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

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Cari Witcher, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire Saturday with a major in Spanish and a minor in global studies, has been and continues to be involved in western Wisconsin and international communities. Witcher, who now works in Menomonie as an interpreter, is involved in a United States-Central America Solidarity project called "Farmer to Farmer." One of its projects is to sell fair market coffee grown in Guatemala in the United States. Witcher has spent some time in Guatemala working as an interpreter for the "Farmer to Farmer" project. For additional information about the program and Witcher, see her Web site. Reporters can contact Cari Witcher at (715) 664-8835 or

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Winterim classes at UW-Eau Claire will begin Monday, Jan. 3, 2005. The 2005 Winterim session will continue through Jan. 21, 2005. The three-week session will offer more than 60 classroom courses and five Web-based courses. Winterim, which has been a part of the academic calendar at UW-Eau Claire since 1996, originally offered just 13 classes. The Winterim classes give students a chance to stay on track or to get a step ahead on completing their degrees. It also gives students a chance to take high-demand classes that are difficult to get into in the spring and fall semesters. For details about Winterim, contact Jan Morse, administrative officer for academic affairs, at (715) 836-2033 or

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The Alumni Association's December session of the "Let's Do Lunch" lecture series will feature "Geoarcheological Adventures in the Holy Land." Dr. Harry Jol, associate professor of geography, will talk about his research from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Sweetwaters Restaurant. For details about the event, contact the Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or

Calendar Items
The UW-Eau Claire campus will be closed Friday, Dec. 24, in recognition of Christmas Eve. Campus offices will be open again beginning Monday, Dec. 27. The offices will close again Friday, Dec. 31, for the New Years holiday.

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Updated: December 17, 2004