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Both current Blugolds and alumni are doing some amazing things lately! They're winning awards, making great strides in their fields, volunteering, exploring new places, writing books, doing cutting-edge research, and more. Read their stories here and be inspired.

The latest Blugold success stories

  • 2017 Excellence Awards recipients
    Seven faculty and staff recognized for excellence
    Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

    Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's academic year opening meeting Aug. 22.

  • Robert Baca playing trumpet
    History project showcases icons of local music scene
    Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

    A team of UW-Eau Claire public history students is working to share the stories of the artists, producers, publicists and others who are longtime contributors to the city of Eau Claire’s thriving, eclectic music scene.

  • Emma Nickerson works with a young girl at a California hospital during a summer immersion program.
    Blugolds learn to help children with trauma return to the classroom
    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    Blugolds Nicole Fox and Emma Nickerson are pursuing different majors, but a UW-Eau Claire summer immersion program that took them to a children’s hospital in California helped them discover how closely their paths may interact in the future. Fox, Nickerson and eight other Blugolds were part of the Shriners Children’s Hospital-Northern California immersion program that gave the students hands-on experiences working with diverse youth who had a significant burn or orthopedic trauma.

  • Dr. Eric Kasper
    Political scientist's research in pop culture and politics gains international attention
    Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

    A UW-Eau Claire political science faculty member who is an expert in how politics and pop culture intertwine is continuing to draw international attention, with his work recently published by the U.S. Centre for American Politics and Policy at the London School of Economics. Dr. Eric Kasper, an associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is co-author of "Don't Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns."

  • Katie Albin, a fifth-grade teacher at an Eau Claire elementary school, was one of three teachers who were part of this summer’s Blugold Beginnings coding camp. She hopes to incorporate coding into her classroom.
    Area students, teachers learn coding at summer camp
    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Students and teachers from Eau Claire schools spent a week learning coding as part of UW-Eau Claire’s coding camp, a summer program that introduces campers to computer science. Blugold Beginnings has offered the coding camp for several years, but this year for the first time three Eau Claire Area School District teachers are joining the 50 Chippewa Valley 6th-12th graders who participate. The teachers hope to learn how they can incorporate coding into their own teaching, something they say would be valuable given the level of interest their students have in technology.

  • Blugolds helping hands, Guatemala Social and Environmental Justice Faculty-Led Immersion, Winterim 2017
    Students receive scholarship awards for study abroad
    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Study abroad scholarships awarded to 50 Blugolds for summer and fall travel.

  • Rev. Tom Lindner
    Grad reflects on hike along famous international pilgrimage path
    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Long after they graduate, Blugolds continue to embrace opportunities to immerse themselves in cultural experiences throughout the world.The Rev. Tom Lindner, a 1982 journalism graduate and former newspaper editor who left journalism 25+ years ago for the priesthood, recently returned from a 200-mile hike across northern Spain. He shares his story of following a famous pilgrimage path, known as the Camino de Santiago.

  • Sona Mehring
    Grad uses technology, talent, passion to make positive change
    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Even though Sona Mehring realized long ago that nursing was not her thing, she still found a way to help millions of people around the world during their health crises. Sona — a 1983 UW-Eau Claire computer science graduate — retired in June from CaringBridge, a website she founded 20 years ago to help patients’ families and friends easily connect and communicate during a medical crisis.

  • Graduates on campus mall
    Congratulations, Class of 2017!
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    View list of UW-Eau Claire graduates.

  • UW-Eau Claire social work majors on Illinois immersion trip.
    Immersion gives social work majors up-close look at future profession
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    Thanks to a summer immersion program, Emma McIlquham is more certain than ever that she wants to be a social worker so she can help children. The senior was among the eight UW-Eau Claire students considering careers in child welfare who got an up-close look earlier this summer at what it is like to work with high-risk children and their families. The Blugolds, along with Jamie Tester, field director and clinical instructor in UW-Eau Claire’s social work department, spent nearly two weeks in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, as part of a Child Advocacy Immersion program.

  • Beatris Mendez-Gandica
    Blugold on mission to empower women
    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Passionate, innovative, determined, inspiring. These are all words that people have used to describe UW-Eau Claire information systems alumna Beatris Mendez-Gandica, who is doing her part to inspire the next generation of women to enter the STEM fields.

  •  Dr. Chia-Yu Hsu
    Chia-Yu Hsu wins international composition honor
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Dr. Chia-Yu Hsu, an assistant professor of music at UW-Eau Claire, is the winner of a prestigious composition contest hosted by a San Francisco-based chamber ensemble.The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble named Hsu’s “Rhapsody Toccata” the 2017 winner of its annual contest, and will perform the piece during its 2017-18 season.

  • Dr. Joseph Hupy
    Business donates drone to support UWEC geospatial program
    Friday, June 23, 2017

    A Wisconsin business owner is investing in UW-Eau Claire because its graduates have the hard-to-find geospatial technology skills that he needs to grow his industry. Peter A. Menet, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Menet Aero recently donated a high-end drone to the geography department.

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    Spring 2017 Dean's List
    Monday, June 19, 2017

    The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire extends congratulations to the 2,267 students named to the spring 2017 Dean's List.

  • Centennial Book, Building Excellence: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1916-2016
    Wisconsin Historical Society honors Blugolds
    Friday, June 9, 2017

    The Wisconsin Historical Society is honoring three Blugolds for their work in documenting the state’s history. Dr. Robert J. Gough, professor emeritus of history, Dr. James W. Oberly, professor of history and American Indian studies, and Greg Kocken, head of special collections, university archives and records management, are 2017 Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators Award recipients.

  • Dave Kochendorfer (left) and Luke Kempen accept Wisconsin's 2017 Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation Award.
    UW-Eau Claire SBDC celebrates client's success in state contest
    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    The UW-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center is celebrating the success of one of its clients, North Star Fire, an Eau Claire startup that is the grand prizewinner in the 2017 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

  • BJ Hollars
    Mentor inspires successful writer to pursue career in teaching
    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    B.J. Hollars, a successful author and an associate professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, says he would not be a professor or writer today if it were not for his mentor, author Ray Bradbury. The two corresponded for a decade, trading letters from B.J.'s senior year in high school until Ray's death in 2012. In all that time, Ray shared insights not only on the writing life, but on life generally. Specifically, the importance of giving what you can to those who need it.

  • UW-Eau Claire alumna Erin Klaus in her downtown Eau Claire business, Tangled Up In Hue
    Blugold's vision leads to place where artists can thrive
    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    If not for Erin Klaus’ time in Arizona following her 2005 graduation from UW-Eau Claire, she may not have become a partner in a successful small business in downtown Eau Claire.

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