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Tip Sheet for the Week of Dec. 12, 2005

RELEASED: Dec. 12, 2005

Story Idea
A UW-Eau Claire alumna who teaches physical education at North High School in Eau Claire is the Wells Fargo 2006 Teacher on the Trail.
As the WFTOTT, Terrie Hanke posts lesson plans and journal entries on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Web site, focusing on using lessons or skills learned from the Iditarod. Hanke uses the theme of the Iditarod as a tool to enhance teaching and learning. She also visits classrooms to explain her role in the Iditarod. She'll continue to do so until the 2007 WFTOTT is chosen. Hanke's interest in mushing began after handling sled dogs for a friend in Eau Claire. She later learned of the WFTOTT from the Iditarod Web site and applied for the 2006 position. As part of the application/interview process, she traveled to Alaska, where the race is held each March. As WFTOTT for the 2006 Iditarod race, Hanke will participate in race events by speaking at a conference, traveling in the Iditarod Air Force plane to checkpoints along the race trail, journaling about her experience for students and educators, and visiting classrooms along the Alaskan trail to show educators how to incorporate the Iditarod into teaching. Hanke earned a master's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1986.

Story/Photo Idea
Winter commencement for 685 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena.
Students from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Students from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. A total of 661 students will receive bachelor's degrees, including 306 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 161 from the College of Business, 141 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 53 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Twenty-four students are master's degrees candidates. Six of the master's degree candidates are among the most recent group of online MBA students to graduate from UW-Eau Claire. Some of these students will be coming to campus for the first time since the university began offering its MBA program completely online in 2002. Reporters and photographers are welcome at both ceremonies. For details about commencement, contact Beverly Soll at (715) 4419 or sollba@uwec.edu.

Calendar Items

  • UW-Eau Claire has designated Dec. 15 as a study day. No classes will be held.
  • Students will take their final exams Dec. 16-22.
  • Winterim classes will begin Jan. 3, 2006.

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