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Tip Sheet for the week of March 9, 2009

RELEASED: March 9, 2009

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Grandparents and their grandchildren will spend a day learning together this summer when UW-Eau Claire offers its first Grandparents University. The June 20 event will feature a series of classes for grandparents and their grandchildren taught by faculty. Dr. Jeanie Geurink, assistant professor of communication and journalism, has participated in similar activities on another campus and worked to bring it here. Students in Geurink's newly created events planning class helped plan Grandparents University. For details, contact Dr. Jeanie Geurink at 715-836-5608 or jgeurink@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's forensics team recently won the Wisconsin Forensics State Championship for the 17th year in a row. Winners at the state championship included several students who grew up in the Eau Claire area. For details, contact Karen Morris, director of the forensics program, at 715-836-3305 or morriskr@uwec.edu.

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Dr. Lance Dalleck, assistant professor of kinesiology, and students completed a study that was published by the "Journal of Women's Health." The study looked at the relationship between exercise amount and coronary heart disease risk factors in postmenopausal women. Twenty-six women were placed in groups, including a control group, a group exercising 30 minutes a day/five days a week, and a group exercising 45 minutes a day/five days a week. Students supervised their exercise and monitored the women for blood pressure, aerobic/cardio respiratory fitness, lipid/blood glucose profile and changes in body composition. The most significant changes were in cardio respiratory fitness and body fat composition. Those who exercised for 30 minutes fives days a week showed a 13 percent increase in cardio respiratory fitness and 2 percent decrease in body fat. Those who added another 15 minutes a day showed a 23 percent increase in cardio respiratory fitness and a 4 percent decrease in body fat. Most health organizations say 150 minutes a week of physical activity will reduce the risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, but few studies have examined whether more activity than that recommended will yield additional health benefits. For details about the study and its findings, contact Dr. Lance Dalleck at 715-836-3774 or dalleclc@uwec.edu.

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The National Peace Foundation program "Islam in America: New Dimensions in Activism, Pluralism and Thought" will bring — The campus visit will include visits to classes and a panel discussion. The discussion — "Islam, Civil Society and the Future of U.S. Relations with the Arab Gulf States" — will run from 1-2 p.m. in Davies Theatre. For details, contact Dr. Kate Lang, chair of the history department, at 715-836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu.

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The Viennese Ball Gown Sale will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10-11, in the Ho-Chunk and Oneida Rooms of Davies Center. The sale will feature gowns valued at $150-$400 but priced from $59-$99. The 35th annual Viennese Ball will be held April 17-18.

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Ceramics students from the department of art & design are again helping to fight hunger in the Chippewa Valley. Students will donate 200 handmade bowls to Feed My People Food Bank for the Empty Bowls fundraiser. The event will run from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

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Six student composers worked with nationally known artists to present "The Sounds of Space: Composing Music for Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. The students of Dr. Ethan Wickman, assistant professor of music, were commissioned to write pieces for Zeitgeist. The pieces to be performed during the March 11 performance include two by students from the Eau Claire area: "Mid Ocean Ridge" by senior Caleb Price, Eau Claire; and "Ozone" by senior Mary Webster, Boyd. Zeitgeist is a chamber ensemble based in St. Paul, Minn. For details, contact Dr. Ethan Wickman at 715-836-4172 or wickmaef@uwec.edu.

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