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Tip Sheet for the week of June 9-13, 2008

RELEASED: June 9, 2008

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Twenty-three third- through eighth-grade students from Eau Claire's Hmong community will participate this week in a Hmong Language and Culture Camp sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's foundations of education department and presented by Hmong community educators and leaders. The day camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday, June 13, on the third floor of UW-Eau Claire's Schneider Social Science Hall, will be conducted primarily in Hmong and will include courses and activities in Hmong language, culture and arts. Participants will learn about the artistic, geographical and religious aspects of their culture from community elders, leaders, teachers and experts. Participants also will receive instruction in Hmong literacy with a focus on reading, speaking and writing the Hmong language. The purpose of the campis to encourage an understanding and appreciation of Hmong history, traditions, language and values among the participants. The following individuals are available to discuss the camp and its significance for the Eau Claire Hmong community: Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of teacher education in UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences, 651-206-4679 or watsondc@uwec.edu; Mary Beth Kelley-Lowe, grant development specialist in the College of Education and Human Sciences, 218-791-2608 or kelleymb@uwec.edu; and Blia Schwan, Hmong community coordinator, Eau Claire Area School District, 715-559-0820.

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UW-Eau Claire cyberbullying researcher Dr. Justin Patchin, assistant professor of criminal justice in the department of political science, along with acclaimed American filmmakers Steve Oedekerk and Barry Sonnenfeld and representatives from the Ad Council, recently selected the winners of a national public service announcement development contest organized to raise awareness of the problem of cyberbullying. The winning entries will be distributed to broadcasters for a chance to air on national television this spring. The PSA contest winners, as well as a video on cyberbullying featuring Patchin, are posted on the contest Web site. "It's interesting to see the unifying theme of aloneness in the winning entries," Patchin said in a Business Wire press release. "Although most people use the Internet to feel closer to one another, ironically, cyberbullies are often lashing out online in fear and isolation. Through educational opportunities like this PSA development contest, we can move towards helping people understand why cyberbullying happens so we can help effect change in the real world." Patchin is available to discuss the contest and its potential for raising cyberbullying awareness. He can be reached at patchinj@uwec.edu or 715-836-4058.

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UW-Eau Claire's 2008 Summer Events series will kick off today, June 9, with Jazz at Noon and Music on the Mall concerts on the Central Campus Mall. (In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in The Cabin in Davies Center.)

  • Jazz at Noon, featuring UW-Eau Claire jazz students and local jazz groups under the direction of UW-Eau Claire alumnus Steven Hobert, a 2006 music graduate, will take place at noon weekdays throughout June.
  • Blue Max will perform the opening Music on the Mall concert at 7 p.m. Music on the Mall concerts will take place Monday evenings through July 28.

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