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Tip Sheet for the Week of Aug. 29, 2005

RELEASED: Aug. 25, 2005

Story Idea
Each year Dr. Debbie Gough, director of advising and new student initiatives, prepares a summary of characteristics of UW-Eau Claire's incoming freshmen.
The summary includes demographic information, academic information, information about majors and perceived needs of the newest students. Among the items she notes this year is an increase in the number of multicultural students, an increase in the number of students from small high schools, and an increase in the number of students who come from first generation families (defined as not having a parent who graduated from a four-year college). Gough also found that 44 percent of the freshmen indicate that they are uncertain about their major and 94 percent of the class says they plan to graduate from UW-Eau Claire. She also found that having enough money continues to be students' primary concern. Gough is available to talk with the media about her findings. You can reach her at (715) 836-3487 or goughdm@uwec.edu.

Photo Ideas
UW-Eau Claire students will return to campus this week. The following may provide photo opportunities and/or opportunities to talk with first-year and returning students.

Thursday, Sept. 1

  • 7 a.m.: First-year students begin moving into residence halls.
  • 6 p.m.: First Year Picnic on the Central Campus Mall. Faculty, staff and new freshmen will meet and mingle. Hundreds of students will likely be walking down the hill together just prior to the picnic.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Convocation for new freshmen in Zorn Arena.

Friday, Sept. 2

  • 7 a.m.: Upperclass/transfer students begin moving into halls.
  • 5 p.m.: CUBEfest picnic in Towers Hall's backyard on upper campus.

Saturday, Sept. 3

  • Noon-4 p.m.: Carnival in Governors Hall's backyard.
  • Noon : Volleyball and basketball tournaments on Towers and Horan courts.
  • 5-9 p.m.: Two to Tango dance lessons on the Hilltop tennis courts.

Sunday, Sept. 4

  • 6-10 p.m.: Blugold Block Party in area between Towers and Murray halls.
  • 6:30-10:30 p.m.: Climbing wall opens in McPhee.

Story Idea
Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, professor of economics, will discuss Third World globalization trends from noon-1 p.m. Aug. 31 at Sweetwaters.
Her talk, titled "Globalization and the Third World: A Force for Good or Exploitation?," is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series. Avin will discuss the research she has done in Nicaragua analyzing the impact of globalization on women. And she'll share observations from recent trips to Vietnam and India. Avin's research interests focus on women in the Third World, especially in Nicaragua. The two-time recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad award is involved with the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua, a non-profit organization that works to help empower poor women in Nicaragua. For details about the presentation, contact the Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266.

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