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Tip Sheet for the Week of Nov. 21, 2005

RELEASED: Nov. 21, 2005

Story Idea
Community members who work with young people can now easily identify science education programs available from UW-Eau Claire faculty and students. A new Web site provides information on demonstrations, tours and speakers available from the departments of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology and physics.
The Web site outlines what science education programs are available from the university. It makes it easier for educators, youth leaders and others to plan a community science program. The site is part of a science education outreach effort supported by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Gritzmacher Science Education Fund. The fund, established by Christine Gritzmacher, a 1972 UW-Eau Claire graduate, provides scholarships for students coordinating science outreach programs. A stipend is paid to a faculty member who serves as an adviser, and additional money is provided for materials. For details, contact Don Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at (715) 836-2542 or christdp@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad than any other master's level institution in Wisconsin and it ranks 10th nationally among all master's schools in the number of students who study abroad, according to the 2005 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education. The report indicates that 452 UW-Eau Claire students studied abroad during the 2003-04 academic year. That's almost 100 more students than any other master's level institution in Wisconsin. Nearly a quarter of UW-Eau Claire students study abroad during their undergraduate career. The university offers study abroad programs in about 30 countries throughout the world. For more information about the 2005 Open Doors Report, contact Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, at (715) 836-4411 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

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A $25,000 endowed scholarship fund for the Blugold Marching Band was established by Northwestern Bank in Chippewa Falls with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.
It will generate $1,000 annually for scholarships to UW-Eau Claire marching band students. The scholarships will be awarded to students who are in the Blugold Marching Band, are enrolled for the next academic year, and work with area high school or middle school band programs. The scholarships were created after the October bus crash involving the Chippewa Falls High School Marching Band and UW-Eau Claire marching band students and alumni. Among those injured were the children of former or current Northwestern Bank employees. For more information, contact Heidi Fisher, director of annual giving and major gifts officer for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, at (715) 836-3819 or fisherhl@uwec.edu, or Blugold Marching Band Director Randy Dickerson at (715) 836-2312 or dicerrc@uwec.edu.

Calendar note
UW-Eau Claire will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24,
in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday. Administrative offices will be open during regular business hours Friday, Nov. 25. Students will return to classes Monday, Nov. 28.

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