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Tip Sheet for the week of Aug. 14, 2006

RELEASED: Aug. 14, 2006

Story Idea
The number of new students of color planning to attend UW-Eau Claire this fall has increased by 27 percent from a year ago. A total of 118 multicultural students went through freshman orientation this summer or are registered for an orientation session. That compares to 93 students a year ago. Kimberly Barrett, associate vice chancellor for student development and diversity, is available to talk about the university's efforts to attract and retain more multicultural students. You can reach her at 715-836-5992 or barretka@uwec.edu.

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More than a dozen states are considering laws that would restrict price increases for college textbooks, many of which now cost more than $100 each. UW-Eau Claire students are fortunate because the university offers an unusual program that allows its students to rent textbooks rather than buy them. Students use the books for the semester and then return them, helping keep costs down. UW-Eau Claire has had a textbook rental system since the university was founded in 1916. A designated portion of student segregated fees paid by all undergraduate students is the sole funding source for the Instructional Resource Rental program. UW-Eau Claire is one of just a few schools in the UW System and one of fewer than two dozen nationally to offer a textbook rental service to its students. Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services, is available to talk about UW-Eau Claire's textbook rental system. You can reach Andrew Soll at 715-836-5182 or sollak@uwec.edu.

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Jue Yang, a senior business student, has been awarded the UW System's Laurence A. and Frances L. Weinstein Scholarship for 2006-07. The award pays tuition and fees for one academic year. Thomas Dock, dean of the College of Business, nominated Yang, an accounting major. Yang, the first Hmong student to receive the Weinstein Scholarship, was born in Laos and spent several years in a refugee camp in Thailand. She had no formal education prior to coming to the United States at age 9, and nobody in her family could read, write or speak English. At UW-Eau Claire, Yang has participated in numerous work experiences, internships, and co-curricular and community activities. Last spring she completed an internship with Wipfli LLP, a regional accounting firm. The scholarship program was established in 1986 by Regent Emeritus Laurence Weinstein and his wife, Frances, to recognize outstanding junior or senior minority business students. The award specifies that one scholar will be a UW-Madison business student, and the other will be chosen by the president of the UW System from business students attending other UW System institutions. For details, contact Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean of the College of Business, at 715-836-5930 or hutterga@uwec.edu.

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