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Tip Sheet for the Week of Sept. 12, 2005

RELEASED: Sept. 12, 2005

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UW-Eau Claire will celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, with a discussion titled "Constitutional Law for a Changing Supreme Court." It begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in Schofield Auditorium.
(The actual anniversary, Sept. 17, falls on a Saturday.) It'll feature talks by Oscar Chamberlain, a senior lecturer of history; Michael Fine, professor of political science; and James Tubbs, associate professor of political science. Panelists will discuss how a Chief Justice Roberts and a President Bush-nominated associate justice would likely impact constitutional law in cases involving the First Amendment, privacy, criminal rights and federalism. They'll provide historical perspective on the nomination process. Congress designated Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and requires schools to hold programs to educate Americans about the Constitution. For details about the Constitution Day program, contact Rodd Freitag, chair of the department of political science, at (715) 836-5044 or freitard@uwec.edu.

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Gov. Jim Doyle will speak at the third annual Synergy Conference, hosted by UW-Eau Claire, at 9:15 a.m. Sept.14 at the Plaza Hotel & Suites Conference Center.
The conference brings together business, community, government and education leaders in the Chippewa and St. Croix Valleys to find solutions to challenges that accompany economic growth. For details, call Continuing Education at (715) 836-3636.

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A UW-Eau Claire nursing administrator is part of a research team that tested a tool that measures the quality of nursing home care in 30-minute inspections. As the senior population grows,
the number of people needing nursing home services will likely triple in the next few decades, said Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Health care providers, consumers and researchers need efficient ways to measure the quality of nursing home care. Researchers visited 407 facilities in Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota to test the "Observable Indicators of Nursing Home Care Quality Instrument." A relationship was detected between the scores of the OIQ and the citations facilities received from state/federal inspectors. This suggests that it can be a proxy for a full, resource-intensive team of regulators that's needed for inspections. It appears possible to do an abbreviated survey, allowing agencies to use scarce resources on facilities in need of closer scrutiny. Copies of the instrument were sent to nursing homes in the states that participated. For details, contact Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher at (715) 836-4904 or zwygarmc@uwec.edu.

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Campus and community organizations will offer service opportunities to students, faculty, staff and the public during the Community Action Day and Service-Learning Fair Sept. 15.
People who want to volunteer can explore opportunities at the event, which runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Many agencies provide opportunities that help students receive credit/fulfill the service-learning requirement through the Community Action and Lifelong Learning Program and the Service-Learning Office. For details, call (715) 836-4833.

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