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Tip Sheet for the Week of May 1, 2006

RELEASED: May 1, 2006

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The number of foreign students studying in the U.S. is declining even as the number of U.S. students studying abroad is increasing.
The number of foreign students in the U.S. dropped 1.3 percent last year to 565,039. The number of U.S. students abroad increased 9.4 percent in 2004 to a record 191,321. UW-Eau Claire's international programs have shown similar trends, with growing number of students studying abroad and fewer international students coming to campus. Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, can talk about the trends. You can reach him at (715) 836-4411 or Markgraf@uwec.edu.

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"Creating Cultures of Health: Controlling Health Costs Through Alternative Strategies" will run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 3 at the Holiday Inn-Campus Area.
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman will speak from 8:45-9 a.m. State Rep. Terry Moulton will speak from 12:15-12:30 p.m. about the Tax Credits for Workplace Wellness Programs bill. The event is for public health, economic/community development, human resource and finance professionals; health care providers; educators; and others affected by the high cost of health care. Speakers include experts in public and private research, business development, medicine and insurance. Successful healthcare models used in area businesses will be highlighted. For details, call Continuing Education at (715) 836-3636.

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UW-Eau Claire's "Astronomy Day" will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6 in Phillips Science Hall.
It will include telescopes, planetarium shows, observations of the sun, radio astronomy demonstrations, the Dream Odyssey space shuttle and more. The free event is open to the public. For details, contact the astronomy department at (715) 836-3148.

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Members of the women's fraternity Alpha Xi Delta plan to teeter-totter for 24 hours May 4-5 to raise funds for Longfellow Elementary School. "Teeter-Totter for Kids" will begin at 1 p.m. May 4 on the Central Campus Mall and end at noon May 5.
The goal is to raise $3,000 for classroom sound amplification systems, said student organizer Katrina Rademacher. The fraternity has worked with Longfellow for years, volunteering at after-school activities for students and families. Holly Larson, coordinator of enrichment activities at Longfellow, and Principal Kris Dimock will teeter-totter at 9 a.m. May 5. For details, contact Rademacher at rademakl@uwec.edu.

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Students and faculty will display their collaborative research at the 14th annual Student Research Day May 1-2.
Posters will be displayed from noon-5 p.m. May 1 and from 8 a.m.-noon May 2 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. This year's event will include 196 projects. For details, contact Karen Havholm, interim assistant vice chancellor, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, at (715) 836-3405.

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