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Economist to Discuss Survey
on Wisconsin Colleges' Use of Local Food

RELEASED: April 11, 2008

Let's Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — An economist from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will discuss the results of a survey by the Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Eau Claire County Extension office regarding the purchase of local food products by Wisconsin colleges.

Dr. Eric Jamelske, co-director of the Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and an assistant professor of economics, will discuss the survey results during an Alumni Association luncheon this month.

Jamelske's presentation, titled "College Food Purchasing — Local or Not," will run from noon-1 p.m. April 30 at Sweetwater's restaurant in Eau Claire.

"Out of 28 colleges surveyed, only eight said they purchased at least some foods locally, representing just 1.4 percent of the total food budget for these institutions," Jamelske said. "I will highlight specific barriers and comment on how to possibly increase local food purchases among Wisconsin colleges."

Jamelske recently began to examine the landscape of local food production and consumption in Wisconsin. His scholarly work also involves researching the relationship between school health and nutrition and childhood obesity; studying the impact of first-year-experience programs on student success in college; and examining the forces behind the move to reform the health care system in Wisconsin.

Jamelske joined UW-Eau Claire's economics department in 2002 as an assistant professor. He teaches introductory and intermediate microeconomics, as well as health economics and environmental economics. He was named a 2004 Wisconsin Ideas Fellow for his involvement in local economic research and development.

Jamelske earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Sonoma State University in California and received a master's degree and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Davis.

The April 30 presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" program.

To discuss Jamelske's presentation or his research, contact Jamelske at 715-836-3254 or jamelsem@uwec.edu.

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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