UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Alumni Success Stories

A UW-Eau Claire education is a springboard to success. Just follow the links below to learn more about some of the recent achievements of UW-Eau Claire alumni.

Tim Abraham '81, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is conducting a yearlong photo-a-day project. Full story.

Karen (Haas) Alexander '67 receives the Family Caregiver Award from the Alzheimer's Association Wisconsin chapter at its May 2008 conference in Milwaukee.

Barry Anderson '00, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, is acting in the Broadway musical "Legally Blonde" in New York. He has a supporting role, but, as understudy, was thrust into the starring role July 26, 2008, when the leading man went home sick.

Kathy Anderson '82, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, recently joined the Northeast Bank Insurance Group in Auburn, Maine. Full story.

Nathan J. Anderson '94, a UW-Eau Claire biochemistry/
molecular biology graduate, has authored "Jak and the Scarlet Thread," the first in a young adult book series that will take readers through the Bible. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

William Baillargeon '82, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, has been named by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to take over a vacant district court seat in Allegan County, Michigan. Full story.

Mary Bauer '10, a UW-Eau Claire athletic training graduate, has joined the Mayo Clinic Health System sports medicine team as a licensed athletic trainer. Full story.

Craig Beemer '82, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, is the owner of the River Oasis Cafe in Stillwater. The cafe previously had been under the same ownership for nearly 20 years and has been in operation for more than 50 years.

Jane Berenz '82, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagen (Minn.) School District. Full story.

Reggie Bicha '92, a UW-Eau Claire social work graduate and secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, is a recipient of a Commissioner's Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Full story.

Ken Brosky '04, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, recently published his first collection of published short stories titled "The Unauthorized Biography of Michelle Bachmann (and other stories)." Full story.

Karen Bunde Gleisner '76, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, is switching careers and wins a gingerbread house contest she entered as part of her coursework in a bakery production program.

Ryan Burr '01, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, ran 11 marathons in 2011 to rase money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Full story.

James Butman '80, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate and an executive at Madison-based TDS Telecommunications Corp., has been elected treasurer of the national trade association for the competitive local telecom industry (COMPTEL). Full story.

Sue Caley-Opsal '94 (MS), a professor of anatomy and physiology at Illinois Valley Community College, received IVCC's 2008 Faculty Excellence Award.

Sean Carey '07, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, was recently interviewed about his association with the indie rock band Bon Iver in the Madison alternative weekly newspaper, Isthmus. Full story.

Susan Caya '08 (MA), who received a UW-Eau Claire master's degree in history, is curator of interpretation and collections at Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien.

Phil Cook '05, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, and other members of the band Megafaun were interviewed in a "Quit Your Day Job" posting on stereogum.com.

Phil Cook '05, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, was recently featured in an interview about his band, Megafaun, in A.V. Club Madison. Steven Hyden '00, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, conducted the interview. Full story.

Marilyn (Clark) Cuellar '71, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate, received the Best of Show-Drawing award at the annual Uptown Art Fair, held in Minneapolis Aug. 1-3. The Uptown Art Fair is a juried national show featuring the work of artists from across the nation.

Paul Dankers '98, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate who is music director at the Snowmass Chapel in Snowmass Village, Colo., recently starred in a production of "Forever Plaid" as part of the Winter Culture Series he established. (Photo by Stewart Oksenhorn of The Aspen Times) Full story.

Faye Deich '79, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been appointed interim president and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Jacci DeWolfe '11, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, has recently published her debut collection of stories. (Photo: http://volumeone.org) Full story.

Darrell Doepke '81 finds a unique way to celebrate his dual loyalty to the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Tony Duran '88, took the March 20, 2008, People magazine cover and inside photos of entertainers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony and their newborn twins. See cover photo.

Gregory Effertz '85, a UW-Eau Claire accounting and information systems graduate, has been named chief financial offier of Verisae, a web-enabled, clean technology software and services company.

Michael Effinger '80 was named chief financial officer of Infusion Software of Gilbert, Ariz., in March 2008.

Bethine (Hagen) Ellie '90, a UW-Eau Claire English and journalism graduate, reunited with a student she taught several years ago at Siping Teacher's College in China. Full story.

Sara Finger '99, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, has been named one of the top 25 emerging leaders competing for the CLASSY Young Nonprofit Leader of the Year Award. Full story.

Josh Fizel '07, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, was named Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week in early September. Full story.

Kevin Flanagan '79, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has joined the consulting firm MorrisAnderson as managing director of its Milwaukee office. Full story.

Bruce Fox '83, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, has received a Fulbright Teacher Exchange grant to teach in Wil, Switerland.

Chad Frase '01, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education and art graduate, has written a book about deer for children. Full story.

Carol Fredrikson '78, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate who is a math teacher and cross country coach at L.B. Clarke Middle School, is an avid runner who competes in numerous races each year and usually places in her age group. Full story.

Richard Frenette '74, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, has been named executive director of the Wisconsin State Fair. Full story.

Bruce Gardow '74, a UW-Eau Claire social science and speech graduate, has created a tour of Eau Claire that highlights the city's Great Depression-era projects. Full story.

Paul Gilbertson '78 and his wife, Chris, are co-founders of the nonprofit organization With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child.

Mark Green '83, a UW-Eau Claire English and political science graduate and former U.S. congressman for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district, is the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania.

Adam Griggel '07, a bacterial meningitis survivor who lost his right leg to the infection, in early 2008 was nearing completion of the Police Academy program at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Charles Grossklaus '69, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has retired as CEO for RCU in Eau Claire after 40 years with the credit union. Full story.

Ruth Gullerud '71 has served as executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of West Central Wisconsin since 1984, and this year she led the organization's first Wissota Winter Classic ice fishing contest on Lake Wissota.

Carrie Hamm '99, a UW-Eau Claire psychology and American Indian studies graduate, is pastor of Chetek United Methodist Church.

Marlin Hardinger '00, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is a U.S. Foreign Service officer working with a reconstruction team in Helmand, Afghanistan, helping civilians create a local government structure that will assist with restoring order to the region.

Briana Hardyman '05, a UW-Eau Claire theatre arts graduate, is touring as part of the country music duo Good Souls. She and fellow performer Dave Isaacs recently completed their first, self-titled album.

Cindy Hartin '88, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, recently joined the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center as a business development specialist. Full story.

Jan Harvey '68, a UW-Eau Claire communication disorders graduate who also received a master of science in education degree in communication disorders in 1970, had her garden included in the Stepping Stones of Dunn County garden tour. (Photo by Pamela Powers of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Katlyn Head '11, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate, has embarked on an around-the-world adventure in Christian mission work.

Karen Hebert '81, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate who also received a master of business administration degree in 1988, has been appointed to the board of directors of Eau Claire's Sacred Heart Hospital. Full story.

Mary Hilfiker '67, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, Ray Hilfiker '65 (history) and Alice Hilfiker Butler '67 (elementary education) were recently featured in the magazine Mammoth Tales, a publication of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation.

Morgan Hinkley '06, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living as a future leader in long-term care. Full story.

Sean Hogan '08, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate, is a member of the Eden Prairie-based indie-rock band The New Monarchs, whose song "Kiss Me At the Gate" was featured during a "Gossip Girl" episode on The CW.

Monica Holtz '75, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has written the children's book "Emily at the Zoo." Learn more.

Thomas Hughes '85, who received a master's degree in school psychology from UW-Eau Claire, has been named superintendent of schools for the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. Full story.

Carol Isaksson '82, a UW-Eau Claire French graduate who also received a bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2011, has been named assistant director of surgery for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.

Tom Jekel '75, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named publisher of The Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Full story.

Barb Johnson '74, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, and Tom Johnson '75, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, have been named Philanthropists of the Year by Chippewa Valley Fund Raising Professionals. Full story.

Jamie Judkins '10, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate, has been hired as a buyer relations coordinator at OffPrice, a Brookfield-based subsidiary of Tarsus Group plc, Dublin, Ireland. Full story.

Harry Kaiser '79, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has been named the Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

Mark Kalish '79, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has designed the Lightning electric hot rod, which recently had its Eau Claire debut. Full story.

Keith Karns '08, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, recently performed with his big band jazz ensemble at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire. Full story.

Colleen Keegan '05, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has received the 2011 Award of Excellence-Activity Professional of the Year by the Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals. Full story.

Lucas Knowles '10, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, conducted an award-winning oral history thesis project about Beloit migrants. Full story.

Ann Knox-Bauer '88 has been appointed a Taylor County (Wis.) Circuit Court judge.

Bob Knuth '90 is the marketing art director at The Second City Theatre in Chicago, as well as producing director and resident scenic director at Circle Theatre, also in Chicago. He was featured in an April 2008 (Chicago) Daily Herald article.

Ganna Kotenko '09, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, opened Swan Lake Ballet Studio in Eau Claire in May. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Ganna Kotenko '09, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, earned an honorable mention in Downtown Eau Claire Inc.’s Jumpstart Downtown business competition for her Swan Lake Ballet Studio. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Warren Kraft '74, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, has received the inaugural Brad D. Bailey Assistant City/Council Attorney Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Full story.

Pat Kreitlow '86, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has announced his candidacy to represent Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Full story.

Mark Kuula '93, a UW-Eau Claire information systems graduate, has started an online business selling lead-free fishing lures and sinkers.

Wade Labecki '87, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate, has been named deputy director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Full story.

Shawn LaPean '83, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is director of dining at the University of California-Berkeley.

Dan Larson '03 is named to the football coaching staff at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

Barbara Lee '85 (MSN) is director of the National Farm Medicine Center of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.

Mary Ellen Leicht '83, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been named acting director of the National Junior College Athletic Association. (Photo by Sandra J. Milburn of The Hutchinson News) Full story.

Shane Leonard '07, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, and a group of musicians performing under the name Kalispell have released the project's debut EP titled "Eastbound." Full story.

Mark Luebker '91, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has been named superintendent of the Osceola School District. Full story.

Dawn Marcott '09, who received a master of science in teaching degree in elementary education from UW-Eau Claire, is a "wish granter" for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. Full story.

Jacob McDonald '07 is a GIS technician/cartographer with the Antarctic Geospatial Information Center, creating maps for all operations at the McMurdo and South Pole stations in the Antarctic.

Mark McKenzie '79, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, had his music to the upcoming 3-D Catholic animated film "The Greatest Miracle" premiered in Madrid, Spain, Aug. 17. Learn more.

Kevin Meinholz '07, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism graduate, has been named the university's sports information director for Blugold athletics.

Jill Millis '09, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication and history graduate, has been named head softball coach at UW-Stevens Point. Full story.

Suzanne Moore '73, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, was an illuminator on the team creating the recently completed, handwritten St. John's Bible. Full story.

Dawn Mrozinski '05 is fundraising coordinator for Angel Space, an Eau Claire facility where the terminally ill can stay and receive medical care during their final days.

Travis Myren '97, a UW-Eau Claire political science and economics graduate, has been appointed director of Dane County's Department of Administration. Full story.

Alyce Nelson '75, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has retired after a 34-year career in education, with her last 19 years spent at Afton-Lakeland (Minn.) Elementary School. Full story

Judy Nichols '88, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been named Cardiac Care Associate liaison for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. Full story.

John Noltner '90, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and Minneapolis-based freelance photographer, is scheduled to release his new book, "A Peace of My Mind," on Nov. 4. Full story.

John Noltner '90, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and Minneapolis-based freelance photographer, has successfully completed a fundraising project to cover the cost of printing a coffee-table book based on his documentary project "A Peace of My Mind." Full story.

Kate Nulsen '11, who received a master of science in nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire, has been promoted to director of the critical care department at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.

Lindsay Olson '10, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, has joined the marketing and technology departments of Applied Data Consultants Inc. as a project analyst. Full story.

Jay Olstad '01, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has joined KARE-TV in Minneapolis as a general assignment reporter. Full story.

Steve Palacek '00, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has received the New Beginning Award from Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls. Full story.

Michael Perry '87, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has released a new CD titled "The Clodhopper Monologues." Full story.

Graydon Peterson '03, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is a member of the Twin Cities jazz quintet Frankhouse. Full story.

Ray Petkovsek '73, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named president-elect of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. See a recent feature on Petkovsek in the WICPA publication "On Balance" and an earlier feature story from that same publication.

Angela Pittman Taylor '00, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, has been selected as a Woman of Influence by The Business Journal (as reported in the May e-View). A lengthier story and video interview are available for viewing. Full story.

Jason Plante '97, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named vice chair of the Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital board of directors. Full story.

Roberta (Davis) Poirier '74 was honored Jan. 31, 2008, as a “real hero” by the Chippewa Valley chapter of the American Red Cross.

Paul Prissel '86, a UW-Eau Claire communication arts graduate who's a criminal prosecutor in the Los Angeles district attorney's office, stars in and is executive producer of the online TV show "Chapin Circle." Full story.

Nick Prueher '98 and Joe Pickett '99, both UW-Eau Claire communication-electronic media graduates, are hosts and curators of the traveling "Found Footage Festival." Full story.

John Raymond '09, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, will perform at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis Dec. 28 as part of the Young Lions Showcase.
Full story.

Benjamin Roesch '01, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, has been elected shareholder in the Seattle office of the Lane Powell law firm. Full story.

Horacio Rozanski '90, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has been named an executive vice president at the strategy and technology firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Full story.

Amy Rubenzer-Wilder '99, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has won the logo design contest for the Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest celebration for the second time. Full story.

Dana Saar '73, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is running as a candidate for the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Community College district governing board. Full story.

Corey Sauerwein '05, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named general manager of Devron Security's Minneapolis branch. Full story.

Richard Saykally '70 is the inaugural International Solvay Chair in Chemistry.

Amy Schaefer '00, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has earned her Certified Internal Auditor Certification from the Institute of Internal Auditors and has been appointed to the Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors board of
directors. Full story.

Karyn Schauf '79, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has received the UW-Barron County Foundation 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. Full story.

Kim Schulte-Shoberg '09, who received a master of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire, has joined UW-Stout as director of business and financial services. Full story.

Ben Seidman '07, a UW-Eau Claire theatre arts graduate, is the resident magician at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Visit his Web site.

Steve Shimon '78, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, co-owns Peaceful Pets, a pet funeral and cremation service based in Richfield. Full story.

Ken Smemo '57 retired in December 2007 after a 46-year teaching career at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Lisa Stark '79, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate and Eau Claire County Circuit Court judge, is among 13 applicants to become the next federal judge for the western Wisconsin district based in Madison. Full story.

Kevin Steiner '82, who received a master of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire, has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. Full story.

Chad Steinmetz '97, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, has been named Principal of Bloomer High School. (Photo by Chris Vetter of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Sarah Strahm '00, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who also received of master of science in nursing degree in 2004, has received the Gold Star Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Full story.

Luke Swanepoel '02, a UW-Eau Claire history and political science graduate, is legal attaché to Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.

Denise Sweet '85, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate who also received a master of arts degree in English in 1987, was featured in the Dec. 2 Erstwhile Luddite article "Charmingly Discharming: An Interview with Denise Sweet." Full story.

Matt Tiller '08, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, has received the Golden Apple Award from WQOW News 18 in Eau Claire. Full story.

George Utphall '75, '91 (MEPD) retired in spring 2008 from his position as choir director at Eau Claire's Memorial High School, where he taught for 19 years.

Dale Varsho '96, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, is field manager and director of operations for the Eau Claire Express Baseball Club. Full story.

Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, performed with his band, Bon Iver, at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story

Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative religions graduate known in music circles as Bon Iver, appeared Sept. 8, 2008, on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Read reviews of Vernon's music from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, as well as a feature article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, is the leader/singer-songwriter for the much-acclaimed indie-rock group Bon Iver. In September 2011, Vernon performed two sold-out shows with Bon Iver at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Read related stories in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and the Minneapolis StarTribune. Vernon also was featured in May 2011 in Billboard magazine and appeared on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and in June 2011 he was featured in The New York Times Magazine. Full story.

Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, recently performed with his band Bon Iver at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Read related stories in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and the Minneapolis StarTribune.

Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, was honored by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who proclaimed July 22 "Bon Iver Day" in recognition of the frontman's strong ties to city and state. Full story.

Rose Vincent '04, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is co-owner of Offbeats Violin and Guitar Studio in Eau Claire. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Peter Vogel '88, a UW-Eau Claire communication and theatre arts graduate, is founder and managing director of CulturePrep Inc., an organization that helps schools, organizations, and faith-based groups maximize the benefits of a multicultural community. Full story.

Chad Wade '05, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has been hired as assistant city attorney/labor relations manager for the city of Fond du Lac.

Michael Wagner '00, a UW-Eau Claire entrepreneurship graduate, has been hired as vice president of marketing for Catch the Best, an on-demand applicant tracking software company in Kirkland, Wash.

Jim Ward '92, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, is president of Applied Data Consultants, based in the town of Wheaton. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Troy Ward '85, a UW-Eau Claire physical education graduate, has been named assistant general manager of the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros.

Jerry Way '67, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate who also received a master of science in teaching in 1971, and Carol Way '67, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, recently displayed their artistic talents in a performance at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. (Photo by The Chippewa Herald) Full story.

Gerald (Jerry) Weiner '68 retired in January 2008 after a successful banking career that included terms as president and CEO of several Wisconsin financial institutions.

Colleen Willard-Holt '79, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has been appointed the inaugural dean of the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Shelly (Kraus) Winemiller '91 was honored by Rochester Women magazine with the 2008 Extraordinary Rochester Women award, in part for her work as founder and director of the Rochester, Minn., Bella Voce Young Women's Choir.

Molly Woodford '11, a UW-Eau Claire history and political science graduate, was the top female finisher in the Eau Claire Triathlon held in June. Full story.

John Woodington '06, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has had his short story "Camouflage" published in the fall issue of the nation's oldest continuously published literary journal, The Sewanee Review. Full story.

John Woodington '06, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has published his first novella, "Goodwill," in the novella collection Meat and Potatoes, published by Short Sharp Shock, and his short story "Love Story from Scatterbrain's Journal" in Pens on Fire. Learn more.

Kyle Zander '08, a UW-Eau Claire sociology graduate, and Zac Barnes '07, a Latin American studies grad, are members of E.C. Bikes, an informal community group that repairs old bikes and donates them to people in the community who can't afford to buy their own. Full story.

Dave Zdrazil '02 and Shannon Sullivan '02, both UW-Eau Claire art graduates, exhibited works in the Ceramics Annual of America 2011 Exhibition and Art Fair at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Full story.

Joseph Zirngibl '78, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate who also received a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1990 and a master of education-professional development degree in 1998, is the new administrator/principal of the Reek School District in Lake Geneva. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire alumni Gina Livingston '07 (Spanish), Rebecca O'Brien '08 (biology and Latin American studies) and Christopher Piper Nielson '08 (political science) were accepted into the highly selective Teach For America program, a nationwide organization that recruits top college graduates to teach for two years in public schools that are difficult to staff. Full story.