New book empowers tweens and teens to combat cyberbullying, make schools safer
Tweens and teens who want to combat cyberbullying and make their schools and social communities safer places now have a handbook that offers advice and proven strategies for staying safe online. "Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral," to be released Dec. 3, is the first book written specifically for middle and high school students on cyberbullying and the importance of standing up for themselves and others online. Dr. Justin Patchin, a nationally recognized expert on cyberbullying and a professor of criminal justice at UW-Eau Claire, is the book's co-author. The book addresses the origins of cyberbullying, provides practical and proven advice for teens to confront cyberbullying, and provides tips for teens to better manage their online reputations. Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, has studied teen use and misuse of technology for 10 years. Through surveys and presentations across the country, Patchin has interacted with thousands of tweens and teens who have been cyberbullied, bullied others or witnessed bullying. A majority of tweens and teens — up to 70 percent — have not been bullied online but almost all of them have witnessed others being cyberbullied. The book gives them tips so they can do something when they see cyberbullying, and it gives teens who might be tempted to join in the bullying reasons to not do it. The book also features the making-kindness-go-viral idea, an increasingly popular strategy among teens for combating cyberbullying. Teens confront bullying by promoting kindness through social media, an idea that is especially popular in Wisconsin and Minnesota. While the book was written for teens, educators and other adults can use it as they work with teens to address cyberbullying. For details, contact Dr. Justin Patchin at 715-836-4058 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information also is available at www.wordswound.org.
Second Cohen string scholarship awarded to student violinist
A freshman music major from Stillwater, Minn., is the second recipient of the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship. Hannah Kennedy, who is studying violin performance with Nobuyoshi Yasuda, director of the University Symphony Orchestra, will receive full in-state tuition and become a member of the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Quartet, named for the donor who created the scholarship fund. The distinguished ensemble will represent the university at special events and in touring performances. The scholarship is designed to attract and invest in the best of the best musical talent. Because the fund criteria provide that students are eligible to receive the scholarship for multiple years, recipients can potentially be awarded the scholarship to cover their full four-year degree. In addition to performing in the University Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy also is a member of a trio and baroque ensemble. The remaining Cohen awards are available to string musicians who plan to enroll at UW-Eau Claire during the 2014-15 academic year.
Acclaimed jazz pianist to perform with Jazz 1 Dec. 6
Grammy-nominated Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Robert Baca, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. In a tribute to Thelonius Monk, the concert will feature special guest Richard Johnson, former pianist with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Johnson, born in Pittsburgh, was schooled by some of the most legendary jazz muscians. He has shared his gift of jazz with audiences around the world — as a representative of the United States through the U.S. State Department and by accompanying jazz icons such as Bobby Watson, Herbie Hancock and Arturo Sandoval.
Popular annual Holiday Concert set for Dec. 8
The annual Holiday Concert — offered at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Zorn Arena — celebrates the songs of the season with performances by students. The concert will feature the Concert Choir, Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Wind Symphony, University Symphony Orchestra and Women's Chorus.
Hmong scholars to visit campus Dec. 6
UW-Eau Claire will welcome two emerging Hmong scholars to campus on Friday, Dec. 6, to inaugurate the Hmong Studies Symposium Series, an event that highlights approaches to research in Hmong Studies. Dr. Aline Lo from UW-Milwaukee will present “Reel Women: Diasporic Cinema and the Role of Hmong Female Collectivity in Abel Vang’s Nyab Siab Zoo (The Good-hearted Daughter-in-Law)” at 1:30 p.m. in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center. Chong. A. Moua from UW-Madison will present “Reconstructing Memories: Why Hmong Studies Matters to Me” at 2:30 p.m. in the Woodland Theater. The symposium is organized by members of the Hmong Studies Steering Committee, a committee that includes students, staff, faculty and community members appointed to help establish a Hmong Studies program on campus. For details, contact Dr. Ari Anand at email@example.com or 715-836-5481.