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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

  • Grant Sklenar
    Nursing grad earns Wisconsin Nurses Association honors
    Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

    While his interest in health and the human body drew Grant Sklenar to the health care field, his passion for helping people is what convinced him to pursue a career in nursing. He will earn his nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire this month.

  • Kendra Harding
    Blugold's support system spans three continents
    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    Sometimes it takes a village to raise a Blugold. Just ask Kendra Harding, a UW-Eau Claire senior who credits her village — a support system that spans the campus and three continents — with helping her discover her passions and prepare for her future.

  • Kronholm family
    December commencement is a family tradition
    Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

    Gathering in Zorn Arena is a December tradition for the Kronholm family. When she walks across the stage next month, Kelsey Kronholm will become the fourth member of her family to graduate from UW-Eau Claire — all during winter commencement ceremonies.

  • Molly Patterson
    New York Times features English professor's debut novel
    Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

    The New York Times Book Review featured Molly Patterson's book, "Rebellion," bringing national attention to the English professor's debut novel.

  • Chase Kazmierkoski with Backwards Thinkers Society fall 2017
    Business and comedy prepare Blugold for career in sales
    Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

    A natural performer and a veteran of many theater productions, Chase Kazmierkoski loves to be at center stage. As a Blugold, he found ways to use his talents for showmanship to prepare for a career in business.

  • Dawson Redenius at 2017 Jazz Fest
    Freshman Blugold hits the road with Lorie Line's Pop Chamber Orchestra
    Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    Dawson Redenius — a UW-Eau Claire freshman trumpet player — is the youngest member of Lorie Line’s Pop Chamber Orchestra, touring with the popular entertainer’s annual holiday extravaganza.

  • Darin Lau runs during fall 2017 cross-country meet
    Lau takes top honors at national championship, makes university history
    Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

    Senior Darin Lau made history twice this weekend when he took top honors during the NCAA Division III cross-country championships. He is the first Blugold runner to win an individual national championship and the university’s first four-time All-American.

  • Blugold alumna Britt Carlson (right)
    Blugold helps Minnesota shine as host of Super Bowl LII
    Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

    Britt Carlson, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in marketing, is a member of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, the entity responsible for planning Super Bowl LII festivities and logistics.

  • Mark Vang, an officer with the Eau Claire Police Department
    UW-Eau Claire researchers help police department address issues with back pain
    Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

    A UW-Eau Claire research team is working to help address a common problem among police officers in Eau Claire and elsewhere — lower-back pain.

  • Landscape in Peruvian mountains
    UW-Eau Claire continues to be a national leader in study abroad
    Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

    UW-Eau Claire continues to be a national leader among master’s-level colleges and universities when it comes to sending students to study abroad, according to the 2017 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

  • Gabrielle White
    Blugold shares family's traditions, culture through dance
    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    Like many Blugolds, Gabrielle White values the traditions — as well as the heirlooms — her family has passed down from generation to generation. However, unlike most of her Blugold peers, Gabrielle gets to share her cherished family traditions and treasures with the UW-Eau Claire campus and greater Eau Claire communities. Since she was a teen, the junior psychology major from Black River Falls has been among the dancers at UW-Eau Claire’s annual Honoring Education Powwow. This year, she was the head dancer at the powwow on her campus.

  • Blugold Bobbie Schultz
    A birthday gift grows into thriving business for local Blugold
    Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

    Sometimes a gift really does keep on giving. Just ask Bobbie Schultz, a soon-to-be UW-Eau Claire graduate who has been running her own business for years thanks to a long-ago birthday present from her mom. The Blugold — who will graduate in December after just 2½ years with a degree in business management — was turning 7 when her mom gave her a chinchilla, a lovable creature that quickly captured Bobbie’s heart. Fourteen years later, the Blugold entrepreneur is a certified chinchilla breeder who sells more than 300 of the animals a year through her business, “Bobbie’s Chinchillas.”

  • Dorn-Fernandez family
    Study abroad plays special part in mother, daughter college experiences
    Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

    Turns out there might just be something to that old proverb, "Like mother, like daughter." At least if you are Amy Dorn-Fernandez and Miranda Fernandez and you are thinking about your futures. Both came to UW-Eau Claire — though decades apart — because of the university’s reputation for offering exceptional study abroad programs. Amy got more than she expected from her time studying in Spain — she fell in a love, eventually marrying a young Spaniard. Twenty-plus years later, their daughter, Miranda, is a Blugold and already looking forward to studying abroad in Spain.

  • Geography majors using geospatial technologies
    Geography students gain geospatial skills, industry connections during fieldwork at sand mine
    Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

    UW-Eau Claire geography students in a field studies class recently spent a day flying drones and using other high-end geospatial technologies at an Eau Claire area sand mine thanks to partnerships between the university and private businesses. The hands-on fieldwork at the Litchfield Mine gave Blugolds a “rare opportunity” to use and evaluate an array of sophisticated field equipment, the kinds of equipment that’s already being used in the private sector, including the mining industry, says Dr. Joseph Hupy, associate professor of geography.

  • Senegal immersion group
    Blugolds study the power of music to influence political, social movements
    Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

    For centuries, artists throughout the world have used their music to entertain but also to make powerful statements about the political and social movements going on around them. While plenty of world-renowned musicians — think U2 or Bob Dylan — are famous for championing their political and social causes, there are countless lesser-known artists also using their music to make their voices heard in countries around the globe. Five UW-Eau Claire student researchers and two faculty members recently spent time with some of those artists in West Africa, interviewing activists who use hip-hop and rap music as a form of non-violent protest in the country of Senegal.

  • Madisyn Hammick
    Blugold's dream to study in Asia comes true
    Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

    UW-Eau Claire junior Madisyn Hammick always dreamed of traveling to Asia, and those dreams came true after she decided to study abroad in Thailand. Along the way, Madisyn was awarded the prestigious Freeman-Asia Award for the fall semester.

  • Blugold alumni Joyce (Winchel) Namde and Minga Ndjerareou
    Blugolds' paths converge while doing crucial diplomatic work in Africa
    Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

    Imagine her surprise when alumna Joyce Namde, serving at the U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena, Chad, Africa — more than 6,000 miles from the UW-Eau Claire campus — discovered that fellow embassy staff member Minga Ndjerareou shared her alma mater.

  • Matt Schrupp
    Sharing the beauty of UW-Eau Claire's campus
    Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

    For the second consecutive year, photos of the UW-Eau Claire campus taken by student Matt Schrupp are included in the USA Today’s College Guide, a magazine that profiles nearly 500 colleges and universities across the country.

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