MAILED: Jan. 16, 2001
John Bachmeier was recently named director of alumni relations at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Bachmeier, a 1981 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, will assume his new responsibilities Feb. 5. As director of alumni relations, Bachmeier will create, coordinate and evaluate all aspects of UW-Eau Claire alumni activities. His duties will include planning events and other initiatives that encourage and support alumni involvement with the university.
Im honored to be chosen to direct the alumni relations program at UW-Eau Claire, Bachmeier said. Im anxious to start working with the staff and the Alumni Association to put together a program that we can all be proud of. The university has a long history of outstanding relations with its alumni, and I just want to build on that tradition.
Bachmeier previously served as manager of the community giving, educational, and customer training services programs at Northern States Power Co., now Xcel Energy, in Eau Claire.
We look forward to working with John as the alumni director here at UW-Eau Claire, said Carole Halberg, special assistant to the chancellor and president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, who supervises staff in the development and alumni relations areas. Its always good to welcome a Blugold back home. Hes been a great innovator and organizer for his current employer, has deep knowledge of the region and the state, and is enthused about leading the Alumni Association and serving our 55,000 alumni.
During his tenure at NSP, which began in 1984, Bachmeier directed the companys educational programs, which provide services such as safety demonstrations, plant tours and career talks to more than 500 schools in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. He also served on several committees including the Cray Academy board of directors and the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Committee.
Also while at NSP, Bachmeier developed the customer training services program, which targets employees of the utilitys larger customers. Under Bachmeiers management, the program has grown steadily over the last few years.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 16, 2001