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Why UWEC

A place to call home

UW-Eau Claire boasts a high number of alumni who choose to stay in Eau Claire to live and work after graduation, and it's easy to see why. Eau Claire has something to offer everyone. From bike trails and parks, to museums and libraries, reliable public transportation, beautiful waterways, excellent public schools and arts and entertainment, Eau Claire can meet the needs of a diverse population.

Why work at UWEC?

Working at UW-Eau Claire means that you’re part of something bigger. It’s the opportunity to build a meaningful career and build deep connections with people at work and in the community. And you’ll do all of this while living in a place that offers big city amenities with a small-town feel — a place that feels like home. 

In it together

The collaboration between UW-Eau Claire's faculty, staff and students and the Eau Claire community is second to none. From huge undertakings like the Confluence Project to more one-on-one events like helping a local elementary student with his reading comprehension — there are multiple ways Blugolds contribute to the Eau Claire area, and vice versa.

For a comprehensive look at all that the city of Eau Claire has to offer, see the city of Eau Claire website for links to information about economic development, education, quality of life, downtown redevelopment and more.

Turn up the music

Becoming widely known as a hub for music creatives, the music scene in Eau Claire covers a wide range of interests and year-round options for live entertainment. A great publication and website called Volume One covers all of the music and entertainment events, on and off our campus. It provides a full calendar of events, including their signature Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park.

Award-winning city

In 2014, Eau Claire was selected as one of 10 All-American City Award winners by the National Civic League, selected for its “innovation, civic engagement, cross-sector collaboration” in dealing with community challenges. What does that really mean? It shows that this community is one with leadership that values forward thinking and inclusiveness in facing the issues of the 21st century.

And that’s not all! A few more bust-our-buttons items are:

  • Forbes 2014 #4 ranking out of 536 cities in work-life balance, which considers work hours, commute time, income and cost of living 
  • 61st in U.S. statistics for economic and job growth
  • A Yahoo Finance top 10 pick for “Best Places to Retire,” citing health care, recreation and culture
  • And our favorite: Eau Claire is America’s 23rd "Brainiest City," according to the Lumos Labs Lumosity app

Benefits of Being a Blugold

The list is long when it comes to the perks of being an employee at UW-Eau Claire! Whether you're staff or faculty, on the Eau Claire or Barron-County campus, we want to help you have the best work experience possible. Read on to learn about the many benefits of being a Blugold, including the best places to eat, how we support your health and wellness endeavors and countless other resources. If you'd like to learn more about Barron-County specific offerings, click here

University Community

At UW-Eau Claire, you'll find a community ready to support you. Our staff and faculty are an important asset not only to our students but to Eau Claire and Barron County. Here are some of the ways that you'll be supported: 

  • Free Eau Claire City Transit (EC)

  • Davies Service Center (EC)

  • Postal Services (EC)

  • Banking Services (EC)

  • Event Ticketing (EC/BC)

  • Printing Services (EC)
  • McIntyre Library (EC)
  • Learning and Technology Services (EC/BC)

    • Group Workshops

    • Software Training

    • Office 365 – free software

  • Verizon and AT&T Wireless Services Discount (EC/BC)
  • Children’s Nature Center (child care)
  • Thank a Blugold (EC/BC)

  • LTS Support for personal devices (EC/BC)

  • The HUB – software discounts (EC/ BC)

  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car discount (EC/ BC)

Things to See in Eau Claire

Campus offers a number of things to see and do!

  • Foster Gallery (Haas)

  • Bird Museum (Phillips)

  • Light Therapy Room (Crest Wellness Center)

  • McIntire Library

  • Tropical and Succulent Plant Greenhouses (Phillips)

  • Blugold Makerspace (McIntyre Library)

Health and Wellness

We understand how important it is take care of the mind and body. That's why we offer numerous activities and services, often at no charge!

  • Biometric Screening (EC/BC)

  • Free Health Coaching (EC/BC)

  • Well Wisconsin Webinars (EC/BC)

  • On-campus Fitness Centers (EC)

  • Crest Fitness Center (EC)

  • McPhee Strength & Performance Center (EC)

  • Free Exercise Classes (EC)

  • Fit4Life Assessments (EC)

  • Massage Therapy—Crest Center (EC)

  • Meditation Room (Schofield) (EC)

  • Wednesday Wellness Walks (EC)

  • Gymnastics for Kids discount (EC)

We also offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Kepro is free, confidential, 24/7 assitance for any work or personal life issue you or your family members may be experiencing. You can contact Kepro at 1-833-539-7285 or visit them online (password: SOWI). 

For more information about the health and wellness benefits available, visit our Employee Wellness page

Professional Development

We want to help our faculty and staff be the best that they can be. Read below for some of the wonderful opportunities that we offer!

  • Professional Development Days

  • EDI classes and activities

  • HR Supervision and Leadership Classes

  • LTS Technology Classes

  • CETL Training program for Faculty

  • Professional Development Scholarships

  • Office of Research and Sponsored

For the Fun of it

Eau Claire offers countless adventures and places to explore!

  • Outdoor Equipment Rental
    • Camping Equipment (EC)

    • Skis/Winter Equipment (EC)

    • Canoes (EC/BC)/Kayaks (EC)

    • Paddle Boards (EC)

    • Bike Rentals (EC)

    • Disc Golf (EC/BC)

    • Hiking trails – Putnam Park (EC)/Cedarside (BC)

  • Aquatics at McPhee

    • Hydrorobics

    • Open Swim

    • Swim Lessons

  • Walking Routes (Indoor & Outdoor)

  • Discounted Arts Event Tickets (EC/BC)

  • Free Sports Event Tickets (EC/BC)

  • Bouldering & Climbing Wall – Hilltop Center

  • Archery Range—Hilltop Center

  • Basketball/Tennis Courts – Upper Campus

  • Zumba – Hilltop Center

  • Ropes Course (EC)

  • Woodland Theater and Summer Cinema (EC)

When You're Hungry

There's a variety of places to grab a bite of great food on campus!

  • Davies
    • Marketplace – International Variety
    • The Dulany Inn
    • Erbert & Gerbert’s
    • Sushi DO
    • The Cabin
  • Hilltop
    • Riverview Café
    • Hilltop Market
    • Freshens
  • Centennial
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels

Additional Resources for Barron County

Places to Visit

  • Joel Salter Gallery (Fine Arts)

  • Campus Library

  • Veteran’s Center (Meggers)

  • Tropical and Succulent Plant Greenhouse (Ritzinger)

  • Japanese Friendship Garden

For Your Health

  • Fitness Center (Gym)

  • Meditation room (Library)

Professional Development

  • Foundation Educational Assistance Through Scholarships (EATS)

  • Thursday at the U Lecture Series

For the Fun of it

  • Ping Pong – Student Center

When You are Hungry

  • On Campus Dining— Student Center
    • Riverside Cafe
    • Riverside Coffee & Bookstore
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