David Billingsley ’07, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, recently launched the Billingsley School of Music & Arts, a nonprofit organization that provides free arts access to underserved youth in Minneapolis. “I’ve wanted to start this school since I was 14 years old,” Billingsley said. “I was always the only black kid (in music class), and > Full story.
Liz Amici ’11, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is the recipient of a prestigious NCAA sports postgraduate scholarship. Amici, who was a volleyball and track and field standout at UW-Eau Claire, currently is pursuing a master’s degree in sport management at the University of Minnesota. To qualify for the scholarship, student-athletes must excel academically and > Full story.
Audrey (Mohr) Boerner ’11, a UW-Eau Claire geology graduate who currently is pursuing a master of science degree in earth and atmospheric science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics > Full story.
Larry Olson ’68, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics/physics graduate, recently retired from the U.S. Navy after 44 years of service as a weapons test engineer. From 1985 on, Olson was the test director for all U.S. Navy surface ship Harpoon missile test firings. This gave him many unique experiences over the years. “I have been lifted > Full story.
Elizabeth Willis ’83, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has won several awards for poetry, including the National Poetry Series award and the Guggenheim Fellowship. “Most of what you do as a poet is pretty solitary, and you have to be able to do it for long stretches of time without much recognition,” Willis said. “So > Full story.
Kate Gomoll ’84 is the president and founder of Gomoll Research & Design Inc., and her husband, Tom Gomoll ’83, leads multidisciplinary design teams at GRD. Both are UW-Eau Claire psychology graduates with technical writing minors. Kate has 20 years of experience in the area of software interface design and usability. She is known for > Full story.
Carmen Vitton ’85, a UW-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders graduate and chief operating officer for Rehab Synergies, will add 10 new centers to her existing portfolio throughout Texas this year. Rehab Synergies is an in-house therapy provider of occupational, physical and speech-language pathology services. Vitton started the company in 2010, and since then her > Full story.
Andy Doolen ’92, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, is the director of the new American Studies Center located at Shanghai University. The center was established in partnership with the University of Kentucky, where Doolen serves as an associate professor of English as well as the director of the American Studies Program. The center, which is > Full story.
Richard MacKenzie ’93, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate employed at the U.S. Forest Service in Hawaii, received the Pacific Southwest Research Station’s Scientist of the Year award in 2011. MacKenzie is an aquatic ecologist currently working on several international projects assessing ecosystem function and carbon storage in mangrove forests in Vietnam, the Republic of Palau, > Full story.
Erica (Schmaelzle) Zdroik ’01, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has recently launched Sangria by Lovino, a new ready-to-drink bottled sangria, with the help of her husband, Jamie. The sangria, which is made in Wisconsin at an environmentally friendly winery in Algoma, is now available at more than 80 retail locations. The couple decided to go > Full story.