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UW-Stevens Point biology graduate Jason Cotter will serve Florence and Forest counties as a newly hired wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Cotter is stationed in Florence, Wis., and will be responsible for implementing broad scale wildlife programs within Spread Eagle Barrens State Natural Area, Pine-Popple Wild Rivers Area and Little Rice Wildlife Area.
The Central Wisconsin Mathematics League marks its 45th year in 2015. The competition is administered by nine UW-Stevens Point faculty members, who volunteer to write and score tests. Stan Carlson, a retired mathematics professor, began helping with the league in 1971 and co-chairs the competition with lecturer Kevin Schoenecker.
A group of UW-Stevens Point students, including French majors Matthew Kashdan, Jennifer Kozuch and Hayley Bristol landed in France for their semester studying abroad just after al-Qaida attacks on a satirical weekly newspaper sent the country into turmoil. Accompanied by French instructor Vera Klekovkina, the students experienced life in a foreign country besieged by terror. “There’s a real spirit of solidarity that’s all over the country,” Bristol told local media via Skype. “Obviously it’s a very upsetting event and people are worried if something else will happen, but the atmosphere is good.”
The Interactive Menominee Place Names Map is now accessible online at The map is the culmination of more than 30 years of research into traditional Menominee location terminology and related stories, using digital cartography and Web production. UW-Stevens Point personnel associated with the project include Joe Martell and Keith Rice of the GIS Center, Ray Reser of the Museum and Natural History and COLS Dean Chris Cirmo.

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