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Three UW-Eau Claire Students Receive Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

RELEASED: April 19, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Three students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire were recently selected to receive Phi Kappa Phi Study/Internship Abroad Grants in a national competition that recognizes and encourages academic achievement in all disciplines.

Juniors Holly Kennin, Green Bay, Andrea Boh, Middleton, and Nicole Faschingbauer, Chippewa Falls, were among thirty-eight students nation-wide to receive the $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi grants. Kennin is a special education major; Boh and Faschingbauer are communication science and disorder majors. All three will study in Scotland through a special internship opportunity coordinated by Dr. Rose Battalio, assistant professor of special education, in conjunction with UW-Eau Claire's study abroad program.

"I am really proud to receive this award and think it's great that two other students from UW-Eau Claire are recipients," Faschingbauer said. "I hope to gain a broadened perspective of speech-language pathology."

Sponsored by the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, the Study/Internship Abroad Grant Competition is designed to help support students as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad or participating in an internship abroad.

"I am very excited about this trip as it will be an excellent opportunity for me to learn about speech pathology in the workplace and gain hands on experience," Boh said. "As I will be living with a speech pathologist in Scotland, I can gain knowledge about the field of communication disorders on a more personal level."

For the first two weeks of the internship, the students will have the opportunity to observe and gather information about the special education system in Scotland. The students will stay with host families associated with the schools they will be visiting. During the final week, the participants and their professors will be touring the Highlands. In August, the students will prepare presentations that will allow them to share their experiences with their special education classes back at UW-Eau Claire.

"I am extremely appreciative for this once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to learn about and observe the special education program in Scotland," said Kennin. "I am anxious to learn the similarities and differences between the special education program in Scotland and our program. I hope to use what I learn this summer to help me become a better teacher."

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society that draws its members from all academic disciplines within colleges and universities. The society's mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Election to membership is by invitation only. Those elected to membership include upper 7.5 percent last-term juniors and upper 10 percent seniors.

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