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TIP SHEET   Week of Feb. 23, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
Forty women from the UW-Eau Claire campus community will participate in
“Women in the Outdoors,” a one-day event designed to get more women involved in outdoor activities. From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, the women will learn the basics about rock climbing, fly fishing and cross country skiing. Throughout the day, participants will rotate through the activities, which will be taught by some of the best instructors in the Midwest. The activities will take place in the McPhee Center on upper campus. Forty students, faculty and staff have registered for “Women in the Outdoors,” and organizers have a waiting list of many others who want to participate. Dan Langlois of University Recreation is available to talk with the media about the event, the first of its kind on campus. You can contact him at (715) 836-3616.

Story Idea
Charlene Burns, assistant professor of religious studies, is available to talk with the media about Mel Gibson’ epic “The Passion of the Christ,” which is to open this week. Some Jewish leaders say the movie is anti-Semitic because of its portrayal of Jews’ role in the crucifixion, while some Christians have said it’s a meaningful depiction of Christ’s death. Dr. Burns teaches New Testament and the Christianity sequence at UW-Eau Claire. She has a doctorate in religion from Vanderbilt, specifically Christian theology. You can contact Dr. Burns at (715) 836-2930 or

Campus Expert
Mohamed Riffi, an associate professor of mathematics at Islamic University of Gaza in Rimal, Gaza, Palestine, is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at UW-Eau Claire this year. He is available to talk with the media about his work in Palestine and at UW-Eau Claire. You can contact him at (715) 836-3511 or

Photo Ideas
The UW-Eau Claire “Relay for Life” will run from 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, to 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the McPhee Center. Throughout the night, people will walk or run around the track to raise funds to fight cancer.

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Updated: February 23, 2004