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Tip Sheet for the Week of Feb. 6, 2006

RELEASED: Feb. 6, 2006

Story Idea
Over the past 10 years, the number of UW-Eau Claire students who remain in the Chippewa Valley after graduation has almost doubled, increasing from 13 percent in 1995 to 23 percent in 2005.
In the last four years, the number of employers in the Chippewa Valley who post internships has increased by 28 percent and the number of regional employers who post local jobs has increased by 78 percent. The increases are the result of efforts by UW-Eau Claire to help educate students about professional opportunities in the Chippewa Valley. The university also has helped area businesses find new ways to connect with UW-Eau Claire graduates. Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire, is available to discuss efforts to keep more graduates in the area. You can reach her at (715) 836-5358 or skougjm@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire education majors will meet with an expert on issues relating to school violence this week. Bill Bond — the principal at a Kentucky high school when a student shot and killed three classmates in 1997 — will talk with future teachers about school climate, bullying and other issues relating to violence.
His presentation, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Phillips Recital Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center, is part of the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture Series. The lecture series was created by the daughters of Martin Mogensen, who became one of the first victims of school shootings when he was killed by a student at the Tomah junior high school where he served as principal in 1969. Martin Mogensen and his daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Mogensen Nelson, are all UW-Eau Claire alumni. Mogensen's daughters created the lecture series to honor their father's commitment to education. Bill Bond retired from his principal position and now travels the country to share his experiences. He also visits schools where shootings have occurred to offer his support to teachers and administrators. Bond and Nelson met in Red Lake, Minn., after the shootings there and Nelson suggested Bond be this year's featured speaker in the lecture series. Kimera Way, executive director of development, can provide reporters with contact information for Bond, Nelson and Mogensen. You can reach her at (715) 836-5180 or waykk@uwec.edu. Katherine Rhoades, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, can talk about the importance of helping educate future teachers about issues relating to school violence. You can reach Rhoades at (715) 836-3671 or rhoadeka@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will participate in the National Council of Teachers of English 17th annual African-American Read-In from 10:30-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in the Penthouse of Hibbard Hall. David Jones, associate professor of English and Women's Studies, will be the featured reader. Children from the UW-Eau Claire Children's Center will attend. For details, contact Jones at (715) 836-4949 or jonesm@uwec.edu.

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Winter Carnival will run Feb. 9-12 at UW-Eau Claire. Dog sledding is among the planned activities, set for 2-4 p.m. Feb. 9 behind Governors Hall on upper campus. For a full schedule of carnival events, see the Student Senate Web site.

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