UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award
2016 Recipient

Sean Carey and Joseph Webb Jr.will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

Sean CareySean Carey, '08, bachelor's degree in music 

Sean Carey, a Wisconsin native from Lake Geneva, has built a life rooted in music. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire with a performance degree in classical percussion and performing as a solo act for several years, he joined with indie folk band Bon Iver as a drummer and vocalist. The band won two Grammy awards in 2012: Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their second album, the 2011 self-titled "Bon Iver, Bon Iver." Carey continues to be involved with the band and appears on three tracks of the 2016 album "22 a Million," released in September. Bon Iver is nominated once again for a Grammy this year for Best Alternative Music Album. Under the moniker S. Carey, Carey launched a successful solo career, releasing his first album, "All We Grow," in 2010. He went on to release two EPs, "Hoyas" in 2012 and "Supermoon" in 2015, and a second album, "Range of Light," in 2014. Carey's has toured as a solo act for five years throughout the U.S., the United Kingdom, central Europe and Canada. He has toured with artists like The Tallest Man on Earth, Califone, Kalispell and The Pines. Carey has been a headlining act at the annual Eaux Claires Music Festival, where he also performed with UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I and collaborated with several other alumni artists. The S. Carey song "In the Dirt" was played as soundtrack in the TV series "House M.D." and "The Good Wife. " Carey continues to call Eau Claire his home, where he lives with his wife and children, and performs occasional scheduled and pop-up shows in town when not on tour.

Josepth Webb Jr.

Joseph Webb Jr. '11, master's degree in education-professional development

After overcoming a childhood spent in 17 different foster care homes, Joseph Webb Jr. has made a career of uplifting and motivating young people to find success. Currently a doctoral candidate in workforce education and development at the Pennsylvania State University Berks campus, Webb is an engaging and motivating national speaker as well as a trainer, coach and mentor. With his own college athletics experience, Webb has particular skills in mentoring college student-athletes. His speaking business is called S.A.I.L., for "Success always includes leadership." "Joe excels at motivating students on a variety of topics, including leadership, strategies for academic success, understanding one's personal strengths and weaknesses, and creating a vision to achieve individual goals," said former Blugold football head coach Todd Glaser, with whom Webb worked as an assistant coach while a UW-Eau Claire graduate student. At Penn State Berks, Webb is a counselor for multicultural and international students and serves as the director of Student Services and Veteran Affairs. Webb was the recipient of the 2016 Central Pennsylvania African-American Museum Outstanding Community Service Award. The awards committee noted that Webb "uses his considerable talents, energies and resources to serve others. He truly exemplifies the best qualities of the human experience, and his giving spirit and dedication has greatly enhanced the lives of others."

View the list of past recipients of this award.