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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 20, 2008

RELEASED: Oct. 20, 2008

Story Idea
The Educational Opportunity Center — a federally funded program housed at UW-Eau Claire that provides free services for adults making career and higher education decisions — anticipates seeing an increase in clients given the national economic crisis. The EOC provides services in a 10-county region in western Wisconsin to military veterans, low-income adults (age 19 or older) or adults whose parents do not have a bachelor's degree. The free one-on-one services range from help identifying career options and education needs to help completing financial aid forms to advocacy with higher educational institutions for admission. While housed at UW-Eau Claire, the EOC provides information about any higher educational institution in the country. The EOC administered by UW-Eau Claire is one of just two EOCs in Wisconsin. In addition to its regular services, the program is prepared to provide additional education and career planning services at western Wisconsin work sites when layoffs are announced. Dr. Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, EOC director, can talk with the media about the EOC and the role it can play in helping adults hurt by the economic crisis plan for their educational needs and future careers. You can reach Dr. Holsinger-Fuchs at 715-836-2024 or holsinpj@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
Several student organizations will join colleges and universities around the country this week for Campus Sustainability Day, recognized Oct. 22, to raise awareness about environmental sustainability on college campuses. The Conservationists, Foodlums, Hobnailers, and Student National Environmental Health Association will provide displays, speakers, bike repair, recycling, live music and Putnam Trail and Chippewa River cleanup opportunities on campus at various times and locations Oct. 21-23. See the online news release for a full schedule of events. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, the UW-Eau Claire carbon footprint report will be shared and discussed in the Davies Theatre. Dr. Kate Hale, the Campus Sustainability Fellow, can discuss university sustainability efforts. You can reach her at 715-836-2761 or halecl@uwec.edu.

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Davies Center will become a miniature world with many nationalities and groups displaying their cultures from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, during the International Folk Fair. The fair is the largest international festival of its kind in the area. The fair includes educational activities, music, cultural exhibits, dancing, art and craft displays, history, language, culture and ethnic food. For details, contact Krista Brown at 715-836-4411 or brownkri@uwec.edu.

Campus Expert
Dr. Peter Myers,
professor of political science, will present "Frederick Douglass: The Original Audacity of Hope," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Room 100 of Schneider Hall. Myers, who recently published the book "Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism," will discuss how understanding the writings and life of former slave Douglass can help people develop a deeper sense of the context of the issues and events of the 2008 political season.

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