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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 10, 2007

RELEASED: Dec. 10, 2007

Visiting Expert/Story Idea
The Mexican consul in St. Paul, Minn., will speak on campus at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in Davies Theatre as part of a student research symposium titled "Mexico, Migration and Wisconsin."
Nathan Wolf Lustbader will give the keynote address for the symposium, which will run from 3-8 p.m. in Phillips Hall and Davies Center. The symposium is based on research conducted by 13 students in a geography capstone class taught by Dr. Paul Kaldjian, associate professor of geography. This fall, students interviewed Mexican workers, their employers and community members in western Wisconsin. Buffalo and Trempealeau counties were the main study areas for the students, who concentrated mostly on connections between Mexican immigrants and the agricultural/dairy farming sector. In October, students traveled with Kaldjian and Shaun Duvall, director of Puentes/Bridges Inc., to rural Veracruz, Mexico, where they stayed with and interviewed family and former neighbors and fellow community members of the migrants to Wisconsin. During the symposium, students will make presentations from 3:10-5:30 p.m. in rooms 104 and 119, Phillips Hall. Students have invited area organizations/businesses with strong Mexican ties to set up displays in Phillips Hall to help educate people about the Mexican/Latino population and culture in this area. The class was designed to facilitate informed migration discussions in Wisconsin, educate the public, help make the region more welcoming to migrant workers and help communities in Wisconsin and Mexico. In conjunction with Lustbader's talk, the North Central Council of Latin Americanists will present its 2007 Award of Merit to Puentes/Bridges, a local nonprofit organization that works to build understanding and relationships between the communities of western Wisconsin and Spanish-speaking migrants. For details about the student research or symposium, contact Dr. Kaldjian at 715-836-2321 or Kaldjian@uwec.edu. An informational poster is available online with a complete schedule.

Visiting Expert
Lt. Col. Deanna Germain, U.S. Army Reserve, nurse practitioner and co-author of "Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib," will describe the physical and emotional difficulties that she and other nurses endured as they cared for U.S. soldiers and Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison hospital. The UW-Eau Claire graduate's lecture, "A Nurse at Abu Ghraib," will run from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Fanny Hill in Eau Claire. The lecture is part of the M.P. Coffman Lecture. To arrange an interview, contact Barbara Enright at 715-836-5645 or enrightbj@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
A UW-Eau Claire sophomore is one of two students nationwide to win a $21,935 scholarship to participate in a new experiential-based program that integrates travel and education. Nhia Vang, Wausau, will spend 16 weeks traveling by sea from country to country as part of the January 2008 voyage of The Scholar Ship. While on board, students will participate in learning circles, and study global issues and intercultural communication. Port programs include shore excursions, field and community service activities, and travel. The Scholar Ship will leave from Hong Kong Jan. 2, 2008, with 600 students, faculty and staff aboard. Over the next four months, it will make stops in China, Thailand, India, the Seychelles, South Africa, the Cape Verde Islands, Spain, Turkey and Portugal. It will dock April 19, 2008, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The inaugural voyage of The Scholar Ship took place in September with a UW-Eau Claire junior on board. Julie Wright, a geography major from Eagan, Minn., joined 300 students from more than 35 countries to study on The Scholar Ship. Wright received a $10,000 scholarship to help cover the costs. She will return to UW-Eau Claire for the spring semester. The Scholar Ship is a collaborative initiative among seven universities throughout the world. For more information, visit www.thescholarship.com. You can contact Nhia Vang at vangn@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The enhanced Alumni CareerLink has generated a lot of activity since its August launch. The free online searchable database allows employers to list job openings and search profiles of candidates. It also allows alumni seeking employment to search for positions and to list their own profiles for employers to view. To date, 123 professional positions have been posted on the site representing career fields ranging from accounting to health care to journalism to sales. Also, 123 alumni have posted their profiles on the site. The alumni profiles include recent graduates as well as graduates with 20-plus years of experience in their field. The site has had nearly 3,500 visits from 2,500 unique visitors. Erin Leifker, career and employment coordinator or Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services, are available to talk about the service and the strong response it's receiving from alumni and employers. You can reach her at 715-8365358 or skougjm@uwec.edu.

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