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Media Memo: Fifth-grade "Adventure Girls" to tour UW-Eau Claire campus

TO: News/Assignment Editors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume

DATE: Nov. 14, 2006

SUBJECT: Fifth-grade "Adventure Girls" to tour UW-Eau Claire campus

Collaboration among University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty members, undergraduate students and area teachers has made possible an after-school program to help preadolescent girls see bright prospects for their futures. Eight fifth-grade girls from Longfellow Elementary School will visit UW-Eau Claire on Wednesday, Nov. 15, for the culmination of the eight-week Adventure Girls program. The program is part of a research project focused on engendering empowerment, self-esteem, leadership and teamwork skills, as well as the integration of mind, body and spirit, in preadolescent girls from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, said Pamela Forman, assistant professor of sociology and a collaborator on the project.

One of the goals of Adventure Girls is to expose the young participants to possibilities at the university, Forman said. On Wednesday, Adventure Girls participants — accompanied by UW-Eau Claire student mentors, research faculty and the girls' supervising teachers — will tour UW-Eau Claire's nursing program facilities and work with the SimMan patient simulator in the nursing skills lab, see a show in the L.E. Phillips Planetarium and tour the Phillips Science Hall greenhouse before having dinner at The Terrace in Davies Center.

The media is welcome to photograph the group during the campus tour. Their itinerary will be as follows:

  • 3:30-4 p.m.: Tour of nursing program facilities and working with SimMan in skills lab (Nursing Building Room 234).
  • 4-4:45 p.m.: Planetarium show, L.E. Phillips Planetarium (Phillips Hall Room 1).
  • 4:45-5:10 p.m.: Greenhouse tour, top level of Phillips Science Hall (Phillips Hall Room 517).
  • 5:15-6 p.m.: Dinner at The Terrace, Davies Center.

For more information about the Adventure Girls program, contact Pamela Forman at 715-836-3039 or formanpj@uwec.edu; Winifred Morse at 715-836-5629 or morsewa@uwec.edu; or Deborah Pattee at 715-836-5269 or patteedk@uwec.edu.

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