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TIP SHEET   Week of Dec. 15, 2003
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Story Idea
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will deliver the “Charge to the Class” during UW-Eau Claire’s morning commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 20. Nearly 650 students are candidates for graduation from UW-Eau Claire this weekend. The morning ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Zorn Arena. The afternoon ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Dr. Tamara Lindsey, associate professor of curriculum and instruction and 2003 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, will present the “Charge to the Class” at the afternoon ceremony. Students began taking final exams today. Finals will continue through Friday. For details about commencement, contact Beverly Soll at (715) 836-4419 or

Story Idea
A well-known member of the university community will retire in early January 2004. Carter, a 9-year-old Seeing Eye dog, will retire the evening of Jan. 2 after seven years working alongside Katherine Schneider, a senior psychologist in Counseling Services. Schneider and Carter have been regular visitors to numerous campus classrooms, with Schneider (who has been blind most of her life) talking with students in a variety of majors about issues relating to people with disabilities and about mental health issues. After his retirement, Carter will move in with the family of retired nursing professor Marge Bottoms. Schneider will go to New Jersey on Jan. 3 to begin the process of meeting and training Carter’s replacement. She’ll spend nearly three weeks training the dog before returning to Eau Claire in late January. Schneider is available to talk about Carter’s retirement as well as issues relating to people with disabilities. You can reach her at (715) 836-5521 or

Campus Expert
Vicki Funne Reed of University Recreation is available to talk about strategies for staying healthy during the busy and often stressful holiday season. University Recreation has a wellness Web site, which includes one-minute “Take a Break” videos that give tips for neck, back and leg stretches. You can reach Reed to talk about wellness issues at (715) 836-4931 or

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Updated: December 15, 2003