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Tip Sheet for the Week of Jan. 16, 2006

RELEASED: Jan. 13, 2006

Story Idea
Eight UW-Eau Claire students and an alumna spent part of their winter break helping clean up Gulf Coast areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The students, who left Jan. 2 and returned Jan. 10,
stayed in a church that is serving as a disaster response center. The students went to victims' houses and helped in the deconstruction process (removing dry wall, spraying/bleaching houses contaminated with mold, etc.). They also volunteered at a distribution center where they packaged food and hygiene necessities for families. Eric Duwe, a senior from Johnson Creek who is majoring in political science and Latin American Studies, heard about the volunteer opportunity from a friend and recruited other UW-Eau Claire students to join him in the effort. Duwe is returning to Eau Claire from break around noon on Monday, Jan. 16. You can reach him at (715) 855-3511 or duwees@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The Chippewa Valley Museum has played an important role in helping UW-Eau Claire history faculty secure several million dollars in federal grants in recent years.
Faculty in the history department and the College of Education and Human Sciences have worked with museum staff to create innovative programs to help teachers learn new strategies for teaching history to elementary, middle and high school students. A series of programs are helping educators move from text book-based teaching of history to project-based teaching. Research shows students learn history best when they apply their knowledge outside of the classroom. By working with the museum, students in the programs can benefit from the museum's expertise and resources. For details about this unusual university-community partnership, contact Tom Miller, chair of the history department, or Susan McLeod, director of the Chippewa Valley Museum. You can reach Miller at (715) 836-5176 or millert@uwec.edu, and McLeod at (715) 834-7871.

Story/Photo Idea
UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Commemoration Ceremony from 5-5:30 p.m. Jan.16 at the Ecumenical Religious Center on campus. The ceremony will include a welcome; a chronology of King's life; excerpts from the "I have a Dream" speech and other writings by King; hymns; a prayer for unity; and closing remarks. For more details, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (715) 836-3367.

Calendar Notes

  • UW-Eau Claire will be closed Jan. 16 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Classes will resume and offices will be open again Tuesday, Jan. 17.
  • UW System President Kevin Reilly is expected to announce the names of finalists for the UW-Eau Claire Chancellor position Tuesday, Jan. 17.
  • Friday, Jan. 20, is the last day of the Winterim session at UW-Eau Claire.
  • Spring semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 23, at UW-Eau Claire.

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