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Tip Sheet for the week of July 23, 2007

RELEASED: July 23, 2007

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More than 60 individuals ranging in age from 22 months to 80-plus years have been receiving speech and language therapy services since late June from graduate-level clinicians at UW-Eau Claire's Center for Communication Disorders Speech Camp. Camp participants work in small groups with the clinicians, who are entering their second year of UW-Eau Claire's communication sciences and disorders graduate program. Participants in the camp range from toddlers who are late to develop speech and language to school-age children with expressive and receptive language disorders to adults recovering from traumatic brain injury or stroke. The camp, which runs through Thursday, July 26, has grown significantly over the three years of its existence, said Angie Sterling-Orth, director of clinical programs for UW-Eau Claire's department of communication sciences and disorders. "We've gone from six groups to 14 groups and have reached out now to serving the young and older adults, rather than serving only children," she said. For more information contact Sterling-Orth at 715-836-3831 or sterliaj@uwec.edu.

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Twenty-two middle- and high-school students from socioeconomically disadvantaged families in Wisconsin are getting a glimpse of college life and learning skills to help them stay on track to get there during UW-Eau Claire's third annual Strengthening Our Nations program. The program, which runs through Friday, July 27, for middle school students and through Thursday, Aug. 2, for high school students, has evolved from serving primarily Native American students to serving about half Native American students from rural reservation communities and half inner-city youth, said program director Odawa White, retention coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Multicultural Affairs Office. "We have quite a diverse group this year," White said, noting that participants include youth from African American, Native American, Latino, Haitian and Caucasian ethnic backgrounds. Several of this year's participants have attended the program in previous years and are now registered for classes at colleges this fall, including UW-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College. Contact White at 715-210-0430 or whiteol@uwec.edu for more information about the Strengthening Our Nations program.

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Darlyne Cain will perform a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Monday, July 23, on UW-Eau Claire's Central Campus Mall.
The show is part of the Music on the Mall series, which attracts people from the campus and greater Eau Claire communities.

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