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Tip Sheet for the week of April 12, 2010

RELEASED: April 12, 2010

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A Rice Lake native has been named a 2010 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Aaron Wingad, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major, is believed to be the first UW-Eau Claire student to receive the award. The Truman foundation was established by Congress to award scholarships for students to attend graduate school to prepare for careers in public service. Just 60 students from 54 colleges and universities were selected as 2010 Truman Scholars. They were chosen for their leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of making a difference. The scholarship will provide up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and internships in the federal government. Wingad serves on the UW System Board of Regents and has held several leadership positions on campus. After graduating, he will pursue a doctorate in public health policy with an emphasis on disparities in health outcomes. He also will pursue a medical degree with a specialization in public health. You can contact Aaron Wingad at wingadad@uwec.edu.

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The Parking and Transportation office will host an open house to share information about the impact upcoming building projects will have on parking on campus. The event will run from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the Wisconsin Room, Davies Center. The impact the construction of several buildings will have on parking during the construction phase will be discussed, as well as plans for parking during the 2010-11 academic year. Rick Gonzales, campus facilities planner, will answer questions about upcoming building projects, including a new student union, day care center and academic building. The student union project will get under way in late fall. For details about the open house, contact Kimberly O'Kelly, Parking and Transportation coordinator, at 715-836-2726.

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Area girls will learn about several exciting outdoor activities Saturday, April 17, during UW-Eau Claire's first Chippewa River Adventure Camp for girls. The girls — ages 8-12 — will spend Saturday at Round Hill site in Durand learning about and practicing kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing and archery. They also will participate in rifle range activities and a program on Native American tools. They'll make their own pizzas in the outdoor brick oven for lunch. The session will run from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For details, contact Libby Thurston at 715-836-3365 or Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616.

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Students in a biology class will remove invasive species from Putnam Park from noon-4 p.m. Friday, April 16. They will work on areas east of the footbridge along Putnam Drive and the trail below McPhee Center. Each semester groups that include students, faculty and staff try to combat invasive species and help conserve biodiversity in Putnam Park. Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, professor of biology, will oversee the project. For details, contact her at 715-836-5284or kleintpk@uwec.edu.

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Graduate student Pakou Vang turned her master's thesis into a published children's book, "The Tiger in the Village." The book is based on a Hmong folk tale Vang's late grandmother told her. Vang will graduate in May with a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders. You can contact Pakou Vang at vangpw@uwec.edu.

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Activities are planned on campus to recognize the National Day of Silence Friday, April 16. The Day of Silence is a national movement to protest the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and allies. For details, contact David Gardner at gardnedc@uwec.edu or 715- 836-2693.

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