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TIP SHEET   Week of Feb. 9, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire’s School of Education is receiving national attention for its work to incorporate service-learning into its teacher education programs. The university is the recipient of the 2004 Best Practice Award for Service-Learning in Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education National Service-Learning in Teacher Education Partnership. Katherine Rhoades, associate dean of the School of Education, is available to talk with the media about the significance of the award and the innovative ways the school incorporates service learning into its teacher education programs. Rhoades and Mark Clark, dean of the College of Professional Studies, will accept the award Feb. 10. You can contact Katherine Rhoades at (715) 836-3671 or Rhoades will be accepting the award Tuesday but back in her office Wednesday.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire is among the organizations participating in the Wisconsin Technology Networks’ “Connections: Chippewa Valley” program Tuesday, Feb. 11, an event designed to increase collaboration among high-tech leaders and businesses in the region. UW-Eau Claire faculty from high-tech program areas will attend the event. The university has had a longstanding relationship with the area technology industry, a relationship that benefits the businesses and the students. For example, the computer science department’s active internship program with many local high-tech industry partners is among the reasons that the department’s graduates are in such high demand. Recent top graduates have received $3,000-$5,000 signing bonuses on top of starting salaries of $45,000-$55,000. Andrew Phillips, chair of the computer science department, is available to talk about the strength of the university’s high-tech programs, the success of its graduates and its connections to the local high-tech industry. You can reach Andrew Phillips at (715) 836-2526 or

Photo Opportunity
The Hmong Student Association will host its Valentine Dance from 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The campus and greater Eau Claire communities are invited to the semi-formal dance.

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Updated: February 6, 2004