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TIP SHEET   Week of March 8, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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A Nellie Mae Corporation study found that
65 percent of Americans worry about paying for tuition at a public college. And many say that if they knew what they were borrowing while in school, they’d have found ways to borrow less. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities is advocating that in-school loan counseling and user-friendly payment terms be included in Congress’ Higher Education Act. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind will host a “Town Meeting” at 12:30 p.m. March 12 in Davies Theatre to gather feedback from students, faculty and staff about the act, which was created in 1965 to provide Americans, regardless of income level, with more educational opportunities. The act, which funds most student-aid programs, expires every five years; Congress must reauthorize it this year. UW-Eau Claire Financial Aid Director Kathy Sahlhoff can discuss how students and families can educate themselves about financing higher education, how they can control the amount they borrow and the importance of researching payment options to manage loan payments after college. You can contact her at (715) 836-3373 or

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Students, faculty and journalists will discuss Hmong involvement in the media and improving journalists’ connections with Hmong during a 9 a.m.-2 p.m. program March 11 in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. Pulitzer and Nobel Peace prize nominee Jane Hamilton-Merritt will give a 10 a.m. lecture, titled “Covering the Hmong Story: Honest Media Mistakes or What?” A 1 p.m. talk titled “Raising the Bar in Reporting Hmong News” will feature community leaders and journalists. For details about First Nations/New Nations call Barbara Blackdeer-Mackenzie, Knight journalist-in-residence, at (715) 836-2528.

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UW-Eau Claire art students will help raise awareness of Chippewa Valley hunger issues by participating in the “Empty Bowls” fund-raiser from 4:30-7:30 p.m. March 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Students are creating 400 ceramic bowls, which they’ll donate to the Feed My People Food Bank for the “Empty Bowls” event. Mike Weber, associate professor of art, and students Aimee Rusch and Megan Shanley are coordinating the students’ project.

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Heather Huyck, a historian who works for the National Park Service, will talk about women’s history and America’s historic sites during a 1 p.m. March 13 Women’s History Month presentation at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Her presentation is titled “Beyond John Wayne: Using Historical Sites to Interpret Women’s History.” A reception will follow at the Schlegelmilch House.

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Updated: March 8, 2004