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Tip Sheet for week of Jan. 22

January 22, 2013

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Since UW-Eau Claire's information systems department revamped its academic programs in 2006, it has become a leader in the Upper Midwest in supplying IS graduates to companies in the region and beyond. The demand for qualified candidates in the IS field is growing at a rapid pace, and businesses and organizations in Wisconsin and around the country often look to UW-Eau Claire for well-trained and well-rounded IS graduates, according to Dr. Thomas Hilton, chair of the IS department. IS-related jobs likely will continue to be among the most in-demand in the U.S. economy. IS is the study of how technology can be used to solve business problems and create new business opportunities. Six years ago, UW-Eau Claire introduced two emphases within the IS major: business analysis and systems development. The change made entry into the IS field available to students whose interests lie along less technical lines. As a result, the number of IS majors has grown by about 65 percent (212 current majors). Minors have grown by more than 500 percent (68 current minors). The program also includes project-based courses, which often use community partners as clients. The Eau Claire Family Resource Center, the State Theatre and Continental Products in Osseo are among recent clients. The Career Services office reports a placement rate of 94.4 percent for IS graduates. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Hilton at

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Cabaret XXXV will continue with weekend performances that will feature a cast of 125 student performers. This year's show is titled "School Day." Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 24-26, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. The shows will be in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. Cabaret is an annual show that supports scholarships for music. Since it began in 1978, Cabaret has raised more than $325,000 in scholarship funds. The show also allows the music and theatre arts students to practice arranging and staging a variety show similar to what they might encounter in a professional career. The show features student performers from ensembles in the music and theatre arts department as well as small acts and solo performers. Cabaret XXXV is accompanied by the Cabaret Orchestra, made up of members of UW-Eau Claire jazz ensembles and the University Symphony Orchestra. Eight student directors also are involved in directing the musical variety show, including Andrew Steffen, a senior from New Richmond.

Calendar Note

UW-Eau Claire's 2013 spring semester classes began today, Tuesday, Jan. 22. The spring semester will continue through May 17.

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