Spring 2013: The view from campus

James Schmidt named UW-Eau Claire chancellor

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Schmidt

James Schmidt has been confirmed by the UW System Board of Regents as the next chancellor of UW-Eau Claire. Schmidt was recommended for the position in March by UW System President Kevin P. Reilly and a special regents committee. Schmidt will begin his new leadership role in July. Schmidt currently serves as vice president for  > Full story.

Foundation kicks off $60 million Power of Possible campaign

Power of Possible lanterns glowing in the dark

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has launched a comprehensive campaign to raise $60 million in support of people, programs and places at UW-Eau Claire by Dec. 31, 2016, during the year of the university’s centennial celebration. The Power of Possible Centennial Campaign had already raised $27.6 million in gifts, pledges and deferred commitments in the months  > Full story.

State Building Commission approves two projects


The State Building Commission March 21 approved two UW-Eau Claire projects for inclusion in the 2013-15 state capital budget: a new upper-campus residence hall and Garfield Avenue corridor improvements. The projects were recommended in Gov. Scott Walker’s capital budget, which will be considered by the full state Legislature this spring. New residence hall The new  > Full story.

UW-Eau Claire earns military-friendly designation

MAE's military friendly logo

UW-Eau Claire has been designated a top performer in Military Advanced Education’s 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The guide provides military veterans and potential students with information about academic institutions that go out of their way to implement military-friendly policies in support of returning servicemen and women. Inclusion in the 2013 Guide to  > Full story.

Art & design students create city bus wraps

Art students Alison Wheeler, Jennifer Johns and Luke Benson,

Three students in the UW-Eau Claire department of art & design have completed their college careers by designing artistic wraps featured on Eau Claire’s new hybrid city buses. Seniors Jennifer Johns, St. Louis Park, Minn., Luke Benson, Eau Claire, and Alison Wheeler, Viroqua, began work on the hybrid bus art project in August 2012 after  > Full story.

Political science alum lands White House internship

Noah Wiedenfeld in Washington D.C.

Noah Wiedenfeld, a 2012 UW-Eau Claire political science graduate from Lake Mills, was a spring 2013 participant in the prestigious White House Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Wiedenfeld, who was assigned to assist with the work of the Domestic Policy Council, began his internship in mid-January and worked at the White House until May 3.  > Full story.

Professor Max Garland named Wisconsin poet laureate

Max Garland, poet

Max Garland, UW-Eau Claire professor of English and widely published, award-winning poet, essayist and fiction writer, has been named the 2013-2014 Wisconsin poet laureate by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. During his two-year term, Garland will promote poetry and creativity among all ages, and act as an advocate for imaginative engagement in  > Full story.

The social event of the season

Dancers at Viennese Ball

UW-Eau Claire’s Viennese Ball is a formal event recalling the romance and elegance of 19th-century Vienna, Austria. The 39th annual ball, held April 12 and 13, was the first to be held in the new W.R. Davies Student Center. Modeled on the historic New Year’s Eve Kaiser Ball, the event transforms all three levels of  > Full story.