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  • UW-Eau Claire geography students and faculty.
    Studying tourism geography in Scotland
    Monday, June 5, 2017

    When a dozen Blugolds visited popular tourist destinations in Scotland this spring, they were doing much more than sightseeing. The UW-Eau Claire geography majors, along with two of their professors, were gathering information and other data necessary to analyze how effectively Scotland is marketing itself to visitors from abroad, specifically millennials.

  • Dr. Ezra Zeitler
    Geography professor wins prestigious national teaching award
    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire geography professor with a talent and passion for creating learning experiences in his classroom and around the world has received a prestigious national teaching award. Dr. Ezra Zeitler, an associate professor of geography and anthropology, is the recipient of the 2017 Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education.

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    Symposium to discuss challenges, rewards of poetry translation
    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    How does one translate a poem? In an attempt to provide answers, the UW-Eau Claire department of languages will host a symposium, "Mission Impossible? Translating Poetry — Example: German to English," May 1-4.

  • Anneli Williams, '16 double major in German and geography, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to begin graduate studies in linguistics in Germany.
    Blugold Fulbrights: The tradition continues
    Friday, March 31, 2017

    For the 34th time, a Blugold has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, this time for a master's program. Anneli Williams, a double major in German and geography, will be studying linguistics in Marburg, Germany.

  • Jackie Seamans and Alex Kleinschmidt on geography research trip in Lithuania.
    Students help verify Holocaust survivor stories
    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    When UW-Eau Claire faculty and geography students joined an international research team that located a tunnel prisoners used to escape from the Nazis in Lithuania during the Holocaust, they accomplished much more than simply finding a hidden passageway. They helped to verify Holocaust survivors’ stories of their dramatic escape from an execution site where an estimated 100,000 people died during World War II.

  • Blugolds hike through a family farm in the community of La Libertad, learning about the agroforestry system.
    Gaining global perspective by studying geography, culture in Ecuador
    Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

    Can the actions of one Blugold make an impact globally? Brian Kraegenbrink thinks so. After living with a host family in the Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador, the UW-Eau Claire geography major now is considering how he can facilitate change through his day-to-day actions, as well as how he might use his college degree to make a difference in the lives of people living in underprivileged communities around the globe. His homestay was part of a three-week immersion program in Ecuador, an experience he says gave him a peek into the global capitalist system in which the world operates, and an up-close look at how consumer demand and westernization can leave some populations marginalized and living in poverty with little chance for change.

  • Blugold Hailey Nelson (right) and her host sister spent time at her host family’s home making necklaces during Nelson’s immersion program in Ecuador. The necklaces were for the traditional Kichwa dance that was held later that day.
    Why do the liberal arts matter?
    Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

    Hailey Nelson, a communication sciences and disorders major, knew she wanted to have an international experience during her college years, but with a packed schedule, finding time to study abroad was a challenge if she wanted to graduate on time. So when she discovered a three-week Winterim program in Ecuador she jumped at the chance to immerse herself in a new culture. The catch? The immersion program and prerequisite course, “Culture and Geography in Ecuador,” were clearly outside her usual academic sphere. She enrolled anyway, and soon discovered the impact the liberal arts could have on her future plans as a speech pathologist.

  • UW-Eau Claire faculty, students, alumni present at 2016 Geological Society of America annual meeting
    Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

    Several UW-Eau Claire faculty, students and alumni presented or were collaborators on research projects presented at the 2016 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Sept. 25-26 in Denver, Colorado.

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    What's it take to put on a world-class sporting event?
    Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

    Eleven Blugolds spent six days in Chicago working with the 2016 Chicago Marathon as part of a “Geography of the Marathon” class, giving them an appreciation of what is involved in producing a world-class sporting event that involves more than 40,000 athletes, a half of million spectators and a worldwide television broadcast.

  • Dr. Joseph Hupy
    Science publication highlights geographer's research on impact of war on the earth's landscape
    Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

    Dr. Joseph Hupy’s work in the field of bombturbation is highlighted in Undark Magazine, a new digital science publication funded by the Knight Science Journalism Foundation. The profile tells the story of how, as a college student, Hupy was frustrated by the lack of information about the ways military battles change and shape the landscape and environment. He did his own research, and as a result, the field of bombturbation was born. Hupy now is an associate professor of geography at UW-Eau Claire.

  • Faulkner, co-authors have article published
    Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

    Dr. Douglas Faulkner, professor of geography and anthropology, and several co-authors recently had a research article published.

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    Geography and journalism double major is UW-Eau Claire's 19th Devroy Fellow
    Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

    As part of the Devroy Fellowship, Andee Erickson, a journalism and geography double major, will follow in the footsteps of many Blugold journalism students and have the opportunity to intern at The Washington Post in January.

  • Dr. Harry Jol and student researcher
    UW-Eau Claire students, professor part of team that discovered Holocaust tunnel
    Friday, July 15, 2016

    When Alex Kleinschmidt struck up a conversation with Dr. Harry Jol during a class trip to the climbing wall on the UW-Eau Claire campus, the senior had no idea it would lead to joining a research team that would uncover a secret tunnel 80 Jews dug by hand to escape a Nazi extermination site in Lithuania 70 years ago.

  • Sam Loftsgaarden and friends in Iceland
    Geography exchange program with university in Scotland takes off
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Sam Loftsgaarden’s study abroad program at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland allowed him to explore new cultures and expand his circle of friends to include people from around the world. It also helped him decide on his future career.

  • Student and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
    Regents approve new geospatial analysis and technology degree at UW-Eau Claire
    Friday, April 8, 2016

    Students interested in pursuing a career in the high-demand, cutting-edge geospatial analysis and technology fields will have a new program option at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

  • Mattheus de Waard
    Internships give Blugold real-world experiences far and near
    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    When Mattheus de Waard begins his internship with a Wisconsin business this summer it will be the second time the Blugold environmental geography major will put his skills to use in a real-world setting.

  • Blugolds Alyson Reum, left, and Ali Olmstead carry the lumber used to construct the walls for a new family home.
    International programs take senior to Europe, Central America this year
    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Alison Olmstead was preparing to study abroad in Scotland when she learned about an immersion trip to Guatemala focusing on social and environmental justice. So less than two weeks after getting back from Scotland, she left for Guatemala.

  • Emily Moothart
    enthusiast AND environmentalist
    Friday, March 18, 2016

    Emily Moothart has always been passionate about the environment, but it wasn’t until a sustainability course she took while studying abroad in Scotland that the Blugold knew she wanted to pursue a career in environmentalism.

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