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Tip Sheet for the Week of Jan. 31, 2005

Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences has expanded the concept of the Chippewa Valley Nursing Alliance program to include the Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse. In November 2004, UW-Eau Claire announced the creation of the Chippewa Valley Nursing Alliance, a partnership with the Chippewa Valley Technical College. Under the agreement, students can dually enroll in UW-Eau Claire and CVTC, allowing them to take nursing classes at CVTC and general education classes at UW-Eau Claire. The students have university advisers, live in university residence halls and have access to all university services. After completing the associate nursing degree program at the technical college, the students can then enroll in the UW System's Collaborative Nursing Program to earn their bachelor's degree. The program allows 24 students to be dually enrolled at CVTC and UW-Eau Claire. The program with WWTC is similar in that it allows five WWTC students to earn two-year degrees and then enroll in the Collaborative Nursing Program to earn bachelor's degrees. The agreements are an effort to help meet the needs of students who want to be nurses and to help ease the nursing shortage. Each year, UW-Eau Claire turns away about 180 highly qualified students who want to be nurses because the university lacks the funds to hire enough faculty to teach them. For more information about the partnerships, contact Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, at (715) 836-5287 or wendtle@uwec.edu.

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A Black History Month Reception, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will begin a month-long celebration of the rich and diverse African American history. The reception will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. The reception will highlight the unknown stories of Black Indians and their many contributions that shaped the history of our nation. For details, contact Jesse Dixon in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (715) 836-3367.

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UW-Eau Claire is among the UW System schools participating in the newly announced "Wisconsin Jobs for Wisconsin Grads" program. The statewide initiative is an online job posting system that will help connect Wisconsin employers with UW System graduates and students. The system will provide a single point of entry for employers trying to reach graduates of all UW System schools. Employers can post full-time professional positions, internships or co-op employment opportunities. Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire, is available to talk about the new program. You can reach her at (715) 836-5358 or skougjm@uwec.edu.

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Community Action Day is slated for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Representatives of area agencies will be on campus to talk with students about volunteer opportunities. For details, contact the Activities and Programs Office at (715) 836-4803.

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