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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 25, 2010

RELEASED: Jan. 25, 2010

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UW-Eau Claire students provided nearly 470,000 hours in community service during the 2008-09 academic year, according to Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning at UW-Eau Claire. The number reflects all community service hours, including volunteer hours and all hours served during professional preparation courses such as internships, externships and student teaching. The total number also includes an estimate of the hours of service on the part of student organizations. The university has made an effort in recent years to capture all student community service hours so it can better determine the amount of time students spend serving the community in a variety of ways. For details, contact Don Mowry at 715-836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

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Valerie Guyant, instructor of English and women's studies, will discuss the literary vampire during a Jan. 27 "Let's Do Lunch!" presentation hosted by the Alumni Association. Guyant will present "Vampires in Our Literature — Then and Now" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. Her talk will examine the following questions: When did vampires really enter the public awareness in Western history? Why has the vampire survived for more than 3,000 years as a literary and cultural icon of evil, sexuality and the outsider we fear or want to become?

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A higher percentage of students returned in fall 2009 to UW-Eau Claire after their freshman year than at any other time in the university's history. The fall freshman-to-sophomore rate was 84.4 percent, topping the previous high of 83 percent in 2004-05. The 84.4 percent retention rate is well above the 71 percent national average for first-to-second-year students at four-year public universities. Kris Anderson, executive director of enrollment services and director of Admissions, said the quality of the freshmen class is consistently high and students come here well-prepared. Freshmen typically rank in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating classes and have average ACT scores of 24.5. While there is no data to confirm the reason for this year's record high first-year retention rate, research has shown that freshmen who feel connected to faculty, other students and the campus are more likely to return in their sophomore year. UW-Eau Claire supports first-year students by providing them with quality advising, strong residence life programs, many extracurricular activities and close contact with faculty beginning in first-year classes. Research shows that personal reasons and financial concerns are the two reasons students most often cite when leaving the university. UW-Eau Claire is developing a 10-year retention plan to address many of the issues that students say cause them to leave. For more information, contact Kris Anderson at 715-836-2887 or anderskc@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Four Eau Claire middle school girls were part of the group that went on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage this month. The girls, who went on the trip with their mothers, kept a blog. The trip included stops at historic sites important to the civil rights movement. You can see the blog at http://delongcivilrightshistorytravelers.blogspot.com/. To talk to the girls, contact Kim Way at 715-836-5180 or waykk@uwec.edu, or Jodi Thesing-Ritter at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note

  • Spring 2010 classes start Monday, Jan. 25.
  • A faculty/staff open meeting and chancellor's roundtable will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Schofield Auditorium. The roundtable will provide an opportunity for the chancellor to talk with faculty and staff about a variety of campuswide issues, such as the budget, Blugold Commitment and fall accomplishments.

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