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Tip Sheet for the Week of Feb. 27, 2006

RELEASED: Feb. 27, 2006

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Fourteen education majors will spend spring break learning about teaching in a diverse school.
Students in the "Social Foundations: Human Relations" class will volunteer as teaching assistants in elementary and high schools in Houston. They'll work in the Aldine Independent School District near downtown Houston. Students also will complete a service activity during the March 19-26 trip. Katherine Rhoades, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, and Jill Pinkney Pastrana, associate professor of Foundation of Education, will travel with the students. An Aldine representative will meet with students at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 in Room 106 of UW-Eau Claire's Campus School. For details, contact Rhoades at (715) 836-3671 or rhoadeka@uwec.edu, or Pinkney Pastrana at (715) 836-5437 or pastrajp@uwec.edu.

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A Chinese student studying at UW-Eau Claire placed third in the Eau Claire Optimist essay contest. Yan Ying Lam, known as Mi,
came to America in 2004 as a foreign exchange student, living in Fall Creek. She's now a freshman, majoring in business administration and art. You can reach her at (715) 855-3566 or lamyy@uwec.edu.

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Inspirational speaker and award-winning playwright Reanae McNeal will join in activities March 3 and 4 at UW-Eau Claire.
She'll lead a talk titled "The Women Gathered" at noon March 3 in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. She will present her one-woman play, "Don't Take My Mother's Name in Vain," at 6:30 p.m. March 3 in Schofield Auditorium. The play tells the story of sexual assault of African American women through character sketches, dance and spiritual songs. And she'll be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual UW System Women of Color in Education Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 4 in the Tamarack Room. Sixteen women from the UW System will be honored, including former UW-Eau Claire faculty member Barbara Blackdeer-MacKenzie, who came to campus in 2001 as a Knight Journalist in Residence.

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From 8-10 p.m. March 3 the women's a cappella group Audacious will perform a free concert in The Cabin of Davies Center.
The 18 women in this newly formed group create powerful renditions of contemporary musical pieces.

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The residence hall organization Making Our School An Intercultural Community will sponsor a "Benefit for Bolton" March 3 at Higherground in Crest Wellness Center
on upper campus. Events include ballroom dance lessons from 8-11 p.m. with the group Two to Tango. At 11 p.m. there will be a drawing for two tickets to the Viennese Ball. From 11 p.m.-2 a.m. there will be a dance party. All proceeds will be donated to the Bolton Refuge House.

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