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Tip Sheet for the Week of Aug. 8, 2005

RELEASED: Aug. 8, 2005

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UW-Eau Claire's environmental public health graduate program was granted accreditation for the first time by the National Environmental Health Association. The program received conditional accreditation, which is the norm for a program up for first-time review. Accreditation means greater regional, national and international recognition of the program, which is now one of only four programs in the nation to receive this distinction. ENPH graduates work for regulatory agencies and industries concerned with environmental quality. Their work is directed toward controlling environmental health hazards. They protect lives by making sure that food isn't contaminated or drinking water doesn’t contain infectious organisms. Students graduating from the program will now be able to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian exam immediately following graduation instead of being required to have at least two years of field experience. They also will be eligible for the Commission Officer Student Extern Training Program of the U.S. Public Health Service. Graduation from an accredited program is required to enter the U.S. Public Health Service. The federal jobs are offered exclusively to graduates from accredited programs. And the ENPH graduate program will now be eligible for grants through the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs. For more information, contact Crispin Pierce, assistant professor of public health professions and coordinator of the ENPH program, at (715) 836-5589 or piercech@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will welcome four 2005 National Merit Scholars to campus this fall.
The newest students will bring the total number of National Merit Scholars enrolled at UW-Eau Claire for the fall 2005 semester to 16. The Scholars are awarded full in-state tuition renewable for four years. The university has participated in the National Merit Scholarship program since 1982. This year marks the 50th annual Merit Scholarship competition conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Program. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison are the only two UW System schools that participate in the program. For more information, contact Heather Kretz of the Admissions Office. You can reach her at (715) 836-5415 or kretzhm@uwec.edu.

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