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Blugold Success


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

  • UW-Eau Claire students on campus mall
    National TRIO Day events set for April 11
    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    UW-Eau Claire will recognize National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony from 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 11 in Davies Center.

  • Economics alumni chat at conference table
    Economics + MBA = success
    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    UW-Eau Claire alumna Anna Cardarella works for good in western Wisconsin, and is frequently quoted as an expert source in the Leader-Telegram.

  • Love has no Boundaries, India Globalization Faculty-Led immersion, Winterim 2017
    UW-Eau Claire recognized nationally for education-abroad programming
    Monday, March 6, 2017

    UW-Eau Claire has joined a select group of higher education institutions that have been recognized by The Forum for Education Abroad for meeting the forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

  • Blugolds hike through a family farm in the community of La Libertad, learning about the agroforestry system.
    Gaining global perspective by studying geography, culture in Ecuador
    Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

    Can the actions of one Blugold make an impact globally? Brian Kraegenbrink thinks so. After living with a host family in the Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador, the UW-Eau Claire geography major now is considering how he can facilitate change through his day-to-day actions, as well as how he might use his college degree to make a difference in the lives of people living in underprivileged communities around the globe. His homestay was part of a three-week immersion program in Ecuador, an experience he says gave him a peek into the global capitalist system in which the world operates, and an up-close look at how consumer demand and westernization can leave some populations marginalized and living in poverty with little chance for change.

  • Blugold Hailey Nelson (right) and her host sister spent time at her host family’s home making necklaces during Nelson’s immersion program in Ecuador. The necklaces were for the traditional Kichwa dance that was held later that day.
    Why do the liberal arts matter?
    Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

    Hailey Nelson, a communication sciences and disorders major, knew she wanted to have an international experience during her college years, but with a packed schedule, finding time to study abroad was a challenge if she wanted to graduate on time. So when she discovered a three-week Winterim program in Ecuador she jumped at the chance to immerse herself in a new culture. The catch? The immersion program and prerequisite course, “Culture and Geography in Ecuador,” were clearly outside her usual academic sphere. She enrolled anyway, and soon discovered the impact the liberal arts could have on her future plans as a speech pathologist.

  • UW-Eau Claire graduates
    Congratulations, Class of 2016!
    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

    View list of UW-Eau Claire graduates.

  • Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected lawmaker in the country.
    Immersion fosters Blugold connections with Somali community
    Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

    Growing up in a Twin Cities suburb, Connor Zielinski was aware that there was a large Somali community in Minneapolis, yet he knew little about the people who live there. As immigration and other issues touching on diverse populations, including his Somali neighbors, became part of the rhetoric in state and national elections last fall, Zielinski — a UW-Eau Claire freshman with an interest in politics — realized he didn’t understand enough about the issues or diverse cultures to join the conversation in a meaningful way. So he decided to do something about it.

  • Dr. Katie Kindt, a 2000 biochemistry/molecular biology graduate.
    Blugold earns national honors for outstanding leadership in science
    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    Last spring, UW-Eau Claire alumna Dr. Katie Kindt, a 2000 biochemistry/molecular biology graduate, was recognized by then-President Barack Obama for her outstanding leadership in science. During a White House celebration, the president presented Kindt with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals early in their research careers.

  • Melissa Matczak
    Blugold breaks the glass ceiling in the newsroom
    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

    While the late Mary Tyler Moore’s fictional Mary Richards was celebrated in recent weeks for showing the world that women belong in the newsroom, another — this time, real-life — female journalist in Nebraska is taking things one step further. The Blugold is showing the world that women not only belong in the newsroom, but can lead the newsroom. In January, the Omaha World-Herald named Melissa Matczak its new executive editor, marking the first time in the newspaper’s 127-year history that a woman holds the paper’s top editor position.

  • UW-Eau Claire senior Jenna Jandrt
    Undergraduate research earns top national honors
    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    While Jenna Jandrt won’t begin her master’s program until the fall, already she is immersed in the research that she expects will shape her graduate studies and make the future career she envisions possible. For the last two years, Jandrt, a Cadott native who will graduate from UW-Eau Claire in May with a degree in psychology, has been researching the ways that Montessori schools intentionally foster socio-emotional development, the way our personalities, emotions and relationships with other people develop and change over our lifetimes. UW-Eau Claire’s success in supporting highly effective undergraduate research programs that benefit students like Jandrt has earned the university top honors from the Council on Undergraduate Research. CUR named UW-Eau Claire the top master’s-level university in the country in providing excellent undergraduate research programs.

  • Blugold Beginnings citizenship and service event
    Blugold Beginnings program selected for Board of Regents Diversity Award
    Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

    In recognition of its positive impacts on higher education access and success for hundreds of underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students, Blugold Beginnings has received a 2017 Diversity Award from the UW System Board of Regents.

  • Students walking through campus on a sunny fall day.
    Fall 2016 Dean's List
    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

    UW-Eau Claire names 2,452 students to the fall Dean's List.

  • Jeremy Swick
    History + football = dream internship
    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

    One of the things that Jeremy Swick appreciates about UW-Eau Claire is its work to ensure that Blugolds have access to the kinds of internships that give students experiences that go far beyond fetching coffee. Yet for a couple of days during his Ohio-based internship, the history graduate student eagerly volunteered to fetch or deliver anything that was needed … well, at least anything needed by anyone associated with his much-loved Green Bay Packers. Jeremy was an intern at the Pro Football Hall of Fame the summer that his childhood hero, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • teacher of the year, Chris Gleason
    The final four
    Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

    A Blugold is one of four teachers in the running for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year Award. Chris Gleason, who earned his degree in music education from UW-Eau Claire in 1997, learned this week that he’s a finalist for the nation’s top teaching honor. The Sun Prairie band director is the first Wisconsin teacher in 50 years to be named a national finalist for the award, considered the most prestigious national honor that focuses on excellence in teaching.

  • 2016 Winter Commencement speaker, Joe Webb
    Commencement speaker shares life lessons to inspire UW-Eau Claire grads
    Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

    UW-Eau Claire alumnus Joseph Webb Jr. shared his personal story Dec. 17 with the university’s newest graduates, delivering a message about the value of tenacity, hard work and making the right decisions.

  • Laila Robins in
    Actress values ties to UW-Eau Claire
    Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

    Actress Laila Robins may have made a name for herself on stage and screen in New York City but she’s never forgotten her Midwestern roots. Robins, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1981, has maintained close ties to her alma mater and stays in contact with some of her former professors and mentors. An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram story highlights the highly accomplished actress’ ongoing relationship with UW-Eau Claire, and shares her advice for current students who may be contemplating careers in the arts.

  • Judith Jones
    Great-grandmother earns her nursing degree
    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

    Like many Blugolds, Judith Jones is looking forward to many members of her family gathering in Zorn Arena to celebrate her Dec. 17 graduation from UW-Eau Claire. But unlike her fellow graduates, it will be Jones’ children and grandchildren in the bleachers cheering and snapping pictures as their mom/grandmother walks across the stage to receive her diploma. This month, Jones, a 76-year-old great-grandmother from Neillsville, will earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing, an accomplishment she hopes will open new doors for her within the nursing profession.

  • Darcy Luoma
    Resolutions are so yesterday
    Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

    The following was first published in a newsletter by Darcy Luoma, a 1995 UW-Eau Claire mathematics education graduate.

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