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TIP SHEET   Week of Feb. 16, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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Two UW-Eau Claire journalism students will go to New York City this week for a symposium for college newspaper editors that will explore the role of the press in a democratic society. UW-Eau Claire is one of a few institutions invited to attend the New York Times’ “Inside the Times” event Feb. 20 at its headquarters. The students were invited because of the university’s involvement in the American Democracy Project, an effort to encourage college students to be more civically engaged. During the symposium, Matt Ollwerther, a senior from Eagan, Minn., and Tim Ahrens, a senior from Rogers, Minn., will meet with New York Times reporters and editors, and participate in an editing workshop. You can reach Ollwerther and Ahrens at the Spectator offices, (715) 836-4416. Send e-mail to or

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UW-Eau Claire’s economics department and the Chippewa Falls Main Street Inc. are working together to help Chippewa Falls determine parking needs and develop parking plans for the city’s downtown. The student will work with community leaders to complete a parking survey and develop recommendations on how to use parking facilities efficiently. This project is one of many that economics students have been part of in Chippewa Falls. Each semester, an economics major is assigned to intern with the Chippewa Falls Main Street organization, helping with the non-profit’s economic development projects. Wayne Carroll, acting chair of the economics department, is available to talk about the parking project, as well as the benefits of student-community partnerships. You can reach him at (715) 836-3388 or

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An award-winning documentary filmmaker will visit UW-Eau Claire Feb. 18 for a showing of his film, “The Forgotten.” Glen Stasiuk’s film deals with indigenous Australians who served in the Australian Armed forces. It won best documentary at the 2002 Screen Academy Festival and Best Documentary Production at the 2003 West Australian Screen Awards. Stasiuk will meet with students and discuss the film after its showing at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 in Davies Theatre. Stasiuk is from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, the site of one of UW-Eau Claire’s study abroad programs. He’ll be a guest lecturer in an English as a Second Language class from 10-11 a.m. in Room 309A of Hibbard Hall, and he’ll be a guest lecturer in an American Indian literature and film class from noon-2 p.m. in Room 321 of Hibbard Hall. The media is welcome to attend Stasiuk’s campus sessions. Susan Lochner in the Center for International Education is available to provide details. You can reach her at (715) 836-4411 or

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Updated: February 16, 2004