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Blugolds contribute to Eau Claire All-America City award effort

June 20, 2014
Catherine Emmanuelle, a 2011 UW-Eau Claire women's studies graduate and Eau Claire City Council member, was among the presenters at the National Civic League's All-America City awards event in Denver.

EAU CLAIRE — Lots of Blugold power — from eight UW-Eau Claire alumni and four current students — helped fuel efforts that resulted in the city of Eau Claire being named an All-America City by the National Civic League on June 14.

Nineteen city officials and members of Leadership Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire represented the city at a recent awards presentation in Denver, Colorado. Eau Claire was one of 10 U.S. cities to receive the All-America City designation.

The National Civic League selected winners based on their demonstrated innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration.

After Eau Claire placed among the top 25 applicants for the title All-America City this spring, representatives of the finalist cities were invited to Denver to make presentations to a group of judges. Eau Claire's presentation focused on the city's efforts to clean up Phoenix Park, Clear Vision Eau Claire's attempts to boost civic engagement and the city's focus on promoting public health.

Catherine Emmanuelle, a 2011 UW-Eau Claire women's studies graduate and member of the Eau Claire City Council, was one of the city officials representing Eau Claire in Denver. She said her service-learning experience as a student with the community nonprofit organization Clear Vision Eau Claire illustrates the value that civic engagement has in higher education.

"The Eau Claire community and UW-Eau Claire are excellent civic partners, and now as a graduate it's pretty easy to want to give back through civic engagement because so much was invested in me," Emmanuelle said. "Whatever contributions I give by myself are just a sliver of the pie. The real magic is harnessing our collective Blugold power, whether we are in the Chippewa Valley or around the country or the world. When we are civically engaged we can do more together, always."

Other UW-Eau Claire alumni assisting in the All-America City effort were Lee Heike, 2001 journalism graduate; Nate Jahn, 2007 kinesiology graduate; Dale Peters, 1983 speech graduate; Megan Pickard, 2011 biology graduate; Barb Powers, 1972 nursing graduate; Laurelyn Sandkamp, 2013 economics graduate; and Michael Strubel, 2004 communication graduate.

UW-Eau Claire students involved in the project were senior communication major Cory Long, senior mass communication major Jolie Lyfoung, senior marketing major Scott Mundt and senior mass communication major Rachel Vick.

See local media coverage of the All-America City designation in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and Volume One.




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