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Tip Sheet for the week of April 18, 2011

RELEASED: April 15, 2011

Earth Day Story/Photo Ideas
UW-Eau Claire will host many events this week in observance of Earth Day. April 22 is the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, which was conceived by Gaylord Nelson, a former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator.

  • An Earth Day sustainability fashion show will run from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Towers Hall on upper campus. A student from each residence hall will model costumes students created out of recycled and repurposed materials. The "Just Bag It Fashion Show" will be judged by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich; Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor of student affairs; and Kate Hale, sustainability fellow. The winning residence hall will get filter water stations on each floor of the hall. The stations allow students to fill reusable water bottles. Three hundred reusable cloth shopping bags will be distributed. For details, contact Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator, at 715-836-2505 or HousingSustainCoordinator@uwec.edu.

  • A presentation by Ken Meter about sustainable food systems will begin at noon Monday, April 18, in The Cabin, Davies Center. He will discuss how food systems can help or hurt the environment. One of the most experienced food systems analysts in the U.S., Meter is president of Crossroads Resource Center, which works with communities to develop stronger, local food systems. For details, contact Briana Odegard at 608-333-6358 or odegarbn@uwec.edu.

  • Information about other Earth Day events on campus this week can be found online.

Story/Photo Idea
About 1,400 area fifth-graders will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21, for the Blugold Beginnings Tour Day. Students from Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Arcadia and Altoona will participate. Small groups of fifth-graders will be paired with college mentors. The students can ask questions about the university, discuss future academic plans and explore the campus. About 20 faculty and staff members will lead interactive classroom demonstrations. Fifth-grade teachers and principals from visiting schools will attend professional development sessions. About 30 community volunteers will assist with the event. Tony Evers, superintendent of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Scott Bolstad, a regional representative for Sen. Ron Johnson, will attend April 20. Prior to Tour Day, mentors have been visiting fifth-graders in their schools and follow-up visits after the event are planned. Blugold Beginnings introduces youth to the benefits of a college education and pairs them with mentors to guide them toward that goal. For details about Fifth-Grade Tour Day, visit the Blugold Beginnings website or contact Lissa Martinez, elementary coordinator, at 715-836-3651 or martinlj@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
UW-Eau Claire will help its students and alumni prepare for job searches when it hosts Job Search Boot Camp from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Davies Center. The event is open to students or alumni who are interested in sharpening their job search skills. The day will include mock interviews with local organizations such as Luther Midelfort, Nestle and Lutheran Social Services. Participants will bring resumes and dress for interviews. For details, contact Career Services at careers@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will host the Hmong Fellowship Dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. The event will bring together community members, nonprofit agencies and businesses to reflect on the progress and shifting needs of the Hmong community. Blia Schwahn, the school/community liaison for the Eau Claire Area School District, will be the keynote speaker. She will discuss her experiences as she addresses the event's theme, "Sowing the Seeds of Success." The event will focus on youth programs, particularly the Building Bridges program, which helps to bridge cultures and generations while embracing similarities and differences. The program currently includes 19 Hmong middle school and high school students and 15 UW-Eau Claire volunteers.

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