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Tip Sheet for the week of March 15, 2010

RELEASED: March 15, 2010

Story Idea
About 75 community members are coming to campus this semester to participate in the department of kinesiology's Community Fitness Program. Twenty-five kinesiology students and several faculty members work with the community members as part of the student-faculty directed exercise program offered to Chippewa Valley residents. The CFP goal is to empower people to gain control of their health and wellness efforts by providing an exercise program that is specific to their needs, interests and goals. The CFP works with local cardiac rehabilitation organizations to provide exercise programs for adults who want structure, supervision and guidance. The program's aim is to improve cardiorespiratory endurance, increase muscle strength and flexibility, alleviate joint pain and immobility, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. The program has helped hundreds of people over the last several years feel better about themselves physically and mentally, leaving them with a brighter outlook on life. The students gain valuable experience that helps when applying for jobs and graduate school positions. For details, contact Dr. Gary Van Guilder at 715-836-3774 or vanguig@uwec.edu. Information also is available online.

Story Idea
A graduate nursing student has conducted research on the dangers of driving on rural roads in Wisconsin. Roberta Herrick recently presented "Changing the Culture of Rural Driving in Wisconsin" at the Eau Claire Farm Show. More than 60 percent of traffic fatalities and serious injuries occur in rural areas, Herrick said. Higher speeds and more head-on collisions and rollovers often make rural crashes more severe. The steep ditches and short shoulders on two-lane rural roads increase the likelihood that drivers and passengers will be ejected from their vehicle in a crash. And wildlife, unpaved roads and a lack of emergency care in rural areas contribute to increased rural driving fatalities, she said. As farmers return to the fields this spring, Herrick is encouraging drivers to be more careful in rural areas since her research shows most farmers own machinery that is wider than the paved areas of most rural roads. For details about her project, contact Roberta Herrick at herricrl@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The Hmong Student Association will host Culture Fest from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The theme is "Hmong Oral Tradition." Culture Fest offers information about Hmong culture and provides an opportunity for people from different cultures to meet and socialize. The event will feature workshops, student performances, a student-developed documentary of Hmong oral tradition and Hmong cuisine. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Yer J. Thao, an associate professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at Portland State University. His book, "Mong Oral Tradition: Culture Memory in Absence of Written Language," is a landmark text in the field of Hmong studies and is highly respected within Asian-American education. For details, contact Tor Lee at leett@uwec.edu or Dr. Christin DePouw at depouwca@uwec.edu or 715-836-5587.

Photo/Story Idea
The Shamrock Shuffle 5K fun run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at the McPhee Physical Education Center. University Recreation & Sport Facilities hosts the annual event, with proceeds going to the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, a five-week summer sports camp for youth aged 10-16 from economically disadvantaged families. The program teaches sports skills and competition, and helps educate participants in math and science, health and nutrition, careers and the importance of education. For details, call Al Wiberg at 715-836-5601 or Vicki Reed at 715-836-4931.

Photo Idea
A Viennese Ball gown sale will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16 and 17, in the Ho-Chunk and Oneida rooms
of Davies Center. The Viennese Ball will be held April 9-10.

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