University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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TIP SHEET   Week of Sept. 6, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire students will volunteer at six Chippewa Valley sites on Labor Day as part of a "Labor of Love." From 1-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, students will volunteer at Big Falls Recreational Area; Bolton Refuge House; Boys & Girls Club of Eau Claire; Chippewa River, parks and waterways; Eau Claire County Humane Association; and Montessori School. Students will meet at Towers Hall on upper campus and take a bus to the sites. The Big Falls and Boys & Girls Club projects will likely provide the best opportunities for photos/video. For details, contact Paula Stuettgen, (715) 836-4803 or

Story Idea
The L.E. Phillips Planetarium is again offering programs to help children and adults learn about astronomy. A new "Astronomy for Kids" program, offered on some Saturdays, is for kids as young as 4. The planetarium, used by astronomy classes, supports astronomy education through public shows and programs for school and community groups. The planetarium attracts about 4,000 visitors a year, half of whom are school children. For details, contact Lauren Likkel, planetarium director, at (715) 836-5034 or

Story Idea
While UW-Eau Claire's students are bright and hard working, some compound the stress of paying for college with a lack of basic financial knowledge. As a starting point in the university's conversation with students about this issue, the university is giving all new freshmen a CD, produced by Wells Fargo, that goes over basic issues related to finances. For information about this initiative and other related efforts, contact Kathy Sahlhoff, director of Financial Aid, at (715) 836-3373 or

Story Idea
New freshmen are invited to an interactive presentation to raise awareness about the issues of alcohol and sexual assault. The session begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in Zorn Arena. For more information, contact Jacqueline Bonneville at (715) 836-3487 or

Photo Opportunity
Area businesses and organizations will be on the Central Campus Mall from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. The Campus Community Connection program gives students a chance to learn about local products and services.

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, in honor of the Labor Day holiday. The university will open again at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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Updated: September 2, 2004