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TIP SHEET   Week of Nov. 22, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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For the second year in a row, UW-Eau Claire ranked No. 1 in the country in the number of fans attending Division III women's basketball games, according to the NCAA Women's Basketball Attendance Report. UW-Eau Claire's women's basketball team had an average of 1,105 people attending its 11 home games last year. It also led the nation in attendance during the 2002-03 season. The team will play in Zorn Arena Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27, as part of Thanksgiving Showcase tournament. To talk about fan support for the Blugold women's basketball team, contact head women's basketball Coach Tonja Englund at (715) 836-3489 or

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Susan Haugen, professor of accounting and finance at UW-Eau Claire, was named the 2004 Computer Educator of the Year by the International Association for Computer Information Systems for her academic and service accomplishments. The award is the highest award given by the association. Haugen was selected from a group of candidates from colleges and universities throughout the world. Candidates must show exceptional research and teaching skills, have made significant contributions to information systems education, and enjoy a national or international reputation for their outstanding work throughout the information systems community. Haugen has been an active teacher and scholar, conducting research in accounting information systems, computer information systems, accounting education, and fraud and white-collar crime issues. She developed several MBA courses, including one on managerial fraud and two online classes on information security and computer fraud, and her work utilizing mobile technologies such as cell phones to support distance education has received national attention. Haugen — who earned her undergraduate degree at UW-Eau Claire — joined UW-Eau Claire's accounting and finance faculty in 1985. You can reach Susan Haugen at (715) 836-2952 or

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"Let's Do Lunch," a monthly noon-hour speaker series, offers community members a chance to participate in interactive discussions with members of UW-Eau Claire's faculty and staff. "International Travel: Changing Places Changes Minds" will be the focus of the session at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Sweetwaters Restaurant. Karl Markgraf, director of the university's Center for International Education, will discuss the benefits of international study and travel during all stages of life. The speaker series is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. For details about this week's session or the speakers series in general, contact Alumni Director John Bachmeier at (715) 836-5189 or

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire's Thanksgiving break will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29. UW-Eau Claire offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. University offices will be open on Friday, Nov. 26.

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Updated: November 19, 2004