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Vol. 50, No. 31 • Fourteenth Week • Spring Semester • April 21, 2003

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Paul Hoff named director of Honors Program

Geographer plays part in new WPT documentary

Education and social work students to display research projects April 24

Faculty, students collaborate to produce 'Jazz and Beyond'


College degree improves financial, social well-being studies showwaving graduates
Earning a college degree brings a person immediate and long-term financial and social benefits and has a positive effect on the graduate's health as well, according to two studies from the University of Wisconsin System.

The first study, produced by the UW System's office of Policy Analysis and Research, shows that average earning of 1979 UW System alumni 20 years after graduation was $53,000, slightly more than a 100-percent increase over starting salaries of recent graduates.

The greatest growth was in the average salaries of business and engineering graduates, with less growth in the average wages of nursing and education graduates, according to Frank Goldberg, associate vice president for policy analysis and research.

"Clearly there is the potential for tremendous growth in earnings when someone completes a college degree," said Goldberg, who presented his findings to the UW System Board of Regents April 10. "This growth in earnings benefits Wisconsin as well through increased tax revenue paid by college graduates." Full story. Go to top of page

Paul Hoff named director of Honors Program
Paul HoffPaul Hoff has been named Honors Program director at UW-Eau Claire. Provost and Vice-Chancellor Ronald Satz made the two-year appointment that provides Hoff time reassignment to oversee the Honors Program.

Hoff, a professor of Spanish in the foreign languages department, has worked with both orientation and the Honors Program in the past. As part of his new duties, Hoff will be exploring ways to expand the Honors Program by linking with other programs across campus.

Hoff will begin his new assignment Aug. 1. He will replace Ronald Mickel who will retire July 30 after 42 years at UW-Eau Claire. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire geographer plays part in new Wisconsin Public Television documentary
The Summer of a Lifetime video jacket designed by Judy SmithCultural geographer Timothy Bawden, assistant professor of geography at UW-Eau Claire, played a significant role in the making of a new documentary film, "The Summer of a Lifetime," to be aired on Wisconsin Public Television Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

The film, which traces the history of both public and private summer camps in Wisconsin from the 1880s to the present, was co-produced by WPT and Spring Green filmmaker Dave Erickson, who has been making films for public television for more than 20 years. Full story. Go to top of page

Education and social work students to display research projects April 24
Education and social work students at UW-Eau Claire will share the results of semester-long diversity research projects during the Spring 2003 Fed 385 Research Expo Thursday, April 24.

The Research Expo, which will run from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center, will feature projects designed by 136 students currently enrolled in "Social Foundations of Human Relations" courses, taught by Cynthia Gray-Mash and Darlene Fry and the "Ethnic-sensitive Social Work Practice" course taught by La Vonne Cornell-Swanson. The event has been held each semester since the fall of 1998. Full story.
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Faculty, students collaborate to produce 'Jazz and Beyond'
Local listeners can tune their radios to 89.7 WUEC at 6 p.m. each Sunday and catch a documentary series on jazz and blues music produced by UW-Eau Claire faculty and students.

"Jazz and Beyond," a 13-week series exploring the history and styles of jazz and blues, is the result of a faculty-student collaborative research project initiated by David Jones, assistant professor of English, and three student researchers, Stephanie Anaya, a sophomore elementary education major from Fox Lake, Joseph Horton, a sophomore psychology major from Franklin, and Guillermo Mendez-Gorski, a sophomore history major from Eau Claire. Full story. Go to top of page


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