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Tip Sheet for the Week of April 10, 2006

RELEASED: April 10, 2006

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire students have completed at least 620,000 hours of community service in the 10 years since service-learning became a graduation requirement. Since the 1995-96 academic year students have been required to complete 30 hours of service to graduate. Many students exceed the 30-hour requirement and most of the hours are completed in area schools, agencies or organizations. The Center for Service-Learning will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. April 11 in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. The theme is "Service at the Core of Education for 10 Years Running." Students, community partners, alumni, and faculty and academic staff will be honored for their work with service-learning. For details, contact Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning, at (715) 836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire will host "An Introduction to Hmong Studies: A Panel Discussion and Lectures" this week. A panel discussion, "Dialogue on Hmong Studies," will take place at 4 p.m. April 11 in the Ho-Chunk Room, Davies Center. A lecture, "Hmong Studies 101," will be presented at noon and 1 p.m. April 12 in Davies Theater. Discussions will feature guest speaker Mark Pfeifer, director of the Hmong Resource Center at the Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul, Minn., and five UW-Eau Claire panelists who've worked closely with the Hmong community. The panelists will discuss their research, teaching and service activities, and the rewards of being involved in Hmong studies. Panelists are Wayne Carroll, professor of economics; Jeremy Hein, professor of sociology; Susan Moch, professor of family health nursing; David Shih, associate professor of English; and Charles Vue, Hmong/Southeast Asian student services coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For details, contact assistant professor of Asian history Reiko Shinno at (715) 836-4995 or shinnor@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
A student's artwork is the feature piece in The Highground's Meditation Garden in Neillsville. Senior Anne Jensen, Black River Falls,
designed a sculptureof stainless steel with six doves flying upward through a large sphere. The doves represented World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, Korean War, Desert Storm and the Iraq war. She describes it as a symbol of hope. After the design was chosen, the family of Sgt. Andrew Wallace, who was killed in Iraq, came to The Highground looking for a way to honor him. The staff suggested sponsoring Jensen's sculpture. Before the sculpture was placed in the garden, David Marten, a welder from Hallie Welding who helped create the sculpture, said there was a hole in the center that didn't look right. Jensen decided it was the perfect size for a seventh dove to honor Wallace. On Feb. 24, the sculpture was set on its base at the entrance of the garden by Wallace's family, Jensen and Marten. The official dedication ceremony will take place July 4. Contact Jensen at jensenan@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire's April break will run April 14-17. Administrative offices will be open during regular business hours during the break. Classes will resume April 18.

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