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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

News Bureau

TIP SHEET Week of Sept. 3, 2002
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
High-achieving students make up UW-Eau Claire freshman class
More than 2,000 new freshmen will be among the 10,600 students who start classes this week at UW-Eau Claire. The 2002-03 freshman class is one of the most academically talented groups to come through in several years. For example, almost 20 percent of the new freshmen rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and 64 percent rank in the top third of their high school classes. They have an average ACT score of 23.6, and almost a third of the new freshmen come to UW-Eau Claire having completed Advanced Placement classes. Robert Lopez, director of Admissions, or Kris Anderson, associate director of Admissions, can talk about this year's freshman class. You can reach them at (715) 836-5415.

Story Idea
Community members welcome to participate in new performing arts program
People in the Chippewa Valley with an interest in the performing arts can participate in UW-Eau Claire's new Preparatory Arts Program. Professional musicians - including some UW-Eau Claire alumni - will serve as instructors for the program. The program is open to community members of all ages with an interest in piano, jazz piano, voice, flute, cello and Suzuki Strings. Donald Patterson, professor of music at UW-Eau Claire, is available to talk about the new program. He can be reached at (715) 836-5899.

Campus Experts 
Ali Abootalebi,
associate professor of political science, is an expert on Middle East politics. As the first anniversary of 9-11 approaches, hes available to talk with reporters about the events of a year ago and the American response to Sept. 11. He can be reached at (715) 836-5969.

Photo Opportunity 
UW-Eau Claire will host the Clear Water Bowl Festival from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Carson Park. The free event is open to the Eau Claire area community. It will feature music by Kadence, a beer garden, food, games and prizes. The UW-Eau Claire Blugold football team will play St. John's University at 7 p.m. Saturday in Carson Park.

UW-Eau Claire Home  News Bureau
Judy Berthiaume
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 201
(715) 836-4741

Updated: September 3, 2002