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Tip Sheet for week of Nov. 26

November 26, 2012

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UW-Eau Claire continues to be a leader in sending students abroad and in attracting international students to campus, according to two reports. UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for midlength study-abroad experiences than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2012 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education. With 289 students participating in midlength study abroad programs in 2010-11 (the academic year data used in the 2012 report), UW-Eau Claire ranks ninth nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who participate in quarterlong or semesterlong study-abroad programs, according to the report. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school — public or private — included on the top-20 list of master's-level schools that send students on midlength programs. The report also ranks UW-Eau Claire 30th nationally among all master's-level schools in overall numbers of students who study abroad, with 448 students studying abroad during the 2010-11 academic year. UW-Eau Claire was the only Wisconsin institution on the top-40 list of master's institutions. In a report by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, UW-Eau Claire is one of the top two master's-level public institutions in Wisconsin in terms of dollars added to the local economy by international students. The 258 international students studying at UW-Eau Claire in 2011-12 contributed nearly $6 million to the Chippewa Valley economy, according to the report. The reports were released as a seven-person delegation from UW-Eau Claire returned from China where they worked to raise the university's profile among Chinese students and help UW-Eau Claire students see opportunities for them in China. For details, contact Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet at or Dr. Karl Markgraf, Center for International Education, at

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The annual Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center. The dinner features a 15th-century-style banquet, show and selections of madrigal-style music performed by the Royal Court Singers, directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff. The Royal Court Singers (24 performers) play the roles of a royal court celebrating a successful harvest and excitement of the holiday season. They have gathered in the manor of Lord and Lady Chamberlain for an evening of laughter and music. For details, contact Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff at 715-836-4056 or

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UW-Eau Claire received a $148,000 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. to expand the reach of Blugold Beginnings, a program designed to give area youth access to higher education through precollege outreach. The grant supports the Blugold Beginnings Learning Community for Underrepresented Students program, which expands the existing learning program to include students who are low-income, first generation or students of color. The goal of the program is to increase retention and persistence rates of disadvantaged undergraduate students by providing academic, career and personal support services. The program will guide 40 underrepresented college students through their undergraduate education, engaging them in campus activities proven to help students become more active and connected to campus life, organizations and events. Students also receive academic tutoring and career planning and development. The program also partners students with a faculty or academic staff member to serve as a mentor through the College Coaches program, as well as an underrepresented undergraduate or graduate student as a mentor. Students participating in the program also serve as mentors in the elementary and middle schools for the Blugold Beginnings Precollege Access Program. For more details about the grant or Blugold Beginnings, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at 715-836-2325 or

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