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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 21, 2008

RELEASED: Jan. 22, 2008

Story Idea
Two UW-Eau Claire students — including a graduate of Immanuel Lutheran High School in Eau Claire — received $5,000 scholarships to study abroad through the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Junior Tamar Reim will study in Germany at the Institute for German Language and Culture. A special education major with minors in German education and music, Reim taught beginning German to elementary and middle school students in the area. She wants to study in Germany to become more fluent in its language and culture. She created a Web quest for use in several area elementary schools. Students can use the site to plan a trip to Germany, which requires them to research German food, climate, geography, exchange rates, cultural practices and travel options. She included in the site a blog that she will update while she is in Germany. Students will be able to ask her questions, read about her experiences and look at her photos. When she returns, Reim will make presentations in area classrooms that used her Web quest. The second recipient, sophomore Rebecca Mai of Kaukauna, will study in the Czech Republic through the International Student Exchange Program, ISEP-Direct. A social studies education major, Mai will be in the Central European Studies Program hosted by Masaryk University. She will use journals, photos and artifacts to make a presentation to use at study abroad fairs. Mai and Reim are the fourth and fifth UW-Eau Claire students to be chosen in the last year for the Gilman program. The program is competitive so it's noteworthy that UW-Eau Claire has had multiple award winners. The Gilman International Scholarship Program, established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, allows undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grant funding to study abroad. You can contact Tamar Reim at reimth@uwec.edu and Rebecca Mai at maire@uwec.edu. Susan Lochner, study abroad coordinator, can talk about the Gilman program. You can reach her at 715-836-5069 or lochnesa@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
The 120 members of the Blugold Marching Band are back on campus this week after spending part of their winter break performing throughout Italy and Greece. The students played for large, enthusiastic crowds throughout their tour — the first of its kind for the Blugold Marching Band. The band, directed by associate professor of music Dr. Randal Dickerson, performed for Pope Benedict XVI and an estimated crowd of 100,000 people during the Pope's 2008 New Year's Day blessing in St. Peter's Square in Rome. Comments from several students about their trip and numerous photos of the students and their performances can be found at www.uwec.edu/newsreleases/BMB.htm.

Calendar Notes
Classes for the 2008 Spring Semester begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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