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TIP SHEET   Week of Oct. 20, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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For the second year in a row, UW-Eau Claire chemistry students have been recognized by a national organization for their many services to the campus and Eau Claire communities, services that include free tutoring and a demo chemistry show students take into local schools. The American Chemical Society awarded UW-Eau Claire’s American Chemical Society-Student Affiliate a Commendable award for their activities. Just 52 of the organization’s 950 student chapters received the honor. The UW-Eau Claire chapter has received an award from the national organization every year since 1997. The student chapter is planning several activities on campus to recognize National Chemistry Week, Oct. 19-25. The current ACS-SA president is Philip Cannon, a senior chemistry major from Wausau. He would be happy to talk about the organization’s ongoing activities and efforts. You can reach Cannon at (715) 855-2717 or

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Hobbs Observatory’s new telescope will be dedicated during a “first-light” celebration at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the observatory at the Beaver Creek Reserve. The telescope is owned and maintained by UW-Eau Claire, with physics and astronomy faculty members regularly taking students to Hobbs for research projects. The Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society and the university worked together to select and purchase the new telescope. George Stecher, associate professor of physics and astronomy, can give you details about the “first-light” celebration and talk about how students and faculty plan to make the most of the new, sophisticated equipment. You can reach Dr. Stecher at (715) 836-5731 or

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Imal Mohamed will be on campus this week to tell the story of his incredible journey from Niger, West Africa, to the United States. Before immigrating to the United States, Mohamed lived the life of a true nomad in Niger. During his presentation, he’ll discuss the nomadic lifestyle. Mohamed’s presentation will run from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Davies Theater. The visit is being sponsored by UW-Eau Claire’s Center for International Education and the French Honor Society (Pi Delta Phi).

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Updated: October 17, 2003