University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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TIP SHEET   Week of July 12, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
An increasing number of UW-Eau Claire alumni are staying in Wisconsin after graduation. An analysis shows that nearly 75 percent of UW-Eau Claire's alumni live in Wisconsin. A decade ago, just 54 percent of the alumni stayed in the state. Statistics also show that a growing number of alumni are staying in the Chippewa Valley, with more than 22 percent living in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls or Menomonie in 2003, compared to 13 percent in 1993. Among the reasons grads are staying in the state is UW-Eau Claire's increased efforts to connect students and graduates with Wisconsin businesses and organizations looking to hire interns and permanent employees. Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services, can talk about the university's outreach efforts and the affect it's having on keeping grads in the region after graduation. You can contact Skoug at (715) 836-5358 or

Story Idea
Tenth and 11th graders interested in nursing careers will spend a week on campus learning about nursing careers and college nursing programs. The "Dimensions in Nursing" program began Sunday, July 11, and continues through Sunday, July 18. The camp is designed primarily for minority students but is open to anyone. UW-Eau Claire nursing faculty will teach the students health assessment skills and provide tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Participants also can work with health field technology. Students will visit area health care facilities. For details or a schedule of events, contact Christine Webster in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (715) 836-3015.

Story Idea
A group of Native American, African American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian ninth graders will be on campus this week for the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors pre-college program. The program runs July 11-18. The camp focuses on reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Among its goals is to build students' connections to the Spanish language, culture and history. The camp also will expose students to a university setting and emphasizes the importance of a college education. Christine Webster of the Office of Multicultural Affairs can provide details. Call her at (715) 836-3015.

Related Photo Opportunity
At 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, participants in the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors program will be at the Boys and Girls Club in downtown Eau Claire to help plant flowers and help beautify the building and area. Their efforts will coincide with the club's grand opening on Wednesday.

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Updated: July 12, 2004