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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 15, 2007

RELEASED: Jan. 15, 2007

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again included UW-Eau Claire among its 100 best values in public colleges. UW-Eau Claire is ranked 65th in the rankings, which are published in the magazine's February issue. UW-Eau Claire was ranked 69th in the magazine's 2006 list. Kiplinger's bases its rankings on a combination of outstanding academic quality and an affordable price. Data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. are reviewed. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich is available to discuss the rankings. You can reach him at 715-836-2327.

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James Boulter, an assistant professor of chemistry whose specialty area is analytical and atmospheric chemistry, is available to discuss factors associated with record high global temperatures. The British Meteorological Office has predicted that 2007 will be the world's warmest year on record. According to Boulter, El Nino has been a source of abnormally warm years in the past and is likely contributing to recent high average global temperatures. However, 2005 (which tied for warmest with 1998, a huge El Nino year) was not an El Nino year. He believes long-term anthropogenic warming is occurring, and is likely to be the single most important factor affecting the Earth's climate today. To change the pattern, he said people need to stop producing so much carbon dioxide, which comes overwhelmingly from combustion of fuels, fossil and otherwise. Boulter is available to discuss factors associated with high global temperatures. You can reach him at 715-836-4175 or boulteje@uwec.edu.

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Faculty in the College of Education and Human Sciences will participate in a daylong retreat Jan. 18 focusing on diversity. The retreat will run from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. in the meeting room of the RCU building in Phoenix Park. At 10:30 a.m., Illusion Theater from Minneapolis will present "Undesirable Elements." Actors will tell the stories of seven Minnesota residents who were born in one culture and live in another. The session will end with a discussion among faculty participants and actors. The media is welcome to attend any part of retreat. Other experts also will be speaking during the retreat. The media is welcome to attend any of the sessions. For a full schedule or to discuss the retreat, contact Katherine Rhoades, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, at 715-836-3671 or rhoadeka@uwec.edu.

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Cabaret XXIX will begin this week in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The extravaganza will feature The Singing Statesmen, Concert Choir, Women's Concert Chorale and Cabaret Orchestra. The theme, Cabaret Crossword, will feature sets of songs from the same genre that are connected by a common word. The music department's largest annual production, Cabaret has raised more than $225,000 for scholarships for music students. It began in 1978 to give students experience in arranging and staging a variety show. All choreography, musical arrangements, costuming and sets are created by students. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Performances also are set for Jan. 25-27. For details, contact Gary Schwartzhoff, director of Choral Activities, at 715-836-4056 or schwargr@uwec.edu.

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