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Tip Sheet for the week of March 26, 2007

RELEASED: March 26, 2007

Story Idea
Eight students in a business geographics class are conducting an extensive supermarket feasibility study for the Phoenix Redevelopment Area in downtown Eau Claire. The class taught by Dr. Brady Foust, professor of geography is conducting a feasibility study for a "destination brand," small-footprint supermarket for the site. Preliminary results indicate that a "normal" supermarket couldnt make it on the site, but a destination brand would be successful. Students will present their findings in April during the university's annual Student Research Day. Dr. Foust is available to talk about the project. You can reach him at 715-836-4426 or bfoust@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Two faculty members are part of a research team that is evaluating the success of a USDA fresh fruit and vegetable program that's currently in place in 25 K-12 schools throughout Wisconsin, including North High School in Eau Claire. Participating schools have been providing daily fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to students since spring 2006. The schools also have included in their curriculum educational components that promote fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy food alternatives. Dr. Eric Jamelske, assistant professor of economics, and Dr. Lori Bica, associate professor of psychology, along with representatives from the USDA and the Wisconsin departments of Public Instruction and Health and Family Services, are evaluating the program's outcomes. They hope to show that it effectively introduces school-age children to fresh fruits and vegetables, which changes their knowledge, attitudes and behavior. Researchers will report their findings to the USDA and the U.S. Congress in an effort to secure future funding for the program in Wisconsin and other states. Jamelske and Bica will discuss the project and findings to-date during a presentation from 12:10-12:50 p.m. March 28 in the Alumni Room, Davies Center. They also are available to talk with the media. You can reach Dr. Jamelske at 715-836-3254 or jamelsem@uwec.edu or Dr. Bica at 715-836-5524 or bicala@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
Five international students who are enrolled in an English as a Second Language class will read stories to young children from 10-10:45 a.m. March 28 in McIntyre Library's Instructional Media Center, located on the library's lower level. Kati Tvaruzka, assistant professor and education reference librarian, has been teaching the ESL students how to choose appropriate books to read to children, and she's shared tips on reading to preschoolers. The students will each read a book and help lead activities, songs and dances. For details, contact Tvaruzka at 715-836-4522 or tvaruzke@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
The 18th annual Hmong Community Fellowship Banquet, "Community Alliance," will run from 5:30-8 p.m. March 28 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. The event promotes diversity, increases awareness of Hmong culture and strengthens community relationships. It includes a dinner with Hmong dishes, Hmong community updates, a traditional dance performance and Hmong artifacts display. It's sponsored by the Eau Claire Hmong Mutual Assistance Association and the UW-Eau Claire Office of Multicultural Affairs. The free event is open to the public. For details, contact Charles Vue, associate director of the Multicultural Affairs Office, at 715-836-3367.

Campus Expert
Information about organizing and preserving family photos and documents will be the topic of a March 28 presentation by Colleen McFarland, head of special collections and university archivist at McIntyre Library. Her presentation, "Preserving Your Personal History Through Family Records Management," will run from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant. The presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series. The media is welcome to attend.

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