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Tip Sheet for the Week of Dec. 4, 2006

RELEASED: Dec. 4, 2006

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UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad than any other master's level institution in Wisconsin and it ranks 14th nationally among all master's schools in the number of students who study abroad,
according to the 2006 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education. Nearly 25 percent of UW-Eau Claire’s undergraduate students study abroad, and more students are studying abroad earlier in their college careers. Historically, most students studied abroad during their junior or senior year. In recent years, nearly 40 percent of the students going abroad are sophomores who applied as freshmen. More students also participate in more than one international program. Students interested in a particular language may spend multiple semesters in one region but in different countries, while others study in different parts of the world to gain new knowledge and experiences. For more information, contact Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, at 715-836-4411 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

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An Eau Claire law firm has established two outstanding alumni service awards to honor David Anderson, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and community leader.
Anderson, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire 1966, is vice chair of Ruder Ware. The awards, established in Anderson's name through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, will recognize outstanding alumni who demonstrate significant commitment to community service. The awards will be presented at the university's Service-Learning Recognition Breakfast in the spring. Anderson has been a community leader for nearly 40 years. The David Anderson Community Builder award will honor alumni who have made a career working in the non-profit sector. A $250 gift will be made in honor of the recipient to that person's non-profit employer. The David Anderson Community Service award will recognize alumni for continued commitment to community service and volunteerism. A $250 contribution will be made to a charity of the recipient's choice. For details, contact Carole Halberg at 715-836-2327 or halberca@uwec.edu.

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Robert Baca, director of jazz studies, and five students recently returned from China where they made history by presenting the first jazz performances in two cities there.
The group performed concerts in Chongquing, the home of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, where UW-Eau Claire representatives met with officials planning to start a music school within the next two years. They also performed in Jinan during the opening of Jinan University's 100-year anniversary celebration and again during a centennial event. The performances were broadcast on television throughout southern China. They performed for audiences ranging from 1,000 to 7,000 people. They were treated like celebrities by the media and others throughout their trip. Baca and the students are available to talk about their experiences in China and have many photos to share. For details, contact Baca at 715-836-4371 or bacarj@uwec.edu.

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A discussion titled "Exploitation in the Media" will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Alumni Room, Davies Center.
Participants will discuss the effects of the media on each gender. For details, contact Erin Polnaszek at 715-836-2693 or wage@uwec.edu.

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