to taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a special IRS program, provides free tax return assistance to disabled, non-English speaking, elderly and special needs taxpayers with an annual income under $35,000. As VITA volunteers, accounting students help people fill out basic income tax forms. Students are meeting with taxpayers at the following locations on the following dates:

  • 1-4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 14, RCU's Bellinger Street Office
  • 4-7 p.m., Thursdays (except March 24) through April 14, Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin Street.
  • 1-4 p.m., Wednesdays (except March 23), through April 14, Room 314, Schneider Hall at UW-Eau Claire.

Reporters and photographers can attend the sessions but must respect the clients' privacy. For details, contact Mattson at (715) 836-2422 or mattsols@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Photographer Jodi Cobb's presentation "Hidden Worlds" will be featured during the Forum at 7:30 p.m. March 14 in Schofield Auditorium. As a photographer for the National Geographic Society, Cobb has worked in more than 50 countries, primarily in the Middle East and Asia. For more information about the Forum presentation, contact Beverly Soll at (715) 836-4419 or sollba@uwec.edu.

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A Blugolds Gone Wild Beach Party is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 17 on the Central Campus Mall. Judging for the best St. Patrick's Day costume will be at noon. For details, contact Lisa Schuetz at (715) 836-2176 or schuetlm@uwec.edu.

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