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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 1, 2010

RELEASED: Feb. 1, 2010

Story Idea
A kinesiology professor and several students will help Chippewa Valley cancer survivors develop fitness plans. UW-Eau Claire's Cancer Recovery and Fitness Program is a free 12-week program that pairs kinesiology students with cancer survivors, most of whom have been referred to the program by oncologists at the Marshfield Clinic. Participants meet with Dr. Matt Wiggins and student volunteers twice a week in an exercise room in the McPhee Center on upper campus. They use resistance bands and medicine balls to stretch their muscles and strengthen their bodies. The student volunteers — under the guidance of Wiggins, chair of the kinesiology department — create and oversee workout programs for the participants, all of whom are cancer survivors at various stages of their recovery. Since cancer treatments and recovery vary from person to person, the students assess each participant and develop a personalized fitness plan that will meet their needs. The students then help participants carry out the plan during one-on-one 30-minute workout sessions twice a week. The physical and mental benefits of the program have been tremendous, say past participants. The UW-Eau Claire program is similar to a successful program Wiggins established at his previous institution, a program he created after his father and father-in-law both died of cancer. Katie Appel, a junior kinesiology major who volunteers in the program, is from Chippewa Falls. There are still spaces available in the spring 2010 program. For details, contact Dr. Matt Wiggins at 715-836-3159 or wigginsm@uwec.edu.

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Several Black History Month events are slated for this week:

  • The Black Student Association will host a Black History Month reception from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.
  • Jabali Afrika will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Schofield Auditorium. The group will perform a blend of fusion and African rhythms.
  • Several current and former members of the military will lead a discussion — titled "Blacks in the Military" — from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Schofield Auditorium. Panelists will include Army Brig. Gen. Marcia Anderson from the 85th Division; Army Lt. Cmdr. Annie Jackson, deputy commander at Fort McCoy; Army Master Sgt. James Hicks from UW-Stout; and Air Force TSG Jesse Dixon, who is retired from the military and now serves as director of UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs. Army Maj. Eric Beuerman and Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history, will be moderators.

Story Idea
Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music and director of choral activities, was awarded the Morris D. Hayes Award for outstanding contributions to choral music in Wisconsin. The award, established by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association in 1985, is reserved for choral musicians of outstanding merit. The late Hayes was professor emeritus of music at UW-Eau Claire and one of the WCDA founders. Schwartzhoff has served as director of choral activities at UW-Eau Claire since 1991.He conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and The Singing Statesmen, and teaches conducting and choral repertoire. Schwartzhoff also has been a guest conductor and adjudicator for numerous choral festivals throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009, he conducted the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Choral Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2011, he will conduct the Minnesota All-State Men's Choir. You can contact Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff at schwargr@uwec.edu.

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Volunteer opportunities, internships and careers in the common good will be showcased during UW-Eau Claire's Community Action Fair Thursday, Feb. 4. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

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