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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 12, 2007

RELEASED: Nov. 12, 2007

Story Idea
Most days 30-40 UW-Eau Claire students spend time volunteering at Longfellow Elementary School in Eau Claire. The volunteers represent a variety of academic programs throughout the campus. Some students work in classrooms, members of Blugold sports teams offer playground demonstrations, the kinesiology department runs a before school running club, students mentor 5th grade girls, and students provide after school tutoring. A sorority has "adopted" the elementary school. Sorority members donate time in many ways, including decorating and chaperoning school dances, fund raising and working at the monthly "Lighted School House" family nights. The volunteers' support allows the school to offer programming that would not otherwise be possible. These programs are important to the students who attend Longfellow, a school where 70 percent of the students live in poverty and 30 percent are bilingual. Holly Larson, the Longfellow Elementary School partnership coordinator, is available to talk about the partnership with UW-Eau Claire students and the impact their efforts have on the children who attend Longfellow. Contact Larson at 715-852-3841 or hlarson@ecasd.k12.wi.us. Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning, is available to talk about the university's commitment to serving the community. You can reach him at 715-836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu. American Education Week is Nov. 12-17.

Story/Photo Idea
International students in the English as a Second Language Oral Presentation Skills class will give presentations at South Middle School the week of Nov. 12. The students will visit 6th grade World Cultures classes to talk about their home countries, and to teach a song, game or craft. The presentations will provide the university students with public speaking practice. During the first 10 minutes, students will give an informative speech about their country. They will then give a demonstrative speech in which they'll teach the children a dance, song or craft. The following schedule lists some of the presentations:

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sweden (Swedish language)
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:11a.m.-10:55 a.m., Brazil (story and craft)
  • Nov. 15, 1:56 p.m.-2:40 p.m., China (Tai Chi)
  • Nov.16, 1:56 p.m.-2:40 p.m., Bosnia (Folk dance)

For details, contact Julie Adler, senior lecturer of foreign languages, at 715-836-4348 or adlerjd@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
A "Great American Smokeout" block party will run from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 15 at The Goat Coffee Shop on Water Street. Participants will celebrate a tobacco-free lifestyle with music and games. The "Great American Smokeout" is a nationwide event to promote tobacco cessation for 24 hours. For details about the Nov. 15 event, contact Ashley Borman at 262-909-4361 or bormanag@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
Three Affiliated Tribes Youth Dance Troupe dancers — who represent the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes from Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota — will demonstrate Plains Pow-Wow dancing from 3-4 p.m. Nov. 15 in Schofield Auditorium. The event is part of American Indian Heritage Month.

Visiting Expert
Dr. Larry Real Bird
of the Little Big Horn Tribal College in Montana will speak from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 15 in Schofield Auditorium. His efforts have guided the language/culture renaissance of several tribal nations.

Photo Idea
McIntyre Library will host a "Come as Your Favorite Children's Book Character" party from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15
in the library's Instructional Media Center. The event is part of Children's Book Week.

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