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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UW-Eau Claire names 2,452 students to the fall Dean's List.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following was first published in a newsletter by Darcy Luoma, a 1995 UW-Eau Claire mathematics education graduate.
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.
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.
Commencement exercises for 712 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena.
Ten alumni and friends of the university will receive UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association awards Dec. 17 at an event in conjunction with commencement.
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.
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.
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.
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