University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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TIP SHEET   Week of Sept. 20, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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UW-Eau Claire football players are meeting weekly for study tables. Guests talk with players about study skills, time management, values and other topics that help student-athletes succeed in the classroom and in life. They also discuss campus support resources available to students. And the sessions provide time for players to focus on course work. Contact head football Coach Todd Hoffner at (715) 836-3093 or; or Joel Hornby, assistant football coach and program coordinator, (715) 836-5779 or

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UW-Eau Claire Student Health Service now offers students free nicotine patches. The patches are available to students who smoke at least a half a pack a day or use chewing tobacco daily, and are interested in quitting. SHS also offers the Fax-To-Quit program, allowing students to request that a professional cessation counselor call them to provide support. The services are funded by the Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Dr. Joanne Mellema, senior physician, can discuss the new nicotine patch program. Contact her (715) 836-4311 or

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UW-Eau Claire's nationally known chemistry department received a $241,663 National Science Foundation grant to buy and then share with three other universities a transportable pulsed laser system. Shared equipment through a grant is an unusual model for undergraduate research in chemistry, says UW-Eau Claire physical chemist Stephen Drucker, who authored the grant. But it's a model that widens the resource base available to research programs like UW-Eau Claire's. State-of-the-art instrumentation is crucial to support and sustain undergraduate training in laser-based methods. The laser system will supplement the equipment in Drucker's lab, giving him more precise data on how small molecules react to light. It also will stimulate students' opportunities for advanced study and specialized training, and students can see how modern research is conducted. The new laser system will reside at each of the four participating universities from three to nine months. For details, contact Stephen Drucker at (715) 836-5390 or

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UW-Eau Claire's Preparatory Arts Program provides performing arts instruction to Chippewa Valley children and adults. The fall program provides lessons to community members — beginners through advanced — in piano, voice, flute, oboe, saxophone and strings. For details, contact La Vone Sneen at (715) 836-5179 or

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Updated: September 17, 2004