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Tip Sheet for the Week of Aug. 22, 2005

RELEASED: Aug. 22, 2005

Story Idea
Patti See, senior student services coordinator in the Academic Skills Center at UW-Eau Claire, is returning to work today after donating a kidney to a stranger at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis. See's recovery from the late July surgery is going well, enabling her to return for the start of the 2005-06 academic year. See became interested in donating a kidney a year ago after reading local and national stories about others whose kidneys helped strangers in need. After reading numerous ads from people and families pleading for donors, See began researching the possibilities and learned that fewer than 300 people in the United States have become "non-directed" donors since transplant centers began accepting them six years ago. "Non-directed" donors may never meet the recipients of their kidney donation while "directed" donors know the recipient personally or respond to an ad placed by the recipient. Since making the decision to donate her kidney, See has been in contact with about 20 other non-directed donors across the country, nearly all of whom were prompted to learn more about this type of donation after hearing about it on the news. After what See describes as "the most thorough physical of my life" and a 567-question psych exam, See became the 33rd non-directed donor accepted into Fairview's kidney transplant program. Her kidney went to the next person on the waiting list. For the first six months post-op, she will only know the age and gender of the recipient, who is a 50-year-old man who was doing well following surgery. See, who joined UW-Eau Claire in 1994, received the university's Administrative and/or Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award in 2004, recognizing her leadership and dedication to the university. See is available to talk with the media about her experiences as a "non-directed" donor. You can reach her at (715) 836-4826, (715) 579-9733 or seepk@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
About 2,000 UW-Eau Claire students provided an estimated 100,000 hours of service to the community last year, with most of those hours spent in western Wisconsin. Calculations used by The Independent Sector estimates that the students provided the equivalent of about $1.5 million in services. In addition, last year the university had two AmeriCorps VISTA members providing service to the campus and greater Eau Claire communities, providing another 4,000-plus hours of service, which translates into at least an additional $33,000 in value. For details, contact Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning, at (715) 836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
A photography exhibit titled "Faces from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, 1971," will open Aug. 22 in the Grand Corridor of the McIntyre Library. The photos were taken by UW-Eau Claire alumnus Nile Ostenso during a month-long drive through Central America. The exhibit honors national Hispanic Heritage Month.

Campus Calendar
The opening meeting for UW-Eau Claire faculty and academic staff will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Schofield Auditorium. The media is welcome to attend the meeting. Fall semester classes will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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