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Tip Sheet for spring break 2011

RELEASED: March 17, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — UW-Eau Claire students will be on spring break the week of March 21. Many students will be involved in a variety of projects and initiatives during that week. The following are some examples:

  • Five honors students will volunteer in downtown Milwaukee with three service organizations. The trip will offer opportunities for the students to participate in the life of an urban community and provide significant service for nonprofit agencies in the areas of economic development, human services and support for immigrants, said David Jones, associate professor of English. Students will volunteer at The Urban Economic Development Association, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope and the Sojourner Family Peace Center. "We will also use this experience to design programs for the future that build relationships between our campus and external communities that we serve in Wisconsin, particularly urban and cross-cultural communities," Jones said. The program, led by Jones and Amy Young, lecturer of foreign languages, is a pilot domestic intercultural immersion program focused on service, service-learning and intercultural communication. For more information, contact Jones at jonesm@uwec.edu.
  • Thirteen honors students will travel to the southern United States to visit places they have been reading about in their Honors 104 course this semester, taught by Chuck Hanson, associate professor emeritus of English. The nine-day literary tour complements their study of Southern authors and texts and includes stops in Hannibal, Mo., for a visit to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum; Memphis, Tenn., for tours of Sun Studio, Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum and the William Faulkner house, Rowan Oak; Clarksdale, Miss., for visits to the B.B. King and Delta Interpretive Museum and sites where Tennessee Williams spent many summers; and Jackson, Miss., to visit the Eudora Welty home. En route to New Orleans to participate in the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, the group will visit the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge and the Oak Alley Plantation. For more information, contact Hanson at hansoncm@uwec.edu.
  • Six graduate students will travel to the Lac du Flambeau Reservation to study nursing at the Peter Christensen Health Clinic. This is the third year UW-Eau Claire nursing students have gone to the reservation. They also will work with the public health department, participating in group programs and home visits, and spend time in the Lac Du Flambeau Indian School. The students will gain knowledge from guest speakers and learn about both the historical and modern aspects of native American culture. For more information, contact Cheryl Lapp at lappca@uwec.edu.
  • One hundred and five students will participate in the university's Civil Rights Pilgrimage, visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement. The trip will include stops at the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, Ga.; the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Ala.; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. View a blog where students will write about their experiences during the trip. For details, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.
  • Fifteen students will go to Indianapolis, Ind., as part of the alternative spring break trip "From Servant Leadership to Social Justice." They will explore the concepts of servant leadership and social justice and will participate in a seminar, meet business and community leaders and join service initiatives in Indianapolis. View a blog where students will write about their experiences during the trip, which will run from March 27-April 1. For details, contact Katie Rand at 715-836-4833 or randka@uwec.edu.

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