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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 18, 2008

RELEASED: Feb. 18, 2008

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A campus-community forum this week will give education leaders a chance to talk with teens and their parents about how students can prepare to transition from high school to college. "Preparedness for Successful Transition to the University" will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Two Rivers Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire. Several education leaders from UW-Eau Claire, the UW System and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will make brief presentations and then answer questions from the audience. Two UW-Eau Claire faculty members will share their thoughts about what students should know and be able to do when they get to the university level. The faculty are Erik Hendrickson, a professor of physics and chair of the physics and astronomy department; and Carmen Manning, associate professor of English. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Don Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at 715-836-2542.

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A family of storytellers using dance and language from many cultures will be featured at Tuesday's Martin Mogensen Education Lecture. Sadarri and Rick Saskill and their 13-year-old daughter, Autumn Joy, will present "One World — Many Stories," a series of multicultural stories suitable for all ages. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Phillips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. The stories told by the Saskill family touch on issues such as friendship, respect, self-worth, cooperation, alcohol and drug prevention, environmental awareness, cross-cultural celebration, cross-generational relationships, and dealing with bullies. While in Eau Claire, the Saskill family will lead workshops for area teachers about how to use a multicultural, multilingual approach to storytelling in the classroom. The lecture series was established to honor Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire graduate who became one of the first victims of school shootings in this country when he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he served as principal. For more information about the lecture or the Feb. 19 event, contact Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of teacher education, at watsondc@uwec.edu or 715-836-2013.

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The Student Senate will host Government Day from 2-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the Wisconsin and Presidents room of Davies Center. Students can interact with their elected city and state government officials and learn about issues. Participants include members of the Eau Claire City Council, state Reps. Jeff Smith and Terry Moulton, Dr. Margaret Gilkison and Dr. Geoffrey Peterson of UW-Eau Claire's political science department, Student Body President Ray French and Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer. For more information, contact the Student Senate at 715-836-4646 or stusen55@ uwec.edu.

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Alumni Matt and Erin Smith will return to their alma mater to promote their novel, "TRIALS: the risk/benefit ratio," on Thursday, Feb. 21. Their visit will begin with a book signing from noon-3 p.m. in the University Bookstore, followed by an author talk at 7 p.m. in The Cabin of Davies Center. Matt Smith, a 1998 biology graduate, and his wife Erin Smith, a 1996 graduate who majored in criminal justice and Spanish, combined their professional knowledge and experiences to pen their pharmaceutical crime thriller. In addition to the campus events, the Smiths also will hold a book signing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Borders in Eau Claire.

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Community members can enroll in Summer Session classes beginning Friday, Feb. 22. The three-week Summer Session will run May 19-June 6. The eight-week session will run from June 8-Aug. 1. Summer Session will offer nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate courses, including 70 online classes. Area educators can choose from the nearly 50 courses designed to meet their needs.

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