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Tip Sheet for the Week of Feb. 20, 2006

RELEASED: Feb. 20, 2006

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Sadra Christianson of Eau Claire has become the second UW-Eau Claire student accepted into Teach For America, a national corps of recent college graduates of all majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools.
Teach For America is highly selective. In 2005, approximately 17,000 students applied and only about 2,500 were accepted. There are currently approximately 3,500 corps members teaching in 22 cities throughout the nation. Christianson, who will graduate in May with a major in elementary education and a minor in math, will be assigned to teach math in a secondary school in New York City after completing five weeks of summer training. Christianson graduated from Eau Claire's Memorial High School in 2001. She took a trip to Washington, D.C., with a class inspired her try to improve the quality of education in low-income schools. You can reach Christianson at christse@uwec.edu.

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"Earnings and Incomes in Eau Claire and Other Wisconsin Cities, " will be the topic of the February session of the "Let's Do Lunch" lecture series
sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. For the last 30 years, Eau Claire has ranked last or near to last in measures of earnings and income among the 11 Wisconsin urban areas. Despite efforts to improve economic conditions in the area, the ranking has not been much affected. Economics Professor Edward Young will examine the income statistics over time and the reasons why this low-income ranking persists. The event will run from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Sweetwaters Restaurant. For details, contact the Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or alumni@uwec.edu.

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Dennis Biddle will give a presentation titled "Experiences in Negro League Baseball" at 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Davies Theatre.
Biddle is president of Yesterday's Negro League Baseball Players Foundation, an organization that provides medical and other assistance to former Negro League ball players. It also educates the public about the history of the league and the hardships faced by the early African-American players. Biddle played with the Chicago American Giants in 1953 and 1954.

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UW-Eau Claire sophomore Shelley Piontek will appear on the "Wheel Of Fortune!" Feb. 21.
The business administration major from Green Bay competed on the game show in December. Piontek was among the 200 people selected from the 1,000 people who showed up for the initial screening in Green Bay. After additional screenings, she was selected to be among the 15 contestants to appear on the show. Piontek's e-mail address is piontesl@uwec.edu.

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