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Tip Sheet for the Week of June 26, 2006

RELEASED: June 26, 2006

Story Idea
Mai Youa Lee, a junior from Eau Claire, received a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Thailand for the 2006-07 academic year.
While studying abroad in summer 2005, Lee visited Thailand, where she studied sustainable development and the culture of ethnic groups in Thailand. During a field trip, she lived with a Hmong-Thai family. That experience left her wanting to know more about Hmong culture and about Thailand, the adopted country of many Hmong people. Lee's father and grandfather assisted the United States during the Vietnam War and later were forced to flee from Laos to Thailand to escape political persecution. Her parents immigrated to the United States in 1980. This fall, Lee will enter the Thai Studies program at Thammasat University in Bangkok. The program includes 30 credits in Thai culture, language, literature, history, economics and politics and leads to a Thai Studies certificate. The scholarship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For 2006-07, it received 1,007 applications for 389 awards. For details, contact Mai Youa Lee at leemlee@uwec.edu, or Colleen Marchwick of the Center for International Education at (715) 836-4874 or marchwcc@uwec.edu.

Related Story Idea
Junior social work major Mai Youa Lee, Eau Claire, is one of Vang S. and Mai Pa Lee's 10 children. While in high school, she was in Upward Bound, a program that prepares high school students for college. So far eight of the 10 children in Lee's family have participated in Upward Bound. Three of Lee's siblings have since graduated from college (two from UW-Eau Claire), four are currently attending UW-Eau Claire and one will go to UW-Madison this fall. Kimamo Wahome, director of Upward Bound, can provide details. You can reach him at (715) 836-4088 or wahomek@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The Internet and other electronic messaging devices are increasingly being used by middle and high school students to threaten and harass their peers.
Justin Patchin, assistant professor of criminal justice, will discuss "Cyberbullying Among Adolescents: What Parents Need to Know" from noon to 1 p.m. June 28 at Sweetwaters. For details, contact Justin Patchin at (715) 836-4058 or patchinj@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
Orientation for incoming freshmen continues this week, with one-day sessions running June 26-29.
Sessions begin at 8 a.m. with a welcome in Schofield Auditorium and end at about 4:30 p.m. with a tour of the residence halls. These sessions introduce new students to campus and allow them to register for classes. A parent program is included as part of the orientation program. Financial aid, career planning, dining services and other topics are covered. For details about orientation, call (715) 836-5053.

Photo Idea
The Billy Krause Trio will perform at 7 p.m. Monday on the Central Campus Mall as part of the Summer Session Music on the Mall series. The free outdoor concert series attracts many people from the campus and Eau Claire communities.

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