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Tip Sheet for the week of May 17, 2010

RELEASED: May 17, 2010

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Two alumni with ties to the Memorial High School jazz program will be honored by the Alumni Association Saturday, May 22. Justin Vernon, who played in Memorial's Jazz Ensemble I, will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation. Vernon graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in comparative studies in religion. Bruce Hering will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire. Hering became the band instructor at Memorial in 1990 and developed an award-winning band program. In 2009 he led Jazz Ensemble I to a top-three finish at the prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York City. Hering received a bachelor's degree in music education in 1980 and a master of education-professional development in 1994 from UW-Eau Claire. Vernon and Hering will be recognized during Saturday's commencement ceremonies. They also will be honored during an awards lunch and program, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

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Spring commencement for 1,418 students will be held Saturday, May 22, in Zorn Arena. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

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A senior from Menomonie has received an English language teaching assistantship under the U.S. Student Fulbright program. Chris Dierich, who is majoring in philosophy and German, will spend nine months in Germany working with students. He hopes the young Germans share his interest in punk rock. He created a series of multimedia presentations on the history of punk rock for his Fulbright project. For details, contact Chris Dierich at diericca@uwec.edu.

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A junior mathematics and business finance major who has helped create evacuation plans for hospitals and communities has won the prestigious Kell Container Corp. Scholarship. Mark Bauer has collaborated on research projects with faculty mentor Dr. Simei Tong, associate professor of mathematics. They have created math models for transporting bedridden hospital patients during an emergency evacuation. Bauer also has created a model for the emergency evacuation of elevators and stairwells in buildings, and he is on research team that is studying emergency evacuations in Eau Claire County. The Kell scholarship will allow Bauer and Tong to work on a project that is related to the evacuation of a shopping mall. Mathematics can substantially change the timing and procedure of an evacuation that would save time in an emergency. Bauer says evacuation plans are optimization problems so they fit mathematicians well. This summer, Bauer will be an intern at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He will spend 10 weeks in a national laboratory to work on system analysis. For details, contact Mark Bauer at bauermp@uwec.edu.

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Students can donate unwanted clothes, furniture, household items and non-perishable foods from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, as part of the Don't Dump It, Donate It program. Donations can be made in UW-Eau Claire's Water Street parking lot across from Haas Fine Arts Center.



Calendar notes
Students will take final exams this week, May 17-21.

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