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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 24, 2011

RELEASED: Jan. 24, 2011

Story Idea
The complex details of health care reform will be presented in an easily digestible form during a noon luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. "The Economics of Health Care Reform" — a user-friendly summary of the legislation and how it may affect the economic health of consumers — is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch!" series. Dr. Eric Jamelske, associate professor of economics, will put this complex information into perspective with an overview of U.S. health care spending, the effect on insurance and the uninsured, comparisons with other developed countries and a user-friendly synopsis of the recent health care reform legislation. Jamelske teaches microeconomics, health economics and environmental economics. His current research crosses a wide spectrum, including fruit and vegetable intake among elementary school students; health care; and global warming issues.

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The artistic director of the only jazz dance company in the Twin Cities area will serve as artist-in-residence at UW-Eau Claire from Jan. 24-29. Karis Sloss, of the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, will work with Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of dance, to conduct auditions for a piece choreographed by Sloss for DanceWorks, the department's major performance for UW-Eau Claire's Concert Dance Company. Students from departments across campus present dances that showcase the traditions of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and ethnic dance with an emphasis on modern dance. Auditions will be held from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in the McPhee Center's dance studio (Room 105). Selected dancers will participate in rehearsals with Sloss from Tuesday-Saturday, Jan. 25-29. Sloss also will teach jazz and modern dance classes while on campus. The DanceWorks performance is scheduled for March 31-April 2. For details, contact Dr. Poll-Sorensen at 715-836-2183 or pollsotl@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
This spring, Continuing Education/UW-Extension will offer "Out of the Shadows: Children's Mental Health," which features two programs relating to children's mental health issues. The programs, to be presented April 8, are now taking registrations. The program topics are:

  • "A Day of Film & Reflection: Conference for Professionals." Designed for educators, social workers, therapists, law enforcement personnel, clergy and others who work with children, it will use film as a catalyst to discuss issues related to children's mental health.

  • "An Evening of Hope for Communities." Designed for families, teachers and others dealing with mental health issues of children and adolescents, the program will use film clips and personal experiences to attempt to bridge the gaps that exist in children's mental health care.

The keynote speaker is Hugh Davis, executive director of Wisconsin Family Ties. The evening program, moderated by Dr. Mike Axelrod, associate professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire, will include a panel presentation by parents and professionals. For details, contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 or ce@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire's spring 2011 classes begin today, Monday, Jan. 24.

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