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Tip Sheet for the week of May 5, 2008

RELEASED: May 5, 2008

Story Idea
Students have organized an event to raise money for children in a village in Nicaragua, where the students spent time while studying abroad. The 5K run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, by the Nursing Building on lower campus. Proceeds will be given as scholarships to children in El Fortín so they can buy school uniforms, shoes and supplies. For two years, students studying in Nicaragua have worked on a service project in El Fortín. They live with local families while building a greenhouse so the village can raise herbs to sell. Students became aware of the needs of the people, particularly the need to educate the children. The poverty is so great in El Fortín that most people cannot afford to buy the uniform or supplies necessary for their children to attend school. When they returned to campus, students decided to do something to help the children. Students who traveled to Nicaragua in 2006 raised about $1,200 by selling photographs a student took of the village and accepting donations from a church. When the next group of students visited in 2007, they brought the money to the village and took the children shopping for school supplies. The student group — which now calls itself the Latin American Sustainability, Education and Development — plans to continue to find ways to help the children in the village. For details, contact Joe Muellenberg, a senior psychology major who visited Nicaragua in November 2007, at 606-769-7126 or muelleje@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire graduate Sarah Janes received a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to study the impact of male migration on women in sending communities of Veracruz, Mexico. The grant will run from mid-August through June 2009. Janes — who graduated in December 2007 — became interested in the topic when she was a student in Dr. Paul Kaldjian's geography capstone course. Students studied the role migrant labor plays in western Wisconsin's dairy industry. Many workers here are from Veracruz and have left families behind. Janes traveled to Veracruz to meet families and hear their stories. Janes will live in Veracruz during her grant, where she will study the effects of migration on the lives of women and families that reside there. She will work with faculty from the Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural who have done extensive research on the impact of migration to the area. She wants to emphasize the importance of incorporating women's experiences into the immigration story, from public awareness to public policy. For details, contact Sarah Janes at smjanes@gmail.com.

Story Idea
Ten members of UW-Eau Claire's Goldenettes Synchronized Figure Skating Club will participate in the "Stroll in the Park" fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin Saturday, May 10, to support teammate Heather Johnson. Johnson has tonic clonic seizures, which are controlled by medication. For information on the walk, call the Epilepsy Foundation at 715-834-8336. For information on Johnson and the Goldenettes' efforts to support her, contact Johnson at 715-379-2039

Story/Photo Idea
Two seniors will perform capstone dance recitals this week. Senior Sabrina Gilchrist, Eau Claire, will present her capstone lecture and dance recital at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Senior Brent Bergstrom, Green Bay, will present his capstone dance recital showcasing his achievements in choreography, modern, tap and jazz dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Kjer Theatre. UW-Eau Claire offers a minor in dance. For information about the dance program or recitals, contact Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of Dance at (715) 836-2183 or pollsotl@uwec.edu.

Calendar Item
This is the last week of 2008 spring semester classes at UW-Eau Claire. Final exams will begin Monday, May 12. Commencement is set for Saturday, May 17.

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