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Tip Sheet for the week of April 6, 2009

RELEASED: April 6, 2009

Story Idea
The 20th annual Hmong Community Fellowship Banquet, "Reflecting on Our Past, Strengthening Our Future," will run from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. April 9 will be the 33rd anniversary of the day the first Hmong family arrived in Eau Claire. Several people who have worked closely with the Hmong community will speak at the banquet. Speakers include Pat McNally, retired Eau Claire police chief, who created a Hmong fellowship dinner to help build relationships between the Hmong community and the larger community; Andy Boe, former assistant pastor for Trinity Lutheran Church, whose family and church were among the first to sponsor a Hmong family; and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction coordinator Bonnie Dockery, who has helped many Hmong get into college. Evan Xiong, executive director of HMAA will discuss plans for the future. For more information, contact Ying Xiong at HMAA at 715-832-8420 or yingxng@yahoo.com, or Caitlin Lee, HMAA board president, at 715-836-2387 or leemai@uwce.edu.

Story Idea
The impact that warfare has on the environment will be the basis of a research project that will take two students and their geography professor to Vietnam for three weeks this spring. The researchers will assess the Khe Sanh battlefield in Vietnam 40 years after the fighting ceased. Dr. Joseph Hupy, assistant professor of geography and anthropology, will lead the research team. Student researchers include geography majors Justin Berg, Chippewa Falls, and Thomas Koehler, Appleton. While many areas in southern Indochina were devastated by war, the Khe Sanh battlefield stands out because from February to April 1968 aircraft delivered 99,000 tons of munitions over the battlefield — more than all the tonnage of explosives deployed by allied forces in the entire Pacific Theater of World War II. The researchers will document the degree of landscape disturbance at the battlefield and patterns of recovery. While battlefields often are preserved for historic purposes, the Khe Sanh has been heavily used since the fighting ended. The impact terrain has on warfare has been studied in depth, but few scientists have studied the impact warfare has on landscape and how land is used after a conflict ends. The topic deserves attention because of the role agriculture plays in parts of the world that have experienced war. Hupy said they are combining science and history in a way that hasn't been done before. Two Vietnam vets will go with researchers to Vietnam. For details, contact Dr. Joseph Hupy at 715-836-2316 or hupyjp@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Ideas
UW-Eau Claire will continue to host Earth Month activities this week. Events include:

  • The film "Feed the World" will screen from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. For details, contact Caleb Johnson at johnscal@uwec.edu.
  • A discussion about clean transportation will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the Menomonee Room, Davies Center. Panelists include: Dr. Robert Eierman, Clean Commute; Brad Henderson, Eau Claire Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission; and Kyle Zander and Zac Barnes, AmeriCorps*VISTA.

For a schedule of Earth Month activities, go to the university's sustainability Web site.

Story/Photo Idea
The Environmental Adventure Center and the Wisconsin Clear Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited will offer an "Introduction to Fly Fishing" workshop. It will run from 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 6, in the EAC in Hilltop, and Wednesday, April 8, by the Chippewa River near Haas Fine Arts Center. It will include practice fishing on the river. For details, contact Dan Langlois, assistant director of EAC, at 715-836-3616 or langlodt@uwec.edu.

Calendar Notes
UW-Eau Claire students will not have classes on Friday, April 10. Administrative offices will be open during regular business hours (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

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