Music, culture and Blugolds help drive
Chippewa Valley revitalization
|From left: Blugold grads Zach Halmstad and Sean Carey, Nick Meyer of Eau Claire's Volume One magazine, and Jason John Anderson, assistant director of conferences and event production at UW-Eau Claire, talk with Tom Still of the Wisconsin Technology Council during a recent event at UW-Eau Claire.
Five years ago, UW-Eau Claire shared its idea to build a performing arts center in downtown Eau Claire, an area that had seen little new development in many decades. The opening of the $45 million Confluence Arts Center — a public-private partnership that will serve UW-Eau Claire and the community — is still more than a year away, but already there has been more than $120 million in construction in the area since the arts center was proposed.
Several panelists — Blugolds among them — with ties to the Eau Claire arts and business communities discussed that new growth during a recent Wisconsin Technology Council event at UW-Eau Claire. Learn more about the arts-driven revitalization happening in the Chippewa Valley.
UW-Eau Claire news roundup
Project to transform campus riverfront begins
- Learn more about this extensive project that will replace aging utilities along the Garfield Avenue corridor and make surface changes that will enhance both visibility and use of the riverfront area on campus.
Taking solar to the next level
Blugolds launch Chippewa Valley's first literary journal
Alumna Jennifer Sallis '92: Study abroad as springboard to success
Something's brewing in Eau Claire …
More UW-Eau Claire news
For more of what's new at UW-Eau Claire, check our Blugold Briefing page anytime: www.uwec.edu/news
Calling all alumni: Connect at Experience U
Blugold alumni are invited to Experience U — an opportunity to connect with other UW-Eau Claire grads and share
your life-after-college experiences with current students. Join us and help prepare the next Blugold generation for success! Join us from 5-8:30 p.m. April 27 in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center. Learn more and RSVP.
Spring events on campus you DON'T want to miss
Spring is a great time to come back to UW-Eau Claire! Mark your calendar and start planning a visit for one or all of these not-to-be-missed Blugold events:
• Blugold Final Four Fest, April 1: Calling all Blugold women's and men's basketball alumni and fans: Join us for Blugold fun and excitement during the NCAA Final Four! Learn more and get your tickets.
• Viennese Ball, April 7 and 8: Enjoy this decades-long tradition on campus, a formal evening of music, dance, dining and romance. Learn more and get your tickets (Saturday sold out, Friday tickets still available).
• Martin Mogensen Education Lecture, April 13: Nationally known expert, author and teacher educator Gloria Ladson-Billings will discuss culturally relevant teaching at this annual free event held in memory of Martin Mogensen, a 1952 graduate of UW-Eau Claire. As a junior high school principal, Mogensen was killed by a student in 1969 in one of the first school shootings in the U.S. Learn more and RSVP.
• Eau Claire Jazz Festival and 52nd Street, April 21 and 22: The UW-Eau Claire campus and surrounding community will be humming (and snapping and clapping and singing and dancing) with the sounds of jazz during the 51st Eau Claire Jazz Festival, presented by Eau Claire Jazz Inc. in partnership with UW-Eau Claire. Learn more.
• Robert Frost Celebration of American Poetry, April 24: This fourth annual event, which celebrates UW-Eau Claire's Frederick G. and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Collection, will feature the reading of poems by Frost and others, including the original works selected as winners of the university's Centennial Poetry Competition. Learn more.
• 20th Ann Devroy Memorial Forum, April 27: Don't miss this free event that provides a unique connection between The Hill in Washington, D.C., and UW-Eau Claire. This year's Devroy Forum speaker is Washington Post political reporter Jenna Johnson, who has been covering Donald Trump on the campaign trail and in the White House. Learn more.
• The Blugold Mile at the Eau Claire Marathon, May 7: The Eau Claire Marathon is becoming increasingly popular among running enthusiasts in the Midwest and beyond. A big part of the attraction? The Blugold Mile, featured recently by Minneapolis Running, which runs through the UW-Eau Claire campus. Plan now to be a part of the excitement of the Blugold Mile!
Get your copy! Blugold book of the century
In honor of UW-Eau Claire's centennial year, Dr. Robert Gough, professor emeritus of history, and Dr. James Oberly, professor of history and American Indian studies, teamed up to create "Building Excellence: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1916-2016." Read the story behind the project. "Building Excellence" can be purchased online.
Alumni success stories
Read some of the latest stories featuring accomplishments by UW-Eau Claire alumni:
Carol Zippel '84, a UW-Eau Claire communication and theatre arts graduate who soon will be celebrating 25 years with the Windfall Theatre in Milwaukee, was mentioned in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's review of "Metromaniacs," which she directed. Full story.
Erica Vonderloh '02, a UW-Eau Claire advertising graduate, has joined Boelter + Lincoln Marketing Communications in Milwaukee as a media supervisor. Full story.
Kristae Olson '04, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has joined the Auth Consultuing & Associates team as an executive administrator in the Menomonie office. Full story.
Dan Nesseth '12, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, was featured in a news article on how employers help employees manage college debt. Full story.
Kristin Rubenzer '10, who received a master of science degree in nursing at UW-Eau Claire, has joined Prevea Health in Menomonie as a family medicine nurse practitioner. Full story.
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! Email your answer to this month's question to the Blugold Trivia mailbox (email@example.com). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered into a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April issue of eView.
March Blugold Trivia question:
When is work on UW-Eau Claire's transformational Garfield Avenue redevelopment project expected to be completed?
Know the answer? Email it, along with your name and class year, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be notified by email if you are this month's winner!
Congratulations to Raina Pfundheller '82, a UW-Eau Claire English education graduate and winner of the February Blugold Trivia prize. Raina's name was drawn from among those who correctly named the keynote speakers for the April 27 Experience U event.