UW-Eau Claire students contribute
significant dollars to Chippewa Valley economy
Employers continue to seek out
UW-Eau Claire graduates
Orientation sessions wrap up
Dennis Warner to present free
family concert on campus
Internet dial-up access will continue
New federal tax rates impact withholdings
Bernard Duyfhuizen named interim dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences
"Duffy" Duyfhuizen has been appointed interim dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences at UW-Eau Claire, Provost and Vice Chancellor
Ron Satz announced last week.
Duyfhuizen will assume his new responsibilities Aug. 3 upon the departure
of Dean Ted Wendt, who has accepted a position as associate vice president
for faculty affairs at California State University-Stanislaus. Full
UW-Eau Claire students
contribute significant dollars to Chippewa Valley economy
Claire photo by Rick Mickelson
& Gerberts on Water Street is one of numerous businesses in
the Chippewa Valley that benefits from UW-Eau Claire students.
Students at UW-Eau Claire are contributing significant
dollars to the Chippewa Valley economy each month by spending money
on items ranging from entertainment to transportation to food and clothing,
according to a recent study completed by the UW System.
When the median dollars spent in each of the
11 categories included in the survey are added together, they total
$265 a month per student. With about 10,000 students, the survey suggests
that UW-Eau Claire students as a whole spend more than $2.6 million
a month - or $23.4 million during the nine-month academic year - on
the expenses included in the survey.
"This survey doesn't tell us specifically where the students spend
their money, but it's safe to assume a majority of those dollars are
being spent in the Chippewa Valley since most of our students live in
Eau Claire, at least during the academic year," Chancellor Donald
Mash said. Full story.
Employers continue to seek
out UW-Eau Claire graduates
For the second straight year, 98 percent of UW-Eau Claire graduates
responding to a Career Services survey have indicated that they are
either employed or continuing their education a year after graduation.
Sixty-nine percent of 2001-02 graduates responded to the survey.
Eighty-four percent of respondents reported they were employed full
or part time, and 14 percent reported they were continuing their education.
Less than 1 percent reported they were seeking employment.
"Employers keep coming back to UW-Eau Claire because of the outstanding
reputation of our graduates," said Jeanne Skoug, Career Services
director. "I hear over and over from employers that our graduates
enter the work force with excellent communication skills, the ability
to work as effective team members, leadership qualities and a sound
work ethic." Full
Orientation sessions wrap
New freshmen leave orientation confident
|UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick
say [we] were impressed with last week's session would be an understatement.
The entire process, from check-in to departure, left us with the
impression that UW-Eau Claire deeply cares about its key stakeholders:
Paul Markland, parent
of incoming freshman Jessica Markland, in a letter of appreciation.
Campus was bustling with activity as UW-Eau
Claire's incoming freshmen, some transfer students and many parents
attended orientation sessions throughout June and in early July. A final
orientation session is scheduled for Aug. 27 for those who could not
attend during the summer.
The 2003-04 freshman class will number about 1,900 students, said Kristina
Anderson, interim executive director of enrollment services. The group's
average ACT score is over 24, and their average high school class ranking
is in the top 25 percent. "This certainly is one of the most academically
talented classes UW-Eau Claire has ever had," Anderson said.
As in past years, the sessions had two programs running
throughout the day, one for students and one for parents.
Many of the small group activities for both students
and parents were led by one of 18 orientation assistants. Senior Jacque
Petroni found her experience as an orientation assistant to be fulfilling.
"Some of the freshmen come in afraid to ask questions,
but then we click with them," Petroni said. "When they leave
I can see in their faces and their attitudes that they're feeling part
of the university now."
For more information about orientation and about the
admissions process for future undergraduate and graduate students, visit
UW-Eau Claire's new
student orientation and admissions
Warner to present free family concert on campus
free outdoor family show by Dennis Warner will highlight UW-Eau Claire's
Summer Session Programs for the week of July
His concert will begin Monday at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain:
Schofield Auditorium). Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are
invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.
Blending acoustic folk-country music and humor, Dennis Warner presents
upbeat, up-tempo kids and family concerts popular in well over 100 cities
each year - from small village gatherings in Alaska to huge auditoriums
in Florida. His credits include hosting "Jammin' with Dennis Warner,"
a special live radio show broadcast by National Public Radio affiliates,
and featured spots on NPR's "Great Acoustics Live!" and "River
City Folk." He has been invited to perform at the prestigious Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C. More free
Summer Session programs on campus.
Internet dial-up access
As of July 1, DiscoverNet, an Internet service provider, began administering
dial-up access via the UW-Eau Claire modem pool. UW-Eau Claire's contract
with DiscoverNet allows members of the university community to gain
access to university resources at a reduced rate. The basic service
plan includes 10 hours of access per week at a cost of $14.95 for three
months. An expanded plan offers 50 hours of access per week at a cost
of $26.95 for three months.
Users will continue to use their current
UW-Eau Claire user names and passwords. Additional options for departments
and individuals also will be offered. As these plans become available,
DiscoverNet and Computing and Networking Services will provide more
Users may subscribe to this service by filling out an online
form or by calling DiscoverNet at 830-1500. Questions may be directed
to the CNS Help Desk at 836-5711.
New federal tax rates impact withholdings
As a result of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief
Reconciliation Act of 2003, which was signed by President Bush in late
May, workers began taking home larger paychecks this month. The new
law reduces tax rates above 15 percent: 25 percent (instead of 27 percent),
28 percent (instead of 30 percent), 33 percent (instead of 35 percent)
and 35 percent, the top rate (instead of 38.6 percent). All of these
tax rate cuts apply retroactively to Jan. 1, 2003.
UW-Eau Claire employees are encouraged to review their
tax withholding status to make sure they're meeting their withholding
objectives. The W-4
Form can be downloaded from the Human
Resources Web site.