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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 23, 2009

RELEASED: Nov. 23, 2009

Story Idea
More than 165 international and American UW-Eau Claire students are participating in the International Buddy Project this semester. The program matches international and American students as buddies at the start of each semester as a way to promote cultural exchange and international understanding. The students contact and hang out with their buddies at least twice a month. American students like the program because it's a way for them to make friends from around the world and to learn about different cultures. International students, especially the ones who are new on campus, find that it's a good way to quickly immerse themselves in the American culture and new living environment, as well as to improve their English. Senior Amber Hayden coordinates the program for the Center for International Education. Hayden can answer questions or help connect reporters with international and American students who are participating in the buddy program. You can reach Amber Hayden at haydenar@uwec.edu or 715-836-4411.

Campus Experts
The "Ask a Scientist" series will continue this week with a presentation by two faculty members. Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology, and Lori Snyder, senior lecturer of geology, will present "The Future of Fossil Fuels" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. They will discuss issues such as how long fossil fuels will be available to power our civilization; what areas of the earth hold the greatest promise for finding new deposits of oil, coal and gas; and what technologies will replace fossil fuels. "Ask a Scientist," created for the educated layperson, features monthly presentations on a variety of scientific topics. For details, contact Dr. Paul Thomas at 715-836-3615 or thomaspj@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2009 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education. UW-Eau Claire ranks 9th nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who participate in mid-length (quarter- or semester-long) study abroad programs, and it ranks 25th nationally among all master's-level schools in overall numbers of students who study abroad. UW-Eau Claire had 479 students study abroad during the 2007-08 academic year; 318 of those students participated in mid-length programs. The university offers study abroad programs in nearly 30 countries throughout the world. For details about the report or UW-Eau Claire's international programs, contact Karl Markgraf at 715-836-4411 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

The View
The fall issue of The View, UW-Eau Claire's alumni magazine, is now online. The publication includes stories that may be of interest to the media. For example, it includes a story about physician and UW-Eau Claire alumnus William Klish, a nationally recognized expert on childhood obesity. Dr. Klish is an Eau Claire native who moved back to the Chippewa Valley after retiring. It also includes a story about alumna Ramona Morrow, a Native American artist who lives in Hayward. Last spring, Morrow presented a Native doll making workshop at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, in New York City. You can find the stories online.

Calendar Item
UW-Eau Claire will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The university also will be closed Friday, Nov. 27, for a state-mandated furlough day. No classes will be held and administrative offices will be closed during the furlough day.

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