University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

News Bureau

TIP SHEET   Week of Sept. 1, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
Three UW-Eau Claire students will be among a group of five college students who will spend the fall 2003 semester helping underprivileged people in the southern United States and in Mexico. UW-Eau Claire students Adam Slota, Mark Lee and Luke Peters created a volunteer service organization, called Students Building Communities Through Service, with two friends. The students will first go to Natchitoches, La., where they’ll help with construction and renovation at a church. Next they will go to New Orleans to work with an organization that helps children whose families are homeless. The final stop will be Oaxacas, Mexico, where the students will work with a pastor who serves 22 communities in the southern Mexican mountains. All the students have prior volunteer experience. Lee and Peters spent time volunteering in New York City after 9-11. Additional information about the students and their projects is available at The group will leave Thursday, Sept. 4, from Appleton. If you’re interested in interviewing them, call Luke Peters’ cell phone, (920) 213-3165. They will consider returning to Eau Claire to do TV interviews before leaving on Thursday.

Story Idea
Two nationally known speakers will try to increase awareness among incoming UW-Eau Claire freshmen about sexual assault and alcohol use. First-year students will participate in the interactive presentation “He Said — She Said” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in Zorn Arena. The program will begin with Katie Koestner’s keynote speech “No-Yes,” during which she will share her personal experience with sexual assault as a first-year student. Brett Sokolow will then discuss communication and consent, and the role alcohol and other drugs play in sexual assault. Sokolow will have the student audience listen to a sexual assault case as if they are the jury. The “jury” will vote on the case, and Sokolow will moderate a discussion. For more information, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter in Housing and Residence Life, (715) 836-3630 or

Photo Ideas
CUBEfest continues this week with a variety of activities and events to welcome students back to campus. Examples of activities include:

For details about events or schedules, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter in Housing and Residence Life, (715) 836-3630 or

UW-Eau Claire's Experts Directory

UW-Eau Claire Home

Excellence. Our measure, our motto, our goal.

 Judy Berthiaume, Director
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 201
(715) 836-4741

Updated: September 12, 2003