UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Alumni Success Stories

A UW-Eau Claire education is a springboard to success. Just follow the links below to learn more about some of the recent achievements of UW-Eau Claire alumni.

Tim Abraham '81, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is conducting a yearlong photo-a-day project. Full story.

Caroline Akervik '99, who received a master of arts degree in English from UW-Eau Claire, has had her debut young adult novel, "A Horse Named Viking," published. (Volume One photo by Andrea Paulseth) Full story.

James Anderson '63, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate and distinguished university professor at Case Western Reserve University, has been named a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Full story.

Justin Aukema '08, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, has published an article, "A Problem for all Humanity: Nagasaki Writer Hayashi Kyoko Probes the Dangers of Nuclear Energy," in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Full story.

Craig Brenholt '75, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate who also received a master of science in teaching degree in 1985, has been named chief people officer for Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, and St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls.

Ken Brosky '04, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, recently published his first collection of published short stories titled "The Unauthorized Biography of Michelle Bachmann (and other stories)." Full story.

Ryan Burr '01, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, ran 11 marathons in 2011 to rase money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Full story.

Brandon Byrd '01, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has started his own business, Goodies Frozen Custard, in the Washington, D.C., area. Full story. back to top

Sean Carey '07, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, was recently interviewed about his association with the indie rock band Bon Iver in the Madison alternative weekly newspaper, Isthmus. Full story.

Mollie Cipriano '86, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems and business administration graduate, has been promoted to vice president of adminstration for the Eau Claire-based Scobie Group. Full story.

Mark Cobb '78, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, and Doug Schell '77, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, are among former Bridgman Hall buddies who get together for an annual golf outing near Madison. Full story.

Faye Deich '79, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has received the Best of the Best Administrative Award from Partners of Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Nicki Donlon '00, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named a partner at the accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP. Full story.

Catherine Emmanuelle '11, a UW-Eau Claire women's studies graduate, has been appointed to the Eau Claire City Council. Full story.

Joe Fesenmaier '88, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been appointed to the board of directors for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.

Chad Frase '01, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education and art graduate, has written a book about deer for children. Full story.

Dan Frazier '80, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been named president for U.S. Bank's Madison market. Full story.

Noah Gibson '07, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate and doctoral candidate in exercise physiology at the University of Northern Colorado, recently presented his research at the Experimental Biology research conference. Full story.

Nick Goeser '03, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, is the defensive tackles coach for the North Dakota State University football team, which has won its second consecutive NCAA Division I national championship. 

William Griffith '82, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been elected president of Larkin Hoffman Attorneys. Full story.

Charles Grossklaus '69, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has retired as CEO for RCU in Eau Claire after 40 years with the credit union. Full story.

Jane Hilgart-Nessel '94, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, is a counselor for The Healing Place at Eau Claire's Sacred Heart Hospital, which is offering a new program called Responders for Kids.

John Horn '98, a UW-Eau Claire physical education graduate, has been named interim director of the division of recreational sports at UW-Madison. Full story.

Carol Isaksson '82, a UW-Eau Claire French graduate who also received a bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2011, has been named assistant director of surgery for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.

Dennis Jensen '91, a UW-Eau Claire French graduate, has been hired as a senior director of sales by Acumera. Full story. 

Barb Johnson '74, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, and Tom Johnson '75, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, have been named Philanthropists of the Year by Chippewa Valley Fund Raising Professionals. Full story.

Dave Johnson '82, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, has been named emergency management specialist at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippew Falls. (Photo by Chris Vetter of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full storyback to top

Christopher Jorgenson '10, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate who also received a master of arts in English in 2012, has been appointed coordinator of the UW-Eau Claire Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center. Full story.

Mark Kalish '79, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has designed the Lightning electric hot rod, which recently had its Eau Claire debut. Full story.

Eric Kasper '00, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, recently gave a presentation sponsored by the Merrill Historical Society and titled "Don't Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns," condensed from his book of the same name.

Colleen Keegan '05, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has received the 2011 Award of Excellence-Activity Professional of the Year by the Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals. Full story.

Kevin Kelly '06, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has joined exterior building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. as commercial coordinator for the company's Chicago district. Full story.

Lisa Kiefer '90, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate, and Jennifer Guenther '78, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, are among the 14 individuals receiving a 2011 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award from Gov. Scott Walker's Council on Financial Literacy. Full story.

Kevin Kluender '94, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is the assistant director for marketing and promotions for the University of Wisconsin athletics department. Full story.

Mike Knuth '86, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named executive editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Full story.

Todd Kostman '94 and Jay Totzke '98, both UW-Eau Claire accounting graduates, are among six associates recently elected to partner at Wiplfi LLP. Full story.

Dawn Marcott '09, who received a master of science in teaching degree in elementary education from UW-Eau Claire, is a "wish granter" for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. Full story.

Susan Marcott '83, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has been named CEO of Applied Data Consultants Inc. Full story.

Sona Mehring '83, a UW-Eau Claire computer science graduate, celebrates 15 years as CEO of the CaringBridge social network. Full story.

Celeste Meyers '97, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has been named director of the Office of Charter Schools at UW-Milwaukee. Full story.

Dan Monfre '06, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, and his wife, Alissa Monfre '07, a UW-Eau Claire information systems graduate, have quit their jobs to travel the world for 18 months. Visit their blog.

Suzanne Moore '73, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, was an illuminator on the team creating the recently completed, handwritten St. John's Bible. Full story.

Carol Ness '08, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has rejoined Mayo Clinic Health System-Home Health & Hospice to work in the Medical House Call Program. Full story.

Kate Nulsen '11, who received a master of science in nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire and who is director of critical care at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, has earned her Certified Nurse Manager and Leader accreditation. Full story.

Elizabeth O'Brien '04, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, and her husband, David O'Brien '03, a UW-Eau Claire philosophy graduate, are making a documentary about grammar. Full story.

Jay Olstad '01, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has joined KARE-TV in Minneapolis as a general assignment reporter. Full story.

Kristina Paider '92, a UW-Eau Claire communication arts graduate, contributed to the book "Unbreakable Spirit: Rising Above the Impossible" written by Lisa Nichols and published in December 2011. Full story.

Michael Perry '87, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, had his most recent book, "Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace," land at No. 21 on The New York Times best-seller list. Full story.
Perry has also received the first State Superintendent’s Distinguished Public School Alumni Award. Full story.

David Peterson '86, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been named vice president-sales and marketing for Delta Dental of Wisconsin. Full story.

Eric Peterson '87, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named a general assignment reporter for FOX 11 News in Green Bay. Full story.

Tim Peterson '85, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, is director of the Great Lakes and Plains region of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Full story.

Chris Porterfield '06, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is frontman for the band Field Report, which was recently named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's list of 10 Wisconsin Bands to Watch. Full story.
Porterfield '06, also released its debut album earlier this year. Full story.

Diane Postler-Slattery '82, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who also received a master of science in nursing in 1988, has been named president and CEO of MidMichigan Health. Full story.

Betty Reinke '72, a UW-Eau Claire sociology graduate, will retire from her position as executive vice president of the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center in Eau Claire Sept. 30. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Matt Riley '09, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has been named head boys basketball coach for the Menomonie High School Mustangs. Full story.

Nick Robertson '04, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, has received a grant from the American Chemical Society to conduct plastics recycling research with students at Northland College, where he's an assistant professor. Full story.

Benjamin Roesch '01, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, has been elected shareholder in the Seattle office of the Lane Powell law firm. Full story

Jessica Sabrowsky '10, who received a master of science in nusing degree from UW-Eau Claire, has joined the sleep medicine team at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie. Full story.

John Sackett '76, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has successfully completed the requirements to become a Certified Credit Union Volunteer through the Credit Union National Association. Full story.

Amy Schaefer '00, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has earned her Certified Internal Auditor Certification from the Institute of Internal Auditors and has been appointed to the Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors board of
directors. Full story.

Breann Schossow '12, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has received the Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. (Photo by Dean Kallenbach, WPR) Full story.

Kim Schulte-Shoberg '09, who received a master of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire, has joined UW-Stout as director of business and financial services. Full story.

Chris Solberg '94, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, is founder and president of One Source Imaging in Eau Claire. Learn more.

Brita Spencer-Pratt '10, a UW-Eau Claire business communication graduate, organized the 2012 Cycling/PIYO challenge on New Year's Day as a fundraiser for Feed My People Food Bank and St. Francis Food Pantry. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Jim Theisen '70, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been appointed to the board of directors for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. 

Eric Thomas '79, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is director of commercial banking in Wisconsin at Fifth Third Bank’s new office in the Honey Creek Corporate Center on Milwaukee’s far west side. Full story.

Julia Van Loo '00, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been named director of quality resources at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.

Kristin Verhaagh '96, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, was the guest speaker for the Women's Business Network meeting hosted by the Western Dairyland Women's Business Center Feb. 14. Full storyback to top

Tim Walsh '11, a UW-Eau Claire computer science graduate, has developed a component that is intended to keep the individual tiles for the board game The Settlers of Catan orderly. Full story.

Rich White '79, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, has left his position as Eau Claire County district attorney and joined the Eau Claire law firm of Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Nicole Wilson '97, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been named employee services manager at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire. Full story

Matt Winarski '12, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, spent last summer teaching middle school band in Bagaces, Costa Rica. Full story.

John Winter '83, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been appointed administrative director of the Sheboygan Surgery Center board of managers.

John Woodington '06, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has had his short story "Camouflage" published in the fall issue of the nation's oldest continuously published literary journal, The Sewanee Review. Full story.

Julie Woodzicka '91, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, has been promoted to full professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Full story.

Dave Zdrazil '02 and Shannon Sullivan '02, both UW-Eau Claire art graduates, exhibited works in the Ceramics Annual of America 2011 Exhibition and Art Fair at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Full story.

Marc Zapchenk '86, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, was quoted in an article about political merchandise in the Business & Money section of Time.com. Full story.

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