Nov. 8, 2013, was a festive day on campus as hundreds gathered for a celebration of UW-Eau Claire and the inauguration of James C. Schmidt as the university’s eighth chancellor. The day featured esteemed guests, speeches, music, poetry, food and just the right amount of pomp and circumstance to officially welcome Chancellor Schmidt and celebrate > Full story.
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Thanks to literally hundreds of alumni — and several thousand faculty, staff and students — UW-Eau Claire recently unveiled a new brand message: The Power of AND. The Power of AND describes how UW-Eau Claire challenges students, faculty, staff and alumni to explore multiple passions and academic pursuits. Blugolds are not defined solely by one > Full story.
Results of two referendums on the spring election ballot indicate Eau Claire city and county residents are in favor of the Confluence Project proposed for downtown Eau Claire and support its moving forward. The Confluence Project includes construction of a new arts center to be shared by the community and UW-Eau Claire, a commercial/retail complex > Full story.
UW-Eau Claire has been named one of The Princeton Review’s 150 “Best Value Colleges for 2014″ in the United States. The Princeton Review’s list includes 75 public and 75 private institutions. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison are the only colleges or universities from Wisconsin on the list. The best-value-colleges list appears in The Princeton Review’s new > Full story.
For the second year in a row, UW-Eau Claire has been named in Military Advanced Education’s 2014 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. This year, > Full story.
A newly created rigorous first-year writing program at UW-Eau Claire is receiving national recognition for its innovation and effectiveness in helping students develop the strong communication skills employers say they value in new college graduates. The Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing — designed to ensure that every student is prepared for the reading, > Full story.
UW-Eau Claire continues to be a leader in sending students abroad, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education. UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for midlength study abroad experiences than any other master’s-level university in Wisconsin, according to the report. With 255 students participating in midlength study abroad programs > Full story.
Growing up in Black River Falls, Brent Hensel, like many Wisconsin kids, followed the Green Bay Packers. But while his peers may have dreamed about playing for the green and gold, Blugold alumnus Hensel had different aspirations. “I can recall watching my first Packers game on TV when I must have been 3 or 4 > Full story.
A new scholarship program established with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will grant full tuition to four UW-Eau Claire string musicians each year and create a rare professional development opportunity for undergraduate students interested in the performing arts. According to Kimera Way, president of the Foundation, the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship, created by Eileen Phillips Cohen > Full story.
UW-Eau Claire brings hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs into the Chippewa Valley each year, according to UW-Eau Claire’s most recent regional economic impact analysis. Each year, UW-Eau Claire generates more than $317 million in spending in the Chippewa Valley, resulting in nearly $210 million in annual income and profits for local > Full story.