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Tip Sheet for the Week of May 23, 2005

RELEASED: May 23, 2005

Story Idea
A UW-Eau Claire junior will spend three weeks this summer in Guatemala teaching art to rural elementary-school children and volunteering in a women's prison. Kristine Norberg, an art major from Milaca, Minn., received the Mary Roelli Hilfiker Experiential Education Scholarship, which provides $1,000 for a service-learning project designed by a student. Service has been a priority in Norberg's family. Her parents met while her father was a Peace Corps volunteer in her mother's homeland, Guatemala. Norberg got the idea for her project after her aunt, who is a teacher in Guatemala, told her that rural schools don't have money for art classes or art supplies. During her stay in Guatemala, she will teach art to school children and volunteer at a women's prison. Norberg will leave for Guatemala in mid-August. To learn more about her project, contact Kristine Norberg at (715) 456-0755 or norberke@uwec.edu.

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More UW-Eau Claire students are studying abroad. About 24 percent of the students now study abroad as undergraduates, according to the Open Doors Report from the Institute for International Education. And most students spend at least a semester abroad. The report ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 2 nationally among master's level institutions that give students mid-length study abroad experiences, which they define as a semester or longer. The staff in the Center for International Education is committed to the semester-long programs because they want students to spend enough time in a country to gain an understanding of its people and culture. An increasing number of UW-Eau Claire students are studying abroad earlier in their college careers, with about 40 percent of the students now going abroad during their sophomore year. Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, can talk about the trends. You can reach him this week at (715) 831-9038 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

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Two UW-Eau Claire assistant professors of philosophy and religious studies will lead a discussion about religious and philosophical thoughts relating to end-of-life issues, a topic that's been the subject of much personal and public discussion thanks to recent high-profile stories relating to the topic. Charlene Burns and Sean McAleer will speak on "End of Life: Philosophical and Religious Perspectives" as part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series from noon to 1 p.m. May 25 at Sweetwaters Restaurant. The speaker series is open to the public. For details, call the Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266.

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire's three-week Summer Session will run May 23-June 10.

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