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Tip Sheet for the week of June 16, 2008

RELEASED: June 16, 2008

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On Thursday, June 19, 42 Wisconsin K-12 teachers participating in the last of three summer institutes designed to improve the teaching of American history will take a field trip focusing on the impact of new groups on Wisconsin's agricultural community. The teachers are participants in "Making Americans, Making America: Community, Citizenship, and the Constitution," a three-year program funded by a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education. MAMA is a partnership between eight Cooperative Educational Service Agency districts, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire history department and the Chippewa Valley Museum. Teachers who complete the program earn 15 graduate credits in history at no cost to them. (See related news release.) Thursday's field trip will include visits to a Waumandee dairy farm that employs immigrant Mexican workers and to the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron, which over the past 30 years has employed Mexican, Hmong and Somali immigrants along with its majority of native-born Wisconsin workers. The trip will conclude in Eau Claire, first at the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market, where MAMA fellows will talk to some of the vendors, followed by a visit to the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. MAMA director Oscar Chamberlain of the UW-Eau Claire history department can provide details of the field trip itinerary and discuss the impact of the MAMA program on the teaching of history in Wisconsin schools. He can be reached at 715-836-5275 or chambeob@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire is among three UW System institutions seeing substantial increases in the number of freshman applications for fall 2008, according to a June 1 UW System report. At UW-Eau Claire, freshman applications are up 9 percent over the number received in 2007; applications are up more than 10 percent at both UW-Whitewater and UW-La Crosse. Systemwide, freshman applications are up 3 percent. The increase in UW-Eau Claire applications could be attributed to a number of factors, including high school demographics, the appeal of UW-Eau Claire's programs and current economic conditions, said Kristina Anderson, UW-Eau Claire executive director of enrollment services. This year's increase also indicates that the admission process could become more competitive for 2009, she said. Anderson is available to discuss the latest freshman application statistics. She can be reached at 715-836-2887 or anderskc@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's 2008 Summer Events series continues today, June 16, with free 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.
  • Wandering minstrel Eddie Jeff Cahill will perform a 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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