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Planning Under Way
For Outreach Center
MAILED: Feb. 18, 2000|
The public will have easier access to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire through a soon-to-be-developed community outreach center on Water Street.
The center will be located in the space next to the former Kinko's store. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation leased the space at 210 Water St. on behalf of the university.
At this time no official title has been given to the center. Chancellor Donald Mash said planning is under way to configure the newly acquired space as a welcome center and as a base of operations for various community outreach programs.
"The development of this welcome outreach center will help us to be more interactive with citizens and businesses of the Chippewa Valley," Mash said.
The vision for the center is that it will be a one-stop location to provide easier access to university classes, courses, programs and services. The convenience of a central office means that a community member could walk in and determine how to get started by meeting with an adviser to find out about courses or outreach programs that are available. The new location also would eliminate the problem of parking on lower campus, where many of the outreach services are now located.
UW-Eau Claire is working to become increasingly interactive with the community and the region in many ways, said Mash, citing examples of Community Registration Night, new Web-based courses and a renewed commitment to offer courses at times and places that are convenient to working adults.
"Interactivity is a critical part of the mission of successful regional public universities. At UW-Eau Claire we are committed to developing a stronger regional presence by expanding our reach, influence and connections," Mash said. "We believe the outreach center will help us connect with the community and better meet regional needs."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 18, 2000