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Tip Sheet for the week of March 2, 2009

RELEASED: March 2, 2009

Story Idea
Dr. Marie Stadler, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, received the first Vicki Lord Larson Faculty Research Fellowship. The $5,000 award allows faculty to pursue faculty-student collaborative research. The fellowship was created by Chancellor Emerita Vicki Lord Larson, former chair of the communication sciences and disorders department. It's the first fellowship that supports the professional development of faculty. Stadler will work with the Eau Claire Area School District to examine the social communication network of students who use augmentative and alternative communication, strategies that assist people with severe communication disabilities to participate more fully in their social roles. Ten graduate students will be paired with AAC users in the schools and will work with parents, teachers and speech language pathologists. For details, contact Stadler at 715-836-4861 or stadlema@uwec.edu.

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"Jump, Jive and Read," a preschool music and art series, will be begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, and at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at the L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Preschoolers and parents can enjoy a reading of children's jazz books while live music is performed by UW-Eau Claire jazz musicians. The event is one of many jazz-related activities planned throughout the Chippewa Valley prior to the April 2-5 Jazz Festival. For details, see www.eauclairejazz.com or call 715-836-4092.

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A bone marrow donor registry drive will run from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Oneida and Ho-Chunk Rooms, Davies Center. Campus volunteers and the National Marrow Donor Program will assist. The drive was initiated by Dr. Asha Sen, widow of mathematics professor Dr. Eberth Alarcón, who died from leukemia in 2006. While fighting his cancer, Alarcón and Sen discovered it is difficult for people of minority heritage to find bone marrow donor matches. That prompted Sen, an associate professor of English, and graduate student Nichole Ray to organize the bone marrow registry drive. Ray's father died from multiple myeloma. For details, contact Sen at 715-836-2732 or sena@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Cathi Tactaquin, director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will speak Tuesday, March 3, as part of The Forum lecture series. Her address, "Immigration and Race in the Global Era," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. She will call for a greater understanding of how the worldwide demographic shift is challenging perceptions, attitudes, policies and laws for race relations and immigration. The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is an alliance of grassroots, community, labor and faith organizations working for fairness and justice in immigration policy.

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The Shamrock Shuffle, a 5K run/walk, will start at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 8, at the American Legion on Water Street. Proceeds support the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program (formerly known as the National Youth Sports Program), a summer camp for youth from economically disadvantaged families. It teaches sports skills, and educates kids about math, science, health, nutrition, careers and the value of education. For details, contact Paula Ramminger at 715-836 3470 or ramminpj@uwec.edu.

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A comedy show Wednesday, March 4, will end with a UW-Eau Claire team advancing to a regional competition in a national talent search. The RooftopComedy National College Comedy Competition will begin at 7 p.m. at Higherground in Crest Wellness Center on upper campus. Organizers will answer questions from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 4 in The Cabin of Davies Center. UW-Eau Claire is one of 32 colleges and universities participating in the national competition.

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