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Tip Sheet for the week of May 9, 2011

RELEASED: May 9, 2011

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The definition of a high-energy workout will change this week at UW-Eau Claire. Indoor bicycles used for spinning classes will be fitted Wednesday, May 11, with technology that will transfer the energy generated by people riding the bikes to the McPhee Center's electrical grid. Each of the 22 bikes used for spinning classes in McPhee 111 will be fitted with the Green Revolution equipment. UW-Eau Claire will be the first public college or university in the country to use the Green Revolution technology. Each bike also will be fitted with a monitor that indicates how much power a rider is producing, and a large monitor will be mounted to the wall to track the amount of power the class as a whole is generating. The new technology will be used for the first time during spin classes at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in McPhee 111. UW-Eau Claire offers 10 one-hour spin classes a week during the academic year, and several classes during the summer. During an hourlong class, 20 spinners will produce enough energy to light 120 fluorescent light bulbs or power two laptops for an hour. The Student Senate will fund the $30,000 bike project through its Environmental Endeavors Commission. The EEC allocates the Senate's green fund, the student segregated fee of $10 per semester — about $210,000 annually — collected to help reduce the university's environmental impact. For details, contact Al Wiberg of University Recreation & Sport Facilities at 715-836-5601 or wibergad@uwec.edu.

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Karla Wald, a MBA student from Chippewa Falls, is a finalist in the Presidential Management Fellows Program, a federal leadership development program. Wald is one of 10 students from the UW System selected, with the other nine from UW-Madison. From a pool of 9,100 graduate students from across the country, Wald was among 1,500 semifinalists selected to vie for positions at federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Highway Administration and Veterans Administration. Fellows receive full salary and benefits. The objective is for the fellow to stay with an agency at the end of the two-year program. Wald is the first PMF fellow from UW-Eau Claire. For details, contact Wald at waldka@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's vice chancellor of student affairs will spend two months serving as dean of students for the Summer 2011 Semester at Sea voyage. Dr. Beth Hellwig will take a leave of absence to travel to Europe and North Africa during the 66-day journey to eight countries. Two UW-Eau Claire students — including one from Amery — and a UW-Eau Claire residence hall director also will participate in the program. Kerry Day, Towers North hall director, will be a living-learning coordinator. UW-Eau Claire juniors Jade Schantzen, Lake Elmo, Minn., and Karen Hansen, Amery, also will take part in the voyage. For details, contact Dr. Hellwig at 715-836-5992 or hellwiba@uwec.edu.

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Dr. Michael Kolis, associate professor of education studies, has answered the quintessential question "Why do I have to know this stuff?" in a new book for students. Earlier in his career, Kolis taught in a small steel mill town. One day a student told him he planned to soon drop out of school to work at the local mill. He then asked Kolis why he had to learn what was being taught. Kolis' answer is in his newly published book, "Student Relevance Matters: Why do I have to know this stuff?" For details, contact Kolis at kolimw@uwec.edu.

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A late-night pancake breakfast Sunday, May 15, will kick off finals week at UW-Eau Claire. Finals Flapjacks will be served in Hilltop Center's Riverview Cafe from 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday. Students also can enjoy live music and free chair massages. Students are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations for the Feed My People Food Bank. Spring semester classes at UW-Eau Claire will end Friday, May 13, and finals week will run May 16-20.

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