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Tip Sheet for the week of July 17, 2006

RELEASED: July 17, 2006

Story Idea
The latest survey from Career Services found that UW-Eau Claire graduates are finding jobs and many of those jobs are in Wisconsin. Sixty-seven percent or 1,240 of the 1,847 graduates responded to the survey, completed in April 2006, using self-report instruments. Eighty-four percent reported they were employed full or part-time, 14 percent reported they were continuing their education, and less than 3 percent reported they were seeking employment. Fifty-nine percent of the graduates included in the survey are working for businesses and organizations in Wisconsin, with 27 percent of the respondents working in the Chippewa Valley. That's a significant increase from 10 years ago when only 10 percent of UW-Eau Claire graduates found employment in the Chippewa Valley. More local businesses and communities are now benefiting from UW-Eau Claire graduates' talents, energy and knowledge. The strong job market in the Chippewa Valley is similar to the national job market, which many reports say is the strongest job market since 2001. For more information contact Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services, at skougjm@uwec.edu or 715-836-5358.

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A UW-Eau Claire alumnus was recently hired by the New England Patriots to start their new museum and hall of fame. Brent Hensel, the first student to complete the UW-Eau Claire's new graduate certificate in public history, left his position as the director of Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County this month to become the Patriots' curator and team librarian. Hensel, who grew up in Black River Falls, will help the Patriots start the process of building a team museum and hall of fame, scheduled to open by 2008, and serve as curator and team historian. It will be his job to inventory the organization's collection of artifacts, help acquire items needed for the museum, and to help create the museum. After completing the public history coursework, he had an internship during the summer of 2004 as collections intern with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. John Mann, an assistant professor of history and project director of the Learning by Doing Graduate Certificate program, said the three-year-old public history program is designed to prepare students for careers in history outside of the academic realm, such as in museums, historic preservation, documentary film and video, and cultural resource management. The history department has long been involved in local and regional public history, but degree offerings in the field are relatively new. UW-Eau Claire now offers a public history emphasis for undergraduate majors and a graduate certificate in public history for graduate students. For details, contact John Mann at manjw@uwec.edu or 715-836-5850.

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Summer Sounds, a new classical music series that is part of UW-Eau Claire's Summer Session Programs, features some of the university's finest musicians on Sunday's during the month of July. The free Summer Sounds concerts take place at 2 p.m. in Phillips Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Concert previews take place on the preceding Thursdays at noon in The Cabin of Davies Center. For details, contact Beverly Soll at sollba@uwec.edu or 715-836-4419.

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