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Tip Sheet for the week of July 31, 2006

RELEASED: July 31, 2006

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Twenty-four UW-Eau Claire students — including several from western Wisconsin — spent a week this summer volunteering in Washington, D.C. They volunteered at the nations largest homeless shelter, a medical facility for indigent men and women, and a day care for homeless women. Summer Service Fellowships from Lutheran Campus Ministry provided funds for travel, room and board. Project directors were Rachel Keniston, parish coordinator at University Lutheran Church at the Ecumenical Religious Center, and Allen Keniston, professor of psychology and faculty adviser to the Lutheran Student Association. Student coordinators were Amelia Brandt, Black River Falls, and Eric Crammond, Portage. Student volunteers were: Amanda Bretl, New London; Val Freedman, Baraboo; Rusty Mehlberg, Caroline; Elizabeth Crammond, Portage; Sarah Holm, Long Lake, Minn.; Mike Slowinski, Appleton; Katie LeBrun, Eau Claire; Kyle Kahler, Beaver Dam; Elecia Oleson, Nekoosa; Amanda Zenner, Medford; Kate Fix, Stevens Point; Emily Morseth, Frederic; Emily Langer, Green Bay; Hannah Lott, Madison; Heather Hanewall, Beloit; Jessie Lidburg, Sturgeon Bay; Heather Gagner, Menomonie; Rachel Mueggenborg, West Salem; Ryan Sands, Eleva; Anna Smith, Menomonie; and Megan Algiers, Houston. The same number of fellowships will be awarded for the summer of 2007. For details about the trip, contact Rachel Keniston at 715-834-8026 or kenistra@uwec.edu or Allen Keniston at kenistah@uwec.edu.

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John and Ruth Wallace, Eau Claire, will receive UW-Eau Claire's Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award this weekend, recognizing their service to the community, state or nation in a way that brings credit to them and the university. The couple met at UW-Eau Claire, where they earned bachelor's degrees and master's degrees. John is the principal at South Middle School in Eau Claire. Ruth is the founder of the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network Inc., which provides temporary housing and support services for families. Ruth also is a founding member of the Eau Claire Children's Museum, YMCA Skate Park, Northstar Middle School Nature Trail and Children's Mental Health Alliance-Chippewa Valley. The Wallaces have been foster parents for more than 25 years and together have worked on numerous community projects benefiting children, including Operation Classmate, a Hurricane Katrina relief effort that raised $65,000 in cash donations and filled a semi trailer with new supply kits for evacuee students in Louisiana. They will be honored during a Saturday, Aug. 5, luncheon that will follow the summer commencement ceremony.

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Summer commencement for 236 graduates will begin at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 5 in Zorn Arena. A reception for graduates and their families will follow on the Central Campus Mall. The reception will move to Davies Center if it rains. This will be Brian Levin-Stankevich's first commencement ceremony as UW-Eau Claire's Chancellor.

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The eight-week 2006 Summer Session will end Friday, Aug. 4. Faculty will arrive on campus for the fall 2006 semester Aug. 21. Classes will begin Sept. 5.

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