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Tip Sheet for the week of 2010 Spring Break

RELEASED: March 18, 2010

UW-Eau Claire students will be on Spring Break the week of March 29. Many students will be involved in a variety of projects and initiatives during that week. The following are some examples:

  • Sixteen students will volunteer at schools on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation. The students are majoring in education, athletic training, communication sciences and disorders, and social work. They'll work in a LCO Ojibwe K-12 school or LCO Head Start Center. A pre-trip meeting at 3 p.m. Friday, March 26, will feature Sheila Corbine, attorney general of the Ho Chunk Nation, and Odawa White of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Corbine will discuss Indian tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, and White will discuss cultural sensitivity and culturally respectful interaction. White is from LCO. Dr. Larry Solberg (solberlc@uwec.edu) and Dr. Jerry Worley (worleyje@uwec.edu) are coordinating the trip.
  • Six nursing graduate students will provide health care at the Lac du Flambeau reservation March 28-April 2. The nurses will work at the Peter Christensen Health Center for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. They also will work with a nurse practitioner who serves families on the reservation and will accompany a community health nurse on home visits. They will stay near the reservation and learn about the history and culture of the Chippewa at the George W. Brown Ojibwe Museum and through a tour of the Waswagoning Indian Village. For details, contact Dr. Cheryl Lapp at 715-836-5629 or lappca@uwec.edu.
  • Ten students will go to Indianapolis, Ind., as part of the alternative break trip, "From Servant Leadership to Social Justice." They will explore the concepts of servant leadership and social justice and will participate in a seminar, meet business and community leaders and join service initiatives in Indianapolis. The trip will be from March 27-April 1. For details, contact Abby Freiborg at 715-836-4833 or freiboan@uwec.edu.
  • Twenty-two education students will spend break in Texas as part of a March 27-April 4 immersion experience called "Understanding the Engagement between Issues of Diversity and Current Practices in Houston, Texas — Spring Break Galveston." They will learn of the historical, environmental, racial, cultural and socio-economic issues related to national educational policy development and work in the diverse Aldine Independent School District in Houston. With its center 15 miles from downtown Houston, Aldine ISD covers 111 square miles and enrolls 56,000 students. Students will visit city landmarks, participate in a service activity and be immersed in school activities for five days in elementary or high schools. After working in the schools, students will travel to Galveston to learn about Gulf Coast culture. For details, contact Dr. Jill Pinkney Pastrana at 715-836-4537 or pastrajp@uwec.edu.
  • Twelve social work students and two faculty members will spend their break in Louisiana. They will volunteer at an elementary school; attend seminars on psychological first aid and social service policy; attend a presentation on the history of Louisiana politics; and tour the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. They'll hear the stories of two cultures, Creole and Acadian (Cajun); tour the "big house" and slave quarters at the Laura Plantation; and tour the River Road African American Museum to learn about Creole culture through the Monde de Couleur Libre (Free People of Color) exhibit. Students will stay in a bayou front cabin in Acadiana to experience the beauty of Cajun country They will stay with host families in Baton Rouge. For details, contact Dr. Leah Olson-McBride at olsonmcl@uwec.edu.
  • Fifty students will participate in a Civil Rights Pilgrimage, visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement. For details, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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