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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 7, 2011

RELEASED: Feb. 7, 2011

Story Idea
The Student Senate has allocated $139,543 to the university's "green fund" for the 2011-12 academic year, making it the largest allocation of dollars to environmental initiatives in the UW System. The allocation was made based on the recommendations of the Environmental Endeavors Commission for improving sustainability on campus. Twelve projects in areas such as campus ecology, waste management, transportation, energy, water conservation and environmental awareness and outreach will be funded. The sustainable projects were conceived of and proposed by students, faculty and members of the campus community. The green fund was established by referendum in 2009 with nearly 70 percent of student respondents voting in favor of the investment. Student segregated fees of $10 per semester are directed toward reducing UW-Eau Claire's environmental impact and overseen by the EEC. Because it is supported by segregated fees, the fund cannot be used for direct learning experiences. Segregated fees can fund projects that increase awareness of sustainability or physical changes to campus but cannot be solely used in a course. For details, contact Ben Ponkratz, Environmental Endeavors Commission director, at ponkrabt@uwec.edu.

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Eau Claire Transit bus ridership by UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff has increased by more than 19 percent over the past five years, according to statistics provided by the city of Eau Claire. The number of UW-Eau Claire riders rose from 264,678 in 2005-06 to 316,404 in 2009-10 � an increase of 19.5 percent. The 316,404 UW-Eau Claire student and employee bus rides during 2010 constituted 32.5 percent of Eau Claire Transit's total annual ridership of 971,687. UW-Eau Claire students and employees can ride Eau Claire Transit buses free of charge with a university ID. Student segregated fees support the bus service. For 2010-11, the total local share of the costs to run Eau Claire Transit's Route 9 service (the primary route serving the UW-Eau Claire campus) is $225,000. UW-Eau Claire student segregated fees pay for the entire local share. For information about increased student and faculty bus ridership and student segregated fee support for Eau Claire Transit, contact Kimberly O'Kelly, UW-Eau Claire Parking and Transportation Services coordinator, at weigelkb@uwec.edu or 715-836-2726.

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Students will explore internship and employment opportunities during Internship Mania 2011. The event will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Tamarack and Council Fire rooms of Davies Center. Organizations, businesses and agencies from the Chippewa Valley and other parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa will attend. About 80 employers will be on campus for the event. Recruiters will field questions, accept resumes and share information. A breakfast social will precede the event from 8-10 a.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. The social is an opportunity for students to visit with employers and begin networking in an informal setting. For more details on Internship Mania, contact Jesica Witte, career services marketing and event coordinator, at 715-836-4730 or wittejm@uwec.edu.

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