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

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette

DATE: April 2, 2007

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, April 4, the second week of the spring 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 participate in a journal-making session and see a physics demonstration 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:

  • 3:15-4 p.m.: Journal making with Lucianne Boardman in Room 255 of Brewer Hall
  • 4-4:30 p.m.: Physics demonstration with Erik Hendrickson in Room 119 of Phillips Science Hall
  • 4:30-5:30 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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