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Media Memo: Hmong New Arrival Dinner May 22

TO: News/Assignment Editors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, director, UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

DATE: May 18, 2005

SUBJECT: Hmong New Arrival Dinner May 22

UW-Eau Claire faculty and students will be among those welcoming new arrivals from the Wat Tham Drabok refugee camp in Thailand during a potluck dinner this weekend in Eau Claire.

The new arrivals, their mentors and the families who are assisting them in adjusting to Eau Claire will gather with members of the campus and Eau Claire communities during the Hmong New Arrival Dinner, slated for 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at DeLong Middle School. In addition to the potluck dinner, there will be welcoming comments and entertainment.

UW-Eau Claire students and faculty work with many of the Hmong families through a variety of community programs that focus on mentoring, literacy and tutoring. The Hmong Student Association also is involved in volunteer programs that benefit the new arrivals.

Sunday's event is sponsored by Partnership for Strong Hmong Families, the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association and Catholic Charities.

Susan Moch, professor of family health nursing at UW-Eau Claire and a member of the Partnership for Strong Hmong Families, is among the organizers of the dinner. Her nursing students regularly participate in health education programs for Hmong families. You can reach Dr. Moch at (715) 836-4889 or smoch@uwec.edu.

Also available to discuss the dinner event are Martha Munger and Linda Litka of the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, (715) 832-8420.

Photographers and reporters are welcome to attend the event.

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