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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 12, 2009

RELEASED: Jan. 12, 2009

Story Idea
Fifty-six students and staff members are spending their Winterim break on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage, visiting sites of historic importance to the civil rights movement. The Jan. 9-20 trip includes stops at the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Ala.; the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala.; the Community Bakery and Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. Some students are sharing their experiences by blogging during the trip. The student blog is linked from the UW-Eau Claire homepage.

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UW-Eau Claire was named one of The Princeton Review's top 100 "Best Value Colleges for 2009." The list includes 50 public and 50 private institutions from throughout the U.S. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school on the list. UW-Eau Claire's commitment to offering students a quality but affordable education has taken on even greater importance given the current economic downturn. The 2009 freshman class will enter college during a recession, a reality that makes it even more important to select a quality school that provides an education and experiences that will give them a leg-up after graduation. When creating its "Best Value" list, The Princeton Review looked at academics, costs and financial aid, using data from about 650 higher education institutions. Also, 160,000-175,000 student surveys were received. The Princeton Review has included UW-Eau Claire in various rankings in recent years, most recently in August 2008 when it named it a 2009 Best Midwestern College.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire will host a welcome program for adult students from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, in Room 1033 of McIntyre Library. The program is designed to help nontraditional students who are new to the university better understand the services and resources available to them on campus. For information about the welcome session or about how UW-Eau Claire serves nontraditional students, contact Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student adviser, at 715-836-3259 or isaacsbj@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the Ecumenical Religious Center. The chronology of King's life and excerpts from his speeches, including "I've Been to the Mountaintop," will be read by members of the UW-Eau Claire Black Student Association. UW-Eau Claire music students will perform an a cappella arrangement of King's favorite hymn, "Precious Lord Take My Hand," as well as "Passages," an original composition by Dr. Ethan Wickman, associate professor of music. For details, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-832-4886; Pastor Alan Buresh at 715-834-8026; or Christine Webster at 715-836-3367.

Calendar Note
No classes will be held and administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Winterim classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

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