Dan Fritz, a UW-Eau Claire senior from Madison, likes being able to go to church in Eau Claire with his grandfather Roman Fritz. Roman, a 1962 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, also likes having dinner and watching the Packers with his grandson. And they both enjoy catching a Blugold football game with Dan’s father, Tim, who also is a UW-Eau Claire alumnus.
Roman, an Eau Claire native, grew up not far from the UW-Eau Claire campus. After high school, he served in the Army during the Korean War. When he came home in 1957, Roman took advantage of the GI Bill and enrolled at UW-Eau Claire. He graduated in 1962 with a major in history education and minors in mathematics and psychology education. Roman taught in Eau Claire at Central Junior High, North Junior High and DeLong Middle School before he retired in 1990.
Tim, Roman’s son, also grew up in Eau Claire and decided to attend UW-Eau Claire because it had a pre-architecture program. However, Tim took a computer programming class, found he loved the subject and switched his major to management information systems. He graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1980. Today he is a manager of solution architecture for Quest Software Inc. He works with a team of technical presales consultants around the country and in Canada helping organizations manage their business application systems.
Tim didn’t push Dan to select his alma mater, but Dan, who had grown up hearing about UW-Eau Claire, considered it a strong possibility when looking at schools. At first he leaned toward attending a Big Ten school, but after visiting the UW-Eau Claire campus, he decided he liked the size of the school, the reputation of the College of Business and the proximity to family. Like his father, Dan is an information systems major.
“If I ever have children, I won’t insist on them attending UW-Eau Claire,” Dan said. “But I will have lots of good things to say about the university.”