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What It Means to be a UW-Eau Claire Alum

By Rob Ruf and Kathryn Yapp

You joyfully clutch your diploma as you walk off the stage. Finally, you have graduated and are now a proud alumni of UW-Eau Claire! As you take your seat, you reminisce on all you have experienced at UW-Eau Claire. The university has provided you with an excellent education and lasting relationships. Now that you are leaving the university community, how can you stay connected and contribute? What exactly does it mean to be an alumnus?

For John Bachmeier, a 1981 graduate and UW- Eau Claire Alumni Relations director, being an alumnus means “a love for the university that never goes away.” Susan Ayres, a 1988 graduate, took her time at UW-Eau Claire to heart and proudly proclaimed she was “a proud Blugold forever!” UW-Eau Claire alumni have a strong bond to the university community, a bond that lasts beyond their time at the university.

“Alumni should stay connected with UW- Eau Claire through whatever way fits their interests.”

Jeanne Skoug,
UW-Eau Claire Alumni

To maintain this relationship, there are numerous opportunities for alumni to stay connected and to contribute to UW-Eau Claire. From supporting the university financially to taking part in the alumni gatherings and reunions, alumni can maintain that special bond to the university in a variety of ways. There is no one specific path to take. As Jeanne Skoug, a 1977 graduate, put it, “Alumni should stay connected with UW- Eau Claire through whatever way fits their interests.” The UW-Eau Claire’s College of Business, Career Services, Foundation, and Alumni Association, all have programs and services specifically designed for alumni. For up to date information on the university and alumni, simply provide your current contact information to the Alumni Association.

For alumni who wish to contribute to the university, a great place to start would be to “spread the word on how great UW-Eau Claire is,” according to Skoug. Indeed, UW-Eau Claire is an excellent university that continually receives awards and attracts top students. A simple way to contribute is to be a good citizen and hold a good job, both of which reflect positively on UW-Eau Claire.

If an alumnus is interested in helping students directly, a great program to become involved in is Career Services’ Ask an Alum and Friends. This program allows students to contact UW-Eau Claire alumni to discover different paths that can be taken with their major, what is involved in a specific career, and what it means to be a professional in a specific field. Students gain valuable interviewing and networking skills as well.

Many business alumni wish to contribute financially and this can be accomplished through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Gifts made to the Foundation are part of the Fulfilling the Promise Excellence campaign and support the Foundation’s Excellence Fund, student scholarships, and particular departments or programs in the College of Business or the university.

UW-Eau Claire also provides a wide range of services for alumni and countless ways to stay connected. Business students can stay connected to the university by serving on one of the college’s eight advisory boards. Alums can speak to classes or student organizations, establish internships at their companies, or assist with special events, such as the Department of Management and Marketing’s annual collegiate sales competition. The business college also hosts the annual COB Bash, an alumni event in mid-October which is attended by nearly 300 business grads.

In addition, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association connects with alumni through electronic and paper newsletters, nationwide alumni gatherings and reunions, and travel opportunities.

Stay Connected with the COB

COB News and Events features the latest news about the college and departments and their students and faculty members.

COB Get Connected, is a special site for business alumni and community members. On the site, you can explore Career Services, sponsor an internship, speak at a student organization, participate in a collaborative learning experience, participate on an COB advisory board or guest lecture in class.

Support the COB, allows business students to give a gift to their favorite department, program, scholarship or activity.

Rob Ruf, a senior IS and marketing major from Elkhorn, WI and Kathryn Yapp, a senior marketing student from Manitowoc, WI.

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