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Tip Sheet for the week of June 7, 2010

RELEASED: June 7, 2010

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Students enrolled in a summer seminar will travel with faculty to San Francisco in June to experience the 40th annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration. The trip will be part of an inaugural women's studies course titled "LGBTQA Studies: San Francisco Travel Seminar." Ellen Mahaffy, assistant professor of communication and journalism, and Dr. Pamela Forman, assistant professor of sociology, will teach the course, which begins June 14. The class will spend a week in San Francisco attending various events connected with Pride Week. They will attend the LGBT Pride Festival and the Frameline International LGBT Film Festival, visit LGBT organizations and meet with filmmakers and LGBT activists. Students will record, videotape and photograph their experiences to create digital stories that present aspects of LGBT history and their impressions of LGBT identities. Mahaffy will incorporate a portion of each digital story into a documentary film she is working on. She will present the documentary at the inaugural LGBT Film Festival in the fall on campus. For details, contact Dr. Katherine Rhoades, interim coordinator of women's studies, at rhoadeka@uwec.edu; Dr. Pamela Forman at formanpj@uwec.edu; or Ellen Mahaffy at mahaffe@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension will present the 2010 Western Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Conference "Programming in the Challenging Economic Times" on Tuesday, June 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. The event is co-hosted by Mayo Clinic Health Solutions. Rising health care costs impact businesses, industries, government agencies and families. Worksite wellness programs have been shown to be an effective way to help contain healthcare costs and increase productivity by improving employee health and well-being. Designed for human resource managers, CEOs, benefits specialists, health care/wellness providers and practitioners, healthcare managers, educators, school administrators and others interested in worksite wellness, this conference will highlight corporate wellness programs' return on investment. Two nationally recognized experts, Dr. Dee Edington and Ralph Colao, will discuss program benefits, components of successful programs and research-based best practices. A panel of professionals representing businesses in the region will showcase programs that have thrived despite the recent economic downturn. For more information or to arrange an interview about the workplace wellness conference, contact George Kroeninger, Continuing Education, at 715-836-3636 or kroenigj@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences will begin its doctor of nursing practice program next week. The DNP — program the first doctoral program offered at UW-Eau Claire — will meet the new national educational recommendations for advanced practice nurses, which, effective in 2015, change the entry level degree from a master's degree to a doctorate. Sixteen students, all of whom already have master's degrees in nursing, have been admitted into the DNP program's first cohort. Their first class, "Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice," begins June 14 and will be taught by Dr. Rosemary Jadack, chair and professor in the department of nursing. The students will be on campus for an immersion day for the hybrid online course. Also on June 14, the university will offer a DNP information session from 4-5 p.m. in Room 114 of the Nursing Building for those interested in enrolling in future cohorts of the DNP program. For more information, contact Dr. Debra Jansen at 715-836-5183 or jansenda@uwec.edu, or Dr. Rosemary Jadack at 715-836-5004 or jadackra@uwec.edu.

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