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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 15, 2008

RELEASED: Dec. 15, 2008

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Commencement exercises for 673 students will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, in Zorn Arena. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Two students from the area will play a role in the ceremonies. Danielle Velie, Osseo, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the "National Anthem" at the morning ceremony. Susan Elsen, Altoona, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the "National Anthem" and the "University Alma Mater" at the afternoon ceremony. Terence McMahon, principal/commercial real estate adviser for The Boerke Company Inc. and a 1979 UW-Eau Claire graduate, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies. He also will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated a long and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Visit the UW-Eau Claire Web site for more information on alumni award recipients. A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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The Golden Key International Honor Society and the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore on campus is hosting a campus textbook drive through Friday, Dec. 19, to benefit the Books For Africa program. Organizers are collecting used college-level books. Books collected are shipped to communities in Africa or sold online to raise a sustainable stream of funding for BFA. Last spring, UW-Eau Claire's Golden Key Books For Africa drive was ranked 22nd out of 700 participating campuses nationwide. The re-purposing and recycling of used textbooks is Golden Key's way of supporting international literacy and campus ecological sustainability. Books For Africa is the largest shipper of donated textbooks to the African continent. Founded in 1988, the St. Paul-based organization has delivered more than 14.3 million books to 27 African countries. For more information on the UW-Eau Claire textbook drive, contact Paula Stuettgen at 715-836-4803 or stuettpj@uwec.edu, student Rachel Erickson at ericksrm@uwec.edu, or Heather Lee at the University Bookstore at 715-836-2172 or slickha@uwec.edu.

Calendar Notes

  • Final exams will continue through Friday, Dec. 19.
  • Administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 31; and Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.
  • Winterim classes will begin Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

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