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Educating Students for Success in the 21st Century is the Focus of UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Luncheon

RELEASED: Feb. 15, 2007

postcard for Lets Do LunchEAU CLAIRE — Dr. Don Christian, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss the educational needs of university students in the 21st century and recent initiatives to educate students for success in a complex global society at a Feb. 28 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Christian will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant titled "Liberal Education for the 21st Century: Are Universities Delivering?" The presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

"Many people think that the diploma itself is the most important outcome of a university education, as if nothing important happens between admission and graduation," Christian said. "It's important that we talk about the real learning that takes place during college that prepares students for the future."

Christian has been dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences since 2004. He also has been a member of the UW System advisory group on the liberal arts and sciences and has participated in national educational initiatives of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Christian was the associate dean for the biological sciences and professor of biological sciences at the University of Montana in Missoula from 1997 to 2004. Prior to moving to Montana, he was a biology professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for 19 years and served as the head of the biology department for four years. His academic background is in mammalian ecology and physiological ecology. He earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.

Upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" speakers, dates and topics include Colleen McFarland, UW-Eau Claire head special collections librarian, March 28: "Preserving Your Personal History Through Family Records Management"; and Dr. Maureen Mack, UW-Eau Claire professor of women's studies and education, April 25: "Finding Center: Strategies to Build Strong Girls and Women."

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets or for more information, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266.

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