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Tip Sheet for the Week of Aug. 15, 2005

RELEASED: Aug. 15, 2005

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Lori Scardino, a junior chemistry major who's excelling academically while raising two young children on her own, received the 2005-06 Kell Container Corporation Scholarship.
Scardino had a difficult childhood, coming from a poor, troubled family. At 15 she was placed in foster care. She finished high school early and enrolled at UW-La Crosse. She withdrew after a semester when her father died and she returned home to care for her younger brother. In 2002, Scardino divorced and found herself a single-parent. With little income and two young daughters, she decided to return to college. But she couldn't get into UW-Eau Claire because her GPA was too low, so she enrolled in general ed classes at the Chippewa Valley Technical College. She raised her GPA, and was accepted at UW-Eau Claire. Since arriving on campus, Scardino has made the most out of every opportunity. A general chemistry lab introduced her to Professor Scott Hartsel, who regularly involves students in complex research. Scardino soon joined his research team and Hartsel now describes her as the most gifted student researcher he's ever worked with. Scardino has traveled to national meetings and will be the first author on one of Hartsel's research papers, the first time Hartsel has ever had a student be the first author. Through the Kell scholarship, Scardino will receive $9,954 to continue her education and to work on her research. Without the scholarship, she may not have been able to continue her education. Scardino is available to talk about her experiences and the impact the Kell Scholarship is having on her ability to achieve her academic and career goals. You can contact her at scardill@uwec.edu. Carole Halberg, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, can provide information about the Kell Scholarship. You can reach her at (715) 836-2327 or halberca@uwec.edu.

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A 2002 alumnus will have a ringside seat when world leaders gather to discuss U.N. reforms at the United Nations Summit Sept. 14-16 in New York City. Luke Swanepoel, who majored in political science and history with an emphasis on Middle Eastern Studies, will intern with the Office of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.
Serving as an observer during the summit is the first of the duties he'll perform on behalf of the Pope during his 10-month internship. After the summit, he'll attend General Assembly meetings with academics from around the world and represent the Holy See at subcommittee meetings. He'll report on General Assembly proceedings, write position papers, and use his knowledge of the law to advise the Vatican's representative on how best to pursue the Holy See's objectives. Swanepoel, a Glenwood City native who earned a law degree at St. Thomas Law School, is working as a law clerk for the Ramsey County District Attorney's office in St. Paul until he moves to New York City after Labor Day. You can reach him at lwswanepoel@stthomas.edu.

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