University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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TIP SHEET   Week of Sept. 27, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
For the first time, UW-Eau Claire's Marching Band will perform at a Packers game. The invitation to perform Oct. 3 (Packers vs. Giants) came after the Packers' director of halftime activities heard the Marching Band's new CD. In the last four years, the band has grown from 60 to 135 students, an all-time high. Band members will perform a James Brown halftime show and a post-game show. Band members came to campus three days early this fall to begin preparing. The band will do two more "firsts" this year: it'll perform at a high school marching band competition in Chippewa Falls, and it'll perform a stage show Oct. 25 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. For details, contact Band Director Randy Dickerson at (715) 836-2312 or

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff with young children have a new place on campus to study and conduct research. McIntyre Library now has a family-friendly study room, making it possible for parents to bring their children to the library. The area has a computer/printer, comfortable seating, a study table, and toys and games. It also has a telephone so parents can call the Reference Desk without leaving the room. For details, contact Library Director Robert Rose at (715) 836-4827 or

Story Idea
An increasing percentage of UW-Eau Claire incoming freshmen and returning students are living in the residence halls. Nearly 93 percent of incoming freshmen are living on campus this fall, up from about 90 percent a year ago and 88 percent five years ago. Almost 49 percent of returning students who lived in the dorms a year ago are again living in the dorms this fall. That compares to about 47 percent a year ago and 41 percent five years ago. Housing Director Chuck Major can talk about the trend. Contact Major at (715) 836-5387 or

Visiting Expert
Journalist, author and 1969 UW-Eau Claire graduate Margaret (Mogensen) Nelson will be on campus at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. She'll talk about her new book, titled "Saving Body & Soul — the Mission of Mary Jo Copeland." The book chronicles the work of Copeland, who has been called "America's Mother Teresa" for her work with the poor in the Minneapolis area. An estimated 175 education students are expected to attend the session.

Visiting Expert
Documentary filmmaker Louise Hogarth will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Hogarth will open The Forum season at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, and Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Schofield Auditorium. Hogarth's 2003 film, "The Gift," documents the phenomenon of deliberate HIV infection. Her presentations will begin with a screening of her documentary. She'll then lead a discussion of the issues raised in the film. For details about Hogarth's visit, contact Jennifer Hinners at (715) 836-2787 or

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Updated: September 24, 2004