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Donnellan named 2014 College of Business Outstanding Senior

David Donnellan, a management major from Eau Claire, WI, has been named the 2014 College of Business Outstanding Senior by the business college faculty and staff. He will graduate in May 2014.

Donnellan was nominated for the award from a pool of College of Business students that included August 2013 and December 2013 graduates, and May 2014 graduation candidates. All individuals earned a GPA of 3.2 or higher. The student who receives the award demonstrates great promise and outstanding achievement in his/her chosen field. Personality and involvement in university activities are also important attributes.

“I am very grateful for receiving this honor and the great education I have received at UW-Eau Claire,” said Donnellan.

Donnellan will be recognized at the 2014 University Student Excellence Awards reception on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 5 pm in the Davies Center Ojibwe Ballroom, Room 330. The reception is hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, and UW-Eau Claire University Centers.

Meet David Donnellan“Many people know David is an outstanding hockey player, but they may not know he is also an excellent student,” said Terry Wells, senior lecturer of management in the Department of Management and Marketing. “Never one to sit on the sidelines, David is an engaged student who contributes to class discussion every single day.”

Donnellan began his college career at Western Michigan University. He transferred to UW-Eau Claire in 2010. 

“I came to UW-Eau Claire because I had some friends who went to school here and they were really enjoying their experience,” he explained. “I knew I would have the opportunity to play hockey and get a great education while living in my hometown.”

Donnellan played on the Blugold men’s ice hockey team for three seasons. His junior year he was a member of the 2012–2013 UW-Eau Claire team that won the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Hockey National Championship. He was honorably mentioned on the All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) team that season.

He has received numerous awards his senior year. Donnellan, a team captain, was the recipient of two Blugold awards: the Jeff Jaraczewski MVP award for his dedication, determination and hustle, and the Richard G. O'Brien Academic and Athletic Excellence Award for excellence in the classroom and on the ice. He was named an All-American by the American Hockey Coach Association and was named to the All-WIAC first team.

While hockey has been a big part of his life, service to others is equally important to him.

Donnellan is a project leader for the Trinity Food Pantry. He was a mentor for UW-Eau Claire students and a youth leader for Jacob’s Well Church and Chippewa Valley Young Life. Donnellan coached youth hockey and volunteered for Special Olympics. He was a reading partner for students learning English as their second language.

He has used the skills he has gained working as a laborer for a builder and a landscaper, and a property management intern in service to others. For the past two summers Donnellan has traveled to Guatemala with family and friends to build homes for those in need.

“It was rewarding to see how grateful the families were and to know that we were able to provide them a safe place to live,” he said.

Donnellan, who graduates in May, is currently looking for a position in sales or finance that would lead to a management position. Eventually he would like to own a business.

How has his time at UW-Eau Claire prepared him for the future?

“One of the greatest lessons I have learned is the importance of managing my time between practice, workouts, games, work and school,” said Donnellan.