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Tip Sheet for the Week of Jan. 3, 2005

Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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Few of the 3,000-plus Rhodes Scholars named during the program's 103-year history attended regional public institutions like UW-Eau Claire. More than 300 colleges and universities have had Rhodes Scholars but only about 2 percent of them fall into the public master's category. Of the 3,043 scholarships awarded, less than .5 percent went to students attending regional publics. Chauncy Harris, a UW-Eau Claire history and geography major, was among the 32 American students selected as 2005 Rhodes Scholars. Candidates must be endorsed by their school, and then committees of selection in each state nominate students to be interviewed by district selection committees. Each district committee selects four Rhodes Scholars. Students can apply in the state where they are a legal resident or where they've attended college for at least two years. Given Harris' success in the Rhodes process, UW-Eau Claire faculty and administrators are reviewing the university's procedures for supporting outstanding students who are interested in applying for prestigious awards. Chancellor Donald Mash is available to talk about what the selection of a Rhodes Scholar from UW-Eau Claire means to the university. You can reach him at (715) 836-2327 or mashdj@uwec.edu.

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The year 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's "Miraculous Year." Erik Hendrickson, chair of the physics department at UW-Eau Claire, is available to talk about how the field of physics has evolved over the years; the kinds of contributions physicists make to the average person's daily life; and the types of careers physics majors are pursuing after graduation. You can reach Erik Hendrickson at (715) 836-5834 or hendrije@uwec.edu.

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The number of students taking Winterim classes is up this year, with 1,346 students currently enrolled. Winterim runs Jan. 3-21. The three-week session offers more than 60 classroom courses and five Web-based courses. The varied course offerings include topics like the "Arab-Israeli Conflict," "Global Issues in Women's Health," "Environmental and Social Conflicts," "Exploring Mind/Body Connections" and "Understanding a Diverse Workforce." For more information, contact Jan Morse at (715) 836-2033 or morsejm@uwec.edu.

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