I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. But my focus at UWEC was the world. The university presented me with an opportunity to learn so much. I remember reading the outline of all the courses that were available, honestly it was better than the Sears Wish Book catalogue at Christmas. But then I'm dating myself.
Although the classes in political science, modern art, music, journalism, history, English, science, economics and physical education (I loved fencing) were wonderful - it was the attitude towards critical thinking and learning that made the biggest impression on me.
UW-Eau Claire prepared me for more than a career in journalism. The experience opened a door to a rewarding personal life. The classroom discussions and coursework took hold of my spirit and allowed me to form an ethical base that has served me in my career and my personal life.
The students shared their lives. The professors shared their experience. The buildings shared their architecture and charm.
For me the experience of UW-Eau Claire, was to walk across the Chippewa River in the cold and hear the ice crack beneath the footbridge. To create my own radio show with a classic jazz format. To write and report articles for the University radio station. To debate other students in a seminar class....and continue the same discussion in a tap room on Water Street. To learn more about so many things in this world, I had no idea existed. To create a basis for life long learning. To question. To challenge.Juli Ann Buehler
News Director, WLUK, Green Bay, WI
UW-Eau Claire (1983)