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TIP SHEET   Week of April 26, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire is creating a
global online MBA program, with each cohort including students from a number of countries. The university plans to launch the program in the summer of 2005. The global MBA program would include an optional 4-5 week summer session on UW-Eau Claire’s campus. During the summer session, students would travel to the Twin Cities, Chicago and other Midwest locations, have English as a Second Language training and interact face-to-face with faculty. They would then begin their online courses in the fall. All required classes will be available online. Three or four students from eight or nine countries would be included in each cohort, which would include several American students. The online MBA program will be part of a UW System business consortium that includes UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Parkside. MBA courses are taught by faculty from the four campuses, all of which have accredited programs. The arrangement allows campuses to share resources, and the UW System to provide support to e-learners. Because UW-Eau Claire coordinates the consortium, students completing the program will earn MBAs from UW-Eau Claire. Vietnamese educators responded positively to the global MBA program concept when it was presented to them by Bob Erffmeyer, director of the MBA program, during Erffmeyer’s recent trip to Vietnam. Bob Erffmeyer is available to talk with the media about the global online MBA program. You can reach him at (715) 836-4644 or

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire senior Jackie Mauer is teaching 4- and 5-year-olds at the university's Children's Center how to speak French. The senior French major is using what she’s learning in a teaching languages class to teach children in the center's Rainbow Room. Jackie’s French lessons begin at 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. You can contact her at or (715) 864-9026.

Story Idea
Jacqueline Barnitz of the University of Texas at Austin will discuss what Latin American art means to a U.S. audience from 1-2 p.m. Friday in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center during the Latin American Studies conference. UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of art & design Karen O'Day, a specialist in Latin American art, can discuss the topic in advance of Barnitz's presentation. You can reach O'Day at (715) 836-4751 or For conference details, contact Alex Dossin at (715) 836-5842 or

Photo Idea
MadiSalsa, a Madison ensemble devoted to the musical traditions of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, will perform from 7-9:30 p.m. April 29 in Davies Center. The ensemble is part of the Latin American Studies conference.

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Updated: April 26, 2004