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TIP SHEET   Week of Dec. 1, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire’s pre-pharmacy program is becoming increasingly popular. This semester 85 students enrolled in the program, compared to 66 students a year ago and 30 students five years ago. The demand for pharmacists is expected to grow by 21-35 percent by 2010 due to increased pharmaceutical needs of the elderly, greater use of medication and scientific advances making more drugs available, the Occupational Outlook Handbook says. Pre-pharmacy is one of several pre-professional health programs attracting UW-Eau Claire students. Other programs offered include pre-physician assistant, pre-medicine, pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry and pre-physical therapy. More than 300 students are enrolled in pre-professional health programs, which prepare students to transfer to other institutions to complete professional degrees and/or prepare them for graduate school. Julie Anderson, assistant professor of biology, can discuss the growing interest in pre-pharmacy and other pre-professional health programs. She also can connect you with students planning careers in these fields. You can reach her at (715) 836-3860 or

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Students in an introductory sociology class are exploring topics relating to inequality in several innovative ways, including preparing and serving meals at the Community Table; using the New York Times and other news sources to research topics such as poverty, homelessness and joblessness; writing essays relating to inequality; and meeting with Eau Claire service providers to discuss local needs. The class is part of the American Democracy Project, a national initiative aimed at increasing civic awareness among college students. UW-Eau Claire is a charter member of the American Democracy Project. Hundreds of UW-Eau Claire students are participating in the project via classes across campus. Melissa Bonstead-Bruns can discuss her students’ involvement in the project. You can contact her at (715) 836-5167 or

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used toy exchange will follow the “Christmas with Rudolf” holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 7. The show — a comedy for families with kids of all ages — is slated for 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Kids are invited to swap or share a toy after the show.

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Updated: December 1, 2003