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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 5, 2007

RELEASED: Nov. 5, 2007

Story Idea
The first McNair Scholar from UW-Eau Claire to earn a Ph.D. is an Eau Claire native. Jeff Miller, a Memorial High School graduate, earned his Ph.D. this spring in educational measurement from the University of Florida-Gainesville. In 2001, Miller earned bachelor's degrees in music therapy and psychology from UW-Eau Claire. The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is a federally funded initiative that helps outstanding students from low-income families, students who are first-generation college students and students who are underrepresented minorities pursue higher education and graduate degrees. To-date, UW-Eau Claire has had 99 McNair scholars: 77 have graduated from UW-Eau Claire and 22 are currently enrolled. Many of the McNair graduates and students are from western Wisconsin. McNair Scholars have specialized coursework and conduct research with faculty. They participate in summer research institutes, and receive coaching for the Graduate Record Examination, graduate admissions process and grant writing. The university, which for eight years has received funding through the highly competitive McNair grant program, was recently notified that it has been granted funds (about $930,000) for another four-year funding cycle. For details about the McNair Program or scholars, contact Dr. Patricia Quinn, director of the McNair program and author of the most recent grant proposal. You can reach her at 715-836-836-4912 or quinnpa@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Mark Matthews, former diplomatic correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, will discuss "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is There Hope?" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Room 100, Hibbard Hall. Matthews covered the Middle East for 15 years and was a Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem. He covered events such as the Madrid conference of 1991, the Yitzhak Rabin-Yasser Arafat handshake at the White House, the aftermath of Rabin's assassination and the Intifada of 2000. He's interviewed people on all sides, including Israeli and Palestinian Authority officials, settlers, refugees, students, protesters and political prisoners. He recently wrote a book titled "The Lost Years: Bush, Sharon and Failure in the Middle East." For details about Matthews' visit, contact Dr. Helaine Minkus at 715-836-5481.

Visiting Expert
Attorney C.L. Lindsay will present "Trouble Online: Campus Computing and the Law" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Schofield Auditorium. Through social networking sites and other technology, students can be accused of online harassment, electronic stalking, copyright infringement and software piracy. Lindsay's program will help students protect themselves legally and personally. The author of "The College Student's Guide to the Law," Lindsay is an expert in student rights and educational law. He founded the Coalition for Student and Academic Rights, a national nonprofit organization that offers free legal advice to students and educators. The group receives more than 10,000 legal requests each year. Lindsay's been featured on national TV and radio broadcasts, and he's been quoted in the U.S. News & World Report, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and Newsday.

Photo Idea
The Hmong New Year celebration will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10-11 at the McPhee Center. The event will feature traditional clothing, games, songs, dances and Hmong food. For details, contact Charles Vue in the Multicultural Affairs office, at 715-836-3367 or vuecc@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
Gerry Hawpetoss, a nationally recognized artist of beadwork and feather work that decorates the Menomonee dance regalia, will give a presentation from 7:15-8 p.m. Nov. 7 in Davies Theatre. Hawpetoss received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment of the Arts and was a presenter at the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. His visit to campus is part of the American Indian Heritage Month celebration.

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