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President Lyall, Regents to Host Listening
Session in Eau Claire March 11

 MAILED:  March 7, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - University of Wisconsin System President Katharine Lyall and the UW System Board of Regents will host a listening session March 11 at UW-Eau Claire to learn how proposed budget cuts could affect the campuses and communities in west central Wisconsin.

The session is slated for 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire. The session at UW-Eau Claire is the first of several sessions the regents will host this month at various campuses in the state.

The regents and President Lyall will be available to discuss the budget issues and answer questions. An invited panel of guests representing the UW System campuses and communities in west central Wisconsin will participate in the discussion, which is open to the public.

Gov. Jim Doyle has proposed a $250 million cut to the UW System in the 2003-05 state budget. The Governor also has proposed tuition increases to offset some of the cuts, but even if they were approved the reduction to the UW System still would be $100 million, or about 10 percent of the System's annual state appropriation.

During the listening sessions, UW System Board of Regents President Guy A. Gottschalk, UW System President Lyall and three or four other regents will meet with students, parents, faculty, academic staff, campus administrators, business owners, community leaders, local elected officials, K-12 educators and UW alumni/donors for a town hall-style discussion.

UW-Green Bay will host a listening session March 13. Tentative listening sessions are planned for Waukesha on March 25, Stevens Point on March 26 and Madison on March 31.

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Updated: March 13, 2003