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Both current Blugolds and alumni are doing some amazing things lately! They're winning awards, making great strides in their fields, volunteering, exploring new places, writing books, doing cutting-edge research, and more. Read their stories here and be inspired.

The latest Blugold success stories

  • Maddie Forrest
    Blugold sings for Packers Hall of Fame celebrations
    Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

    It was the legendary Brett Favre who inspired 70,000+ football fans to travel to Lambeau Field two summers ago to celebrate the quarterback’s induction into the Packers Hall of Fame, but it was a young Blugold who — literally — brought the emotional crowd to its feet early in the ceremony. Maddie Forrest, now a sophomore public relations major at UW-Eau Claire, sang the national anthem at the highly anticipated Hall of Fame event.

  • UWEC commencement in Zorn Arena
    Alumni award honorees share words of advice for new grads
    Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

    For the benefit of UW-Eau Claire's newest graduates, December's recipients of Alumni Association awards share some of the wisdom gained from their valuable life experiences.

  • Graduation
    UW-Eau Claire commencement set for Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena
    Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

    Commencement exercises for 712 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena.

  • Alumni award recipient Charles Szews May 2016
    Ten to receive UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association awards
    Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

    Ten alumni and friends of the university will receive UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association awards Dec. 17 at an event in conjunction with commencement.

  • John Paul Soldner
    Last but not least!
    Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

    If practice makes perfect, then the Soldner family should have the best celebration ever when John Paul Soldner graduates from UW-Eau Claire later this month. After all, John Paul will be the ninth — and last — sibling from the La Crosse family to walk across the Zorn Arena stage to receive a diploma from UW-Eau Claire. Come Dec. 17, every one of Jay and Nancy Soldner’s nine kids will be Blugold alumni.

  • Dr. Tess Onwueme
    Onwueme among Nobel Prize in Literature nominees
    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    What do music legend Bob Dylan and UW-Eau Claire’s internationally celebrated playwright Dr. Tess Onwueme have in common? A lot, as it turns out. Both are so accomplished, respected and influential in their fields that they were among the recent nominees for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

  • Tracy Bates
    Registration mistake helps Blugold discover her passion, future career
    Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

    Dreams of being late for a final exam, forgetting to go to class all semester or realizing after a professor starts talking that you’re in the wrong classroom are common among college students, especially during stressful times of the semester. Typically, the dreamer wakes in a panic, realizes all is well, and goes about their day. But what happens if one of those bad dreams actually turns out to be real? If you’re a Blugold like Tracy Bates you embrace the “everything happens for a reason” motto and go with it. You also discover a major, a passion and a career path that you didn’t know existed before you accidentally signed up for the wrong class as a freshman.

  • Anneli Williams and Dr. David Jones accept their NCHC awards for their poster.
    Taking Honors to new heights in Seattle
    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

    UW-Eau Claire Honors student Anneli Williams presented her poster at the 51st Annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference held in Seattle, Washington, in October. Thanks to a grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Williams and Honors Program Director Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch were able to make the trip and attend the conference.

  • Nickolas Butler
    Celebrated author shares talents with creative writing workshop
    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

    Calling all aspiring Blugold writers: This year, a creative writing workshop at UW-Eau Claire is taught by visiting lecturer Nickolas Butler, the author of the best-selling novel "Shotgun Lovesongs" and an acclaimed collection of short stories titled "Beneath the Bonfire.”

  • Jeremy Gragert at the Chippewa Valley Museum
    Blugold alumnus brings history of leadership to local museum
    Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

    The Chippewa Valley Museum has a new communications and outreach specialist — a Blugold with a long record of civic leadership in the community. Jeremy Gragert, a 2005 history graduate, brings his leadership skills to benefit a Chippewa Valley treasure.

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    Campaigns inspire Blugolds to pursue careers in politics
    Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

    The unusual 2016 election season has left two Blugolds more determined than ever to make their careers in politics. Mitchel Orlovsky, a junior history major and political science minor, and Jake McGuire, a sophomore political science and organizational communication major both say they might be like to pursue careers within the political arena.

  • Dr. April Bleske-Rechek
    Research explores male-female friendships
    Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

    A new study headed by Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire, finds that men are more likely to define a female friend as “a member of the opposite sex to whom I am attracted and would pursue given the opportunity.” Women, however, tend to define their opposite-sex friends as simply “a friend of the opposite sex.”

  • teacher of the year, Chris Gleason
    Blugold earns Wisconsin Teacher of the Year honors
    Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

    While Chris Gleason is always glad to hear his middle school band students hit the right musical notes, it’s their curiosity, creativity and joy of learning that make his heart soar as he heads to work each day. The UW-Eau Claire graduate’s passion for teaching, as well as his talent for nurturing and inspiring his students in ways that help them use their gifts to excel in band and in life, has earned him the 2016 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year honor. As the state’s top teacher, he now is in the running for the National Teacher of the Year honors.

  • Carson Park football field from the press box
    Blugold father-son duo call Homecoming football game
    Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

    Over the years, Kyle Naber and his dad, David, have watched a lot of exciting basketball and football games together. But they agree that this year’s UW-Eau Claire Homecoming football game, despite a Blugold loss, was their best game yet. The father-son duo — the father an accomplished UW-Eau Claire grad and the son a successful student — sat side-by-side in the Carson Park press box as they worked together to announce the Blugolds' Homecoming football game.

  • Chemistry students in lab with Dr. Hati
    UW-Eau Claire receives top national undergraduate research award
    Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

    UW-Eau Claire is the top master’s-level university in the country in providing excellent undergraduate research programs, according to the Council on Undergraduate Research.

  • Blugold Roast, entrepreneur, Ann Rupnow, student business, coffee business
    Students bring Blugold Roast coffee business to campus
    Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

    Life is about to get even better for Blugolds who love both their coffee and their university thanks to a team of UW-Eau Claire entrepreneurial students. Blugold Roast coffee — special organic blends created for a newly established student-run coffee business — will be offered beginning this fall at UW-Eau Claire special events, and soon will be available for purchase online. Eventually, the students hope to sell the coffee on campus.

  • The incoming freshmen class of 2016 fills the UW-Eau Claire hill.
    Incoming freshmen receive scholarships
    Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

    Three hundred forty-three scholarships awarded to incoming UW-Eau Claire freshmen.

  • Award-winning research
    UW-Eau Claire student honored at WiSys symposium
    Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

    UW-Eau Claire student Heather Hintz took second place in the ninth annual Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium student poster presentation.

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