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Tip Sheet for the week of April 28, 2008

RELEASED: April 28, 2008

Story Idea
Eau Claire native Beth Lutz is among the 400-plus students who will share their research during Student Research Day April 28-29 in Zorn Arena. Lutz, along with her student and faculty research partners, has been evaluating the success of the USDA Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program in Wisconsin schools. The researchers will share their findings during research day. Posters will be available for public viewing from 1-5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday. Student presenters will be with their posters from 1-4 p.m. Monday. To discuss the fruits and vegetables research, contact Lutz at lutzba@uwec.edu or Dr. Eric Jamelske at 715-836-3254 or jamelsem@uwec.edu. For more information about research day, contact Dr. Karen Havholm, director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, at 715-836-3405 or havholkg@uwec.edu.

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The English department will host its annual English Festival — a weeklong celebration of reading, writing and the arts — April 28-May 2. The English Festival is one of the largest student-run language arts festivals in the nation, featuring guest authors, faculty lectures, student panels, an international poetry reading and live music each day on the campus mall. The theme is "Interactive English Fest: We Really Know How to Turn You On ... to English!!" The theme focuses on the relationship between literature and the digital world and how technology has prompted the globalization of literature. Visiting author Rita Raley will host an interactive workshop on literature and the computer from 4-6 p.m. April 29 in Room 307 of Hibbard Hall and will speak from 7-9 p.m. in Room 103 of Hibbard Hall. For details, contact Gloria Hochstein at 715-836-5041 or hochstgj@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The International Poetry Reading will run from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Students, faculty, staff and community members will share the beauty of their native or favorite languages by reading a poem. Poems will be read in about 30 different languages. For details, contact Dr. Audrey Fessler at 715-836-3016 or fessleaa@uwec.edu or Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch at 715-836-4490 or vahlbujb@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Peter Chresanthakes, a lecturer of accounting and finance at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece, will be on campus April 28-May 2 meeting with students and faculty in the College of Business. His visit is part of the "Partnerships in International Education" program, designed to help globalize the content of the curriculum within the College of Business. Two faculty members visited the university in Greece as part of the program. For details about Chresanthakes' visit or the program, contact Dr. Rama Yelkur at yelkurr@uwec.edu or 715-836-4674.

Story Idea
An economics professor 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 will discuss the survey results during a luncheon from noon-1p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire. In his presentation, titled "College Food Purchasing — Local or Not," Jamelske will highlight barriers and comment on how to increase local food purchases among Wisconsin colleges. Jamelske recently began to examine the landscape of local food production and consumption in Wisconsin. The media is welcome to attend the presentation. To discuss Jamelske's presentation or his research, contact him at 715 836-3254 or jamelsem@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff will again participate in the annual Literacy Fair, slated for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Oak and Pine pavilions in Carson Park. Elementary and preschool children and families, their university reading partners and Jumpstart volunteers will celebrate the enjoyment of reading. Storytellers, jugglers and others will provide literacy related entertainment and activities for the children. At the end of the evening, literature will be distributed to all children who attend. For details, contact Lucianne Boardman, Reading Partner Program coordinator, at 715-836-5964 or boardml@uwec.edu.

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Astronomy Day for the Chippewa Valley will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Phillips Science Hall. It will include activities for all ages. Activities include: safe viewing of sunspots through a special solar telescope; a radio telescope and receiver to detect radio emission from the sun; and make and launch an air pressure rocket from noon-1 p.m. For details, contact Dr. Lauren Likkel at 715-836-5034 or likkel@uwec.edu.

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