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Blugold Transfer Mentors

The Blugold Transfer Mentor Program connects new transfer students with a Transfer Mentor to help ease the adjustment to UW-Eau Claire.  These experienced transfer students assist new students in a successful transition by facilitating involvement opportunities, promoting a sense of belonging to the Blugold Family, and providing resources for personal and academic success.

A Transfer Mentor Can

  • Answer a variety of your general questions
  • Be a campus resource
  • Invite you to cool events with other students
  • Help you transition into UW-Eau Claire from your previous college

How to contact a Blugold Transfer Mentor

  • Email your question(s) to
  • If you would like to contact a specific transfer mentor be sure to include their name in the subject of your email

Meet Our Mentors:

James Ebben
Name: James Ebben
Year in School: Senior
Hometown: De Pere, WI
Major: Organizational Communication
Transferred from: Michigan Technological University
Favorite place to study: Third floor of Centennial
Favorite place on Campus: Career Services
Favorite Class: CJ 250 with Martha Fay
Favorite things to do in your free time (hobbies, etc.): Rollerblade along the Chippewa River Trail
Favorite thing about Eau Claire: The liberal arts education
Advice for a transfer student: Spend as much time on campus as possible, and be open to new experiences.
Campus activities/organizations/events you are involved in: Peer Haven, Tau Sigma, Experience U, and work at the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center and the UWEC Telefund.


Katie Beck
Year in school
: Senior
Hometown: Owen, WI
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders, certificate in American Sign Language
Transferred from: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Favorite place to study: Third floor of McIntyre Library
Favorite place on campus: The Cabin
Favorite class: Voice and Resonance Disorders
Favorite things to do in your free time: Read, run, hug my cat, spend time with family and friends.
Favorite things about Eau Claire: Do I really have to pick just one thing? I really love how friendly and welcoming everyone here is.  As soon as I moved in after I transferred, I felt like I was at home.
Advice for Transfer Students: Step outside of your comfort zone!  Try something you've never done before, and really put yourself out there to meet new people.  UWEC is a wonderful place; don't miss out on everything this campus has to offer!
Campus activities/organizations/events you are involved in: Tau Sigma, Campus Ambassadors, NSSLHA, College Democrats.


Name: Laura DeLestry
Year in School: Sophomore
Hometown: Eau Claire
Major: Elementary Education
Transferred From: Viterbo University
Favorite Place to study: The Cabin or second floor of the library
Favorite place on Campus: Putnam Park or the Rock Wall
Favorite place in Eau Claire:  Phoenix Park
Favorite Class: American Sign Language
Favorite things to do in your free time (hobbies, etc):  I love doing crafts and outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and paddle boarding.
Favorite thing about Eau Claire: I love how everyone welcomes you and how there are always activities gong on throughout campus and the city.
Advice for a transfer student:  Get as involved as you can on campus.
Campus activities/organizations/ events you are involved in:  I am involved with the cross country ski team, navigators, rock wall, teach water aerobics, and enjoy going on the Environmental Adventure Center trips.