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Four Students Selected for Service Fellowships

RELEASED: May 24, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Four University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service were selected to inaugurate Summer Service Fellowships in Washington, D.C.

Award recipients are Eric Crammond, a junior social work major from Portage; Sally Wilson, a senior Spanish major from Minocqua; Brian Wolosek, a senior psychology major in social work from Wisconsin Rapids; and Amelia Brandt, a sophomore mathematics major from Black River Falls.

The summer program is an outgrowth of the Alternate Winter Break program, in which UW-Eau Claire students spend part of their winter break volunteering in schools and shelters in some of Washington, D.C.'s impoverished areas. The programs are sponsored by University Lutheran Church at the Ecumenical Religious Center and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation through grants from the Wausau-based Juedes-Molinaro Family Foundation, whose principal officers are UW-Eau Claire alumni Art and Barbara Juedes, and the Gering Family Foundation, also of Wausau.

"These four students participated in Alternate Winter Break last winter," said the Rev. Don Wisner, pastor of University Lutheran and founder of the programs. "They were chosen for the Summer Fellowships based on their commitment to public service and their leadership potential. My goal is to develop a cadre of student leaders each summer to help plan Winter Break and to speak on campus and in the community about their experiences."

The students will spend a week in August volunteering at three Washington, D.C., sites, which include a maternal and child care clinic for the Hispanic population, a medical facility for indigent men and women, and a day care for homeless women.

The students will spend the week at Christ House, a 34-bed health care facility and temporary residence for men who are ill and homeless. Wilson, who speaks Spanish, will help translate at Mary's Center, which serves Hispanic women and children.

"The challenge will be to experience poverty and understand what life is like for underprivileged people," said Brandt. "It is often hard to have compassion and understanding of how bad situations can be in the U.S. until you see and experience them firsthand. I expect the experience will be unparalleled by anything I have done up to this point in my life."

Wilson, who will interpret for clinic patients, said she expects the summer experience to impact her future and her current lifestyle.

"I'm excited to be so directly involved with assisting non-English speakers and to be able to use my skills," Wilson said. "I feel that through my experiences in Washington, I am gaining new perspectives on daily life for Latinos living in the United States."

Wisner said the fellowship provides for travel, room and board while the students are in Washington, D.C. Students can earn one credit for their efforts. The site coordinator in Washington, D.C., is Betsy Wendt, a bilingual counselor at Marie Reed Learning Center where UW-Eau Claire students have volunteered for the past 15 years.

"I'm committed to experiential learning because I believe it works," Wisner said. "One learns about service by serving, about poverty by being in the midst of it and about illiteracy by teaching kids to read. As a campus pastor, I believe Christian service is learned by getting out in the world and working in it."

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