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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 16, 2009

RELEASED: Feb. 16, 2009

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When mathematics professor Dr. Eberth Alarcón was diagnosed with leukemia, he and his wife (Dr. Asha Sen, professor of English) discovered that it's hard for racial minorities to find compatible donor matches. Dr. Alarcón died in 2006 but his wife and others continue to support the National Marrow Donor Program's efforts to recruit minority and Caucasian donors. The Ebert Alarcón Memorial Peace and Justice Series will feature a panel about bone marrow donors. The discussion will run from noon-1 p.m. (TODAY) Monday, Feb. 16, in Davies Theatre. It will feature Kyle Buchmann, a donor recipient, alumnus and current member of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation staff; Meg Buchmann, bone marrow donor; John Cole, a donor activist; and John Pawloski, from the National Marrow Donor Program.

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Black History Month activities will continue this week, including a forum titled "We've elected a black president, where do we go from here; race relations and the Obama effect" from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Schofield Auditorium. Featured faculty include Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history; Dr. Ryan Jones, assistant professor of music; Dr. David Shih, associate professor of English and Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness Fellow; Dr. Richard St. Germaine, professor of history; and Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. For details, contact Dr. Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-836-4886 or duckswsm@uwec.edu.

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A new Eau Claire Jazz Festival Web site will provide information about Eau Claire's 2009 Jazz Festival, including performance schedules and jazz-related activities that will take place in March in the Chippewa Valley. On the new site, jazz fans can find schedules, ticket information and other details. UW-Eau Claire has partnered with the Eau Claire community to host the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, which will lead up to UW-Eau Claire's 42nd annual Jazz Fest April 2-5.

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For the third consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire was recognized for its outstanding community service programs by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America. UW-Eau Claire was one of 83 colleges, universities and professional schools named in the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service, compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service. UW-Eau Claire and Marquette University are the only two schools in Wisconsin named to the 2008 Honor Roll. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school named to the Honor Roll every year it has existed.

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UW-Eau Claire's new partnership with UW-Madison to offer a part-time social work master's degree program in Eau Claire has been praised by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families' Secretary Reggie Bicha, an alumnus of UW-Eau Claire. Bicha stated: "The UW-Madison's new part-time MSW program based in both Madison and Eau Claire will move the state substantially further in meeting its public child welfare workforce demands, particularly in the northwest region where master's level social workers are less prevalent. Wisconsin families and children who encounter the child welfare system deserve to have access to child welfare workers with master's level credentials, regardless of where they reside. Likewise, individuals who are unable to pursue a full-time graduate-level social work education should have access to high quality part-time educational opportunities in all corners of the State. We are pleased that the Madison and Eau Claire campuses have collaborated to respond to these needs. As a graduate of UW-Eau Claire, I am particularly pleased the Eau Claire campus is involved in this important effort." For details about the program, contact Dr. Gloria Fennell, associate professor of social work and the program's co-director at UW-Eau Claire, at 715-836-5101 or fennelgl@uwec.edu.

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