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Student-made Documentary to Screen as
Tribute to the Life of Dr. Eberth Alarcón

RELEASED: April 25, 2007

Dr. Eberth Alarcon
Dr. Eberth Alarcón

EAU CLAIRE — "Eberthian: The Life of Eberth Alarcón," a documentary made by two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, in Davies Theatre, Davies Center.

The documentary serves as a tribute to the life of Dr. Eberth Alarcón, associate professor of mathematics at UW-Eau Claire, who died Sept. 26, 2006, after a battle against acute leukemia. Alarcón was known for his energy and passion for teaching and social justice. Friends and colleagues said his generosity and good spirit led him to form lifelong friendships wherever he went.

Seniors Cassie Lawler, Mazomanie, and Elizabeth Wilson, Plymouth, Minn., made the documentary for an independent study supervised by Dr. Cynthia Gray, associate professor, foundations of education. Wilson said the documentary honors Alarcón's larger-than-life personality and highlights many of the activities Alarcón was involved in during his life.

"We're hoping that when people view the documentary, they are not only reminded of Eberth's lust for life, but are also inspired to go out and continue the work he started," Wilson said.

Following the documentary, there will be a time for personal tributes and socializing. Family, friends, colleagues and students will be welcomed to offer their remembrances of Alarcón.

Lawler, who had the pleasure of knowing Alarcón, describes his personality as Eberthian, which is an adjective created from his name.

"To be Eberthian means to be funny, passionate, energetic, outspoken, larger than life, fearless in the face of adversary, aware of discrimination that goes on in the world and willing to do what you can to change society for the better," Lawler said.

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