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    Successful UW-Eau Claire Foundation campaign raises more than $73 million
    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

    There is no question: The impact of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s recently completed fundraising campaign will be felt by every UW-Eau Claire student and by residents throughout the Chippewa Valley for years to come. The eight-year Power of Possible Centennial Campaign has exceeded its initial goal by $13.4 million, with a final total of $73.4 million in gifts and pledges raised for the people, programs and places of UW-Eau Claire.

  • Dr. Katie Kindt, a 2000 biochemistry/molecular biology graduate.
    Blugold earns national honors for outstanding leadership in science
    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    Last spring, UW-Eau Claire alumna Dr. Katie Kindt, a 2000 biochemistry/molecular biology graduate, was recognized by then-President Barack Obama for her outstanding leadership in science. During a White House celebration, the president presented Kindt with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals early in their research careers.

  • Melissa Matczak
    Blugold breaks the glass ceiling in the newsroom
    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

    While the late Mary Tyler Moore’s fictional Mary Richards was celebrated in recent weeks for showing the world that women belong in the newsroom, another — this time, real-life — female journalist in Nebraska is taking things one step further. The Blugold is showing the world that women not only belong in the newsroom, but can lead the newsroom. In January, the Omaha World-Herald named Melissa Matczak its new executive editor, marking the first time in the newspaper’s 127-year history that a woman holds the paper’s top editor position.

  • Gov. Scott Walker
    Chancellor's Blog: Governor Walker announces UW System budget proposal
    Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

    Governor Scott Walker previewed his 2017-19 UW System budget proposal during a Feb. 7 stop at UW-Eau Claire.

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    Recognitions honor UW-Eau Claire for support of student veterans
    Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

    The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has received several recent national recognitions for its support of student military veterans.

  • Alicia Fields in Spanish classroom.
    Connecting all the dots in her classrooms: One LAS teaching grad's story
    Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

    2014 LAS teaching graduate Alicia Fields may only have two years of teaching under her belt, but she is confident that the world of knowledge she took with her from her Latin American studies degree has already proven to have molded her into the best Spanish teacher she could be.

  • Erin Kelly in front of Target Field
    LAS grad lands in her field of dreams
    Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

    Alumna Erin Kelly found outstanding support from academic advisor and LAS professor Dr. Analisa DeGrave which, coupled with a great academic experience at UW-Eau Claire, proved to be a winning combination to begin an exciting career.

  • Dancers enjoy the festivities at the 2016 Viennese Ball
    Viennese Ball ticket sales begin Feb. 2
    Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

    Tickets go on sale Feb. 2 for UW-Eau Claire's 43rd annual Viennese Ball, to be held April 7-8 in UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center.

  • Campus winter scene from Water Street bridge
    Chancellor's Blog: Our mission continues
    Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

    This blog post summarizes comments given by UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt to attendees at the Jan. 31, 2017, open forum hosted by the University Senate, University Staff Council and Student Senate. His comments addressed the campus impact of President Trump’s recent executive order suspending entry into the U.S. by immigrants and non-immigrants from seven countries.

  • Experts in the classroom
    Unique partnership brings real world of finance to the classroom
    Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

    Accounting and finance lecturer Mark Alfuth decided to try something new during the 2017 Winterim session. Instead of reading from a textbook and attending daily lectures, the students enrolled in Alfuth's "Wealth Management" class engaged with a variety of experts from Ameriprise. Alfuth and the financial planning services company created a partnership to offer students real-world expertise and experience.

  • Blugold Beginnings citizenship and service event
    Blugold Beginnings program selected for Board of Regents Diversity Award
    Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

    In recognition of its positive impacts on higher education access and success for hundreds of underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students, Blugold Beginnings has received a 2017 Diversity Award from the UW System Board of Regents.

  • Winter scene of Centennial Hall
    Chancellor's Blog: Welcome to the new semester!
    Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

    Chancellor James Schmidt discusses reasons to be optimistic as UW-Eau Claire's spring 2017 semester gets underway.

  • Artist's rendering of future Chippewa River overlook along Garfield Avenue
    Campus prepares for launch of Garfield Avenue project
    Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

    Why do things look different along Garfield Avenue? It’s a question on the minds of most Blugolds returning for the spring semester. Here's why you're seeing changes to the view on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus.

  • teacher of the year, Chris Gleason
    The final four
    Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

    A Blugold is one of four teachers in the running for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year Award. Chris Gleason, who earned his degree in music education from UW-Eau Claire in 1997, learned this week that he’s a finalist for the nation’s top teaching honor. The Sun Prairie band director is the first Wisconsin teacher in 50 years to be named a national finalist for the award, considered the most prestigious national honor that focuses on excellence in teaching.

  • 2016 Winter Commencement speaker, Joe Webb
    Commencement speaker shares life lessons to inspire UW-Eau Claire grads
    Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

    UW-Eau Claire alumnus Joseph Webb Jr. shared his personal story Dec. 17 with the university’s newest graduates, delivering a message about the value of tenacity, hard work and making the right decisions.

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    Actress values ties to UW-Eau Claire
    Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

    Actress Laila Robins may have made a name for herself on stage and screen in New York City but she’s never forgotten her Midwestern roots. Robins, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1981, has maintained close ties to her alma mater and stays in contact with some of her former professors and mentors. An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram story highlights the highly accomplished actress’ ongoing relationship with UW-Eau Claire, and shares her advice for current students who may be contemplating careers in the arts.

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    Blugolds hired before graduation share experiences, insights
    Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

    For most students, the last week of senior year is a whirlwind of final exams, saying goodbye to friends and preparing to move away to start your adult life. It’s a period of closure, excitement and a whole lot of uncertainty — especially when it comes to securing a post-college job. But these four soon-to-be UW-Eau Claire alums went above and beyond to obtain full-time positions weeks before graduation day.

  • Darcy Luoma
    Resolutions are so yesterday
    Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

    The following was first published in a newsletter by Darcy Luoma, a 1995 UW-Eau Claire mathematics education graduate.

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