Blugold generations

Sherman Family

Clockwise, from left: Mary Sherman, Chris Sherman, Kathy Sherman, Linda Burns and Jordan Sherman.

It wasn’t surprising to his family when Jordan Sherman chose to become a Blugold. Two generations of his family have previously graduated from UW-Eau Claire — his parents, his maternal aunt and his paternal grandmother.

Jordan is a sophomore, and his parents, Chris and Kathy Sherman, are happy Jordan followed the family tradition and enrolled at UW-Eau Claire. Chris Sherman received a bachelor of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire in economics and finance in 1984. He is a manufacturing technician for 3M in Menomonie. Kathy received a bachelor of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1974 and is an accountant for Bergstrom Corp. in Eau Claire.

Kathy’s sister and Jordan’s aunt, Linda Burns, also graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1974; her degree is in social work. She has worked for Community Health Partnership for the past 12 years.

Reminiscing about their experiences at UW-Eau Claire, Kathy and Linda recalled some historical events.

“We attended school during the Nixon era, and I remember peace vigils and protest rallies against the war taking place on campus,” Linda said.

“And we both worked in food service and wore bee suits — these yellow dresses with black aprons,” Kathy said.

Mary Sherman, Jordan’s paternal grandmother, received a bachelor of science degree in education in 1955 from what was then Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire. After graduating, she became a teacher for Altoona schools. She returned to UW-Eau Claire and earned a master’s degree in education in 1973. Mary retired from Pedersen Elementary School in the School District of Altoona in 1992.

Mary’s memories include taking gym classes in the basement of Schofield Hall and the construction of Brewer Hall, the second building on campus, which was completed her senior year. The student union, she recalled, consisted of surplus World War II barracks on the Schofield Hall lawn.

She said things on campus have changed a lot since she attended the university. “Some of my professors — Dr. John Schneider and Dr. Richard Hibbard — now have their names on buildings,” she said.

Jordan, among the third generation of Shermans to make memories at UW-Eau Claire, is taking classes in those buildings as he studies to become a broadcast journalist.

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