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Release party April 6 to celebrate students' designs for Eau Claire's new hybrid buses

April 5, 2013
UW-Eau Claire art & design students (from left) Alison Wheeler, Luke Benson and Jennifer Johns held up a proof of one of their three designs for wraps to be featured on the city of Eau Claire's new hybrid buses.
An employee from Houck Transit Advertising in St. Paul, Minn., applied UW-Eau Claire students’ design to a new hybrid bus at the Eau Claire Transit building. Houck is the company that prints and applies the designs.

EAU CLAIRE — A release party celebrating the completion of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire art students' designs for the city of Eau Claire's three new hybrid buses will be held at 3 p.m. April 6 in the university's Human Sciences and Services parking lot on Water Street.

"Our team of students and faculty from UW-Eau Claire plus Eau Claire Transit are planning a celebratory launching of the city's new hybrid bus fleet," said Jyl Kelly, an assistant professor in UW-Eau Claire's department of art & design and one of the organizers of the release party. "It is customary for ship builders to celebrate a new ship launching by breaking a bottle filled with champagne or wine over the new ship. In this case we might use a bit of water from our own watershed to launch the new hybrid bus fleet."

The event will celebrate the exterior bus designs with local themes of earth, air and water — three essential elements in a watershed, Kelley said.

UW-Eau Claire seniors Alison Wheeler, Viroqua; Jennifer Johns, St. Louis Park, Minn.; and Luke Benson, Eau Claire, were selected last August to work on the hybrid bus art project after being selected from a pool of 30 student applicants. Read a related news release about the project.

The public is invited to the event, where attendees can view the newly decorated buses. The student designers, along with Dr. Michael Wick, UW-Eau Claire associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Mike Branco, transit manager for the city of Eau Claire, will speak at the event to celebrate this collaborative campus/community project. Free food will be served.

For more information about the release party, visit the event Facebook page or contact Jyl Kelley at or 715-836-4622.


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