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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 19, 2011

RELEASED: Dec. 19, 2011

Story Idea
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich recently returned from a three-week trip to China, where he served as a visiting lecturer at Jinan University's Zhuhai College. The trip allowed him to enhance his ongoing teaching and research in legal history while also strengthening existing and developing new UW-Eau Claire ties with China. Levin-Stankevich, a member of the history faculty, regularly teaches a course on legal history. While in China, he presented lectures, and he spent time connecting with prospective partners and reconnecting with long-term partners of UW-Eau Claire. The university has had a 21-year relationship with Jinan University, one of the longest-standing U.S.-China university collaborations in existence. Approximately 100 students from China currently attend UW-Eau Claire. Increasing the number of international students at UW-Eau Claire benefits the region economically. A recent report released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators stated that the 228 international students who studied at UW-Eau Claire during the 2010-11 academic year contributed more than $5.2 million to the Chippewa Valley economy Read a related news release. Increased recruitment of students from China is part of UW-Eau Claire's efforts toward its goal of accelerating global learning, part of which includes growing the number of international students on campus. The university plans to double its number of international students by 2014. In addition to boosting the recruitment of Chinese students, UW-Eau Claire's connections with Chinese universities have resulted in faculty exchange programs. More than 150 Jinan faculty members have visited UW-Eau Claire and 50 UW-Eau Claire faculty have visited Jinan. Two to three faculty members travel to Chinese universities each summer to pursue their research and enhance their teaching. To discuss Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich's recent trip to China, call 715-836-2327 to arrange an interview.

Story Idea
Students will take final exams Dec. 19-Dec. 22, bringing a close to the 2011 fall semester. McIntyre Library will be open 24 hours a day during final's week. The library will host several stress-relieving activities, including the following:

Monday, Dec. 19:

  • 5-6 p.m.: Leader dogs that students can pet will be on the first floor.
  • 5-7 p.m.: Stress-relieving workstations will be on the first floor. Stations will include an area for making stress balls, as well as a regression center with coloring pages, fruit, aromatherapy lotions and information on stress management.
  • 11:30-11:45 p.m.: A dance will be held in the second-floor breezeway.

Tuesday, Dec. 20:

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Therapy dogs will be on the first floor for students to pet.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Stress-relieving workstations will be on the first floor. Stations will include an area for making stress balls, as well as a regression center with coloring pages and information on stress management.

For details, contact Eric Jennings at jenninge@uwec.edu or 715-836-4076.

Calendar Notes

  • UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holiday.
  • Winterim 2012 classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 3.
  • Spring semester 2012 classes will begin Monday, Jan. 23.

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