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TIP SHEET   Week of April 5, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
Some new freshmen will begin taking classes at UW-Eau Claire in spring 2005 rather than in fall 2004. To help meet the needs of the increasing number of high-achieving students applying to UW-Eau Claire, the university is offering a pilot program for students who can’t be accommodated in the fall. “Access: Eau Claire” allows qualifying students to attend UW-Eau Claire if they come in the spring instead of fall. The university has room in the spring because students graduate or leave for other reasons. Letters offering admission and housing guarantees were sent to 700 applicants who meet program requirements. So far, 100 students have accepted the offer for spring 2005 admission. UW-Eau Claire received 7,000 applications for the 2,000 spots available in its freshman class for fall. Budget cuts in recent years limit the number of students UW-Eau Claire can accept. The program is a creative way to help meet the needs of students who can’t get in because of enrollment limits. Contact Kris Anderson, interim director of Admissions, at (715) 836-5415 or to discuss the program.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire students are participating in the National Week of Student Action to End Violence Against Women by collecting travel-size toiletries and sweat suits to be sent to Native American women in Oklahoma who have fled violent situations and to women in Kenya who are escaping female genital mutilation. Donations will be collected during the day this week at drop-off sites in Davies Center and on the Central Campus Mall. For details, contact students Lauren Demerse at or Kelly Anderson at

Visiting Expert
Virgil Wiebe, assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School and international legal consultant for the Mennonite Central Committee, will give a lecture titled “Cluster Bombs in Iraq: WMD in Slow Motion,” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5, in Room 007 of Phillips Hall. Contact Paul Kaldjian at (715) 836-2321 or

Visiting Artists
Native storyteller and children’s book author Anne Dunn and her daughter, singer/songwriter Annie Humphrey, will perform from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Davies Theatre. The Ojibwe women are co-founders of the Sister BraveHeart Lodge, a non-profit co-op that helps women and children provide for themselves. UW-Eau Claire’s Amnesty International organization is hosting the event. For details, contact student Kelly Anderson at

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Updated: April 2, 2004