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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

News Bureau Schofield Hall 201 Eau Claire, WI 54702
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Donations Fund University's
Biology Bus Replacement
MAILED: April 26, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE —Donations to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation have paid for the purchase and repainting of a bus used for university biology field trips. The donations ensure that, for years to come, students will receive enhanced educational opportunities in field biology, said interim biology department chair Dr. Darwin Wittrock.
         The $22,500 bus was paid for with money from the Foundation's Biology Advancement Fund, which is supported by alumni and friends of the biology department; a monetary gift from the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation; and a gift-in-kind from Ken Vance Motors, which donated more than half the cost of having the once-yellow bus repainted.
         The two-year-old mini school bus, purchased in the spring of 2000, replaced an older vehicle that had transported biology students on field trips for 28 years. The newer bus is used for field trips over a period of 18 weeks during the fall and spring semesters and also during the university's summer session. It was officially put into use during a summer 2000 invertebrate zoology course.
         The field trips complement on-campus classroom and laboratory work and allow students to collect and observe plants and animals in their natural environment, Wittrock said. The trips are part of the course work for numerous biology classes in ornithology, zoology, conservation biology, ecology and botany. Wittrock added that the bus also has transported students to observe organisms at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, Minn., and the Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn.
         "The department of biology would like to thank the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation, Ken Vance Motors and contributors to the Biology Advancement Fund for providing funds to purchase and paint the new biology bus," Wittrock said. "The bus has already been used extensively to transport biology students on field trips to observe organisms in their natural surroundings."

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Updated: April 26, 2001