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UW-Eau Claire Featured in Guide to Service-Learning Colleges and Universities

RELEASED: Sept. 19, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is profiled in a new student guide available nationally this month for the first time.

The Guide to Service-Learning Colleges and Universities, 2008-09 Edition, is a one-stop resource for college bound students, parents and high school counselors who want to research schools that excel in offering experiential learning opportunities.

Research links service-learning with better academic outcomes, student retention, career exploration and the development of skills related to social and civic responsibility, said Dr. Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning.

More than a third of college and universities in the United States offer service-learning opportunities as part of their curriculum, according to publisher Kendal Hunt Professional and Student Horizons Inc. The guide profiles some of the most engaged institutions with proven track records of integrating community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.

"UW-Eau Claire was nominated for this guide by service-learning professional staff members from other colleges and universities who are aware of the quality and longevity of our program and the accomplishments of our students since the graduation requirement was initiated in 1995," said Mowry. "Our students complete service-learning projects in the Eau Claire community, while home on breaks and even as part of their study abroad experience. Our goal is to not only to prepare students for a career, but also for a life of informed, ethical, responsible and active citizenship."

UW-Eau Claire's service-learning opportunities featured in the guide include Jumpstart-Eau Claire, a literacy program that pairs college students with young children to increase their reading experiences; Opera on Wheels, a touring outreach arm of the Opera Workshop ensemble that brings high-energy opera experiences to elementary school-age children throughout Wisconsin; a Community Leadership Class that has students work with community organizations on semester-long projects; and an Information Systems Seminar that has senior IS students develop complete information systems for community clients such as the United Way, YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of American, Epilepsy Foundation and more.

The guide also lists UW-Eau Claire's academic program offerings, student profile, faculty profile, costs and aid, as well as some of the many awards and recognition UW-Eau Claire has received for academic excellence, collaborative research opportunities, good value and the quality of its service-learning program.

For more information, contact Mowry at 715-836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

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