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Tip Sheet for the week of May 25, 2009

RELEASED: May 25, 2009

Calendar Item
UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, May 25, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume and offices will be open again May 26.

Story Idea
Ninety-eight percent of 2007-08 UW-Eau Claire graduates who responded to an employment survey reported they were employed or continuing their education. Of the 1,812 graduates who were sent the employment survey, 1,214 — or 67 percent — responded. Eighty-three percent of the respondents reported they were employed full- or part-time. Fifteen percent of the respondents were continuing their education. Ninety-nine percent of the respondents from the College of Education and Human Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences reported they were employed or continuing their education. Ninety-eight percent of the respondents from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business reported they were employed or continuing their education. UW-Eau Claire graduates are staying in the area, with 24 percent of the respondents who are working reporting that they are employed in the Chippewa Valley. With another 35 percent employed in other parts of Wisconsin, nearly 60 percent of the graduates are staying in the state. Twenty-four percent are working in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. For details, contact Jesica Witte in Career Services at 715-836-5358 or wittejm@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire has established an accelerated reading specialist licensure program. The College of Education and Human Sciences' new 317 licensure program will serve teachers who hold a 316 reading teacher license. The new model offers in-class and online instruction that allows students to plan the majority of their workload around busy schedules and requires fewer trips to and from campus. The program will make it possible for a graduate student to complete the coursework for the reading specialist licensure in one year. According to the 2007 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Supply and Demand Report, the number of reading specialists in the state is below average. The data also indicates that many reading specialists are expected to retire in the next few years. The accelerated program will increase the number of licensed reading specialists available to meet the needs of children throughout Wisconsin. For details, contact Dr. Sherry Macaul, professor of curriculum and instruction, at 715-836-5735 or macaulsl@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire's food services director will discuss during a May 27 luncheon how the university's dining service is using more sustainable practices. Christian Wise, director of Blugold Dining, will present "Sustainability: Another Word for Efficient," from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant. Wise will examine how various changes in dining service practices are helping the university save water and energy and waste less food. He also will discuss how going trayless, recycling everything from coffee grounds to fryer oil, establishing a composting program, and using napkins made from recycled material and cups and plates made from biodegradable material are good for the environment and more efficient practices. The media is welcome to cover his presentation. For details about the university's initiatives, contact Christian Wise at 715-836-5261.

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