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Tip Sheet for the week of Sept. 11, 2006

RELEASED: Sept. 11, 2006

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A Health Care Forum and Service-Learning Resource Fair will run from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.
Dr. Eugene Farley and Jim Kellerman of the Coalition for Wisconsin Health will speak about the U.S. health care system and the uninsured. Their presentation is titled "The U.S. Health Care System: Problems and Possible Solutions." A question-answer session will follow, and a reception will run from 5:30-6 p.m. The event is sponsored by the departments of economics and health care administration, with the Center for Service-Learning. For details, contact Eric Jamelske at 715-836-3254 or jamelsem@uwec.edu.

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Several faculty members will lead discussions about research in the lakes, streams, forests, wetlands and grasslands of the Chippewa Valley during a daylong program Sept. 12 at the Wise Nature Center at Beaver Creek Reserve. "A Chippewa Valley Environmental Experience," which will run from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., is open to anyone with an interest in the natural world. Experts will discuss plant identification, lake ecology, global positioning systems and orienteering, river and stream ecology, bird surveys and geology. Biology and geography faculty members participating in the event include Paula Kleintjes Neff, David Lonzarich, Todd Wellnitz, Johanna Oosterwyk, Evan Weiher, Joseph Rohrer and Gary Running. For details, contact Sara Schmidt of the Beaver Creek Reserve at 715-877-2212 or sara@beavercreekreserve.org, or Darren Lochner of UW-Extension at 715-836-5513 or darren.lochner@ces.uwex.edu.

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On Sept. 18 the department of kinesiology will begin the ninth year of its popular Community Fitness Program. The program has helped hundreds of community members start a regular exercise routine. Its goal is to help adults who are out of shape or overweight learn about the benefits of regular exercise. The program also serves people who have finished a cardio-pulmonary rehab program at an area hospital. Under the supervision of kinesiology faculty, students-in-training will help people set personal fitness goals, evaluate their fitness level, develop an exercise program, and help them work toward meeting goals. For details, contact faculty members Lance Dalleck at 715-836-3774 or dallelc@uwec.edu, or Don Bredle at 715-836-3953 or bredledl@uwec.edu.

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The department of mathematics received a $269,740 National Science Foundation grant to fund an undergraduate research program. The four-year grant will provide $2,000 summer stipends for students to conduct research with faculty. The program, which will get under way in the summer of 2007, will involve 10 students and five faculty advisers each summer. The goal is to get more people involved in careers in math and science. The NSF program is competitive, with only 3 percent of proposals funded on the first try. The math department includes 30 faculty members. About 250 students are math majors or minors. For details, contact Mohamed Elgindi at 715-836-2768 or elgindmb@uwec.edu or Michael Howe at 715-836-3366 or hower@uwec.edu.

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The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony's 26th season will begin Sept. 12. It offers a creative outlet and symphony experience for students in grades 7-12. Rehearsals are held from 6-7:50 p.m. Tuesdays in Haas Fine Arts Center. For details, contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636.

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UW-Eau Claire will host a mini farmers market from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 26 by Zorn Arena.
It'll feature produce/flowers from several Phoenix Park Farmers Market vendors. The market is another way to bring the campus and greater Eau Claire communities together. For details, contact Paula Stuettgen at 715-836-4803 or stuettpj@uwec.edu.

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