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Tip Sheet for the week of April 19, 2010

RELEASED: April 19, 2010

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire was honored for its work to support military veterans and active duty students. UW-Eau Claire earned first-place in UW-Extension's Adult Friendly Institution Incentive Plan awards program. UW-Eau Claire's award-winning initiatives included creating a Veterans Center (which opened in fall 2009), reactivating the campus Veteran's Club and implementing a veteran student orientation. The initiatives support the university's "You Served — We Care" motto, which has emerged as the university serves more students who are active in the military or who are military veterans. For details, contact Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student adviser, at 715-836-3259 or isaacsbj@uwec.edu.

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"A Green Careers" forum will run from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Schofield Auditorium. It will highlight green collar jobs. Speakers are Bruce Barker, president of Chippewa Valley Technical College; Rick Beckler, director of hospitality at Sacred Heart Hospital; Ned Noel, associate city planner for Eau Claire; and Tom Stolp, western region coordinator for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.

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The Environmental Adventure Center will host an event at noon Wednesday, April 21, at the EAC in Hilltop Center to celebrate the new Aldo Leopold Biking Program. The university bought 15 Trek mountain bikes for its new biking program. The bikes will be available to the campus community for rental and special programs beginning May 24. For details, call Dan Langlois or Al Wiberg at 715-836-3616.

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UW-Eau Claire will host many Earth Day events Thursday, April 22. Campus Earth Day events include:

  • A campus river cleanup at 3:30 p.m. Participants will meet behind Hilltop Center. Volunteers will clean up the banks of the Chippewa River near campus.
  • "The Fish and Habitat of the Lower Chippewa River" will begin at 5 p.m. at the Round Hall Pavilion in Arkansaw. Dr. David Lonzarich, professor of biology, will discuss his research.
  • A tree planting trip will allow participants to leave their mark along the lower Chippewa River near Pepin. Five-hundred swamp oak trees will be planted. Participants will leave from the Environmental Adventure Center at 3 p.m. and return between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • A Sustainability Showcase will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. The event will include food, music and camaraderie among students at UW-Eau Claire and CVTC and community members. Off-campus participants include the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Eau Claire Transit and Just Local Foods.

For details about campus Earth Day events, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616.

Story Idea
The Hmong Community Fellowship Banquet will run from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The event is a forum for community agencies to share common goals and to celebrate cultural exchanges. The theme is "Changing Times, Changing Needs." For details, contact Caitlin Lee at leemai@uwec.edu or Bao Lee at lbao87@hotmail.com or 715-832-8420.

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A senior will spend his summer as an intern with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Georgia. Patrick Bloecher, an environmental public health major from Elderon, was one of 12 students chosen for a CDC internship. He'll intern in the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health program in Atlanta. For details, contact Patrick Bloecher at bloechpa@uwec.edu.

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