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TIP SHEET   Week of Aug. 9, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire will welcome to campus one of its most academically talented classes ever when the 2004 freshman class arrives later this month. The 2,025 new freshmen have an average ACT of 24.37, about 20 percent of the students rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes and 56 percent rank in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class. The group includes four new National Merit Scholars. Ninety of the new freshmen will join the university's Honors Program. Within the freshman class, 37.5 percent of the students are arriving with some form of college credits, and 10 students already have attained a sophomore standing. Interest in UW-Eau Claire continues to grow. The 2,025 students making up the class were selected from 7,300 applicants - the most applicants ever to apply to UW-Eau Claire. Kris Anderson, director of admissions and enrollment services, is available to talk with the media about the make up of the incoming freshman class. You can reach her at (715) 836-5415 or

Story Idea
Ali Abootalebi, associate professor of political science, recently finished his sabbatical, which included an extended stay in Iran. While in Iran, Abootalebi participated in 11 television interviews, lectured at Iran's National Studies Institute, conducted interviews and published two articles on Iran, Islam and democracy. Abootalebi was born in Tehran, Iran, and came to the United States in 1977 after graduating from high school. At UW-Eau Claire, Abootalebi teaches courses in international and Middle Eastern politics, including the Arab-Israeli conflict. Abootalebi is available to talk with reporters about his recent stay in Iran. You can contact him at (715) 836-5969 or

Campus Note
UW-Eau Claire's Service Center has moved to the East Lobby of Davies Center and has greatly expanded its operating hours. The office provides many services, including selling tickets to most university activities and events. The Service Center is now open whenever Davies Center is open. During the academic year, which begins August 23, those hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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 Judy Berthiaume, Director
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Updated: August 5, 2004