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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 24, 2011

RELEASED: Oct. 24, 2011

Story Idea
Three "Dinner with 12 Strangers" events slated for this week will give students, faculty and staff opportunities to connect with others in the campus community with whom they might otherwise never interact. On the evenings of Oct. 25, 26 and 27, small groups of students, faculty and staff will enjoy a meal and conversation at the home of a member of the university community. All students, faculty and staff were invited to register for the opportunity to attend a meal, and participants were chosen at random. The idea behind the program is to give members of the university community a chance to get to know one another in an informal, conversational way. Interest in the program is high. More than 300 people registered for the chance to attend one of this week's meals. For details about the "Dinner with 12 Strangers" program or to arrange to do a story on this week's dinner events, contact Brian Carlisle, dean of students, at 715-836-5992 or carlisba@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Stealing a bicycle on campus is now more difficult thanks to a new University Police initiative. Tracking devices were placed on "bait bikes" around campus. Police will be notified when a bait bike is taken and officers can track the stolen bike's location. Between July 1 and Sept. 30, 13 bikes valued at nearly $5,000 were reported stolen from campus. In addition to the tracking devices, police also will distribute bright yellow "This Could Be a Bait Bike" stickers for people to place on their bicycles to act as a deterrent to potential thieves. The program is modeled after a program at UW-Madison. UW-Madison has reported a 30 percent reduction each year in the number of bike thefts on campus. University Police received a $3,400 grant from the Wisconsin Office of Justice to fund the initiative. For details, contact Sgt. Chris Kirchman or Lt. Jay Dobson at 715-836-2222.

Campus Expert
"Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying," a book co-authored by Dr. Justin Patchin, associate professor of criminal justice, was chosen as a featured book by the Education Week Teacher Book Club. The book club offers author-led online conversations about the featured books. Patchin's discussions will be held Oct. 25-28. More information. An internationally known expert on cyberbullying, Patchin gives presentations to parents, teachers and youngsters throughout the United States on cyberbullying. He also is quoted regularly in the media throughout the world on bullying-related issues.

Photo/Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire will host the annual International Folk Fair from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Davies Center. The largest international festival of its kind in the area, the fair will offer enriching cultural and educational experiences. Visitors can sample foods from around the world, experience the history and languages of other cultures, and be entertained by international performers. More than 40 countries/cultures will be represented at the fair. For details, contact Maria Carvalho at 715-836-4411 or carvalmc@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
Youngsters from the Children's Center will trick-or-treat in Schofield Hall offices at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

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