United Way of the greater chippewa valley
Tommy Thompson takes office as UW System president - seeks feedback
MADISON, Wis.—As Tommy Thompson takes office today as President of the University of Wisconsin System, his transition team is announcing creation of the “Listening Post” for Wisconsin residents and UW students, faculty, and staff to ask questions and offer ideas.
The Listening Post, and a message from Thompson, is available on the UW System website president’s page.
“Tommy Thompson will begin his tenure as UW System’s ‘Listener-in-Chief,’” said Tom Loftus, the former Wisconsin Assembly Speaker, Ambassador to Norway, and Board of Regents member who co-chairs the transition team. “He will collect ideas, feedback, and questions from the people the UW System serves.”
Scott Neitzel, former Department of Administration secretary who is the other transition co-chair, said Thompson has already begun preparing for the job.
“Tommy is ready to lead the UW System,” Neitzel said. “He will be collaborative, yet decisive.”
Thompson took over from Ray Cross, who will remain with UW System as an advisor for 90 days.
A native of Elroy, Wis., Thompson earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from UW-Madison. He was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1966 and became minority leader in 1981. He won election as governor in 1986 and won an unprecedented four terms, which makes him the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history. As governor he remained committed to a strong university system, faculty research, and the Wisconsin Idea. He stepped down during his fourth term to become HHS secretary under President George W. Bush, a role where he oversaw an increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health and enhanced local public health preparedness. He chairs the UW System Business Council and helped lead a public-private campaign to fund UW-Madison’s BioStar Initiative with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
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University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
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New EDI training for students to launch July 1 at UW-Eau Claire
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HSHS Sacred Heart St. Joseph's
Top 10 Fireworks Safety Tips
Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI – Though fireworks can be exciting, festive and fun, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals want to remind community members that fireworks can also be very dangerous.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports on average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ trauma coordinator, Regi Geissler says the majority of injuries occur to the hands, fingers and eyes. “If you do have an eye injury, don’t rub it or touch it in any way because that may cause more damage,” she said.
Safety officials recommend fireworks be left to experts specially trained and certified in pyrotechnics. However, if you do decide to use fireworks, be sure to practice the following Top 10 Fireworks Safety Tips:
1. Know the law. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
2. Children should never play with fireworks. Firecrackers, rockets and sparklers can be extremely dangerous if not used properly. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metal. If you give sparklers to kids, make sure they keep them outside and away from their faces, clothing and hair.
3. Store properly and buy legally. Buy only legal fireworks and store them in a cool, dry place. Remember: fireworks in brown paper packaging are intended for professional displays only, not home use.
4. Don’t DIY. Never try to make your own fireworks.
5. Be prepared. Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
6. Keep a distance. Steer clear of others and never throw or point fireworks at someone.
7. Take precautions. Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any of your body parts over them while lighting. Wear eye protection, and do not carry fireworks in your pocket. Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
8. Know your surroundings. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep them away from bushes, leaves and other flammable sources.
9. Quality, not quantity. Light one firework at a time.
10. Make sure the fire is out. Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can. Also, do not discard any fireworks, including used ones, in a fire pit.
If you or someone you know is injured by a firework and in need of emergency care, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room. HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ emergency departments are open 24/7.
For more information about fireworks safety, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
Walking Club promotes good physical and mental health
Chippewa Falls, WI – Making connections with others is something many in the Chippewa Valley have been craving during a time when staying socially distanced is strongly recommended. The Volunteer Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital encourages residents to join its Walking Club to meet new people and stay physically active.
Dianne Fish, coordinator of the Volunteer Partners Walking Club says everyone is welcome to join because it’s important to reach out to others. “We know being active helps promote good mental and physical health, and it’s always easier when you have someone else to join you,” she says. “We want to help people make connections with others while also taking time to do something positive for themselves.”
The club began a few years ago. After participants said how much they enjoyed it, the Volunteer Partners decided to make the exercise a long-term opportunity.
The Walking Club is free to join and its gatherings are casual and fun. Those who would like to participate should meet at the duck pond gazebo in Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls every Wednesday at 10 a.m., weather permitting. In late fall and winter the meeting place is the Chippewa Falls YMCA.
During this time of social distancing, the club encourages walking together, but apart. Masks are welcome, but not required outdoors if maintaining a distance of six feet from others.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.