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Tip Sheet for December 2010 Commencement

RELEASED: Dec. 14, 2010

The following are story/photo ideas relating to commencement:

  • December 2010 commencement ceremonies for 839 students are set for 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec.18, in Zorn Arena. The morning ceremony will include graduates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The afternoon ceremony will include graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies.

  • Danielle and Kayla Saxe are twins from Altoona; both will graduate Saturday. Danielle, a marketing major, can be reached at saxed@uwec.edu. Kayla, an information systems major, can be contacted at saxeke@uwec.edu.

  • A reception for graduates and their guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

  • Actor Patrick O'Brien, who graduated in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in theatre, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" for both ceremonies.

  • Patrick O'Brien also will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is given to alumni who have demonstrated a long and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Recipients have made positive and dramatic impacts through dedication to service, and have lived their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence." O'Brien has appeared in movies, including the Oscar-winning film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and has guest starred in roles on the series such as "Monk," "Home Improvement," "Night Court," "The West Wing" and "ER." He is most well-known for his ongoing role as Mr. Dewey in the young-adult comedy series "Saved by the Bell."

  • Sheila D. Corbine will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire. Corbine received her bachelor's degree in history from UW-Eau Claire in 1990 and a law degree from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1993. She has devoted her career to Indian law. She has worked for the Indian Law Office of Wisconsin Judicare Inc., the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, and has been the judge for the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Court, where she still serves in a limited capacity. Much of her career has been as an attorney with the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, where she serves as the Attorney General. She supports and lobbies about issues important to Indian Country, and educates state court judges and attorneys on the issues surrounding tribal laws and federal laws dealing with Indian issues, such as the Indian Child Welfare Act and Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and other laws that have unique jurisdictional issues.

NOTES

  • The alumni award-winners will be honored during a luncheon Saturday in Davies Center. Reporters and photographers are welcome. For more information about alumni awards, contact Alumni Relations director John Bachmeier at 715-836-5189 or bachmejg@uwec.edu.

  • For information about photographing or filming during commencement ceremonies, contact Jennifer Brockpahler at 715-836-2787 or brockpjl@uwec.edu.

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