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Building Community-Campus Partnerships
Topic of UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Speaker Series

RELEASED: July 21, 2006

Let's Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — Principles of community-campus partnership building will be the topic of a July 26 luncheon presentation hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Dr. Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning and professor of social work at UW-Eau Claire, will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant titled "Building Mutually Beneficial Community-University Partnerships." The presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

"Many institutions of higher education have in their mission statement a few lofty goals focused on serving the greater community," said Mowry. "I'll address the active steps necessary to involve all stakeholders from both campus and community in developing ongoing collaborations to address pressing community needs. I'll also be highlighting a few local examples of successful community-campus collaborations."

As director of the UW-Eau Claire Center for Service-Learning, Mowry is involved in preparing students to become active, responsible, ethical and engaged citizens. He also has an interest in combining service, research and scholarship. Mowry has worked on several community development initiatives in refugee adaptation, strategic planning for the refugee populations, multicultural community education and a county-wide effort called Healthy Communities 2000. Working with colleagues and student researchers, he has also conducted research in consumer satisfaction for persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses, barriers to health care as experienced by consumers of a free health clinic and decreasing the digital divide between profit and nonprofit agencies.

Upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" speakers, dates and topics include Dr. Timothy Bawden, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of geography and anthropology, Aug. 30: "The Geography of Fans of Professional Baseball and Football"; Dr. Justin Patchin, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of political science, Sept. 27: "Cyberbullying Among Adolescents: What Parents Need to Know"; Dr. Douglas Dunham, director of UW-Eau Claire's Materials Science Center, Oct. 25: "Nanotechnology: The Reality Behind the Hype."

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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