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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 25, 2008

RELEASED: Feb. 25, 2008

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Accounting students, working with accounting faculty member Stacy Lacktorin-Revier, are providing free income tax assistance to people who can't afford professional help. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is an Internal Revenue Service and Wisconsin Department of Revenue program. For details, contact Lacktorin-Revier at 715-836-4282, or lacktose@uwec.edu.

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Students in an advanced natural sciences course are gathering data on campus energy use (coal, oil, gas and electricity consumption), transportation (commuting, fleet vehicle use, travel by faculty and students for university-related events) and waste production. The students constructed a survey to help gather data. Survey results, a comprehensive carbon inventory and recommendations for achieving carbon neutrality will be sent to the chancellor in August. For details, contact Dr. Kristina Beuning, an associate professor of biology who is teaching the class that's conducting the survey, at 715-836-6014 or beuninkr@uwec.edu. Beuning is a member of UW-Eau Claire's Climate Commitment Advisory Team.

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The coordinator of UW-Eau Claire's environmental health program will discuss the impact global warming has on human health during a luncheon. Dr. Crispin Pierce's presentation, "Human Health Effects of Global Climate Change," will run from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 27 at Sweetwater's in Eau Claire. He'll talk about how heat waves, spread of disease and air pollution all can be traced to global warming. Pierce's research areas include metals in children's hair and antibiotic resistance in agricultural soils. To discuss Pierce's presentation or his research, contact Pierce at 715-836-5589 or piercech@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire was recognized by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service for its outstanding community service programs. UW-Eau Claire was one of 127 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named in the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service, compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The program increases awareness of the contributions college students make to local communities through volunteer service. UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison and Marquette University were the only Wisconsin schools named to the 2007 Honor Roll with Distinction. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. For details, contact Dr. Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-learning at 715-836-4649 or Mowry@uwec.edu.

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The National Youth Sports Program, which served more than 10,000 area youth, will continue but will have a new name. The federal government eliminated funding for the program, but UW-Eau Claire will offer it under the name Wisconsin Youth Sports Program. The free program will provide a quality camp experience for low-income and at-risk youth from the Chippewa Valley whose families might not be able to provide them with safe, educational summer activities. Organizers expect more than 400 area children to enroll. In addition to sports, the camp includes educational sessions on topics such as nutrition, drugs and alcohol, and development of math, science and leadership skills. For details about WYSP, contact program director Lisa Schuetz at 715-836-2400 or schuetlm@uwec.edu.

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Jonathan Ferrara Gallery's traveling exhibition of work by displaced New Orleans artists will be in the Foster Gallery. An opening reception for the exhibit, "New Orleans Artists in Exile," will run from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the gallery. The exhibit will continue through March 31.

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