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TIP SHEET   Week of June 2, 2003
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Forty women students from college campuses throughout the state of Wisconsin will gather June 6-8 at UW-Eau Claire to learn how to improve their leadership skills and to network with other student leaders. The "Women with Clout" event is the first leadership conference for college student women to be hosted by the American Association of University Women. The AAUW's Wisconsin's chapter and UW-Eau Claire are co-hosting the conference. Topics will range from "Building Women Leader Networks" to "Learning from Women Leaders: The Importance of Mentoring and Early Involvement" to "Political Activism: Ensuring Women's Influence." A variety of speakers will participate in the conference, including Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Stark, AAUW President Nancy Rustad and National Peace Foundation President Sarah Harder. For a complete schedule, you can contact Kerry Kincaid at (715) 831-1013 or

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Despite a sluggish economy, UW-Eau Claire alumni gave to the university's annual Telefund in record amounts this year. The Telefund raised a record-high of more than $482,600 for the 2002-03 fiscal year, up from $423,000 the previous year. The Telefund drive has been held twice a year for the past 23 years. Money raised through the drive is used by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support student scholarships, student/faculty research projects, faculty development initiatives, international study opportunities and other special projects that enhance teaching and learning at the university. All contributions count toward UW-Eau Claire's Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign, the university's first international fund-raising effort. The campaign has raised more than $25 million of its $35 million goal. For details about the Telefund's success, you can contact Heidi Fisher, director of annual giving and donor relations, at (715) 836-3819 or

Photo Idea
The 40 women college students participating in the "Women with Clout" conference will complete a ropes course on campus Friday, June 6. The ropes course activity is slated for 6-9 p.m. behind Crest Wellness Center on upper campus.

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Updated: June 2, 2003