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Tip Sheet for the Week of March 27, 2006

RELEASED: March 27, 2006

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UW-Eau Claire students donated $200 to help music therapists in areas hit by Hurricane Katrina to buy instruments to replace those lost in the disaster.
Zachary St. John, a business administration major, announced the gift at the American Music Therapy Association's national meeting in November 2005. He challenged other schools to match the donation. Conference attendees donated $350. The money is being used to buy gift certificates for music therapists to buy new instruments. St. John is earning service-learning credits for his work. For details, contact Lee Anna Rasar, director of the music therapy program, at (715) 836-4260 or rasarla@uwec.edu.

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Accounting Professor Lucretia Mattson will give a talk titled "Tax Law Changes for 2005-06" from noon-1 p.m. March 29 at Sweetwaters.
She'll discuss tax law changes that can be used for 2005 tax returns, and 2006 changes, such as homeowner energy credits and credits for hybrid cars. And she'll talk about her work with 40 students in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

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Students from Vietnam will lead a discussion titled "Vietnam: The Next Asian Dragon?" from 4-5 p.m. March 30 in the Badger Room, Davies Center.
Thirty years after the Vietnam War ended, many Americans still think of Vietnam as a war torn and isolated nation. But Vietnam has made economic strides as it's moved into a market economy. Some experts predict that it will become an "Asian Dragon" similar to China. Students will discuss how Vietnam has moved from a nation devastated by war to a future "Asian Dragon," how it reconciles its Communist government with a capitalistic market economy, and what the future of Vietnam's relationship with the U.S. might look like. Economics Professor Maria Dacosta will facilitate. For details, contact Phil Huelsbeck, international student adviser, at (715) 836-4181 or huelsbpj@uwec.edu.

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Continuing Education is bringing to Eau Claire an expert on "compassion fatigue," the harmful effects on a caregiver or responder to a trauma. Frank Ochberg, editor of the first text on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, will speak on "Compassion Fatigue as an Occupational Hazard." The seminar is for nurses, social workers, counselors, law enforcement, clergy and caregivers. It'll run from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 30 at the Plaza Inn and Suites.

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A student is a finalist in Photographer's Forum magazine's Best of College Photography Annual 2006. Tea Vutmej's photo was chosen from 28,000 entries from student photographers in the U.S. and Canada. Just 5 percent of submitted photos were chosen.
The publication is distributed to college libraries and instructors of photography, art and graphic design. Vutmej, of Croatia, is studying at UW-Eau Claire on an Open Society Institute scholarship, which allows people from developing countries to gain experience in the U.S. and then return to their home country. You can reach Vutmej at (715) 836-4268 or vutmejt@uwec.edu.

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The 39th annual Jazz Festival will be held March 31 and April 1. One of the oldest jazz festivals in the nation, it features performances by professional musicians, and college and high school bands. College, high school and middle school Honor Bands will perform with guest artists at evening concerts. Both days will include clinics led by visiting artists. Friday is college day and Saturday is middle/high school day. Daytime concerts, clinics and master classes are free and open to the public. Evening concerts will be in the Memorial High School Auditorium, with shows starting at 7 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. For details, contact Bob Baca at (715) 836-4371 or bacarj@uwec.edu.

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