UW-Eau Claire Receives National Recognition
U.S. News ranks UW-Eau Claire among top five public universities in the Midwest
The 2011 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 24th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. The publication has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top public institutions in the Midwest every year since 1995. Among the U.S. News-ranked regional universities, UW-Eau Claire also is recognized as one of 12 Midwestern universities whose faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
"To again be recognized among the top public universities in the Midwest is a reflection of the incredible commitment to academic excellence at UW-Eau Claire," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "Our high ranking year after year — as well as our recognition this year for outstanding teaching and for our focus on seeking a broad, engaged student body — speaks to the high caliber of faculty and students at UW-Eau Claire.
The regional rankings include 572 schools in four geographic areas (North, South, Midwest and West). The rankings reflect how schools compare on a set of indicators that have traditionally been used by U.S. News & World Report to compare colleges and universities across the nation. Those indicators include things such as academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, class sizes, freshmen high school class ranking and ACT scores, graduation and freshman retention rates, and alumni giving.
Levin-Stankevich said the high U.S. News & World Report ranking — as well as recent inclusion in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list and in The Princeton Review's list of "Best Midwestern Colleges" — reflect well on UW-Eau Claire's efforts to provide high-impact opportunities such as student/faculty collaborative research, multicultural immersion experiences, civic engagement and professional internships.
"These opportunities are attractive to students seeking a meaningful, transformative education," he said. "All of our recent recognitions attest to the high quality of a UW-Eau Claire education for current students and get the message to employers and others that our alumni have had one of the best educational experiences available in the Midwest."
Check out the full U.S. News and Report Best Colleges of 2011 report to learn more!
Princeton Review names UW-Eau Claire a 2011 Best Midwestern College
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been named a 2011 Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review, a New York City-based education services company. UW-Eau Claire is one of 152 schools in a 12-state region to receive the "Best Midwestern College" designation.
Kristina Anderson, executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions at UW-Eau Claire, said UW-Eau Claire continues to attract talented students looking for a transformative college learning experience.
"UW-Eau Claire, with our focus on high-impact educational practices, is a good match for students who are eager for a meaningful education," she said. "From cultural immersion opportunities to faculty/student collaborative research to study abroad, students have the opportunity to find their niche and to prepare for both lifelonglearning and employability. Being recognized for that excellence by The Princeton Review is certainly an honor."
This year student opinion data from a total of 623 schools is featured on the "Best Colleges: Region by Region" section of PrincetonReview.com. This feature focuses on the best colleges in four regions and is aimed at raising awareness
of excellent but lesser known colleges for students looking to study within a specific geographic area. The 623 "regional bests" represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
Colleges chosen had to meet The Princeton Review's standards for academic excellence within their region and allow their students to participate in an anonymous survey. Students' comments are posted in "Students Say" sections throughout each college's profile in the "Best Colleges: Region by Region" website.
Check out the full Princeton Review Best Colleges in the Midwest Report to learn more!
World class musicians among the many talented UWEC students
Music major becomes international tuba champion
A sophomore music major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire became the Drum Corps International World Class Section Champion solo tubist during the organization's annual individual and ensemble competition July 24-25 in San Antonio, Texas.
Kurtis Polishinski, Sun Prairie, is a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, one of 23 groups in the DCI World Class section. Each organization has 16-20 tubists. Polishinski performed selections from Alec Wilder's Suite No.1 for Tuba and Piano.
"I was a little nervous since I was the first (and only) tuba to perform on the first day of competition," said Polishinski. "My studies with Dr. Young helped me to prepare for this challenge. I have learned a lot from Doc and all the other studio members."
Polishinski studies tuba with Dr. Jerry Young, professor of music in the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts, and is completing a double major in music and computer science. He is a member of the Blugold Marching Band and the Symphony Band. He learned his competition piece during one-hour lunch and dinner breaks during 12-hour practice days.
"Kurtis came to us last fall already a part of the university's low brass legacy," said Young, noting that Polishinski was a student of Chris Gleason, an outstanding UW-Eau Claire tuba alumnus, who teaches at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie.
"He embodies both the musical talent and work ethic necessary for success in a very demanding and competitive part of the music profession. His achievement is representative of the work done by so many of our students in the euphonium and tuba studio, as well as that of students across the department of music and theatre arts," Young said.
Polishinski plans to continue his studies with Young, go on to graduate school and perform at a professional level.
Do you want to be a musician?
In addition to Kurtis Polishinski, we have hundereds of talented musicians in both instrumental and voice ensembles at UW-Eau Claire. Would you like to travel around with the largest marching band in NCAA Division III in the nation? How about travel to South America with the Women's Chorus? Maybe one of the many a cappella groups is more of your style. Or perhaps you want to particpate in our grammy nominated Jazz Ensemble. These are just a few of the many ensembles that our talented students particpate in throughout their time as a Blugold.
Whatever the case may be, chances are you will find an ensemble that fits you! And the great thing about it, is you do not have to be a music major to participate in the ensembles! The Department of Music and Theatre Arts offers a wide variety of ensembles both large and small for all students here at UWEC.
To learn more about the UW-Eau Claire music ensembles check out their website and find the group that fits you!
Internships, Fellowships and Immersion Experiences!
UW-Eau Claire knows that it takes more than great grades to land your dream job after graduation. That's why Blugolds consistently take advantage of all of the unique opportunities UW-Eau Claire offers to give them experience in their chosen field!
Breann Goes to Washington
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Breann Schossow has been awarded the 13th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, presented annually to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability.
The fellowship includes a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $1,400 scholarship to offset the costs of the residency and a summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Schossow will work at The Post during her winter break in January 2011.
Schossow has worked for The Spectator, UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper, for five semesters in positions of copy editor, money/health editor, news editor, Student Senate reporter and managing editor. She will serve as the paper's editor in chief beginning in fall 2010.
"I enjoy writing as a journalist because it allows me to inform the public, a journalist's most important job, and to be informed, which is an engaged citizen's most important job," said Schossow, who will intern at either the Wisconsin State Journal or the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel during summer 2011.
In the future, she hopes to cover politics as a reporter for a news organization at either the state or national level. "I knew, from my first story, that this is truly the career I wanted to pursue. There's nothing else I can do with the same passion," Schossow said.
Student Fulbright in Germany
A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student has received an English language teaching assistantship under the U.S. Student Fulbright program.
Senior Chris Dierich is pursuing a double major in philosophy and German and a minor in history. He will spend nine months in the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Germany working with students beginning in September under the German Fulbright Commission and the German Teaching Exchange Service.
Dierich said he started out with a minor in German, but after a 2008 trip to Lutherstadt Wittenberg in eastern Germany through the UW-Eau Claire study abroad program, he changed it to a major.
"Being there really increased my interest," he said. "We gained intensive training in language and culture. I probably learned the most from my host family. They are living sources of history. It was interesting to hear first-hand stories about the events and regions we studied."
Dr. Kristin Schaupp, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, met Dierich when he took one of her upper-level epistemology courses. She also worked with him on a faculty-student collaborative research project for the past three summers.
"Conducting research for a long-term project in philosophy requires intellectual curiosity, motivation, reliability, enthusiasm and perseverance. Chris has all of these traits," said Schaupp.
"Chris is a student who seeks out and embraces challenges. He holds his own work to rigorous standards, while retaining a modest and realistic attitude. His successful application to the Fulbright program stems in part from his academic success as well as from his broad but genuine interest in ideas, people and cultures."
Nursing in Costa Rica
Sophomore nursing major T. Benjamin Fischer will spend the summer in Miramar, Costa Rica, taking a global health care class and "Spanish for Health Care," a course specific to his interest in one day working with the Latino population. Fischer also is pursuing a minor in Spanish. His trip will be partially funded by a $1,000 grant from Phi Kappa Phi and is part of the Costa Rica for Nursing & Health Care Professions study abroad program through UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education.
"I am looking forward to becoming immersed in the Costa Rican culture," said Fischer. "After the program officially ends I will travel around Costa Rica for 10 days with a small group of people to learn more about the Costa Rican culture, broaden my horizons and see some awe-inspiring sights!"
One of the main reasons Fischer wants to study abroad is to become fluent in Spanish as he hopes to work as a nurse somewhere outside the United States.
"This program was just the right fit for me. It allows me to live with a Costa Rican family, gives me an opportunity to work for two weeks in the hospital system in San Jose, and is in a beautiful country," said Fischer.