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TIP SHEET   Week of Oct. 11, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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UW-Eau Claire's International Buddy Project promotes student interaction by pairing American students with newly arrived international students. The "buddies" visit off-campus attractions; shop; dine together; attend sporting events, films or concerts; and participate in other campus activities. The "buddies" typically meet one or two times a month. The American students who participate in the program either have participated in a study abroad program or have a strong personal commitment to promoting international goodwill. About 50 students participate in the program each year. Phil Huelsbeck, international student adviser, can talk about the program and connect you with students participating in the International Buddy Project. You can contact him at (715) 836-4411 or

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A group of 26 people from Jinan University in China are visiting UW-Eau Claire to learn how higher education works in the United States. The group is meeting with a variety of UW-Eau Claire administrators and faculty during their two-week stay. Topics being discussed range from the academic process to admissions to service learning and faculty governance. A farewell banquet for the group is slated for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club. The group will return to China Oct. 15. Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, is coordinating the visit. You can reach him at (715) 836-4411 or

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UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts, the Friends of Music and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will host "Music at Sunset" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the home of Roger Bethard in Chippewa Falls. The keynote performer of the evening will be pianist Namji Kim, a talented new faculty member. Kim graduated from the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, earned a bachelor's degree from the Juilliard and a doctor of musical arts from the Manhattan School of Music. Kim has performed in North America, Europe, Russia and Korea. For details, call (715) 836-4954.

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UW-Eau Claire history professor Jim Oberly and several UW-Eau Claire graduate students will speak at a forum titled "What We Are Learning About Where We Live: A Chippewa Valley Environmental Forum." The forum runs from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Citizen Science Center at the Beaver Creek Reserve. Sessions will feature topics such as Wisconsin wildlife ecology and management, and controls on community assembly and ecosystem processes in a reconstructed prairie. Speakers will share what's being learned about the local environment in a way that's understandable to the general public. For details, call Meg Marshall at (715) 877-2212.

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Updated: October 11, 2004