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Student uses talent to fulfill service-learning

Coffee has quite a few functions. It keeps us warm in the winter, caffeinated during final exams and is a great addition to desserts. Tiramisu anyone? But as a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student shows, coffee can also be used to create works of art. 

Amanda Babb, a 2015 graduate in fine arts from Menomonie, recently completed her service-learning requirement by creating three coffee-themed paintings for Menomonie Alliance Church. 

Babb is a member of the church and has helped with the coffee area on Sunday mornings. When Alliance asked her to do some paintings for the area, she decided to make it part of her service-learning plans.

"This project is important to me because I care about my connection to the Menomonie Alliance Church, and it is my pleasure to use my talents to make their building more inviting," Babb said. "I decided to use coffee as paint because it fit with the theme and the setting. My paintings start conversations between the church attendees and the coffee servers. These conversations can make important impacts on the lives of both parties." 

For more information about service-learning projects at UW-Eau Claire, contact Benita Wagner, Center for Service-Learning coordinator, at or 715-836-2270.