The view from campus

A collection of note

Associate professor emeritus Ron Keezer

Donation of charts and recordings gets fans and friends all jazzed up Ron Keezer happened upon a rare and extensive music collection and knew its value immediately — priceless. The UW-Eau Claire associate professor emeritus of music, now a music publisher, connected with an Arlington, Texas-area big band leader during a search for works by  > Full story.

UW-Eau Claire basketball court dedicated to former coach

Ken Anderson Court Dedication

A group of UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball alumni worked for more than two years to make the naming of the Zorn Arena basketball court in honor of a former coach a reality. The formal naming of the basketball court for former Blugold men’s head basketball coach Ken Anderson took place Feb. 4 during the halftime  > Full story.

The Confluence Project: A bold public-private partnership

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More than 100 people gathered in downtown Eau Claire May 15 to hear the announcement of a public-private partnership project that, as the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram opined the following day, “if realized will be a game-changer that will transform downtown Eau Claire forever.” The Confluence Project includes construction of a new arts center to be  > Full story.

The Priory provides home for former Children’s Center

Outside summer view of the Priory

The former Children’s Center at UW-Eau Claire has a new name and a new home. The UW-Eau Claire Children’s Nature Academy opened June 11 at the former St. Bede Monastery. Blugold Real Estate LLC, a subsidiary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., announced the purchase of the monastery in October 2011. The property, now called  > Full story.

Linda Young is new dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Linda Young dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Linda Young has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UW-Eau Claire following a national search. She began her new post Aug. 1. Young comes to UW-Eau Claire from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where she was a professor of nursing. She will serve as the scholarly and administrative leader  > Full story.

Chancellor names second Campus Sustainability Fellow

James Boulter associate professor of chemistry

James Boulter, associate professor of chemistry at UW-Eau Claire, has been appointed by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich as the university’s second Campus Sustainability Fellow. The half-time position was created in 2008 as part of the implementation of the Centennial Plan, the university’s strategic plan, which calls for identifying and prioritizing campus improvements focusing on sustainability. As  > Full story.

University again ranks among the best

Students on walkway in front of Schofiled Hall

U.S. News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest. The 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 in the Midwest among public Midwestern universities in the “Regional Universities” category. The publication has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top public institutions  > Full story.

Partnership launches first fully online undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Professional Studies

UW-Eau Claire is offering the UW System’s first bachelor of professional studies degree and UW-Eau Claire’s first fully online bachelor’s degree completion program beginning this fall semester. The new bachelor of professional studies degree in organizational leadership and communication was approved June 10 by the UW System Board of Regents. According to the Bureau of  > Full story.

NSF grant supports open-communities research project

Matt Germonprez associate professor of information systems

Matt Germonprez, associate professor of information systems at UW-Eau Claire, is the recipient of a $399,094 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems program. The grant will support research examining how and why organizations participate in open communities, as well as what universities should be teaching students about open community participation.  > Full story.

Schofield Auditorium undergoing renovation

Schofield Theatre renovation

Historic Schofield Auditorium at UW-Eau Claire is being renovated to better accommodate public events serving the campus, student organizations and the greater Eau Claire community. Renovation of the auditorium, which resides in Schofield Hall — the only National Historic Building on campus — began in late May and is scheduled to be completed by the  > Full story.