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September 9, 2004


UW System President to Visit Synergy Conference

The new president of the University of Wisconsin System will attend a nine-county regional synergy conference for western Wisconsin on Sept. 15.

Kevin Reilly, who assumed leadership of the System on Sept. 1, is expected to offer remarks and participate in a regional awards ceremony. As chief executive officer, Reilly oversees a public higher education system that enrolls 160,000 students on 26 2- and 4-year campuses, with 30,000 employees and an annual budget of $3.9 billion.

The synergy conference is hosted this year by UW-River Falls in collaboration with UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire, and will occur at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. It will address such topics as rural to urban transitions, health care costs, the rural digital divide, and workforce development.

In his first official visit to the St. Croix and Chippewa valleys, Reilly also will meet with regional leaders and with news media.

The synergy conference is a project of the Greater Chippewa and St. Croix Valley Regional PK-16 Consortium, which is housed at Stout Solutions at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Synergy 2004 is supported by a grant from the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The conference is sponsored by Xcel Energy and other organizations.

Visit the Synergy 2004 web site at http://wcw-synergy.net to register or receive more information, or contact conference coordinator Sharon Sabatke, UW-RF Outreach and Graduate Studies, at sharon.sabatke@uwrf.edu or call 715/425-3256 or 800/228-5607.

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