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Tip Sheet for week of Sept. 23, 2013

September 23, 2013

Alumna named top special education teacher in Wisconsin

Lynne Kohlhepp, who earned her bachelor's degree in 1980 and her master's in 1984, is the Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year. Kohlhepp, who specializes in teaching students with learning disabilities, teaches at Wausau West High School. The award recognizes teachers who go above and beyond expectations to help students succeed. Kohlhepp says she became interested in the special education field while a student at UW-Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire again named a Military Friendly School

For the fifth year, UW-Eau Claire was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of the Guide to Military Friendly Schools. The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 15 percent of schools that do the most to embrace service members and veterans as students. UW-Eau Claire's newest initiatives include the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows the university to help fund the out-of-state tuition for 10 students; and the Veteran's Family Scholarship Fund, which provides financial help to dependents of veterans who wouldn't qualify for federal and state education benefits. For details, contact: Jacqueline Bonneville, assistant dean of students, 715-836-2003 or bonnevjk@uwec.edu Miranda Cross-Schindler, military education benefits coordinator, 715-836-5212 or crossmk@uwec.edu; or Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student adviser, 715-836-3259 or isaacsbj@uwec.edu.

Alumni writers return to campus for readings

Several alumni who are writers will return to campus for an alumni reading event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Hibbard Penthouse. Alumni readers will include: Darci Schummer, a 2003 graduate who writes fiction focused on the connection and disconnection in human relationships; Jillian Phillips, a 2011 graduate who published a collection of poems titled "Pretty the Ugly"; and Alan Grostephan, a 2001 graduate who is being praised for his novel, "Bogotá," set in present-day Colombia.

Exploring the Andes in Argentina

Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology, will discuss student experiences in Argentina during a talk at noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Fanny Hill Restaurant in Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire has sponsored many experiences in the province of Mendoza, allowing students and faculty to explore the beauty, history and culture of the region. Dr. Mahoney is a geologist who specializes in sedimentation and tectonics — the study of mountain building and the evolution of continents. You can reach Dr. Mahoney at 715-836-4952 or mahonej@uwec.edu.

Physics professor to lead science demonstrations at Children's Museum

Dr. Erik Hendrickson, professor of physics, will lead science demonstrations for kids during the Children Museum of Eau Claire's Wisconsin Science Festival. He'll use liquid nitrogen to show what happens to ordinary objects when they get extremely cold, and share information about solids, liquids and gases. Sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Children's Museum in downtown Eau Claire.

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Campus events calendar.

For a quick overview of the week ahead, watch the Blugold Minute.

 

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