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Tip Sheet for the week of Aug. 27, 2007

RELEASED: Aug. 27, 2007

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The summer months were a time for overseas studies for a number of UW-Eau Claire students and faculty members. The following individuals recently have returned from their travels and are available to talk about their experiences and how they will use what they learned from their research and studies abroad:

  • Katherine Nolan, a Fall Creek High School graduate who is now a UW-Eau Claire geography major, spent eight weeks in Turkey studying Turkish four hours a day at Bosphorus University, as well as traveling and learning about the culture. Her experience was funded by a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Critical Language Scholarships, which went to just 35 students nationwide, are part of the National Security Language Initiative, a coordinated federal effort designed to increase dramatically the number of Americans learning and teaching critical need foreign languages. Nolan can be reached at 406-212-4757 or nolankm@uwec.edu. (For background information, also see the May news release about Nolan.)

  • Three UW-Eau Claire faculty members taught at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, this summer as part of UW-Eau Claire's ongoing exchange programs with the Chinese university. Teaching at Jinan for one month were Dr. Lee-Ellen Kirkhorn, associate professor of nursing; Beth Kozbial Ernst, English-as-a-second-language program coordinator; and Dr. Thomas Kemp, assistant professor of economics. (See a May news release for background information.) The faculty members may be contacted at the following e-mail addresses or phone numbers to discuss their experiences at Jinan: Kirkhorn, 715-832-2523 (home), 715-836-5005 (office), 715-797-3489 (cell) or kirkolc@uwec.edu; Ernst, 715-836-4173 or ernstbk@uwec.edu; Kemp, 715-836-2150 or kempta@uwec.edu.

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Wednesday, Aug. 29

  • The UW-Eau Claire women's soccer team will hold a Blugold Buddies soccer clinic for children ages 5-12 from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 29 on field 5 at the Bollinger Fields recreation complex. The program will be directed by head coach Sean Yengo (715-836-4097), assistant coaches Kimamo Wahome and Tim Shiell, and the Blugold players.

Thursday, Aug. 30

  • Residence hall move-in day for new freshmen begins at 8 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 31

  • A picnic for new freshmen begins at 6 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall.
  • A convocation for new freshmen will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Dr. Joe Martin will be the featured speaker.
  • CUBEfest kicks off at 9 p.m. with a Moonlight Mixer and DJ Showcase behind Putnam and Thomas residence halls on lower campus.

Saturday, Sept. 1

  • Residence halls open for upperclassmen and transfer students at 8 a.m.

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A number of students will spend Labor Day helping with community projects at sites such as the Eau Claire Children's Theatre, the Chippewa and Eau Claire County humane associations, Community Table and Bolton Refuge House. Paula Stuettgen is coordinating "Labor of Love." She can provide details about projects and times. You can reach her at 715-836-4803 or stuettpj@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 , for the Labor Day holiday. Classes for the 2007-08 academic year will begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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