Preliminary Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex plans unveiled
Preliminary design concepts for the John H. and Carolyn O. Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex, named for the Blugold alumni whose gift is making the project possible, were presented Oct. 28 at the site of the future development on Menomonie Street in Eau Claire.
Partners on the project are Blugold Real Estate Foundation (a supporting organization of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation), the Eau Claire YMCA, Mayo Clinic Health System and UW-Eau Claire. The development will include an approximately 130,000-square-foot major event center as well as wellness, aquatics and recreation facilities of approximately 150,000 square feet. Full story.
Public higher education: Target for disinvestment or key to economic growth?
"We can't move forward with mixed messages." That's the message from UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt in a recent column he wrote related to the state budget passed in the last legislative session. Read more.
Alumni event: Traveling Blugold Meetup, Minneapolis
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is hitting the road, and the first stop will be Minneapolis on Thursday, Dec. 10. Join fellow Blugold alumni for a night of reminiscing, networking and refreshments at Sport Ngin, 807 S. Broadway St. NE, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Let us know you're coming: Register online or RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 715-836-3266.
German program receives Center of Excellence distinction
UW-Eau Claire’s German program has been designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire continues to be leader in study abroad
When it comes to sending students to study abroad, UW-Eau Claire continues to be a national leader among master’s-level colleges and universities, according to the Institute for International Education. Full story.
High-tech training gives geology students boost in job market
Thanks to strong partnerships with the private sector, more than 30 Blugolds received specialized training this fall on state-of-the-art technology that is used extensively in the mining industry worldwide. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire Foundation announces new board members, officers
Six Blugold alumni were welcomed as new members of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors at the board's recent annual meeting. Full story.
Eau Claire Marathon, Blugold Mile to return to campus mall
UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire Marathon are teaming up again! For the second year in a row, Eau Claire Marathon runners will follow a course — the Blugold Mile — that takes them through the UW-Eau Claire campus.
SAVE THE DATE for Blugold happenings April 30 and May 1 and plan to be a part of the Blugold Mile:
If you plan to run in the marathon, marathon relay, half marathon or 5K on May 1, be sure to sign up for Team Blugold when you register. (Note: All races except the 5K will go through campus.)
Not a marathoner? Plan now to join the crowds on campus to cheer on the competitors as they pass the 24-mile mark in the full marathon and the 11-mile mark in the half marathon.
On April 30, the Eau Claire Kids Run and the marathon's Expo and packet pickup will happen on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus.
Watch future editions of eView for more Blugold Mile/Eau Claire Marathon details.
Champions of The Power of AND
Spotlighting alumni and other Blugolds who exemplify The Power of AND
military veteran AND motivating mentor
All nontraditional Blugolds add a truly enriching element to our classrooms and campus as a whole, bringing with them a range of life experiences that help all students see and learn from different perspectives. Jessica Traw, a human resources management major, brings to campus a lengthy career of active duty military service and a deep understanding of employee relations — a passion she plans to channel into a career helping businesses create the most productive and positive atmosphere possible for all employees. Before an early retirement after 17 ½ years, Jessica served the U.S. Air Force as a supervising transportation coordinator and dispatcher, charged with ensuring that all pilots, passengers and cargo were transported safely and efficiently in all operations. Through deployments to Spain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Portugal, as well as multiple stateside transfers, Jessica became attuned to the many ways she saw co-workers, especially younger ones, treated unfairly or without sufficient guidance. She made it her mission to mentor fellow workers whenever possible to help all individuals and the team as whole succeed to their greatest potential. Juggling life’s pressures is essential to military training, and Jessica now enjoys an ability to manage her full schedule of classes, work and family in a way that she hopes her younger counterparts in classes can learn from. True to the U.S. Air Force mission, Jessica is aiming high and helping others succeed as a military veteran AND a motivating mentor ... and that’s pretty powerful!
Read more AND stories on The Power of AND website. And please submit your AND story as well!
Alumni success stories
In addition to the alumni below, you can read about the accomplishments of other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:
Luke Kempen '88, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate and director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire, has been awarded the 2015 America’s SBDC State Star Award for Wisconsin. Full story.
Nicole Wilson '97, a UW-Eau Claire management-human resources graduate, has been named vice president of organizational talent services at Royal Credit Union. Full story.
Kevin Gostomski '05, a UW-Eau Claire geology and English graduate, received his master’s degree from the Richard Gilder Graduate School Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Full story.
Barry Anderson '00, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, is a professional actor and songwriter based in New York City and is currently performing on Broadway in "Jersey Boys." Full story.
Reggie Bicha '92, a UW-Eau Claire social work graduate and executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, received a District Alumnus Award from his graduate school alma mater, the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. Full story.
Michael Bertelsen '71, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate and former director of international research, education and development at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “director emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Full story.
Matt Cotton '00, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has been promoted to partner with Ernst & Young, Minnneapolis. Full story.
Kristina Bourget '88, a UW-Eau Claire finance graduate, has joined Wisconsin Independent Network as vice president of compliance and contract managment. 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 in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire stocking cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December 2015 issue of eView.
November Blugold Trivia question:
What is the name of the 3-D modeling program in which UW-Eau Claire geology students received training this fall and that will provide them a significant boost as they seek employment in the economic minerals industry?
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 Sarah Myren, a 1995 communicaton arts graduate and winner of the October Blugold Trivia prize! Sarah's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Dr. Joel Pace created a "literary hip hop" album from the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald.