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TIP SHEET   Week of Dec. 13, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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Adam Griggel, a freshman criminal justice major from Sheboygan, is featured in a new Aurora Health Care video that tells the story of his recovery from meningitis. Griggel was a UW-Eau Claire freshman in November 2002 when he became so sick that his friends took him to Sacred Heart Hospital. Doctors diagnosed meningitis and gave him little chance of survival. After four days in a coma, doctors said he'd survive but there would be complications. Griggel's leg was amputated and he spent a year recovering before returning to UW-Eau Claire. In the video, he talks about his attitude toward his life, and the support he received from medical professionals and the university. Griggel, who did not suspect meningitis when he first became ill, is exploring ways to help educate other students about the disease's symptoms. Griggel is available to talk with the media about his experiences. You can reach him at (920) 254-8941 or

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UW-Eau Claire's Association of Student Social Workers is gathering school supplies for an elementary school in Washington, D.C. Several social work majors will be among the 50 students, faculty and community members going to D.C. in January 2005 to volunteer in schools. ASSW is gathering supplies for Marie Reed Learning Center. Students learned on previous trips that D.C. schools are in desperate need of school supplies. Students contacted area businesses seeking donations and gathered supplies on campus. ASSW will accept donations until students leave for D.C. in early January. Sara Foster, ASSW president, can talk about the efforts to gather supplies. You can reach her at (715) 552-1403 or The Rev. Donald Wisner of University Lutheran church can talk about the trip and the importance of the supplies to the school. You can reach him at (715) 834-8026 or

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Current and former faculty and staff at UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library have donated $760 to buy rice for the local Hmong community. The donations will pay for 1,600 pounds of rice (purchased at a local grocery store), which will be given to the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. The library has been involved with the fund-raiser for several years. Jill Markgraf of McIntyre Library can provide details. You can reach her at (715) 836-5357 or

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Alissa Schmidt, a communication disorders graduate student at UW-Eau Claire, spent the weekend in Los Angeles at the Dr. Phil Show. Schmidt, whose husband is in the Marines and is serving in Iraq, was among those chosen for the trip (half her expenses were paid). The Rice Lake native left for California Dec. 8 and returned Dec. 11. Schmidt is available to talk about the trip. You can reach her at

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Updated: December 13, 2004