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Tip Sheet for the week of June 28, 2010

RELEASED: June 28, 2010

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Approximately 40 middle school and high school students are participating this week in a five-day Blugold Beginnings camp on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The camp is part of UW-Eau Claire's precollege outreach programming aimed at encouraging young at-risk students to pursue higher education. The camp, which runs from June 26-30, includes academic skills sessions; science lessons; leadership seminars; information sessions on financial aid, college admissions and career services; photography lessons; recreational soccer and volleyball matches; and more. A second camp will run from July 25-29. Blugold Beginnings programming is in support of UW-Eau Claire's strategic initiative to increase diversity on campus and in response to Gov. Jim Doyle's challenge to UW System schools to participate in the national KnowHow2Go program. The news media are welcome to photograph or videotape Blugold Beginnings camp activities and to interview camp administrators. For more information, including an activities schedule, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter, program director, at 715-282-7221 or thesinjm@uwec.edu; Kirby Harless, camp director, at 609-332-6592 or harleskd@uwec.edu; or Lissa Martinez, assistant camp director, at 651-308-9398 or martinjl@uwec.edu.

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Today through July 2, 40 Wisconsin schoolteachers are spending their third week at UW-Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley Museum receiving free, intensive training in U.S. history. The training kicks off a three-year program, funded by a $1.67 million federal grant, designed to improve instruction and raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge of traditional U.S. history. The program will investigate how the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness became universal among Americans — not immediately in 1776, but over the next decades of debate, struggle and even war. UW-Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley Museum and Cooperative Educational Service Agency 10 are partners in the program. The news media are welcome to photograph or videotape participants during program activities. For more information, contact Dr. James Oberly, professor of history at UW-Eau Claire and lead instructor for the summer institute, at 715-836-4599 or joberly@uwec.edu, or Mary Anne Lynnes, master teacher for UW-Eau Claire's Center for History Teaching and Learning, at lynnesma@uwec.edu, liberty@cvmuseum.info or 715-836-5501.

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UW-Eau Claire's 2010 Summer Events series continues today, June 28,
with Jazz at Noon and Music on the Mall concerts on the Central Campus Mall. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the concerts. More about the concerts and other Summer Events activities:

  • Jazz at Noon will take place at noon weekdays through July 2 and feature UW-Eau Claire student and alumni musicians. (Rain site: The Terrace, Davies Center)
  • Dennis Warner and the D's will perform today's Music on the Mall concert at 7 p.m. Music on the Mall concerts will take place Monday evenings through Aug. 2 (with no concert July 4). (Rain site: The Cabin, Davies Center)
  • The Fresh Start Farmers Mart will run from 8 a.m.-noon July 1 on the Central Campus Mall.

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