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

Story Idea
Three Swedish nursing students will spend several weeks on campus observing and learning about nursing practices and health care in the United States. The visitors will spend time with School of Nursing faculty and students, and tour area hospitals, nursing homes and home care agencies. They also will visit other health care facilities in the region. For example, one student with an interest in Native American culture will spend time at the Ho-Chunk Health Care Center in Black River Falls and another will visit the Marshfield Clinic. The students, who arrived in Eau Claire last week, are from the University College of Boras. UW-Eau Claire nursing faculty hope to send students to Sweden for a similar experience this summer. CeCelia Zorn, professor of nursing systems, can talk about the exchange and help arrange interviews with the students. Contact her at (715) 836-5001 or

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire’s Geography Club is assembling school kits for children in Iraq and several other countries. The club will collect the notebooks, pencils and other items through Dec. 13. The kits are being sent primarily to Iraq but also may be sent to places such as Afghanistan, North Korea, Albania, Angola and the West Bank. The kits are given primarily to refugee and displaced children in an effort to add some normalcy to their disrupted lives. This is the Geography Club’s second service project with ties to Iraq. During the spring 2003 semester, it coordinated a drive to collect relief kits for Iraqi civilians displaced by war, dictatorship and sanctions. Paul Kaldjian, co-adviser, can provide details. Call him at (715) 836-2321 or

Campus Expert
Everyone will be affected by 2003 tax law changes. Examples of tax law changes include: lower tax rates; no marriage penalties, reduced capital gains rates; a $1,000 child tax credit; and higher equipment write-offs for the self-employed. Lucretia Mattson, associate professor of accounting and finance, can talk about the changes. She teaches taxation classes, works with tax and financial planning clients, and is the adviser to the Student Accounting Society’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. She is skilled at explaining the tax law in an easy-to-understand manner. Contact Mattson at (715) 836-2422 or

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Updated: November 24, 2003