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Editor's Note: Reporters and photographers are welcome to talk with participants and take photos during the "Eau Cares House Calls" event Monday, Nov. 1.

Inaugural 'Eau Cares House Calls' event set for Nov. 1

RELEASED: Oct. 28, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Students living in residence halls at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will welcome faculty, staff and administrators into their living spaces Monday evening during the university's first "Eau Cares House Calls" event.

"Eau Cares House Calls" will connect students living in our residence halls with our wonderful faculty, staff and administrators," said Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor of Student Affairs and co-chair of the event. "This is a one-night commitment where university employees volunteer to visit with students in the students' element: the residence halls."

The event will run from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 1. Hellwig and Debi Levin-Stankevich, wife of Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, are co-chairing the inaugural event.

Hellwig said the goals of the program are:

  • To assist first-year students in acclimating to campus life by addressing concerns or questions they have about UW-Eau Claire.
  • To enhance the academic and personal success of all students by providing a connection within the campus community.
  • To use faculty and staff as resources in supporting students.
  • To have fun and interact with students outside of a classroom setting.

"By making a 'house call' we hope to reach students who are unfamiliar with or otherwise might not seek out the resources available on campus," Hellwig said.

The evening will begin with a dinner for volunteers from 6-7 p.m., as well as a brief informational session in the basement of Horan Hall. Volunteers then will be given a specific residence hall and floor to visit between 7 and 8:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., volunteers will gather again in the basement of Horan Hall to discuss their experiences.

"The success of this program is largely dependent upon the representation of university employees," said Hellwig, noting they are modeling the program after a similar initiative held at Eastern Washington University, Levin-Stankevich's former institution. "All that is required of volunteers is a friendly smile and a desire to help our students feel welcome and at home on UW-Eau Claire's campus."

For more information, contact Dr. Beth Hellwig at 715-836-5992 or hellwiba@uwec.edu.

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