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Tip Sheet for the week of April 16, 2007

RELEASED: April 16, 2007

Story Idea
Several students are helping the Clark County Emergency Management team train first emergency responders (police, EMT, firefighters) in basic Spanish words and phrases. The students and several volunteers from Clark County are planning and leading the classes. Four, three-hour classes will beoffered in the city council room in Abbotsford, including one class scheduled for this week. The studentshave helped develop specific activities and class materials for each class. Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning, can provide contact information for students, faculty and Clark County leaders involved in the project. You can reach him at 715-836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

Story Ideas
A retired professor who lives in Eau Claire has created a scholarship that she hopes will encourage more students to do community service while studying abroad. Sally Webb, who retired as professor of communication and journalism in 2003, spent time with students in South Africa as they conducted service activities there, including building a fence around a garden at an AIDS testing and treatment site. Seeing the students work on the project was a highlight of her visit. It convinced her that students benefit greatly when they mix international study with service learning. To encourage more students to take part in such activities, she endowed the Sally A. Webb International Service Fellowship, which is available to students seeking to complete a service project in an international setting. In recent years, the university has developed service learning programs in South Africa, Chile, Australia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Germany. To learn more, contact Sally Webb at webbsa@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
In the 11 years that UW-Eau Claire has required students to complete 30 hours of community service to graduate, students have completed nearly 702,000 hours of service, according to data compiled by the Center for Service-Learning. The university will recognize the students' contributions during the Service-Learning Recognition Breakfast from 7:15-9 a.m. April 18 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. The event will recognize students, community partners, faculty/staff mentors, alumni, and the Eau Claire Area School District's service-learning initiative. For details, contact Donald Mowry at 715-836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
UW-Eau Claire's Latin American studies program will host a $100-per-plate dinner at 7 p.m. April 18 at Native Bay Restaurant, Chippewa Falls, to help endow the Latin American Studies Scholarship Fund. The fund needs $5,400 to reach the $10,000 endowment level. The dinner will feature food from various Latin American countries. For details, call Eva Santos-Phillips, LAS coordinator and professor of foreign languages, at 715-836-4215.

Photo Idea
The African Student Association will host African Cultural Night from 5-7 p.m. April 21 in Schofield Auditorium.
The event will include a fashion show, music, dance, drama and spoken words.

Visiting Expert
David Orr will give a Forum presentation titled "the Global Predicament" at 7:30 p.m. April 19 in Zorn Arena.
A reception with Orr will precede the event in The Dulany in Davies Center.

Visiting Expert
During 9/11, William Rodriguez rescued more than 10 people and then used his master key to open stairwell doors for fire rescue crews. He left the North Tower as it was beginning to collapse. He will discuss the events of that day during a presentation titled "Last Man Out: A 9/11 Hero's Story," beginning at 7 p.m. April 20 in Schofield Auditorium.

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