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Tip Sheet for the Week of May 9, 2005

RELEASED: May 9, 2005

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Current eighth-grade students in Boyceville will receive scholarships of at least $1,000 to attend UW-Eau Claire if they graduate from Boyceville High School and meet UW-Eau Claire admission requirements. The award amount and whether they're renewable depends on how many students meet the requirements and enroll at UW-Eau Claire. The Norman Danielson Scholars Program, aimed at 54 Boyceville students, is funded by Norman C. Danielson, a Boyceville High School and UW-Eau Claire graduate. He is senior vice president of investments for UBS Financial Services Inc. in Madison. He wants students to set goals for their education early so they can prepare better in high school and keep grades up. Danielson said when he was a youngster in Boyceville, a western Wisconsin town of 1,045 people, little emphasis was put on the possibility of attending college. The scholarship makes it possible for students to see that it's realistic to make college a goal. Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president, said she is not aware of another scholarship that targets a specific group of youngsters in this way. For details about the scholarship or information about contacting Danielson and/or Boyceville school officials, contact Halberg at (715) 835-2327 or halberca@uwec.edu.

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Susan Haugen, professor of accounting and finance, and student Nicole Matenaer are researching identify theft awareness and prevention among UW-Eau Claire students. The research assesses what students know about identify theft, how it occurs and how to protect their financial/personal information. A goal is to raise student awareness about how easy it is for someone to steal their identity, to understand the short- and long-term affects of having their identify stolen and how they can mitigate the risks of identify theft. Researchers hope to develop a way to incorporate information into a class to help all students better understand the problem and how to protect themselves. For details, contact Susan Haugen at (715) 836-2952 or shaugen@uwec.edu.

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The number of students entering UW-Eau Claire's Teaching English as a Second Language program has grown significantly, with the number of enrolled students climbing from 30 to 160 in four years. Demand for graduates with TESL certification is increasing in states like Wisconsin where Hmong refugees are settling, says the program's director. Kate Reynolds, TESL director, is available to talk about the demand for its graduates. You can reach her at (715) 836-4067 or reynolkm@uwec.edu.

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Springfest is set for 11 a.m.-1p.m. May 9-13 on the Central Campus Mall. Activities include live music each day. Performing Thursday is The Runoff, comprised of UW-Eau Claire instrumental music majors. They mix hip-hop with jazz inspired improvisation.

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The Rec Fest Early Birdie Golf outing is May 13 at Princeton Valley Golf Course. Proceeds go to the university's nationally recognized National Youth Sports Program. For details, contact Lisa Schuetz at (715) 836-2176 or schuetlm@uwec.edu.

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