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Tip Sheet for the week of July 13, 2009

RELEASED: July 13, 2009

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Five UW-Eau Claire students — more than ever before at one time and including two from Eau Claire — have received scholarships to study abroad beginning in the 2009 fall semester through the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarships of up to $5,000 for study abroad to U.S. undergraduates with financial need. Kristin Bomber, Eau Claire, and Justin Janicki, Wisconsin Rapids, both were awarded $5,000 scholarships to study abroad for one year. Bomber will study in Växjö, Sweden, and Janicki will study in Nagasaki, Japan. Vedran Uzeirovic, Amery, and Luke Jacob, Waterford, will study in Thessaloniki, Greece, for one semester. Uzeirovic was awarded a $3,500 scholarship and Jacob received a $3,000 award. Casey Carroll, Eau Claire, received a $2,500 scholarship and also will study for one semester in Hirakata City, Japan. "During the fall 2009 application cycle, the Gilman program received 1,927 applications for 850 possible awards," said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, a study abroad coordinator in the UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education. "It speaks well of our programs that we continue to have more students successfully applying for this award each year." For more information about UW-Eau Claire students' successful applications for Gilman awards and to arrange to interview award recipients, or to discuss UW-Eau Claire's study-abroad programs in general, contact Cheryl Lochner-Wright at 715-836-4996 or lochnecb@uwec.edu.

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More than 270 youth are attending UW-Eau Claire volleyball sports camps this week. In the coming weeks more than 850 additional campers will attend programs focused on developing basketball, football, gymnastics, soccer, swimming and volleyball skills. In all, nearly 2,300 youth in elementary grades through high school and will attend UW-Eau Claire sports camps between June and early August. The camps are offered for 11 different sports, many with multiple sessions. Almost half the participants live in campus residence halls while attending the camps, while the rest commute daily to and from their homes in the Chippewa Valley. For more information about UW-Eau Claire's summer sports camps and to connect with the coaches involved, contact Tamara Normand, program assistant for UW-Eau Claire athletics, at 715-836-2546 or normant@uwec.edu.

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The second performance of UW-Eau Claire's new Shakespeare and Others in the Park series, scheduled for Wednesdays in July, will take place July 15 on the Central Campus Mall. The series celebrates the spoken word through short plays, prose and poetry. This week's performance will be "Lone Star," a short play by James McLure, directed by Josh Dolan-Neill and presented by BareBones Ensemble Theatre. For more information on Shakespeare and Others in the Park, contact Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator for assessment and special projects in UW-Eau Claire's University Centers, at 715-836-4803 or stuettpj@uwec.edu.

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