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Tip Sheet for the Week of July 11, 2005

RELEASED: July 11, 2005

Story Idea
An Eau Claire couple who needed financial help to get their college educations is returning the favor. David Suchla, a 1969 UW-Eau Claire graduate, and Jeanette Hatfield Suchla, a 1970 graduate, endowed a $1,000 scholarship to help high school students from their hometowns of Holcombe and Arcadia. The Suchlas say they may not have attended UW-Eau Claire without scholarships. Their scholarship will go to an outstanding incoming freshman who demonstrates financial need. In odd-number years it'll go to a student from Arcadia High School and in even-number years to a student from Holcombe High School. David Suchla is an Eau Claire realtor and Jeanette Suchla is an executive assistant for the Eau Claire School District. The first recipient will be selected in spring 2006 and will receive the award to attend UW-Eau Claire in 2006-07. For details about the gift and/or UW-Eau Claire's Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence fundraising campaign, contact Carole Halberg, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at (715) 836-2327 or halberca@uwec.edu. Contact Jeanette Suchla at (715) 852-3052 or David Suchla at dave@suchla.com.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire students and area businesses will soon have access to new state-of-the-art, high-powered equipment capable of measuring elemental concentrations to the parts-per-quadrillion level. UW-Eau Claire's newly acquired High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer — funded by a $425,000 U.S. Department of Education grant — will be available to students and local industry in the fall. The spectrometer, which was installed in May, is used by a variety of industries for reasons ranging from homeland security to drug testing to geology to the food industry. The semiconductor industry is probably the biggest user. Faculty expect many local industries to be interested in the technology once it becomes available to them. And students will use it, giving them experiences that go beyond those available to undergraduate students — or even graduate students — at much larger institutions. As a result, students will be recruited by graduate schools and industry. For details, contact Robert Hooper, chair of the geology department, at (715) 836- 4932 or hooperrl@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The Summer Institute will run July 11-21 at Meadowview School in Eau Claire.
First- through eighth-graders will take enrichment classes in topics like math, science, language arts, social studies, foreign languages, creative arts, music and theater. The 90-minute classes (from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday) offer hands-on experiences and peer interaction. Instructors are teachers from area schools. UW-Eau Claire education majors are teaching assistants, gaining classroom experience and keeping student-teacher ratios low. A session was offered in June in Chippewa Falls. For details, contact Libby Thurston at (715) 836-3636 or CE@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
Peter Phippen will perform during the Music on the Mall concert at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, on the Central Campus Mall
on lower campus. Wooden flutes are Phippen's instruments of choice. The free weekly concert series regularly draws a crowd from the campus and Eau Claire communities.

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