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 March 2018

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NBC job puts UW-Eau Claire alum in midst of world's biggest sports events

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Upcoming events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

eView archive

eView survey

Photo album

The View online



NBC job puts UW-Eau Claire alum in midst
of world's biggest sports events
UW-Eau Claire alumnus Matthew Edwards and U.S. Olympian Jamie Anderson

As sports director for the NBC News Channel, UW-Eau Claire alumnus Matt Edwards (pictured above with U.S. Olympian skier Jamie Anderson during the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea) had a hectic February — and a front-row seat at two of the biggest sports events in the world. Learn more about Edwards' news career that began with an NBC internship while he was still a UW-Eau Claire student. back to top

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Blugolds' foundation donates $5 million to new Eau Claire arts center

  • Three UW-Eau Claire alumni are the founders of a philanthropic foundation that has given $5 million in support of the arts center being constructed in downtown Eau Claire. The arts center will be shared by UW-Eau Claire and community arts organizations.

New residence hall construction begins

Faculty members featured in new Blugold Spotlight series

Grads invited to submit alumni award nominations

Want more UW-Eau Claire news? Check our Blugold Briefing page anytime: www.uwec.edu/news

Upcoming events

  • Ask a Scientist: 'Sustainability: The Numbers.' March 21, 7 p.m., Acoustic Cafe, Eau Claire. Featuring Dr. Seth King, UW-La Crosse associate professor of physics. More information.

  • 'Love is a Verb' short film. March 26, 6 p.m., The Cabin, Davies Center. Safe Spaces Coalition of the Chippewa Valley presents this film by UW-Eau Claire women's studies graduate Laura Jones Holm. A panel discussion will follow the screening. More information.
  • Let's Do Lunch. March 28, noon-1 p.m. Christopher Jorgenson, director of UW-Eau Claire's Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, "UW-Eau Claire: Best in state for LGBTQIA+ students." Tickets are $15, which includes lunch buffet, beverage, tax and tip. Eau Claire Golf and Country Club, 828 Clubview Lane, Altoona. Reservations are requested.

  • Martin Mogensen Education Lecture. March 29, 5 p.m., Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. Melissa Bollow Tempel, a culturally responsive teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools will present "Supporting LGBTQ Inclusive Spaces." More information.

  • The Eau Claire Arts Revolution Conversation. April 12, 5:30-8 p.m. The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely, Eau Claire. Discover how the Wisconsin Idea is being manifested through the economic power of the arts. Three industry experts (including UW-Eau Claire's Robert Baca) will discuss how community leaders, business owners and arts organizations all worked together to make Eau Claire a model for other cities seeking to revitalize their own communities. Learn more and register.

  • Artists Series: Inlet Dance Theatre. April 12, 7:30 p.m., Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. Founded in 2001, Inlet's artistic staff has built a solid reputation for uplifting individuals and engaging new audiences through performance and education. More information.

  • 44th Annual Viennese Ball. April 13-14, 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Davies Center. The largest Viennese ball outside of Vienna itself, the event is a much-anticipated fundraiser for music, service and international study scholarships for UW-Eau Claire students. More information.

  • 21st Annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum. April 19, 7 p.m., Schofield Auditorium. Ashley Parker, a Washington Post White House reporter who covers Donald Trump and his administration, will present "Covering Washington in the Age of Trump." More information.

  • Eau Claire Jazz Fest and 52nd Street Alumni Gathering. April 20-21. The UW-Eau Claire campus and surrounding community will be humming with the sounds of jazz during the 52nd Eau Claire Jazz Festival, presented by Eau Claire Jazz Inc. in partnership with UW-Eau Claire. Join the Alumni Association in the Blugold Alumni VIP Lounge in Wilson Hall in the Lismore Hotel from 5-7 p.m. April 20. Learn more and register.

  • Experience U. April 26. Join the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Alumni Association and Career Services for an evening of networking, dinner and conversation. Connect with other alumni and share your “life after college” experiences with current students! Learn more.

    See more Alumni Association events and universitywide events. back to top

Alumni success stories

Read some of the latest stories featuring accomplishments by UW-Eau Claire alumni:

Jane Berenz '82, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has announced that she will retire from her position as superintendent of Minnesota's fourth largest school district at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Full story.

Brian Blakeley '62, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry and history graduate, recently wrote "A History of Eau Claire, Wisconsin – Volume I: The Lumbering Era." Full story.

Lukas Carlson '17, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has his artwork featured in an exhibit titled "Phy-Psy-Cal" through April 28 at the Volume One Gallery in the Local Store in Eau Claire. Full story.

Daniel Diehn '92, a UW-Eau Claire economics and political science graduate, has been appointed to serve as Jackson County district attorney. Full story.

Donald Husi '85, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, has been named managing director of Ziegler's investment banking team in for-profit senior living corporate finance. Full story.

Robert Lauria '16, who earned his doctor of nursing practice degree from UW-Eau Claire, has joined the Winona Health emergency department team. Full story.

Jason Plante '97, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been appointed to the UW System Board of Regents. Full story.

Kelly Skeels '17, a UW-Eau Claire liberal studies graduate, has been hired as the administrative and community services program specialist for United Way of Portage County. Full story.

Jasmine Wiley '10, a UW-Eau Claire biology and American Indian studies graduate, has joined the ThedaCare Physicians offices in Shawano and Clintonville as a primary care physician. Full story. back to top


Blugold Trivia
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! Email your answer to this month's question to the Blugold Trivia mailbox (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered into a drawing for a Blugold umbrella! The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April issue of eView.

March Blugold Trivia question:

What is the name of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's newest alumni award?

Know the answer? Email it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by email if you are this month's winner!

February's winner:

Congratulations to Kari Faber Underwood '98, a UW-Eau Claire education graduate and winner of the February Blugold Trivia prize. Kari's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that experts predict the demand for neuroscience graduates will increase by 22 percent by 2022. back to top


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