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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 19, 2009

RELEASED: Oct. 19, 2009

Story Idea
Students will meet with Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich during a Chancellor's Roundtable from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Presidents Room, Davies Center. Discussions topics will include the Blugold Commitment, the university center and Council Oak tree, and transportation issues such as parking and construction.

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Davies Center will be a miniature world from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, as groups display their cultures at the International Folk Fair. Coordinated by the Center for International Education, the folk fair is the largest festival of its kind in the area. It includes cultural exhibits, educational activities for children, art and craft displays, history, language, music and ethnic food. For details, contact Krista Brown at 715-836-4411 or brownkri@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang will read from her book, "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Schofield Auditorium. Yang is the featured author in the English department's Common Book Program. Her memoir, which describes her family's journey from Laos to the refugee camps in Thailand to the United States, won Minnesota Book Awards for memoir/creative nonfiction and the Reader's Choice Award — making it the first book to win two awards. For more information about Yang, visit her Web site.

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UW-Eau Claire will sponsor a kitchen supplies drive to help an agency that supports survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Supplies will be collected from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 21-23, in Davies Center and from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Water Street parking lot. The Bolton Refuge House will use the supplies to help furnish the transitional housing units it provides to survivors.

Story Idea
A Blugold Beginnings open house will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Room 2134, Old Library. The program encourages underrepresented fifth-grade students to consider higher education. Through the program, college students will visit Lakeshore, Longfellow and Sherman elementary schools in Eau Claire and Arcadia Elementary School. In May, fifth-graders will visit campus. The program also pairs high school students with college mentors. The first event — scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 — will include a Blugold football game and a picnic. More information about Blugold Beginnings is available online or at 715-836-3651.

Visiting Expert
"The Impact of Health Reform on Senior Care" will run from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. It will give an overview of legislative proposals, encourage discussion about federal initiatives and explore what the future might hold for senior citizens and others in the U.S. health care system. Panelists: Robert Burke, chair of the department of health services management and leadership, George Washington University; Clifton Porter, vice president of governmental affairs, HCR Manor Care; and Lisa Lamkins, advocacy director, Wisconsin AARP. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, associate director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence, will moderate. For details, contact Meredith Wolf at 715-836-3543 or wolfm@uwec.edu.

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Faculty, alumni and others with campus ties will speak at the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Annual Fall Conference Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 21-24, at the Ramada Convention Center in Eau Claire. "Keeping the EE in Green: To Learn, To Live, To Act" will focus on teaching green initiatives, modeling and promoting green behavior, and making homes and classrooms green. UW-Eau Claire presenters include:

  • Alumna Erin LaFaive, a UW-Extension staff member, will present "EcoTeams: Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Community One Household at a Time" at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. She will discuss how to create a more sustainable home or office.
  • Dr. Kate Hale Wilson, sustainability fellow, and others from campus will present "Sustainability Initiatives at UW-Eau Claire" at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23.
  • Dr. Crispin Pierce, associate professor of public health professions, and his daughter, Avala Pierce, a student at Chippewa Valley Montessori School, will present "Hands-On Environmental Health: Global Warming, Water Pollution, Air Pollution and More" at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Participants will conduct experiments and use equipment to understand and measure risks to human environmental health.

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