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Tip Sheet for Commencement May 2005
Story and photo opportunities relating to commencement

RELEASED: May 11, 2005

Story/Photo Idea
At total of 1,174 students will participate in spring commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 21 in Zorn Arena. Chancellor Emeritus Donald Mash, now executive senior vice president of the UW System, will be the commencement speaker.

Story Idea
When Adam Condit graduates May 21 with degrees in math and physics, he'll be the fifth member of his family over three generations to graduate from UW-Eau Claire. Elroy Condit graduated from the university in 1951, and later taught psychology here from 1965-85. Elroy's son, Randall Condit, graduated in 1976. He met his wife, Karen (Sentz) Condit while both were students. She graduated in 1977. Randall and Karen's daughter, Lindsey (Condit) Stephan graduated in 2004. The Condit family will gather in Eau Claire for Adam's graduation. Randall Condit: at (608) 788-7080 or rcondit@mac.com, or Adam Condit: conditam@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Three students graduating in geography and anthropology were accepted into grad schools and received funding. The students – all named Jennifer – share an adviser, Robert Barth Jr., associate professor of geography and anthropology. It's rare for one adviser to have three students accepted into grad schools the same year and receive funding. The students are: Jennifer Freeland, who'll be a graduate student in geography at Michigan State University and has a research assistantship; Jennifer Immich, who'll be a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Minnesota and has a fellowship; and Jennifer Thornburg, who'll be a graduate student in geology and geophysics at UW-Madison and has a teaching assistantship. Barth: (715) 836-5185 or barthrj@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Denise Woodford, a non-traditional student and criminal justice major from Eau Claire, will be among the May graduates. Woodford, a single mother of two, says she was at "rock bottom" when she decided to return to UW-Eau Claire. In an essay for a wellness class, she described the incredible impact her college experience has had on every aspect of her life. She's willing to share her essay and talk about her experiences. Woodford: (715) 832-6934 or woodfode@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
After Meredith Marx graduates with a degree in management, she'll volunteer at a foster care for six weeks in Ethiopia. When she returns, she hopes to work for Target Corp. Marx has been active during her years on campus. Activities include: serving as student body vice president; chairing the Davies Exploratory Committee; chairing the Parking Appeals Board; and serving on the executive board of the business organization APICS. Marx: (920) 562-0487 or marxmm@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Amy Greene will graduate from UW-Eau Claire's Marshfield satellite nursing program. She's done research on organ procurement and stem cell transplant; she's involved with the Second Chance for Life Support Group; she's a designated requester for organ procurement; interviewed Spanish and Hmong community reps about cultural views on transplants; and worked in the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic. Greene: (715) 884-2828 or greeneal@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire is a family affair for the Benesh family. Laura Benesh will graduate May 21, and attend dental school at Marquette University. Her brother, Andrew, graduated in 2004 and will attend Vanderbilt University to earn a Ph.D. in medical research. Their mom is Diann Benesh, who teaches in the economics department. Diann: (715) 836-3527 or beneshdg@uwec.edu, or Laura: (715) 836-8956 or beneshla@uwec.edu.

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