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Tip Sheet for week of May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Story Idea

A new scholarship program will grant full tuition to four UW-Eau Claire string musicians each year and create a rare professional development opportunity for undergraduate students interested in the performing arts. The Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship, created through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation by Eileen Phillips Cohen of Eau Claire, is designed to attract and invest in the best of the best musical talent. It also reflects the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation's deep commitment to the University Symphony Orchestra and honors the work of orchestra conductor Nobuyoshi Yasuda. Recipients of the scholarships will be awarded full in-state tuition and become principal players in the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Quartet, a distinguished ensemble that will represent the university at special events and in touring performances. Kaitlyn Witherspoon, a sophomore cellist from Monona, has been selected for the first scholarship. Witherspoon won the music department's annual concerto competition as a freshman, plays first chair in the orchestra and has emerged as a leader in the string division. Cohen is a former member of the University Symphony Orchestra and has previously funded other music scholarships. Recipients must demonstrate knowledge and performance skills of the highest caliber to ensure this string quartet is a premier instrumental ensemble. Yasuda is not aware of another scholarship like this one in the country at the undergraduate level. For details, contact Dr. Vanissa Murphy, chair of the department of music and theatre arts, at 715-836-2329 or; Nobuyoshi Yasuda, orchestra conductor, at 715-836-2181 or; or Kimera Way, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, at 715-836-5180 or

Story Idea

A UW-Eau Claire student from Eau Claire will be an intern at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer. Four students from across the country were chosen for the highly competitive internship. Senior Andy Kleist, an environmental public health major, will participate in the CDC's 2013 Summer Program in Environmental Health. During the 10-week internship, students explore the broad field of environmental health by collaborating on projects with CDC experts, shadowing environmental health professionals at various levels of government and learning about environmental health issues from leading health scientists in their areas of specialty. Kleist will follow in the footsteps of 2009 UW-Eau Claire alumnus Jay Nielsen, who previously won a CDC internship and now is the CDC SUPEH program coordinator. Both Kleist and Nielsen participated as UW-Eau Claire undergraduates in faculty/student collaborative research programs. Kleist was a 2011 award winner in UW-Eau Claire's Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity for the project "Particulate Pollution: UW-Eau Claire Student Center and Chippewa Falls Sand Plant" with fellow undergraduates and faculty mentor Dr. Crispin Pierce. For details about the internship, contact Andy Kleist at

Calendar Notes

  • Three-week summer session began today (Monday, May 20). Classes will continue through Friday, June 7.
  • UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume and offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 28.
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