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Oct. 20, 2014



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$tart $mart empowers women students to negotiate fair salaries

UW-Eau Claire will host a $tart $mart workshop Tuesday, the second in a series of sessions that are preparing college women to enter the job market with confidence and knowledge to negotiate salaries and benefits so they earn what they deserve upon graduation. According to the American Association of University Women's 2013 research report, in just one year out of college, women working full time earn just 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn and the gender gap widens over the next 10 years. The study also found that women college graduates earned $1.2 million less than men with the same degree over a lifetime. The first $tart $mart workshop was offered in September. Several others are slated for winter and spring. Students attending the initial session reported feeling empowered by the knowledge provided relating to negotiating a fair salary when first entering the workforce. Eight members of UW-Eau Claire’s faculty and staff are trained to lead the workshops. For more information, contact Staci Heidtke, associate director of Career Services, at 715-836-5358 or heidtksl@uwec.edu.

Two-sentence horror stories among Writing Day celebration events

Students will share their two-sentence horror stories Monday as part of a campus celebration of National Day on Writing. The best scare in two sentences event will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday on the first floor of McIntrye Library. Students also will be invited to help write a story one sentence at a time on the walls of the Center for Writing Excellence, located on the second floor of the library. That event will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. And students can write a haiku (5-7 line poem) in exchange for a cookie or other baked treat. Haiku for Cookies will run from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Monday in Davies Center (not surprisingly, this one is usually a big hit with students). The National Council of Teachers of English established Oct. 20 as National Day on Writing as a way to remind people of how integral writing is to daily life in the 21st century. UW-Eau Claire helps students become better writers in a variety of ways, including through its Center for Writing Excellence. The center provides one-to-one tutoring at multiple locations across the campus. A team of more than 50 trained student writing assistants help other students with everything from brainstorming short essays to scripting a multimedia project to reviewing a final draft of a long research paper. To learn more about the Center for Writing Excellence, contact Dr. Alan Benson, director of the center, at bensonat@uwec.edu.

Professor’s research, writing on cyberbullying continues to generate discussion

A recent blog post by UW-Eau Claire professor and international cyberbullying expert Dr. Justin Patchin about distinguishing bullying from other hurtful teen behaviors has generated a lot of discussion in recent weeks. In the blog post, Dr. Patchin talks about the importance of accurately defining and identifying bullying, and the implications using the term bullying can have on students and schools. The blog led to interviews with the Christian Science Monitor and other media. Dr. Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, has been researching teen use and misuse of technology for more than a decade. Through the Cyberbullying Research Center, he provides a variety of resources for parents, teens and educators. He also regularly leads discussions in schools and elsewhere throughout the country to educate teens, parents and educators about cyberbullying-related issues. Dr. Patchin’s award-winning book, “Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying,” just came out in its second edition. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Dr. Justin Patchin, professor of criminal justice, is available to talk about his research and issues relating to cyberbullying. You can reach him at patchinj@uwec.edu.

Retired nursing professor publishes teen novel

Dr. CeCelia Zorn, nursing professor emerita, recently published her first book of fiction, a teen novel that was inspired by her work as a nurse and nursing educator. Early in her career, while working as a registered nurse, Zorn met Natalie, a dying and gutsy 16-year-old girl who helped her friends look around life beyond death. As she continued her work in Midwest and West Coast hospitals, she cared for many people who were dying yet were more perceptive and at peace than the families they were leaving behind. She says those experiences changed her life and inspired her novel, "Angels Don't Get Tattoos." Dr. Zorn retired from UW-Eau Claire in 2012 after 32 years of teaching. While her writing was published extensively throughout the years in academic journals and books, "Angels Don't Get Tattoos" is her first work of fiction. Dr. Zorn says that her career in nursing and teaching has informed and inspired her love for reading, writing and community service, which have been key in her new career as a fiction writer. You can reach Dr. CeCelia Zorn at zorncr@gmail.com or through her website.

Therapy dogs help students relieve stress midway through semester

As students gear up for the crush of midterm exams and projects, McIntyre Library will help them relieve stress by bringing therapy dogs in to the library this week. Students can play with the pups during study breaks at a variety of times this week. The schedule of visits is online.


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