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Tip Sheet for the week of May 4, 2009

RELEASED: May 4, 2009

Mother's Day - Story Idea
It's been nearly two years since Katie Brophy Lee died following a battle with cancer, but her dreams of a cleaner environment are living on through her mother's Beezie Bag reusable bag project. Katie died in 2007 at the age of 23 from complications from a stem cell transplant she received because of acute myelogenous leukemia. When Christmas came, Katie's family hung her stocking with the others. Their tradition was to each buy a gift for everyone's stocking. Rather than leave Katie's empty, her sister suggested each family member do something good for someone and leave a note in Katie's stocking. They read the notes on Christmas morning. It helped them so much that they decided to continue the tradition. Since Katie loved that Ireland was eco-friendly and encourages the use of reusable bags, Katie's mom created the Beezie Bag in her honor. The reusable bags have an acorn logo that is a drawing of Katie's, who was an art student when she died. "Beezie" was the family's name for Katie. So far, the family has distributed more than 2,500 bags. For details, contact Katie's mother, Patricia Lee, at 715-834-9757, 715-829-6541 or beeziebags@yahoo.com. Lee works in the Registrar's Office at UW-Eau Claire.

Story Idea
It's been 25 years since UW-Eau Claire approved a women's studies minor, a milestone the campus will honor during a 25th anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. The event will include an oral history project created by students. The students recorded interviews with seven women and one man who've made significant contributions to women's studies and to feminism in the Chippewa Valley. An exhibit featuring the oral history project will be displayed May 6 in McIntyre Library. Those interviewed were Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, Katie Bowman, Barbara Blackdeer-Mackenzie, Carol Fairbanks, Sarah Harder, Dr. David Jones, Dr. Susan Turell and Kaying Xiong, all of whom tell stories about women's and diversity issues and/or their personal struggles to achieve their goals. For details about women's studies or the event, contact Katherine Rhoades, interim coordinator of women's studies, at 715-836-5718 or rhoadeka@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
A student from Eau Claire will teach English in Japan this fall thanks to a sister state partnership program started in 1990 between Wisconsin and the Japanese city of Chiba. Mee Xiong was accepted by the Wisconsin Chiba Sister School program administered through the Wisconsin Department of Instruction to be an assistant language teacher in Japan. Xiong, who will graduate in May with a degree in French, is one of four Wisconsin students to be accepted to the highly competitive program. Xiong, who served as a counselor at English immersion camps in Japan for two summers, already knows a small amount of Japanese. Once she masters Japanese, Xiong will know four languages. She also is fluent in Hmong, English and French. You can reach Xiong at 715-830-0625 or xiongmee@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The "Wellness in the Work World" class will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in Room 104 of the Nursing Building. The media is welcome to talk with students in the class, who helped area business and organizations with wellness projects. Students helped the Eau Claire Press Co. plan a May 28 health fair. They also worked with Sacred Heart Hospital, Grace Lutheran Foundation and Community Health Partnership. For details, contact Dr. Susan Moch at 715-836-4889 or smoch@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
Spring Fest, the annual campus celebration of music and spring, will run May 4-8. The free festival on the Central Campus Mall will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Calendar notes
The 2009 spring semester classes will end this week. Final exams will be held the week of May 11.

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