University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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TIP SHEET   Week of March 24, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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UW-Eau Claire students studying abroad are continuing their international studies despite the war with Iraq. None of the students have opted to return to the United States. UW-Eau Claire officials have been in regular contact with students, their parents and university colleagues at various study abroad sites in Europe and elsewhere. They're providing information and advice about how to stay safe while living, studying and traveling outside the U.S. during these times of international conflict. Students also are continuing to show strong interest in studying abroad in the fall. The university offers 23 study abroad programs in 16 countries, including in France, Germany, Spain, England, Ireland, Scotland and Australia.
For more information, contact Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. You can reach Markgraf at (715) 836-4411 or

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UW-Eau Claire officials and engineers from Ayres Associates will host an open forum at 3 p.m. March 24 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center to share the new plan for stabilizing the south bank of the Chippewa River as it runs through campus. The new plan was created as a result of a new analysis of the stability of the riverbank and input from UW-Eau Claire faculty and others who raised concerns about the original plan. Forum participants can comment on the new plan and the project's Environmental Impact Assessment. For more information, you can contact Terry Classen, director of facilities planning and management, at (715) 836-5278 or

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In its 36th year, UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Festival is one of the oldest and largest festivals in the nation, offering performances by professional musicians, and college and high school bands. This year's festival will be held March 28 and 29, with performances on campus and at Memorial High School. Guest performers include Wycliffe Gordon, one of the leading jazz trombonists in the United States, and Sam Pilafian, a founding member of the internationally renowned Empire Brass Quintet. Robert Baca, director of jazz studies, coordinates the event. You can reach Baca at (715) 836-4371 or You'll find a schedule of festival performances and details about the guest performers at:

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An open jam session will follow the Jazz Festival's Friday evening performance. The jam session will begin around 10 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Campus Area in Eau Claire.

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Updated: March 24, 2003