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.
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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.
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation received more than $9 million — the largest annual amount received in Foundation history — during its recently completed fiscal year. New gifts received during 2012-13 but not pledged in previous years were counted toward the $60 million goal of the Foundation’s Power of Possible Centennial Campaign in support of people, > Full story.
Zorn Arena receives facelift When Blugold basketball fans flock to Zorn Arena this coming season they’ll see a refurbished Ken Anderson Court. The basketball court underwent a full facelift this summer: old varnish finish and paint were removed, and the court was sanded, painted and refinished. The floor project is the centerpiece of a number > Full story.
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.