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Tip Sheet for the week of Sept. 20, 2010

RELEASED: Sept. 20, 2010

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A leading national health care company will give $500,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support UW-Eau Claire's Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence and its health care administration program. Golden Living will provide $50,000 a year for 10 years for curriculum innovation, professional development for faculty, faculty-student research, travel to national conferences, student scholarships and leadership development experiences, and other needs of CHAASE and the health care administration program. UW-Eau Claire's health care administration program is accredited by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards, making it one of seven nationally accredited health and aging services programs in the nation. CHAASE focuses on developing new leaders and forming collaborative relationships to bring a new level of excellence to health care. CHAASE will develop a Golden Living summer internship program and expand practicum sites for health care administration students outside the Midwest. David Mills, president of the Midwest region for Golden Living, is a 1987 UW-Eau Claire graduate. For details, contact Dr. Douglas Olson, director of CHAASE, at 715-836-5067 or olsondou@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire graduates more students with bachelor's degrees in chemistry than most other colleges and universities in the country that offer only undergraduate chemistry programs, according to the American Chemical Society. UW-Eau Claire was ranked third nationally — the highest of any Wisconsin college or university — in the number of chemistry graduates among the 339 colleges and universities that offer ACS-approved undergraduate chemistry programs, the ACS's Committee on Professional Training determined in its analysis. Colleges and universities that also offer master or doctoral programs in chemistry were not included in the tally. Fifty-one UW-Eau Claire students graduated with bachelor degrees in chemistry during the 2008-09 timeframe used by ACS-CPT to develop its rankings. For details, contact Dr. Mike Carney at 715-836-3500 or carneymj@uwec.edu.

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College coaches will soon be in Eau Claire and Arcadia secondary schools thanks to a $274,028 AmeriCorps grant awarded to UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Beginnings program. Blugold Beginnings is a program that gives more area youth access to higher education through precollege outreach. The funds will be used to develop a Blugold Beginnings College and Career Readiness program for youth from low-income families, first-generation higher education youth and youth from minority racial and ethnic families. With the grant, Blugold Beginnings will hire a field supervisor to supervise four full-time AmeriCorps members who will serve as college coaches in eight area schools. The supervisor also will oversee 85 AmeriCorps members who will help with school programming and provide one-on-one and group tutoring and mentoring. For details, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students and one of the authors of the grant proposal, at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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Continuing Education/UW-Extension will present the Western Wisconsin Kids & Obesity Conference from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at The Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. The conference will focus on actions that can be taken to help stem the epidemic of childhood obesity. Topics include an overview of the problem, prevention strategies, examples of successful western Wisconsin programs and resources to support childhood obesity programs. Speakers will include UW-Eau Clare alumnus Dr. William Klish, professor emeritus of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who will present "Kids & Obesity: Why Should We Care"? Klish believes obesity is the most important public health issue facing the world today, and that the roots of adult obesity lie within childhood. Klish also will lead an afternoon breakout session titled "Community-Based Interventions to Childhood Obesity What Is the Evidence?" For details, contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 or ce@uwec.edu. For a conference schedule, visit the Continuing Education website.

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