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Tip Sheet for the week of April 14, 2008

RELEASED: April 14, 2008

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Author, river guide and veteran woodsman Kenny Salwey will appear at the screening of a BBC film celebrating his life at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Schofield Auditorium. The appearance will be part of the university's Earth Week celebration. The Emmy award-winning film "Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat" depicts Salwey, an Alma native who has lived close to the land, getting by as a river guide, trapper, fisherman, hunter and woodsman along the Mississippi River. The environmental documentary is based on two books: "The Last River Rat: Kenny Salwey's Life in the Wild" and "Kenny Salwey's Tales of a River Rat." It captures the dynamics of the Upper Mississippi backwaters and bluff country. Earth Week event organizers say the film's conservation message is relevant to the Chippewa River because the area of the state from Eau Claire to the mouth of the Chippewa contains the highest concentration of rare and endangered species in Wisconsin and a quarter of the remaining prairie grasses. Seventy percent of the state's fish species are in the Chippewa River.

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Most west central Wisconsin residents worry about health care costs and health care insurance, according to a UW-Eau Claire survey. Researchers will share these and other findings during a health care forum from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout also will share information about health care and possible health care reform.The faculty and student researcher's examined the level of health care coverage and health care concerns among a sample of 222 residents. Other findings include: More than 68 percent of respondents felt Wisconsin health care has at least major problems; 60 percent were extremely or very worried about not being able to afford health care services; and more than 70 percent were extremely or very worried that insurance companies care more about profits than patients. These concerns translate into a desire for reform with more than 90 percent of respondents saying that it is extremely or very important for Wisconsin to make health care more affordable and accessible for all residents. Despite some differences between the insured and uninsured, the call for reform was significant among both groups. For more information about the survey findings or the forum, contact Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi at 715-836-3589 or johsarjl@uwec.edu, or Dr. Eric Jamelske at 715-836-3254 or jamelsem@uwec.edu.

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The 2008 Honoring Education Pow-Wow will be held Saturday, April 19, in Zorn Arena. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The feast will begin at 5 p.m. The fifth annual hand drum competition will take place during the day. Other events will include the men's traditional special competition; the men's fancy, grass and traditional dance contests; and the female fancy, jingle and traditional dance contests. For details, contact Odawa White at 715-836-5840 or whiteol@uwec.edu.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues of concern to students who are military veterans will be discussed from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Davies Theatre. Daniel McCann, a clinical social worker for the Veterans Health Administration at the Chippewa Valley VA Clinic, and Maj. Cynthia Rasmussen of the U.S. Army Reserve Combat Operational Stress Control Program at Fort Snelling, Minn., will share information. Students who are military veterans will discuss their experiences. For more information about the event, contact Bonnie Isaacson at isaacsbj@uwec.edu or 715-836-3259.

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"Breaking the Ice: Mock Interview Day" will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. Numerous Chippewa Valley employers will meet with students. They will spend 20 minutes interviewing the student and 10 minutes critiquing the student's interview performance. For details, contact Jesica Witt at wittejm@uwec.edu or 715-836-4730.

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