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First Fridays Event to Feature Stress Management Information

RELEASED: Feb. 20, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Managing stress will be the topic of a March 6 presentation for First Fridays, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire program for senior citizens.

A free continental breakfast will precede the program at Christ Church Cathedral, located on the corner of Lake and Farwell Streets in downtown Eau Claire. Doors will open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m.

Dr. Jonathon Halbesleben
Dr. Jonathon Halbesleben

Dr. Jonathon Halbesleben, assistant professor of marketing and management at UW-Eau Claire, will discuss common sources of stress and research-supported ways to reduce stress.

Halbesleben will help participants identify their stressors and how they cope with them. The discussion will help participants better understand stress-related theories and research, and learn to enhance the coping experience and reduce long-term effects and strains caused by stress.

For the safety of the program's senior citizen audience, the event will be cancelled if the Eau Claire Area School District cancels or delays classes in the case of hazardous weather.

First Fridays occurs on the first Friday of each month from October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community. Those who have season passes stamped each month will be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the May presentation. The program is funded in part by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts, by contributions from the Great Harvest Bread Company and Elliot Roberts.

In its seventh season, First Fridays is coordinated by Jennifer Brockpahler and Amanda Seveland of the UW-Eau Claire Activities and Programs office and is hosted by Robert Rademaker, the dean of Christ Church Cathedral. Scott and Heather Kirby are First Fridays' community partners. First Fridays provide free entertainment and educational experiences for senior citizens of the extended Chippewa Valley community through shared community and university sponsorship.

For more information or to be placed on a mailing list, call 715-836-2787 [ARTS].

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