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Tip Sheet for the week of March 10, 2008

RELEASED: March 10, 2008

Story Idea
Nursing faculty and students will lead a diabetes education session with the Partnership for Strong Hmong Families from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. Dr. Susan Moch, professor of nursing, and her students are working to decrease health disparities by trying to learn how to share information about common diseases and health information within the Hmong community. Moch and the students already have researched the topic, worked with two other classes in the community and interviewed health providers to compile information to develop this class. They hope to share what they learn with other health providers in the future. The media is welcome to cover the educational session on March 13. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Moch at 715-836-4889 or smoch@uwec.edu.

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The Progressive Student Association and the Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice are organizing an Iraq war 5th anniversary rally for Thursday, March 13. Participants will meet at 11:20 a.m. in the parking lot by the Haas Fine Arts Center. They will march to the Central Campus Mall for a rally, which will include speakers. For more information, contact Aaron Brewster at 715-703-0353 or brewstaj@uwec.edu.

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Ingrid Mattson, a scholar focused on Islamic law and society and Christian-Muslim relations, will speak on The Forum lecture series Monday, March 10. Her program, titled "The Qur'an: Its Relevance and Impact on Society," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Mattson is professor of Islamic studies and director of Islamic chaplaincy at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Conn. Canadian-born, raised Catholic and a convert to Islam, Mattson lived in Pakistan in 1987-88 and worked with Afghan refugee women. In 1995, she served as adviser to the Afghan delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She earned her doctoral degree in Islamic studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. Mattson is committed to fostering understanding between religions.

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A group of students will spend spring break on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage to the South, visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement. The March 14-23 trip will include stops at the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Ala.; the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala.; the Community Bakery and Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The trip also will include a stop in New Orleans, with visits to Tulane University and Preservation Hall, home of New Orleans jazz. While in New Orleans, students can participate in volunteer work to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. January Boten, Putnam Hall director, and Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of student development, helped coordinate the trip and will travel with the students. For more information or to arrange for interviews with students who are going on the journey, contact Thesing-Ritter at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu or Boten at 715-836-3442 or botenja@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire's Spring Break will begin Monday, March 17. Spring semester classes will resume Tuesday, March 25. University offices will be open during regular business hours throughout the Spring Break.

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