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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 21, 2011

RELEASED: Feb. 21, 2011

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The "African American Read IN" will take place from 10:15-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Old Library
breezeway on lower campus. Staff will read to children from the Children's Center and hand out books. This is a Black History Month event.

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Military veterans who are students at Chippewa Valley Technical College can now use veterans' resources at UW-Eau Claire, thanks to a new collaboration between the two institutions. Officials from UW-Eau Claire and CVTC on Monday, Feb. 21, will sign a memorandum of understanding that formalizes the agreement to make UW-Eau Claire's Veterans Center and its resources available to CVTC student veterans. The Veterans Center is a place for students who are veterans to meet each other and access resources specifically for them, including programs on veteran needs, support groups and access to a telehealth network through a partnership with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Veterans who attend CVTC can participate in activities of UW-Eau Claire's Veterans Club, a student organization. UW-Eau Claire and CVTC officials, along with student veterans from both institutions, will attend the event today from 1-1:30 p.m. in the UW-Eau Claire Veterans Center in Room 20 of Schofield Hall. Members of the media are welcome. For details about the UW-Eau Claire-CVTC veterans services collaboration, contact Bonnie Isaacson, UW-Eau Claire nontraditional student adviser and Veterans Advisory Committee co-chair, at 715-836-3259 or isaacsbj@uwec.edu.

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An expert in American Indian studies will conduct a lecture and workshop on Friday, Feb. 25. Dr. Debbie Reese, assistant professor of American Indian studies at the University of Illinois, will lecture from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and lead the workshop "Teaching Children About American Indians" from 1-3 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The focus is to avoid teaching stereotypical and biased images of American Indians. Reese, a member of the Nambé Pueblo Tribe, is working on a book titled "Indians as Artifacts: How Images of Indians are used to Nationalize America's Youth." For details, contact Hannah Moen at moenhj@uwec.edu or 715-836-4565.

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The intellectual and spiritual contributions of women to Jewish and Christian traditions will be discussed during "Emancipating Eve: Women in Early Jewish and Christian History," a presentation by Dr. Joanne Juett, assistant professor of English. The talk will run from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire as part of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch!" series. Juett will discuss how women have been historically characterized in Biblical writings and how present day women's perspectives interpret the Jewish and Christian traditions. The discussion will explore to what degree early periods of Jewish and Christian religious history involve or marginalize women. Juett holds a doctoral degree in comparative literature and received her master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. She is an ordained American Baptist minister.

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Dr. Winnifred Bryant, associate professor of biology, will present "Environmental Estrogens — Potential Risks to Human Health" as part of the "Ask a Scientist" series. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. Bryant will discuss common environmental estrogens. Because estrogens affect growth, Bryant is interested in the risks they pose to healthy people. She also is interested in the role they play in the progression of cancer. Estrogen is an ovarian-derived hormone that acts on the pituitary, breast and uterus to control reproductive capability and bodily growth. Although women produce more of it, estrogen is important to women and men. Estrogen-like chemicals used in industry and found in plants can bind and activate the estrogen receptor in target tissues so they can have profound implications on human reproductive health.

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