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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 9, 2012

January 9, 2012

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Four Eau Claire natives are among the 12 UW-Eau Claire students spending part of their winter break studying in India. The business students are studying at Delhi University's Shri Ram College of Commerce, a top-ranked business school. This is the first group of students to study in India through a UW-Eau Claire-sponsored program. The students were accompanied by Dr. Rama Yelkur and Dr. Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen, both members of the management and marketing faculty. The group will return to Eau Claire Jan. 17. Eau Claire residents participating in the international program in India are Heidi Ender, a graduate business student; Dustin Mitchell, a junior accounting major; Emily Norgaard, a senior marketing major; and Valentina Rangel, a senior marketing major. To view photos and learn more about the students' experience in India, follow the UW-Eau Claire student blog. The UW-Eau Claire India Winterim study abroad program is part of the business college's GLOBE CHINDIA program, a program that develops and supports global opportunities for students, faculty and the business community in China and India. Dr. Rama Yelkur is available via email to answer questions. You can reach her at

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A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at St. James the Greater Church, 2502 11th St., Eau Claire. Area youth, along with UW-Eau Claire students and community members, will participate in ceremony. News media can contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton to arrange for interviews prior to the event. You can reach her at 715-828-2019 or UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

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Recent reports from two independent organizations — Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance — have highlighted the quality and value of a degree from UW-Eau Claire. Kiplinger's again named UW-Eau Claire one of the nation's 100 best values among public colleges. The magazine has consistently included UW-Eau Claire in its rankings of top-value colleges and universities for about 15 years. The rankings appear in Kiplinger's February issue and can be found online. WISTAX released a report placing UW-Eau Claire among the top three most selective universities in the UW System and as the second lowest in terms of student loan debt at graduation. WISTAX, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to citizen education, compared the UW System's 13 four-year public universities on selectivity, size and retention in its report titled "Comparing UW Campuses: A Guide for Applicants, Parents." The Kiplinger's ranking and WISTAX report both indicate that UW-Eau Claire continues to remain affordable while attracting many of the state's best and brightest students. UW-Eau Claire ranked among the UW System's top three most selective universities based on new freshman admission rates, high school class rank of incoming freshmen and average freshman admission test scores. For the fall 2010 semester, among UW-Eau Claire's new freshmen, 54 percent had graduated in the top quarter of their high school class. The average ACT score among new UW-Eau Claire freshmen was 24.4, and the admission rate (percentage of applicants admitted) was 75.9 percent.

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