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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 spring graduates
    Commencement ceremonies for 1,300 Blugolds set for May 20
    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Commencement exercises for 1,300 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 20 in Zorn Arena. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

  • 1940 graduate Jeanette (Lacktorin) Parizino
    Blugold shares centennial year with her alma mater
    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    It turns out UW-Eau Claire isn’t the only one celebrating 100 years of excellence this year. Jeanette (Lacktorin) Parizino — a 1940 graduate from what was then Eau Claire State — is hitting the centennial milestone right along with her alma mater. The UW-Eau Claire alumna will turn 100 years old May 28. The soon-to-be centenarian, an energetic retired elementary education teacher who lives (independently) in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, will return to UW-Eau Claire May 20 for spring commencement, UW-Eau Claire’s last official event celebrating its centennial.

  • Cassie Ott, second from right
    Life's challenges help new grad find career path
    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    They say that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Cassondra (Cassi) Ott has made a lot of lemonade during her years as a Blugold. A psychology major who will earn her degree from UW-Eau Claire in May, Cassi has battled health issues and has suffered the loss of several loved ones during her time in school, and is choosing a career helping others with similar challenges.

  • Bronsen Smith
    Blugold family helps veteran make dream come true
    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Unlike most of the Blugolds who will graduate this month, no one expected Bronsen Smith to earn a bachelor’s degree. From being expelled from his high school to overcoming the death of his sister, the odds have been stacked against the Army veteran for a long time.

  • Chris Gleason and other state Teacher of the Year winners in the Oval Office.
    Blugold advocates for teachers, education during Washington events
    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Alumnus Chris Gleason earned the Wisconsin 2017 Teacher of the Year title, and also earned a trip to the White House. Gleason, music Ed grad in '97, is the band director and instrumental music teacher at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, and was among four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award.

  • Meredith Watson
    Persistence, patience help psychology student land dream internship
    Friday, May 5, 2017

    A strong interest in addiction research drove UW-Eau Claire junior, Meredith Watson, to land a prestigious paid internship at the University of Missouri’s Summer Alcohol Research School.

  • Hannah (left) and Lisa (Knuppel) Olejniczak
    New grad follows in her mother's footsteps
    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Hannah and Lisa (Knuppel) Olejniczak are proving that there might just be something to the old adage about the apple not falling far from the tree. After all, when Hannah graduates this spring from UW-Eau Claire — her mother’s alma mater — both will be Blugold alumni, and the mother-daughter duo will have each earned a degree in health care administration.

  • Kelsey Meter
    Nursing grad puts skills to use in hometown
    Monday, May 1, 2017

    What is the best thing about earning a doctorate of nursing practice degree from UW-Eau Claire? The chance to put her medical skills to use in her hometown, says Kelsey Meyer, who will serve as a primary care provider for Prevea Health in Cornell, where she grew up and still lives. Kelsey, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UW-Eau Claire in 2013, will graduate May 20 with her DNP.

  • May 2017 Blugold graduate Barry Inman
    After 26 shows as a Blugold, grad looks to next stage
    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Are you a fan of UW-Eau Claire’s theatre arts? If yes, chances are good that you have seen Barry Inman’s work. When Barry graduates next month from UW-Eau Claire, he will have 26 more shows — including 16 main stage productions — to add to his already impressive resume. Barry has been a part of every main stage production since he arrived on campus as a freshman, as well as numerous shows put on by student and other groups.

  • May 2017 graduate Megan Schilling
    McNair Program, research projects prepare Blugold for grad school
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Megan Schilling, who will graduate in May with a degree in psychology, is looking forward to putting her research skills to use when she begins graduate school in the fall. She credits the McNair Program, which helps disadvantaged college students prepare for graduate-level studies, for making it possible for her to engage in meaningful research as an undergraduate student. Those research experiences, she says, have motivated her to continue her education and to think differently about her future.

  • Jazz I wins Downbeat award
    Jazz I wins another prestigious Down Beat award
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    UW-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble I continues to gain national recognition, winning yet another prestigious honor from Down Beat magazine. For the seventh time, the UW-Eau Claire ensemble has won top honors in the magazine’s "Best Undergraduate College Big Band" category.

  • May 2017 graduate Madison Joy
    Grad fulfills promise to late mother as she becomes first in family to earn degree
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Growing up, Madison Joy remembers how hard her mother worked to provide for her and her brother. She also remembers her mother making her promise that someday she would see Mady cross the stage to accept her college diploma. Mady’s mother passed away in 2008, well before Mady was old enough to make her mom’s wish come true. “All I ever wanted was to make her proud and fulfill my promise to her,” Mady says. “I knew I was going to college and I was going to do what I needed to do to succeed.” Mady will keep her promise to her late mother when she crosses the stage in Zorn Arena in May 20, becoming the first person in her family to earn a college degree.

  • Blugold Beginnings
    Blugold Beginnings to host Fifth-Grade Tour Day at UW-Eau Claire
    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Blugold Beginnings will host more than 2,100 fifth-graders on campus April 27-28.

  • Samantha Hytry
    Blugold creates map to celebrate all things Wisconsin
    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Love the new "Discover Wisconsin" map highlighting all the cool things you can do in the state? Thank a Blugold. More specifically, thank Samantha Hytry, the UW-Eau Claire freshman graphic communications major and marketing minor who created the map for the popular television show that celebrates all things Wisconsin.

  • Blugolds (from left) Brittany Martin, Stephanie Little, Stephanie Born and Rachel Martell are among the numerous UW-Eau Claire students who have jobs lined up before graduation.
    Blugolds are in demand
    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Blugolds are in demand. For the third consecutive year, more than 96 percent of UW-Eau Claire’s most recent graduates reported having jobs in their field or enrolling in graduate programs within six months of graduation, according to the university’s First Destination survey. Even more impressive? The growing number of UW-Eau Claire graduates who land their first job well before commencement. Nearly 70 percent of 2015-16 Blugolds already had jobs before graduation, a number that has climbed steadily since 2012-13 when it was at 55 percent.

  • UW-Eau Claire student researchers Samantha Bartnik and Adam Wiest
    Blugolds to present water research at Washington, D.C., event
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    A team of faculty and student researchers from UW-Eau Claire will present their research at the Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. When they do, they will be highlighting the critical role a public regional university can play in Wisconsin’s economic development and resource management.

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    Making Eau Claire a safer place for LGBTQ+ people
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Community members will gather this month to celebrate a new Blugold-led initiative aimed at making Eau Claire a safer place for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking medical care. Safe Spaces Coalition of the Chippewa Valley will celebrate the first edition of its “Resource Guide to LGBTQ+ Friendly and Competent Service Providers” during an April 17 launch party. The event, open to all members of the community, will run from 6-8 p.m. in the Eau Claire Room of L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in downtown Eau Claire.

  • Grace Singer, Dr. Scott Swanson, and Jake Pederson
    UW-Eau Claire AMA named top student chapter for second year in a row
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    For the second year in a row, the UW-Eau Claire American Marketing Association (AMA) student chapter has been recognized as the “Top International Collegiate Chapter” by AMA International.

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