number of graduates stay in Wisconsin
73 percent of the students graduating from UW-Eau Claire in 2001 are
living in Wisconsin, according to a recent alumni study.
Of the 1,849 students graduating from
UW-Eau Claire in 2001, 1,345 of them are living in the state, the
study indicates. The percentage of students remaining in Wisconsin
in 2001 is the highest of the 13 years included in the study, up significantly
from 1989 when only 56 percent of the graduates remained in Wisconsin.
"These numbers support our belief
that UW-Eau Claire is playing an increasingly important role in Wisconsin's
long-term economic well-being," Chancellor Donald Mash said.
"We are providing students with an exceptional education, and
an increasing number of those students are choosing to stay in the
state to live and work after graduation. We are instrumental in educating
Wisconsin's workforce and community leaders of the future."
Wisconsin higher education officials
have stated often in recent months that the UW System is part of the
solution to Wisconsin's fiscal problems. Providing the state
with human capital goes a long way toward building a strong economy,
"When the state of Wisconsin invests
dollars in the UW System, it is investing in its future," Mash
said. "The return on its investment is staggering when you think
about how much our graduates contribute to communities and employers
The alumni study also shows that a growing
number of UW-Eau Claire alumni are calling the Chippewa Valley home.
Nearly 20 percent of the graduates from 2001 now live in Eau Claire,
Chippewa Falls or Menomonie.
"The Chippewa Valley is attracting
a good number of our graduates," Mash said, noting those numbers
would likely increase if UW-Eau Claire secures additional resources
to help meet the region's employment needs in high-demand fields
such as computer science, nursing and education. "We have employers
who are looking for skilled employees and many students who would
welcome a chance to stay in the region. We need resources to help
students gain the skills they need to fill those jobs."
The Chippewa Valley Initiative —
a $1.2 million investment by the state in UW-Eau Claire that enables
the university to increase the number of graduates in computer science,
software engineering and management information systems — is
an example of the school's commitment to meeting regional needs,
"The Chippewa Valley Initiative
will allow even more of our alumni to begin their careers here,"
Mash said. "And, hopefully, enable our high-technology companies
to expand their jobs here."
The alumni study shows UW-Eau Claire's
commitment to helping connect students and Wisconsin employers is
paying off, Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services, said of the
growing number of alumni living in Wisconsin.
Career Services' staff works with
area employers to help them connect with UW-Eau Claire students, Skoug
said. For example, the university helps employers arrange interviews
on or off campus and encourages students in all majors to include
their resumes in an electronic database employers can review, she
UW-Eau Claire also has worked with employers
to increase the number of internships available to students, and internships
often lead to full-time job offers, Skoug said. In addition, Career
Services regularly meets with classes, student organizations and individuals
to help make students in all majors aware of employment opportunities
in the region and state, she said.
"There are wonderful opportunities
in the Chippewa Valley and throughout Wisconsin for graduates in all
fields," Skoug said. "Our goal is to connect employers
and our students so they can take full advantage of those opportunities."
About 25 percent of UW-Eau Claire's
students come from Minnesota thanks to a reciprocity agreement allowing
Minnesota residents to pay in-state tuition fees at UW-Eau Claire.
Since a quarter of the university's students come from Minnesota,
it's not surprising that about 27 percent of the alumni move
out-of-state, with many of them living in the Twin Cities area, Mash
Hall of Fame, Super Six banquet set for Nov.
The UW-Eau Claire department of kinesiology and athletics
and the Alumni Association will sponsor the Hall of Fame/Super Six
Award Banquet Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center
in downtown Eau Claire. There will be a social from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
and again after the banquet from 9 to 10 p.m. The dinner will begin
at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program to honor the Hall of Fame inductees
and Super Six winners.
The 2002 Hall of Fame inductees are:
Sara Laun-Cannon, swimmer, 1987-91; Diane Ring, basketball player,
1988-92; Joe Merten, basketball player, 1977-81; Mike Morgan, basketball
player, 1977-81; and Steve Kurth, athlete-coach-administrator, 1958-61
The Super Six awards, which recognize
the outstanding three male and three female Blugold student-athletes
from the 2001-02 academic year, will be presented to tennis player
Alison Hover, basketball player Kristi Channing, volleyball player
Rachel Gullerud, football player Darrell Souhrada, football player
Bob Schmidt and swimmer Matt Oglesby.
Family, friends and the public are invited
to participate in the banquet. The cost is $15 per person. To make
a reservation or for additional information, contact the Alumni Association
University jointly sponsors gerontology lecture
UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, the UW-Stout College
of Human Development and the Western Wisconsin Regional Geriatric
Education Center are jointly sponsoring a series of lectures that
will explore timely topics in the field of gerontology. Faculty, students,
practitioners and consumers are invited to attend this free series
being presented alternately at UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire.
"Spirituality and Aging"
will be presented from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Phillips
Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. The Rev.
Bob Salt, professor of human development and family studies at UW-Stout
and an interfaith minister at the Menomonie Interfaith Church, will
discuss the importance of spirituality in the latter years of life,
the various possible definitions of spirituality, and a variety of
spiritual experiences common in late life.
"The Maze of Quality Management
Approaches in Long-Term Care" will be presented from
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at the UW-Stout Student
Union, Ballroom B. Douglas Olson, assistant professor of allied health
professions and coordinator of the UW-Eau Claire health care administration
program, and Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, a registered nurse and professor
and chair of nursing systems at UW-Eau Claire, will review current
state and federal initiatives concerning quality improvement in the
long-term care arena, discuss several other quality management approaches
and their impact on consumers and providers, and lead a discussion
about possible future quality directions.
The final lecture in the series, "Challenges
in the Provision of Rehabilitation Services to Older Adults with Disabilities,"
will be presented from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003,
in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire.
Kathleen Deery, assistant professor and graduate program director
for the vocational rehabilitation program at UW-Stout, will discuss
the unique challenges faced when providing rehabilitation services
to support the physical, psychosocial and vocational needs of older
persons with disabilities. The discussion will include current trends
in gerontological rehabilitation and specific suggestions to enhance
service provision in a variety of settings.
No registration is necessary for this
free series of lectures. For directions to the Haas Fine Arts Center
at UW-Eau Claire, visit the Web
site or call Continuing Education, 836-3636.
For directions to the Stout Student
Union at UW-Stout in Menomonie, visit their Web
In Brief Calendar
of Events Faculty/Staff News
Liz Wolf Green, Editor
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
· Diane Walkoff,
Editorial Assistant ·
October 28, 2002