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TIP SHEET   Week of Oct. 25, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire students are leading physical education classes for 40 elementary-age children who are home schooled or attend charter schools. The children (ages 5-12) meet Tuesdays on campus for a 45-minute physical education class, taught by UW-Eau Claire students who hope to be phy ed teachers. The program began last spring as a pilot. The response was positive so it's now an ongoing program offered every semester. This fall, the focus is on fitness concepts, with activities to enhance fitness and help kids understand the importance of physical activity. Jeff Lindauer, assistant professor of kinesiology, is the coordinator. He can provide details and information about when/where the class meets. Contact him at (715) 836-2636 or

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire's National Student Exchange program is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Hundreds of UW-Eau Claire students have studied at one of the more than 175 participating universities located across the country. Tuition/fees are based on UW-Eau Claire's rate, which is a bargain compared to most colleges in the U.S. Students study elsewhere for many reasons, including a desire to be in an area they may move to after graduation, a chance to be in a city or a different climate, or an academic program that UW-Eau Claire doesn't offer. About 30-50 UW-Eau Claire students participate in NSE each year, about twice as many as other UW System schools. For details, contact Mary Ryan-Miller, associate dean of student development. She can connect you with students who've participated in NSE. You can reach her at (715) 836-2003 or

Photo/Story Idea
The College Democrats student organization started a "Get Out the Vote" initiative to give students rides to city hall to vote before or on Election Day. Shuttles leave from Davies Center every 30 minutes between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For details, contact student Steve Kruger at (715) 379-0466 or

Story/Photo Idea
UW-Eau Claire students will help elderly homeowners with fall yard cleanup Oct. 30 as part of the "Tidy Up The Town" initiative. Paula Stuettgen can provide details and locations of homes where students will work. Contact her at (715) 836-4803 or

Visiting Expert
Rob Grunewald, author of the Early Childhood Economic Impact study, will speak at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Cargill Lab, Schneider Hall. He'll discuss how early education programs for disadvantaged children impact economic development. He'll share a study by the Early Learning Initiative Council, which is starting area programs. Contact David Franks, special education professor, at (715) 836-5740 or

Photo Ideas
Preschoolers from the Children's Center will trick-or-treat on the second floor of Schofield Hall between 10-11 a.m. Oct. 29. About 75 children will participate. Kids also will trick-or-treat between 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the residence halls on Halloween.

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Updated: October 21, 2004