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Tip Sheet for the week of Sept. 5, 2006

RELEASED: Sept. 5, 2006

Story Idea
A multi-faceted educational program designed to help reduce drinking among new freshmen is under way on campus this fall. Activities include a student developed media campaign that publicizes results of the 2006 CORE survey; the interactive program "Drink Like a Blugold: Challenge the Assumptions;" speaker Jackson Katz; and many alcohol free social opportunities. Parents are being asked to help in the education effort through a new parent newsletter. And parents and students are invited to attend a Parents' Weekend talk by mother and son Chris and Toren Volkmann, authors of "Our Drink: Detoxing the Perfect Family" and "From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking." In summer 2005, UW-Eau Claire received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help support the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, including an initiative aimed at reducing drinking among first-year students. This year, the goals of the grant program are to increase awareness of the consequences of high-risk drinking, enhance enforcement of state laws and university policies regarding underage and high-risk drinking, reduce the number of students who drink and drive, and reduce the negative consequences of underage and high-risk drinking among first-year students. A recent CORE Alcohol and Drug survey found that the number of students who reported consuming alcohol underage dropped from 76 percent in 2004 to 69 percent in 2006. And the number of students who said the university is concerned about preventing drug and alcohol abuse increased to 84 percent. For details about UW-Eau Claire's efforts to reduce high-risk drinking, contact Peggy O'Halloran, director of Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, at 715-837-5111 or ohallop@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
An Eau Claire man has written a detailed manuscript about the 1948 Blugold football team the first state conference football champions. David Weiss, who played on the 1948 team, interviewed many of the players and coaches, and searched newspaper and other archives to gather information to help him tell the team's story. Weiss is available to discuss his project and share his story. You can reach him at 715-836-6328 or weiss.d.e@worldnet.att.net.

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UW-Eau Claire will help students get to know the greater Eau Claire community by offering bus tours. The "See Eau Claire" tours will leave hourly from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, from Towers Hall. For details, contact Jacqueline Bonneville at 715-836-3487 or bonnevjk@uwec.edu. The university also will host the Campus Community Connection from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, on the Central Campus Mall. The fair's goals are to introduce students to local businesses and the products and services available; to help city departments and neighborhood associations communicate with students; and to help area retailers connect with students. For details, contact Paula Stuettgen at 715-836-4803 or stuettpj@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note:
UW-Eau Claire Fall 2006 classes begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.

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