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Current News & Events

Student Voices Being Heard in the Community

Ruth Cronje's Honors course, Civic Agency: From Health Care to Life Care, recently completed a project that allowed them to become even more involved in the Eau Claire community. The Cannery District Redevelopment photo map was a group effort that allowed students to get out into the community and photograph important parts of the 26 acre Cannery District, located near Madison Street. The map, while primarily featuring photos, also includes audio clips from students as well as community members. The map was presented at the BE Fit Forum on October 6 to members of the Eau Claire community, including representitives from the City Health Department. Click here to see the featured news story from WQOW.

Honors Courses Teaching Lifelong Skills

Dr. Cheryl LappDr. Cheryl Lapp was recently featured in an article featuring coursest that focus on skills such as cultural understanding and sensitivity. Lapp's course, Empathy Enhancement for Helping Professionals, teaches about the importance of empathy in the nursing profession, and is being offered again this spring! To read the full article, click here. Dr. Lapp also recently received the 2015 Suzanne Van Ort Award for Creativity and Scholarliness for her development of this course. To read that article, click here. Congratulations Cheryl!

Meals with Honors

Meals BrochureEnjoy a meal with your fellow peers and Honors professors as they expand on topics related to their field, class, or area of interest. Click here to view the full brochure of upcoming meals. See any you're interested in? RSVP to a week prior to the event!



Tayo SandersMore Fame for Honors Rhodes Scholar

Our very own Honors student, Tayo Sanders, who was recently named a Rhodes Scholar, was featured in an article by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. Sanders is embarking on his journey to Oxford and we wish him the best of luck and congratulate him on all of his accomplishments thus far. To read the full article, click here.

Dr. David Jones Set to Release His Newest CD

Dr. Jones, UW-Eau Claire English and cultural studies professor as well David Jones on the Honors faculty member, is releasing his sixth CD, "Chippewa Love", October 24. Jones, along with being involved in the university and community, is also a celebrated musician and bandleader for Jones Tones and other local musical combos. To read the full featured article, click here.



Nursing Faculty Member and Honors Professor Receives Award

Professor Cheryl Lapp recently received the 2015 Suzanne Van Ort Award for Faculty Creativity and Scholarship. This award was presented to Lapp for her development of an innovative teaching strategy in her recent course, "Empathy Enhancement for the Helping Professions". Lapp used theatre applications in the design and implementation of the course that was inspired by her sabbatical work on declining empathy in nursing and medical students. Lapp is continuing her work as a professor in the Honors program this fall teaching a course on global health. Congratulations Cheryl!

Excellence Awards recipientsHonors Faculty Member Receives Excellence in Service Award

English professor and Honors faculty member, Dr. David Jones, received the Excellence in Service Award on Augest 25. Jones was one of seven faculty and staff members that were recognized for their excellence. Jones' extensive work as the Faculty Fellow for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness as well as his work as the Faculty Fellow for the University Honors Program allowed him to better serve the university as well as the community. Read more about Jones as well as the other facutly and staff members that received awards. Congratulations to all!

6th Annual Eau Queer Film Festival Coming Soon!Eau Queer Film Festival

The Eau Queer Film Festival is back again for the sixth time! Running from September 30-October 4, the festival will include showings of a variety of films that "challenge the dichotomous norms of gender, orientation, and relationships". Along with the film screenings, director Sharon Shattuck and subject of the film From This Day Forward, Trisha Shattuck, will be holding two different discussion sessions. For more information on the film lineup and the festival in general, you can visit the Eau Queer Film Festival website.

Southern Lit tourBeloved Honors Faculty Member reflect on "What Would Atticus Do?"

Dr. Chuck Hanson has taught in University Honors for all of the 32-year history of the program; teaching the Honors colloquium, "Autobiographies and Memoirs in Western Literature", in fall 1983. University Honors graduates often cite a course taken with Dr. Hanson as their favorite at UWEC. In the essay published on the UWEC website, Dr, Hanson reflects on the character Atticus Finch from Harper Lee's novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird", in relation to current events in South Carolina.

Dr. Hanson is pictured (far right, second row) with students from his "Southern Literature and Culture" course at one of the stops along a literary and historical trip through the southern United States made over spring break.

Biology Student Completes First-Ever Honors Thesis

Polar Plunge team jump

Nikki Weiss, who will be graduating with triple Honors in Anthropology, Chemistry, and University Honors, is on her way to completing and defending the first-ever Univeristy Honors Thesis at UWEC. Read more about her thesis, "Constructing a Narrative of the Past: The Story of Skeletal Tuberculosis," and the work she's done to get this far. Congrats Nikki!

Honors Students Connect with the CommunityHNRS 303 course

It started with an Honors class and has grown into a continuing project to support community patients from healthcare to life care. In fact that is the name of the UWEC Honors course that has developed and supported this project from its inception. Check out what a group of great students and committed Honors faculty member can help the community provide!

Students enrolled in Dr. Ruth Cronje's HNRS 303, "Civic Agency", course plan and implement a health screening at the Community Table in Eau Claire.

The Honors Student Behind the Blugold Mile

Education majors on an immersion trip to Milwaukee.

Over 2000 runners turned out for the 2015 Eau Claire marathon on May 3. This year, the route went through the UW-Eau Claire lower campus at the 11 mile mark for half-mile marathoners and 24 mile mark for full marathoners. Our very own honors student, Nathan Schaffer, organized this special part of the race, termed the Blugold Mile. Read more here.


Future Teachers Learn New Lessons in an Immersion Trip to Milwaukee

Education majors on an immersion trip to Milwaukee.

Honors student, Alison Wagener, along with a group of 16 other education majors from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, spent their spring break on an immersion trip to Milwaukee to teach K-8 students. This trip provided them the opportunity to teach and collaborate with students and teachers in a differnet and more diverse setting. Read more about their experience here.

Honors Students Recognized at 58th Annual Juried Student Art Show

Honors students Kendall Clay, Sydney Flottum, and Matt Zuelke were all recognized for their efforts in the Art Department at the Student Jury Show opening on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Kendall Clay received an Honorable Mention for her photography series, Flaws, as well as Herbert Friend Art & Design Scholarship. Sydney received both the Gerald W. Newton Scholarship as well as the Sigrid Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship. Matt was awarded first place in the show for his Portrait of Augustus ceramics piece. Congratulations to all three!

Honors Students Named Goldwater Scholars

Goldwater ScholarsTwo Honors students were recently named this year's Goldwater Scholars. Sarah Knutson and Elizabeth Stubbs, both active Honors students, were presented this grant through the College of Arts and Sciences, specific to those pursuing a career in natural sciences, math, or engineering. Congratulations! For the full article, click here. For more information on this grant and others like it, follow this link.


Honors Game Design Course Featured in New Article

Students at Game Night.

Dr. Chris Hlas and his Honors course in game analysis and design was featured in a recent article. The class focuses on team building and problem-solving techniques. They recently held a Game Night to showcase their progress in the class. Read the full article here.


The Making of a Rhodes Scholar

Tayo Sanders

Recently announced Rhodes Scholar and Honors student, Tayo Sanders, was featured in a Medium article, detailing his career as a student, his journey to becoming a Rhodes Scholar, and what's next for him and his career. Read the full article here.


Honors Takes the Plunge!Polar Plunge team jump

UWEC Honors Heroes raised $2970 for Wisconsin Special Olympics on Sunday, February 22nd at Eau Claire's Polar Plunge. The 10 member team was "Freezin' for a Reason" and became the #4 fundraising team for the event. Congrats to the brave jumpers!

Honors Graduate, Heather Phelps, Serves with the Peace Corps in the Philippines

Peace Corps volunteers.Phelps graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 2012 and has since gone on to serve in the Philippines as a youth development volunteer. The opportunities provided by the Peace Corps have allowed Phelps many different experiences, such as being able to teach English to 7th-10th graders as well as various other projects. See the full article here.

fall event brochureFall 2014 Events & Meals with Honors schedule

Join us for one or all of the great events for fall semester. Click the image for a pdf file for a schedule and event descriptions.

There is a little something for everyone. And, of course, suggestions for future events are always welcome!

RSVP by email, calling (715.836.3621), or stopping in (SSS 209). We look forward to seeing you soon!


Honors Fall Welcome Picnic
Come One, Come ALL!
fall picnic poster

Plan to join us now for the University Honors Fall Welcome Picnic from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center. Food, games, sharing and FUN!

All are welcome. Please RSVP to help ensure adequate food and space.

Spring 2014 University Honors Events - Sign Up Now!

Join us for one or all !!

brochure coverWe have a nice line-up of Meals With Honors events as well as several other opportunities to join your fellow Honors students in fun.

Click on the image to veiw the event brochure. Space is limited for most events. To register, please do so via facebook, phone (715-836-3621), in person (Schneider Hall 209), or by email.

To register for the Honors Night at the Opera: The Magic Flute, purchase tickets from the UWEC service center. Note that ticket prices include dinner, coach transportation, and the admission to the Minnesota Opera at the Ordway Theater.

We look forward to seeing you at an event this spring!


30th buttonAnniversary University Honors Program button

Our wonderful 30th Anniversary University Honors Program button was designed by University Honors student and Graphic Design and English Literature major Sydney Flottum.

The buttons are on sale and available in the Program office, Schneider Hall 209, for $1. The Honors Program Student Organization (HPO) are selling the buttons to help provide funds for spring activities.

Andy KleistUniversity Honors student, Andrew Kleist, chosen for CDC Internship

Andy, a senior environmental public health major is one of only four students nationally chosen for this highly competitive internship with the Center for Disease Control (CDC). During the 10-week program, students will explore the broad field of environmental health, collaborate on projects with CDC experts, and shadow health professionals. For more details, check out the UWEC news release.

University Honors student, Thomas Nevins, receives Thomas Nevinsprestigious Goldwater Scholarship

The highly competitive Barry GoldwaterScholarship and Excellencein Education Program awards full tuition, room, and board up to $7,500 for one or two years.

Thomas is a Physics major who has engaged in research both with faculty on campus and as a summer research project at the University of Idaho. For the full story, check out the UWEC news release.


turandotHonors Night at the Opera

Join members of the University Honors Program and Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement for an evening of exquisite music and stage performance on Friday, April 19th, at the famed Ordway Theater in St. Paul, MN. Reservations, made through the UWEC Service Center, include ticket to the opera, dinner at Buca di Beppo's in St. Paul, and coach bus transportation. Refer to the event flyer for more details.

All participants and any interested Honors students are invited to attend an introduction to opera in general and “Turandot” in particular with Professor Jerry Young and Mike Lindsay the evening of April 15th.


UWEC Honors Presents at NCHC Conference in Boston

Two groups of UWEC University Honors community presented at the 47th Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council November 14-18, 2012 in Boston. Honors Director, Jeff Vahlbusch noted that the session, entitled Teaching Each Other: Fourth-Year Honors Students as Mentors in First-Year Courses, he, Assistant Directory Ivy Bohnlein, and Faculty Fellow David Jones presented to an audience of about 30 was well received and produced meaningful discussion.  He went on to compare this to the session presented by senior University Honors students: Mariah Quick, a biology major from Maplewood, MN and Teresa Dallman, Mariah & Teresa present in Bostonan education studies major from Mauston.  Their presentation, entitled Expanding Students’ Role in Honors Programs through Development of Leadership Opportunities within Courses was a very professional and engaging for over 100 participants. Mariah & Teresa are pictured here as they respond to questions from the audience during thesession in Boston.

NEW! Honors Professionalization Series

The University Honors Program and Career Services have students & Provostcoordinated to present a series of workshops to prepare Honors students to apply their education to the world outside the classroom. Each workshop is designed to address the needs of students at different stages of their college careers. The four workshops will be offered each semester, so students can build upon what they’ve learned in each one.

Fall 2012 Professionalization seminar dates

Honors Students are Busy this Summer!

Three University Honors Students participate in National Science Foundation research experiences. James Dulaney (pictured left), a senior from Shakopee, MN, is a microbiology major working on investigative biotechnology at Western Kentucky University. A double major in Physics and Math, Thomas Nevins is conducting research for the "Nanoporous Materials Sensor Applications" project at the University of Idaho. Thomas is a sophomore from Chippewa Falls. Mandy Neumann, a sophomore from Spencer, will broaden her physics major with solar and space physics research Amanda Buchbergerat the University of Colorado Boulder.View full article.

Amanda Buchberger, a senior chemistry major from Portage, is conducting multiple sclerosis research at Ohio State as part of their SUCCESS program. View full article.

Join us for Meals with Honors Events

pizzaFaculty and staff from around campus join Honors students for a meal presenting a topic of interest. Register to attend an event by rsvp online, email, phone (715.836.3621), or in person at the Honors offices SSS 209. Select the pizza image or link below for the current schedule of events.
Fall 2012 Meals with Honors brochure


fall picnic flyer

2nd Annual Provost's Honors Symposium


Syposium program coverThanks to the generous support of Provost Patricia Kleine, the University Honors Program and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs continue this annual event—a chance for selected students to present their work in a professional conference format. This event is open to the public and all students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to participate.

Details are available following this link. To view the full Symposium program, click on the program cover art to the left.

The Honors Program Organization and
Honors Living Learning Community
Would like to invite you to the

First Annual
Honors Cookout

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Thursday, May 3rd
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Owen Park (1st and Water St.)

We will be wrapping up the year with great food and some special events including the presentation of the Student and Faculty of the Year Awards and a Tug-of-War competition between the classes!

Please RSVP to by Wednesday, May 2nd
and please let us know if you have any dietary concerns


3rd Annual Honors Opera Trip April 20, 2012

There is still time to sign up for operaLinkthe popular annual Honors event Friday, April 20.

Join the University Honors Program and members of Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement for an awesome trip
to experience the majesty ofMadame Butterfly at the famed Ordway Theater, after dinner at Buca di Beppo in St. Paul. All Honors students, faculty, friends, and colleagues welcome.

For event details and order form, click on the image. Reservations are being taken by the UWEC Service Center.

AAUW-NCCWSL 2012 Conference Scholarship Awarded to Two Honors Students

Honors students Sarah Bretl (sophomore biochemistry/molecular biology major from Racine) and Carly Lageson (sophomore biology major from Owatonna, MN) were the recipients of the American Association of University Women - National Conference for College Women Student Leader 2012 Conference Scholarship. They will be attending the Leadership for Today and Tomorrow Conference May 31 - June 2, 2012 held at the University of Maryland, College Park .

Jeff Vahlbusch invited to UW-Stout UHP advisory board

UWEC University Honors Director, Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, recently accepted an invitation to join the advisory board for the University Honors Program at UW-Stout.

UW - Eau Claire Honors sends several presenters to the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference

Provost Patricia Kleine, Dr. David Jones, Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, Dr. Ivy Bohnlein and UW-Eau Claire honors student Mariah Quick attended the 46th Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council Oct. 19-23, 2011 in Phoenix, Ariz. Kleine presented "The Role of Honors on Campus: Perspectives of Senior Administrators"; Jones and Vahlbusch presented "Holistic Admissions and Diversity in a University Honors Program"; Vahlbusch moderated a session within the diversity forum on gender identity in honors programs; and Quick presented a research poster titled "The Battle at Home: How Family Counseling Can Strengthen Our Military" and moderated two sessions with faculty presenters.

Honors LLC presentation on Arab and Islamic Culture

Thursday, October 27th, at 7pm the Honors LLC will be hosting a pair of students to present and lead a discussion about Islam and Arab culture.  This is an incredible opportunity to learn about another culture and to gain a new perspective about their life in this country, especially given many of the misconceptions surrounding the Muslim faith in this country.  Everyone interested is encouraged to come and learn about an incredible faith and culture and to socialize with your fellow Honors students.  We will be meeting in the basement study lounge of Bridgman Hall and there will be refreshments.  Hope to see you there!

Fall 2011 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner w/ Honors

Follow the link for the full brochure of fall semester Meals with Honors Schedule, including brief descriptions of the presentations and discussions. Participation is free, but registration is requested, call, email or stop in to the University Honors office to sign-up.

Fourteen Honors students, from three colleges and 13 disciplines, will graduate with the distinction of University Honors on May 21, 2011. Meet featured May 2011 graduate and University Honors student, Aaron Wingad.

Provost's Honors Symposium May 6, 2011

symposium event programThanks to the generous support of Provost Patricia Kleine, the University Honors Program and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs were able to create this first-ever and first annual event—a chance for selected students to present their work in a professional conference format. Click on the cover image to view the event program.

This year the Provost’s Honors Symposium will showcase 65 students presenting 35 top-notch research, scholarly, and creative projects in 27 disciplines from all UW–Eau Claire four colleges.

Spring Break 2011 Cultural Immersion Trip to Milwaukee

This is a chance for six UHP students to enhance their skills in urban development, intercultural communication, and organizational leadership through a five-day immersion experience in Milwaukee.  Each participating student will complete 15 hours of service learning during the project. Details coming shortly!

Record Number of University Honors Students

This UWEC News Bureau press release, picked up by the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and UW System Clips, notes a large reason why!

Check out all the news and activities with HPO!

HPO is hosting an Honors Scocial on Saturday, October 16 at Acoustic Cafe, more information on the HPO page.

Harlaxton, England Honors Option Info Session
Wednesday, October 6
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Schneider 209

Come learn more about the “Honors Option” available at Harlaxton College in England.  Earl Kirk, the Harlaxton Coordinator and Director of Study Abroad, at University of Evansville will present information on the Harlaxton Honors Option and be available to answer your questions. All students at Harlaxton College take British Studies, which is an interdisciplinary introduction to the broad cultural and historical developments within British society from the earliest times to the present.  Effective fall 2010, Harlaxton is offering a lower and upper division honors section for British Studies.  The British Studies Honors section allows Honors students to direct their studies towards their major, and combines experiential learning with research-led teaching to enhance students’ skills and their appreciation of Britain’s past and present during their time in the U.K.  In addition to the British Studies honors sections, students can turn any Harlaxton course into an honors courses by contracting with the professor to complete additional work. You can learn more about the British Students honor section by visiting the Harlaxton Web site:

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