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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

News Bureau

TIP SHEET Week of Nov. 4, 2002
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
Dr. Lois Taft, associate professor of nursing, and a team of student researchers are involved in an oral history project that has nursing students interviewing World War II veterans. Taft has long been interested in studying what affect reminiscing has on older people’s mental health. The nursing students are practicing their communication skills, and learning more about an elderly population they will likely work with during their nursing careers. With Veteran’s Day next week, Taft and her students are available to talk about the World War II project. You can reach Taft at (715) 836-4911 or 

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire is recruiting an additional 80 students for its high-tech academic programs in an effort to help meet the needs of technology-related businesses in the Chippewa Valley. The university can increase the number of students in its computer science, software engineering and MIS programs because of a $1 million commitment from the state. The Chippewa Valley Initiative provides funds to add faculty and support staff in high-tech programs, enhance computer labs and increase internships. Provost Ron Satz, computer science chair Andy Phillips and MIS chair Jim La Barre can talk about the initiative and UW-Eau Claire’s high-tech programs. You can reach Satz at (715) 836-2320 or, Phillips at (715) 836-2526 or, and La Barre at (715) 836-3416 or 

Story Idea
This week is National Nontraditional Student Recognition Week. Meeting the needs of adults beginning or continuing their education has been a priority at UW-Eau Claire in recent years. Rita Webb, coordinator of adult opportunity, is available to talk about those efforts and the increasing nontraditional student population at UW-Eau Claire. You can reach Webb at (715) 836-3259 or

Photo Opportunity
The Hmong New Year celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, at UW-Eau Claire. Daytime activities are planned for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in McPhee. A formal dance will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight in McPhee. 

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

Updated: November 4, 2002