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Media Memo: Stories of interest from UW-Eau Claire

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume

DATE: May 31, 2011

SUBJECT: Stories of interest from UW-Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire recently distributed its latest issue of The View, the university's alumni publication. Several of the stories in the publication will likely interest your readers and viewers because they feature people from our region as well as programs of interest to the Chippewa Valley.

You are welcome to use these stories and accompanying photographs in your publications, newscasts or websites.

Pat O'BrienIn the spotlight
Patrick O'Brien receives rave reviews as a stage, film and television actor. O'Brien, an Eau Claire native who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1975, has had a long and distinguished career in Hollywood as well as on Twin Cities theater stages and elsewhere.

WatershedWatershed moment
Student project addresses area Chippewa River pollution and strengthens community ties. Students have created the "Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour," which will help educate people who are boating or biking along the river about environmental issues harming the waterway. Printed maps of the tour also are available. The maps highlight areas and issues featured in a series of online videos about pollution issues affecting the river in the Eau Claire areas.

AirwavesHitting the airwaves
Journalism majors help Moldovan students launch radio news program. Eau Claire native and Peace Corps volunteer Monika Hartsel worked with UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism faculty and students to establish a radio station in the small country of Moldova.

Golden LivingGolden opportunity
Longtime friendship advances health care administration program toward national prominence. David Mills and Doug Olson became friends when studying health care administration at UW-Eau Claire in the 1980s. Mills, whose father taught part time at UW-Eau Claire and helped establish the health care administration program there, is president of the Midwest region of Golden Living, a national health care company. Olson is director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence. Golden Living has made significant monetary donations to CHAASE, and more than 50 UW-Eau Claire graduates have gone to work for the company.

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