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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 19, 2007

RELEASED: Nov. 19, 2007

Story Idea
A nursing faculty member is looking for Chippewa Valley businesses or organizations that have an interest in starting or enhancing a workplace wellness program. Students in "Wellness in the Work World," a class offered in spring 2008 for the first time, will work with local organizations to gather information and/or plan a wellness program that will meet the needs of the individual businesses. Possible projects could range from a teacher who wants to start a walking program at his/her school, to an agency director who wants to create a wellness program to help reduce health care costs, to a business owner who wants to expand an existing wellness program to include spouses. Community members are encouraged to enroll. Students will break into teams depending on their areas of interest and expertise, with each team assigned to work with a specific business or agency. In addition to the hands-on projects, students also will study theories and research that focus on wellness in the work environment. Dr. Susan Moch, a professor of nursing who will teach the course, is available to discuss the class and the campus-community partnership. You can reach her at 715-836-4889 or smoch@uwec.edu.

Campus Expert
Dr. Joe Morin, associate professor of special education, is available to talk about language difficulties that may make it difficult for some elementary-age students to learn mathematics.
Morin has examined early experiences young students encounter while learning math formally and informally. He's looked at troublesome incongruities between mathematical tasks and the language processing demands of these tasks. Morin has some suggested solutions to address these problems. You can call him at 715-836-5299 or 715-836-5604, or e-mail him at morinje@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
Members of the UW-Eau Claire wrestling team will be guest readers Nov. 20 at Longfellow Elementary School in Eau Claire. The university athletes will read to students at the school from 9:45-11 a.m. To arrange for photos or interviews, contact Holly Larson, partnership coordinator at Longfellow, at 715-852-3841 or hlarson@ecasd.k12.wi.us.

Photo Idea
Ojibwe artist George Perry will give a presentation from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 19 in Schofield Auditorium.
Perry, a self-taught artist/painter, was raised on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in Hayward. He designed the federally recognized Lac Courte Oreilles tribal flag and painted the mural at Ashland's Visitor Center. His artistry combines airbrush and hand painting. His appearance is part of the university's American Indian Heritage Month celebration.

Calendar Notes
UW-Eau Claire students will begin Thanksgiving holiday break at 5 p.m. Nov. 21. Classes will resume at their regular time Monday morning. Administrative offices will be closed Nov. 22 for the holiday.

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