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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 26, 2007

RELEASED: Nov. 26, 2007

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire ranks 14th nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who study abroad, according to the 2007 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education. The report indicates that 484 students studied abroad during the 2005-06 academic year, up from the previous year when 440 students participated in a study abroad program. UW-Eau Claire's long-standing commitment to placing students in countries for months rather than weeks also sets it apart. The report's "duration of study abroad" survey ranks UW-Eau Claire seventh nationally. More than 70 percent of UW-Eau Claire students who study abroad go for at least a semester. The longer programs give students more opportunities to connect with the people who live in the area and to gain a deeper understanding of the region and its culture. For details, contact Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, at 715-836-4411 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Dr. Bill Frankenberger is working with a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction committee to revise Wisconsin's guidelines for identifying children with learning disabilities. The new model will be used in Wisconsin public schools within the next several years. The new guidelines will involve screening kids as young as kindergarten for academic deficiencies, allowing schools to provide intervention much earlier in a child's learning career. Under the current system, children typically must fall far behind before services are available. The early intervention would provide a child with support before he or she failed. Frankenberger is available to discuss his work with the committee and the significant changes in policy that will result. You can reach him at 715-836-5604 or franker@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Sean Hartnett traveled to Ethiopia during Thanksgiving week at the request of Haile Gebrselassie, the world's greatest distance runner. Hartnett's trip will help him gain insight into the Ethiopian system for developing world-class runners. For details, contact Dr. Hartnett at 715-836-5376 or hartnesg@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
A joint celebration of the Hindu holiday of Diwali and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Speakers will explain the cultural and religious significance of Diwali and Hanukkah. Members of cultures who grew up in different countries will talk about how the holiday is celebrated in their homeland and what it means to them. Folk songs and dances will be taught. Children can play the Hanukkah game of dreidl. For details about the celebration, contact Helaine Minkus, associate professor of anthropology, at 715-836-5481.

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