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Tip Sheet for the week of May 14, 2007

RELEASED: May 14, 2007

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UW-Eau Claire students have organized an event that will use a series of academic and physical challenges to help the fourth-graders in Altoona transition in to middle school. The university students who are part of Collaborative Leaders Invested in Mind & Body will lead "Mind & Muscles" from 1:30-2:50 p.m. May 17 at Altoona's elementary school. The goal of CLIMB, an after school program started by students from the Center for Collaborative Leadership at UW-Eau Claire, is to help middle school students develop their collaborative leadership abilities. The May 17 event will begin with a group meeting. The fourth-grade students will then divide into groups that will be led by middle school volunteers. The groups will move to various stations where they will test their intellectual and physical abilities. Sixty-four middle school volunteers will demonstrate their leadership abilities by serving as mentors to the younger students. For details, contact UW-Eau Claire student organizer Beth Fugina at 763-245-0832 or fuginabm@uwec.edu.

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Two students who will graduate May 19 with degrees in nursing are the most recent members of their families to study nursing at UW-Eau Claire. Sarah Vold is the fourth generation of her family to graduate from UW-Eau Claire. Vold is an Honors student from Hopkins, Minn. Matt Schuldes, Appleton, also will graduate with a bachelor's degree in nursing. His dad, mom and aunt all also graduated from the nursing program. His sister is a pre-nursing student at UW-Eau Claire. For details about these and other nursing graduates, contact Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and health Sciences, at 715-836-5287 or wendtle@uwec.edu.

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The first students to major in women's studies at UW-Eau Claire will graduate May 19. Women's studies is a multidisciplinary field that looks at women's roles, contributions and impact on society, as well as women's relationships to issues and institutions. For details about the program and/or its first graduates, contact Susan Turell, women's studies coordinator, at 715-836-5718 or turellsc@uwec.edu.

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Twenty-eight Honors students will graduate May 19, the largest group of Honors graduates in one semester to-date. A typical graduating class has about a dozen Honors students. This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first graduates of UW-Eau Claire's Honors Program. For more information about the program and/or its graduates, contact Paul Hoff, director of the Honors Program, at 715-836-4437 or hoffpj@uwec.edu.

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Spring commencement exercises for 1,206 students will be held May 19 in Zorn Arena. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Dr. Randall L. Linton, president and chief executive officer of Luther Midelfort — Mayo Health System of Eau Claire, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies. A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall.

Calendar Notes
Final exams will be given this week,
bringing the 2007 spring semester to a close on Friday. Three-week summer classes will begin May 21.

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