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Tip Sheet for the week of July 7, 2008

RELEASED: July 7, 2008

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The Wisconsin Youth Sports Program (formerly the National Youth Sports Program), a free summer camp that has served more than 10,000 area youth at UW-Eau Claire over the past 27 years, will receive a donation of $11,600 on Friday, July 11, from the organizers of the 2008 RCU Charity Classic. WYSP was the featured beneficiary of this year's Charity Classic, and this year's donation is the largest sum raised in the history of the annual event sponsored by Royal Credit Union. The donation to WYSP will be made during a picnic marking the last day of the camp's 2008 session that will be attended by this year's camp participants and staff members. Following the elimination of federal funding for NYSP beginning this year, UW-Eau Claire decided to continue the program under a new name. The program, which serves more than 400 children ages 10-16 for five weeks each summer and has an annual operating budget of just over $83,000, now relies on community partnerships and private funding for support. Lisa Schuetz, WYSP activity director, and Vicki Funne Reed, WYSP project administrator, are available to discuss WYSP's mission and impact over the years on youth in the Chippewa Valley, as well as the new challenges it faces moving forward without federal funding. Schuetz can be reached at 715-836-2400 or schuetlm@uwec.edu; Reed can be reached at 715-836-4931 or reedvf@uwec.edu. Carla Leuck, RCU community relations coordinator, is available to discuss the RCU Charity Classic's support for WYSP. Leuck can be reached at 715-833-8167 or CarlaL@rcu.org.

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Nine area adults who live with aphasia or memory deficits as a result of stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) are regaining confidence and enjoying conversation and social participation through new approaches being used in summer therapy groups offered by UW-Eau Claire's Center for Communication Disorders. Group participants are given journals and disposable cameras to record events from their daily lives and then discuss the events in the group sessions, with the photos helping participants' memory and/or word retrieval. Spouses and significant others of the stroke and TBI survivors also meet for a social/sharing time while the therapy groups meet. The three therapy groups, including members ranging in age from 30 to 80-plus, meet weekly on Wednesdays through July 16. Angie Sterling-Orth, director of clinical programs and services in UW-Eau Claire's department of communication sciences and disorders, is available to discuss the success of the stroke victim therapy groups and to put media in touch with individuals involved. She can be reached at 715-836-3831 or sterliaj@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will sponsor and Eau Claire's Clear Water Flute Circle will host the 2008 International Native American Flute Association Convention this week. The multicultural musical and educational event will be held Wednesday, July 9, through Saturday, July 13, in the university's Haas Fine Arts Center. The convention will feature daily concerts by acclaimed artists and day classes with recognized specialists, as well as vendors offering flutes, percussion instruments, music, crafts and more. A convention schedule is available online. All events are open to the public. Timothy Lane, a flutist and professor of music at UW-Eau Claire who invited INAFA to hold the convention at the university, is available to discuss the convention and assist members of the media wishing to cover the event. Lane can be reached by phone at 715-836-2386 or 715-835-3434, or via e-mail at lanet@uwec.edu.

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The UW-Eau Claire mathematics department will hold its summer workshop, an annual event that focuses on various issues in applied mathematics, on Sunday and Monday, July 13-14, in Room 309 of Hibbard Humanities Hall on the university campus. The workshop, titled "Application of Analysis in Mathematical Biology," will include distinguished professors from the University of Utah, Wayne State University, New York University, University of St. Thomas, University of Texas, St. Olaf College and German University in Cairo, Egypt. Faculty and students participating in UW-Eau Claire's Summer Research in Pure and Applied Mathematics program also will present the results of their 2008 research projects. SUREPAM, funded by a four-year grant of $269,740 from the National Science Foundation, brings 10 students each summer to conduct research in pure and applied mathematics at UW-Eau Claire. Dr. Mohamed Elgindi, UW-Eau Claire mathematics professor and organizer of the summer workshop, is available to discuss the workshop and SUREPAM. He can be reached at 715-836-2768 or elgindmb@uwec.edu.

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