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Tip Sheet for the Week of Jan. 30, 2006

RELEASED: Jan. 30, 2006

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The first UW-Eau Claire graduate to be selected for the Teach for America program will be on campus this week to share his experiences.
Zach Verriden, who graduated in December 2004 with a degree in political science, will be on campus Feb. 1-3 in an effort to raise the program's profile among students. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 1 Verriden will distribute information and talk with students in the West Lobby of Davies Center. At 7 p.m. Feb. 1 he'll give a presentation in the Wisconsin Room of Davies Center. He'll also speak to several classes this week. The Teach for America program is a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to two years to teach in urban and rural schools. A highly selective, nationally recognized program, it recruits the best of recent college graduates. Verriden is available to talk about his experiences teaching 10th-12th grade social studies in Camden, N.J., a city that's often described as the most dangerous city in America. You can reach him at (715) 379-7450.

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About 800 UW-Eau Claire students will learn about the off-campus housing market during the 9th annual HOUSE Day (Housing Off-Campus University Student Event). More than 60 landlords
representing about 500 rental units will participate in the event, which is slated for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The Student Senate organizes the event to increase communication between students and landlords. Landlords are invited to participate only if Senate members have determined that they adhere to health codes and are honest with students. For details, contact the student organizers Michelle Madsen or Justin Greif at (715) 836-4646.

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Kinesiology faculty are looking for women ages of 18-45 from the university or Eau Claire communities to participate in a new fitness study that will begin in mid-February.
Assistant professor Lance Dalleck, who will lead the study, says most fitness studies involve white adult males, while women, children and minority groups are studied less often. He hopes to change that and challenge some current fitness recommendations. Many experts recommend that adults should exercise to burn about 1,000 calories a week. But most research doesn't consider individual differences, such as body sizes and fitness levels, Dalleck says. In his study, he'll put women of varying ages and sizes on 12-week fitness regimens designed to burn 1,000 calories a week. Participants will be tested before and after the study for things like aerobic fitness, cholesterol, blood pressure and body composition. For details, contact Dalleck at (715) 836-3774 or dalleclc@uwec.edu.

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Campus and community organizations will offer service opportunities during the Community Action Day and Service-Learning Fair, set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.
Agencies participating in the event provide volunteer opportunities that help students earn university credit or fulfill the university's service-learning requirement. The event emphasizes that working in the Chippewa Valley benefits the individual student and the community. For event details, contact Paula Stuettgen in the Activities and Programs office at (715) 836-4833.

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