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Tip Sheet for the week of May 11, 2009

RELEASED: May 11, 2009

Story Idea
Despite the tough economy, UW-Eau Claire students graduating with degrees in information systems are still in demand. Recruiters have regularly come to campus to talk with IS majors and graduates are receiving multiple job offers. UW-Eau Claire is among the top producers of IS graduates in the nation and is one of the few universities in the country seeing an increase in the number of IS majors. In the last year, UW-Eau Claire has graduated nearly 70 IS majors, a number that exceeds the total number of students enrolled in many IS programs in Wisconsin and beyond. In April, UW-Eau Claire had 240 IS majors and 53 IS minors. While still below the 434 peak in 1998, enrollment has steadily climbed since a low of 155 in 2004. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that starting salaries for entry-level IS jobs are higher than those for attorneys and civil engineers. In Midwest metro areas, many entry-level IS jobs pay $55,000-$65,000 a year. The number of IS jobs is expected to grow, with labor statistics showing that six of the 16 fastest growing jobs in the country are IS jobs. UW-Eau Claire revamped its IS program in 2006 because of declining enrollment and changing needs in business and industry. For details, contact Dr. Thomas Hilton, chair of the IS department, at 715-836-3416 or hiltonts@uwec.edu, or Dr. Anthony Keys, associate professor of IS, at 715-836-5910 or keysac@uwec.edu.

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Dr. Charlene Burns, associate professor of religious studies, will travel to Egypt and Qatar this month as part of a small delegation of American citizens invited by the National Peace Foundation and the Islamic Society of North America to participate in a people-to-people exchange program between the United States and countries in the Middle East. Dr. Burns will be one of six delegates who will travel with a translator and the trip organizer. The exchange program is part of "Faith and Community: A Dialogue," which was established through a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to the National Peace Foundation. The inter-religious dialogue initiative provides for unmediated exchange among clerics, scholars of religion, educators and community leaders. For more information, contact Dr. Charlene Burns at 715-836-2930 or 715-836-2545.

Story/Photo Idea
The Clean Commute Initiative encouraged the campus community to ride their bikes to campus during Bike to Work Week, May 11-15. CCI promotes increased commuting to and from campus by foot, bicycle and bus. The CCI will have an informational table from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, on the Central Campus Mall. The Eau Claire City Council will proclaim May 11-15 Bike to Work Week during its May 12 meeting. Other Bike to Work Week events will occur around the city this week.

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Spring commencement exercises for 1,217 students will be held Saturday, May 16, in Zorn Arena. Ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Several alumni will be honored during a luncheon between the ceremonies in Davies Center.

Calendar Item
Students will take final exams this week, with the last tests set for Friday, May 15.

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