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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 14, 2011

RELEASED: Feb. 14, 2011

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UW-Eau Claire will host a Veteran Student Conference from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in Davies Center. The event is open to students, staff and faculty members from UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System campuses who are interested in learning more about student military veteran issues or sharing veteran student issues and concerns. The conference provides a forum in which student veterans from across the state and those who serve them in the higher education setting can gather to share ideas and discuss issues affecting these students. David Backstrom, a Vietnam War veteran and retired chief of University Police, will be the conference keynote speaker. He will speak about his work as an organizer and participant in the statewide Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration, as well as his return to Vietnam as a civilian more than 40 years after serving there as a member of the U.S. military. The conference also will include sessions focused on military education benefits, the value of military experience in career planning, navigating the VA medical system and other topics. Representatives from campus and community organizations that provide veterans' resources will exhibit during the conference. For details, contact Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student adviser and one of the conference organizers, at 715-836-3259 or isaacsbj@uwec.edu.

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Jyl Kelley, art & design, will present a faculty forum about a photography project she and several students completed. "Cultural Perceptions" connected art students from UW-Eau Claire and Riga, Latvia. Art students interpreted one another's culture with photographs via music that was selected by their colleagues across the globe. This international project sparked relationships and learning between students and culminated in two exhibitions simultaneously in Wisconsin and Latvia. "Cultural Perceptions" was presented at the Embassy of the Latvian Republic in Washington, D.C. Co-presenters at the forum will include UW-Eau Claire students Megan Ekenstedt, Lydia Gantert, Rachel Konsella, Kimberly Roffers and Glenn Terpstra. The presentation will begin at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Room 1142 of the Old Library.

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A Spanish instructor and two students spent three weeks in Nicaragua last month studying the impact innovative lending programs are having on women in rural villages. The students learned about Central American microfinancing efforts in classes and wanted to see the effects they have first hand. Amy Young, a Spanish instructor and Eau Claire native, went with Ian Allen, a senior political science and Spanish major, and Kelsey Roets, a senior political science and Latin American studies major. For more information, contact Amy Young at 715-836-3541 or youngai@uwec.edu, Ian Allen at allenik@uwec.edu or Kelsey Roets at roetskj@uwec.edu.

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A screening of the film "Brother Outsider, The Life of Bayard Rustin" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Davies Theatre. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its national broadcast on PBS, "Brother Outsider" has introduced millions of viewers around the world to Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called "the unknown hero" of the civil rights movement. The screening is part of the Black History Month celebration.

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