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Tip Sheet for the Week of Jan. 10, 2005

Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
All nursing executives in regional hospitals/health care agencies are UW-Eau Claire alumni. Examples include Sacred Heart Hospital, Luther Hospital, Eau Claire City County Health Department, St. Joseph's Hospital and Dunn County Health Department. The Eau Claire-based state public health nursing consultant also is a graduate. Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, can talk about the impact UW-Eau Claire nursing graduates have on the quality of health care in the Chippewa Valley. Chancellor Donald Mash can talk about UW-Eau Claire's role in providing quality employees to critical job markets in the area. Contact Wendt at (715) 836-5287 or wendtle@uwec.edu and Chancellor Mash at (715) 836-2327 or mashdj@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
A professor and his students are examining geographic patterns associated with fan bases for professional sports teams. Geographers have studied patterns in sports for decades, with early research showing that fan loyalties are established along regional boundaries. But over the years, media technology and professional sports have changed dramatically. Tim Bawden, assistant professor of geography, and student researchers used ESPN data to look at professional sports to determine if changes in technology and sports changed fan bases. Their findings were published in Geospatial Solutions, a magazine in the GIS field. The article was titled "Mapping a Rivalry: Sox Versus Yankees." This spring, they will focus on professional football. Geospatial Solutions will publish their findings next summer, prior to the start of the next NFL season. In April, Bawden and the students will present their research at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Project maps will be included in the geography textbook Urban Geography. For details, contact Tim Bawden at (715) 836-5186 or bawdent@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences will host a nursing education and practice workshop relating to the use of simulators Jan. 10-11. Nurses from education and practice sites in Wisconsin and Minnesota will learn how to use "Sim-Man" and develop case scenarios. For details about sessions that may be of interest to reporters and photographers, contact Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, at (715) 836-5287 or wendtle@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
The Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition will sponsor a Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration Jan. 17. "A Dream for All People" is set for 5-6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley. It will include the "I Have a Dream" speech and presentations by elementary, middle school and university students. The Eau Claire Middle Level Invitational Choir and North High School Jazz Ensemble will perform. The Children's Museum will provide activities. For details, contact Cynthia Gray-Mash at grayca@uwec.edu or go to the Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition Web site.

Calendar Item
UW-Eau Claire will be closed Jan. 17 in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Offices will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

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