Fall 2010: Alumni profiles

Blair Berger ’94

Blair Berger ’94 has received the FOX KMSP-TV Top Teacher Award for 2010. Berger has been a band teacher at Fridley Middle School, Fridley, Minn., for 15 years. He was among nine teachers recognized from more than 1,000 nominations from schools in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The UW-Eau Claire music education graduate was nominated for  > Full story.

Jacqueline Cobian West ’03

Jacqueline Cobian West ’03 has had her first in a series of books for young readers published. “The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 1: The Shadows” was released by Dial/Penguin. A chapbook of West’s poetry, titled “Cherma,” also was published this year by the University of Wisconsin’s Parallel Press. “Having both come out at once, after  > Full story.

Linda Eggert ’85

Linda Eggert ’85 has been named public information director for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate saw the position as an opportunity to promote public safety on a large scale. She previously was a reporter for WISC-TV in Madison for 20 years. “I continue to be completely awed by the scope  > Full story.

Brian Gabriel ’68

Brian Gabriel ’68 has started an oral history business in Menomonie called Remember When. The UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, who minored in history, is on the board of the Dunn County Historical Society and has served on the Menomonie City Council for three years. “Back in 2005, my son, Evan, wanted to explore areas  > Full story.