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Tip Sheet for the Week of Aug. 1, 2005

RELEASED: Aug. 1, 2005

Story/Photo Idea
The hill between upper and lower campus is open following completion of the riverbank stabilization project.
It will be open 24 hours a day through Aug. 31 and from Sept. 2-5. It'll close Sept. 1 as students move into dorms. During the academic year, it will close from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The project was needed because of erosion and concerns about safety and damage to infrastructure. It began in January 2004 with the clearing of the riverbank from the pedestrian bridge to the Putnam parking lot. It involved removing concrete rubble, reshaping the bank, installing cassions, placing rock riprap, installing guardrails and planting trees, shrubs and wetland grass. For details, contact Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services, at (715) 836-5182.

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Summer commencement for 212 graduating students will begin at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 6 in Zorn Arena.
A total of 177 students will receive bachelor's degrees and 35 students will receive master's degrees. UW System Regent Peggy Rosenzweig, who is chair of the regent search committee for the next UW-Eau Claire chancellor, will give the "Charge to the Class." For details, contact Beverly Soll at (715) 836-4419 or sollba@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Among the alumni being honored during a ceremony after commencement is Denise Sweet, Wisconsin's Poet Laureate.
Sweet, who earned a bachelor's degree in 1985 and a master's in 1987, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. The award-winning author is an associate professor at UW-Green Bay. A member of the White Earth band of the Minnesota Ojibwa, she's the first Indian state poet laureate in the nation. For details, contact John Bachmeier at (715) 836-5189 or bachmejg@uwec.edu.

Interesting Graduates
Marc Lundquist
will graduate Saturday with a master's of education-professional development. He received a James Madison Memorial Fellowship, which provides support to teachers engaging in intensive study of U.S. history and Constitution. For details, contact Roger Tlusty, professor of foundations of education, at (715) 836-4967 or tlustyrh@uwec.edu or Marc Lundquist at lundqumc@uwec.edu.

Diane Plantz, who will graduate with a master's of education-professional development, is a nontraditional student who works full-time for CESA in Chippewa Falls. She works in the educational technology service area supporting teachers' use of technologies in the classroom. While many ME-PD students are teachers who get a pay increase by earning a graduate degree, Plantz, who is close to retirement, earned the degree because it was something she wanted to do. It also might provide new opportunities for her in retirement. For details, contact Susan McIntyre, professor of curriculum and instruction, at (715) 836-4213 or mcintsr@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
A reception for graduates will follow Saturday's commencement ceremony on the Central Campus Mall.
The rain site will be the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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