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Tip Sheet for the week of March 8, 2010

RELEASED: March 8, 2010

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UW-Eau Claire's outstanding community service programs were again recognized by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America. UW-Eau Claire was among 115 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The program's goal is to increase public awareness of the contributions that college students make in their communities and across the country through volunteer service. UW-Eau Claire and Beloit College were the only schools in Wisconsin named to the 2009 Honor Roll. UW-Eau Claire was the only Wisconsin school, public or private, named to the Honor Roll with distinction all four years the honor roll has existed. Launched in 2006, the honor roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. For details, contact Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning, at 715-836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

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Five students — including one from Eau Claire — and a biology faculty member will spend time this summer in Cambodia studying how the use of agrochemicals in rice paddies is affecting that country's ecosystem. As rice has become more valuable, the pressure has grown in Cambodia to increase the amount of rice it produces, said Deb Freund, an associate lecturer of biology who will lead the research team. As a result, rice farmers use more fertilizers and pesticides. Researchers will study how the chemicals are affecting the fauna that live in the rice paddies. Cambodian farmers harvest and consume much of what lives within the rice paddies. Introducing chemicals can disrupt the food chain and damage the ecosystem. Freund and the students will examine 15-21 rice paddies during a five-week visit. They will sample populations of fish, invertebrates and amphibians from paddies that are managed using organic methods, and paddies that are treated with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Freund has spent time in Cambodia as a volunteer with the Teachers Across Borders organization. As a result, she has developed contacts within the country and an understanding of the country's people and culture. The summer project will be funded through a grant from the AsiaNetwork, a consortium of liberal arts colleges to promote Asian studies. UW-Eau Claire was one of just 13 recipients of 2010 summer AsiaNetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Awards. This is the first time the organization has funded a project in Cambodia. Among the students is Chris Maierhofer, a junior biology major from Eau Claire.

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Ceramics students from the art & design department will again help to fight hunger in Wisconsin. The "Empty Bowls" fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. The students are donating hundreds of handmade ceramic bowls for the fundraiser, which will benefit the Feed My People Food Bank. Volunteers will serve locally made soup, specialty bread and desserts. This year's poster was designed by UW-Eau Claire graphics student Matthew Hutchison, Hudson. The event is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Campus Kitchen and Art Student Association. Money raised through "Empty Bowls" will provide nearly 190,000 meals for families struggling with hunger.

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Dr. Katherine Schneider will sign copies of her new book, "Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold," from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the University Bookstore in Davies Center. Published in February, "Your Treasure Hunt" is a warm and honest portrayal of the treasure hunt that faces children when they have disabilities. Designed for children in grades 1-3 to read with an adult, Schneider's book features constructive ways of dealing with the frustrations of having a disability and techniques for building a positive self-image.

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