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TIP SHEET   Week of April 21, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble I won another Down Beat award this spring for the Best College Big Band. This is the fifth time in seven years the ensemble has won the prestigious award from the magazine, the premiere jazz publication in the United States. Director of jazz studies Robert Baca says it’s unusual for one school to win the award so often. He says it’s particularly impressive since UW-Eau Claire competes with larger schools that often have full-time jazz faculty and degree programs. Junior music major Tom Krochock also won a Down Beat award for best Classical Trumpet. In addition, Jazz Ensemble I has been invited to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra International Clinic. With more than 14,000 participants, it’s the largest gathering of music professionals at a conference in the world. Robert Baca is available to talk about the jazz program’s most recent successes. You can reach him at (715) 836-4371 or

Campus Expert
Paula Kleintjes, associate professor of biology, will give an Earth Week talk titled “Environmental Impacts of War” at noon April 23 in the Ojibwa Room of Davies Center. You can reach Paula Kleintjes at (715) 836-5284 or

Visiting Campus Expert
William Jeffrey, a senior director in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, will be on campus April 25 to discuss the role for science and technology in homeland security. Jeffrey has worked extensively on science and technology issues during the formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Jeffrey’s presentation will begin at 3 p.m. Friday in room 007 of Phillips Science Hall. For details about his visit, contact Michael Carney, assistant professor of chemistry, at (715) 836-3500 or

Photo Opportunity
University volunteers will meet at 4 p.m. April 22 to help clean up the banks of the Chippewa River. Participants will gather behind Hilltop on upper campus. For details about this Earth Week event or related events, contact Liam Robinson at or Sabrina Hicks at

Photo Opportunity
Joseph Rohrer, professor of biology, will lead a nature hike April 24 as part of Earth Week. Participants will meet at 11 a.m. at the wooden bridge at the bottom of the stairs behind the Phillips parking lot on lower campus.

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Updated: April 21, 2003