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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 30, 2009

RELEASED: Nov. 30, 2009

Story Idea
A recent survey of students suggests that the university's effort to educate students about alcohol-related issues and outcomes is paying off. More than 30 percent of the students who completed the most recent alcohol and other drug survey reported that they do not drink alcohol. The online survey — completed by 402 students — also found that fewer students are binge drinking. The decline in binge drinking is a trend that began in 2002, about the same time the campus stepped up its efforts to better educate students about alcohol-related issues and outcomes. Jennifer Lee, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, will share details of the survey findings during the Fall 2009 BRIDGE: Campus Community Coalition Annual Summit from 2:30-4 p.m. TODAY (Monday, Nov. 30) in the Hibbard Hall Penthouse. The coalition is a group of neighbors, community leaders, law enforcement officials, health care providers, school officials, tavern owners and alcohol distributors who work with students, faculty, staff and administrators to reduce high-risk drinking and its negative effects on campus and in the community. The coalition is led by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Matysik and Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director Richard Thoune. To discuss the survey findings or the Nov. 30 BRIDGE Coalition summit, contact Jennifer Lee at 715-836-5111.

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"This is Not Your Mother's Cup of Tea" will continue UW-Eau Claire's First Fridays program for senior citizens. Alumni Jeffrey Mares and Andrew Seveland, co-owners of Infinitea Teahouse in downtown Eau Claire, will discuss the art of tea making and small business ownership during a program at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Eau Claire. First Fridays occurs on the first Friday of each month at no cost to the senior community. For details, call 715-836-2787 [ARTS].

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Students interested in issues relating to diversity and multiculturalism can join a new on-campus living learning community in fall 2010. The 50 students who opt to be part of UW-Eau Claire's first Social Justice Living Learning Community will live on the first floor of Bridgman Hall. The pilot program will build off the two existing living communities on campus but it will be the first living community that directly connects to academics. Students in the community will be involved in in-class and out-of-class experiences designed to develop a personal sense of social justice and provide ideas for how they can work for positive social change. The experiences will include specialized classes, speakers, field trips and service opportunities. Students who participate in the Social Justice Living Learning Community also can enroll in two three-credit courses (one in each semester) that will be taught by UW-Eau Claire faculty. Organizers hope those semester-long classes can be taught in a classroom in Bridgman Hall. Two living learning communities currently are offered on campus: a Global Living Learning Community and a Leadership Living Learning Community. Both have been popular with students. For more information, contact Mary Duckworth at 715-836-4386 or duckwomr@uwec.edu.

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To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Women's and Gender Equity staff will distribute red ribbons from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, on the Central Campus Mall. The red ribbons are the international symbol of AIDS awareness and victim support. For details, contact David Gardner at 715-836-2693 or gardnedc@uwec.edu.

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The Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner will run from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, in Davies Center. The dinner is a 15th-century-style banquet with music and entertainment by the Court Chamber Choir, Court Brass Choir, Court Recorders and Court Thespians. A candlelit hall draped with medieval banners and evergreen will accent the scene. An English court jester will beckon the diners to join the festivities. For details, contact Nichole Akright at 715-836-4954 or akrighnr@uwec.edu.

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