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Tip Sheet for the week of Sept. 29, 2008

RELEASED: Sept. 29, 2008

Story Idea
Every fall Tom McHugh — a Madison resident who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1976 with a degree in biology — spends several days in Eau Claire prior to Homecoming. During his annual trip, he spends time on campus and in the community reflecting on his time as a student and his life in the years since. He visits with current students and faculty. McHugh, now a member of the Alumni Association board of directors, will be in Eau Claire all week as he prepares to celebrate Homecoming, slated for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. McHugh is available to talk to the media about why he makes his multi-day journey back to Eau Claire each fall. You can reach him at 608-843-4854.

Story/Photo Ideas
Alumni and students will gather Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4, to celebrate the 2008 Homecoming. Some Homecoming weekend events that might provide story or photo ideas include:

  • Homecoming parade. 10 a.m. Saturday, First Avenue.
  • Blugold Fever Fest. 11 a.m. Saturday, Carson Park.
  • Homecoming football game. 1 p.m., Carson Park. Blugolds will take on UW Oshkosh.
  • Blugold Marching Band which in September provided entertainment during the Green Bay Packers Monday Night Football game will perform during half-time of the football game.
  • The Fifth Quarter. 4 p.m., Carson Park. The Blugold Marching Band will perform during a postgame party at the park.
  • For more information, contact John Bachmeier, director of Alumni Relations, at 715-836-3266.

Story Idea
The "Child Advocacy: A Call to Action" conference will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Plaza Hotel & Suites in Eau Claire. The conference is designed for social workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, guardians, physicians, nurses and other emergency room staff, psychologists and victim witness staff. For details, go to the Continuing Education Web site. To arrange for interviews, contact Julie Aminpour at aminpojb@uwec.edu or call 715-836-4031. The event is offered by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education and Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center.

Photo Idea
The Delta Zeta Jump-A-Thon fundraiser will take place Sept. 29-30 on the Central Campus Mall. Students will jump continuously on a trampoline beginning at 2 p.m. Monday and ending at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure (a breast cancer fund) and Robbins Elementary School in Eau Claire. For event details, contact students Alissa Crockford at 920-810-0022 or crockfaf@uwec.edu or Megan Bahr at 715-432-1885 or bahrmk@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
A new Web site is designed to help students find internships, and hopefully full-time employment, with local businesses. Since 2002, the "Come for College, Stay for a Career" project, a joint effort of the university's Career Services office and the city's Economic Development Division, has provided students with a printed "Chippewa Valley Employer Guide." The guide lists area employers offering internships. Now the information is available via a searchable online directory. Currently 75 employers are included in the online directory. For more information, contact Career Services at 715-836-5358.

Story/Photo Idea
The political science department and the student organization Society of Politics will host a Vice Presidential Debate Forum at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall. Members of the campus and Eau Claire communities are welcome to watch and then discuss the debate.

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