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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire Offers 200
Summer Classes
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: Feb. 26, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Need to take that intro to chemistry class but it just hasn't fit into your schedule? Maybe you're interested in learning more about a topic of interest such as the Vietnam War? Or perhaps an educational excursion to Mexico is more what you had in mind for your summer studies?
Whatever your educational interest, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire may have just the course to fit your needs during its 1999 summer session. With some 200 courses in a variety of academic areas available during the summer months, UW-Eau Claire is offering a little something for everyone, said Jan Morse, administrative officer in the Office of Academic Affairs.
"We really try to offer opportunities in a variety of areas," Morse said of the summer class schedule. "Some courses may be attractive to a student working toward a degree while others may appeal to someone in the community with an interest in a particular topic."
For example, students can walk through forests and prairies with a plant biologist as he teaches them the edible/poisonous plants of Northwest Wisconsin, or they can learn about authors and illustrators who create quality picture books for all ages. Other options include finding out what goes on behind the scenes and on-stage during a theater production, or gaining a deeper understanding of the relationship between beliefs and morality as it is played out in the world's religions.
Courses will be offered in more than 40 disciplines including areas such as chemistry, English, history and education, Morse said, noting that undergraduate and graduate courses are available during the summer months.
"The flexible scheduling options offered during the summer months are intended to make it easy for students to work and take classes," said Morse, adding that classes such as "Introduction to Sign Language" are offered only during the summer.
Summer session classes give current UW-Eau Claire students a chance to accelerate progress toward their degree programs, to focus on just one or two classes instead of several and to take much-needed courses that might be difficult to access during the regular academic year because of high demand, Morse said.
The summer classes also give students who attend other universities but who reside in the Chippewa Valley during the summer a chance to take classes, helping them stay on their degree tracks at their home institutions. And it gives community members a chance to take a course that they find interesting, Morse said.
With small classes, the summer session classes offer the perfect chance for more individualized attention from the instructor, as well as more opportunities to interact with other students in the class, Morse said. Such a small and interactive environment is beneficial to any student, be it someone working toward a degree or someone taking a class just for the sake of learning about a particular topic, she said.
UW-Eau Claire will offer a three-week session running from May 24 to June 11. An eight-week session will begin June 14 and continue through Aug. 6. And the first four-week session will begin June 14 and continue through July 9. The second four-week session will begin July 12 and end Aug. 6.
During the summer session, UW-Eau Claire's University Recreation will offer a large inventory of outdoor equipment at reasonable rates, a full program of aerobics, free-time recreation and fitness center activities.
And the Activities and Programs Office will sponsor free Music on the Mall concerts featuring performances by vocal ensembles or contemporary folk, rock, blues and jazz musicians. Various films also will screen during the summer in Davies Theatre.
"Summer session students will have an array of activities to chose from outside the classroom," Morse said.
Registration materials are available from UW-Eau Claire's Registrar's office, Schofield 130. For more information, call (715) 836-4224 or e-mail

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Feb. 26, 1999