November 2022
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A note from the Alumni Association board president

It’s no secret that UW-Eau Claire is known as Wisconsin's most beautiful campus. The natural beauty of the area has been enhanced in recent years through new buildings, a refreshed campus mall and other meaningful landmarks. The university’s beauty also comes from our students. Their energy, diversity, athletic participation, fine-arts creations and academic achievements make our campus distinctly unique.
Did you know that many of the campus enhancements, scholarships and opportunities for students are made possible through generous donations from alumni?
On behalf of the Alumni Association board of directors, I encourage you to donate to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29. Throughout the day, you may be able to double your donation by taking advantage of different match opportunities. Visit for all the details.

We sincerely hope you consider giving to our beloved alma mater this month!
Carry high the blue and gold,

Tom Holtan '09
Alumni Association board president

UW-Eau Claire continues to be among most environmentally responsible colleges in U.S.

UW-Eau Claire's commitment to the environment and sustainability once again earned it a place in the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges. 

"UW-Eau Claire remains committed to our strategic goals and missions, one of which is to support sustainable campuses and climate action," says Brian Drollinger, director of risk management, safety and sustainability at UW-Eau Claire.

"We plan to expand on our sustainability successes on campus with continued collaboration of students, faculty, staff and the community. UW-Eau Claire is honored to be selected, once again, as a green college by the Princeton Review." See full story.

Learn about other recent initiatives that support sustainability and stewardship on campus and in the community:

Research team works with farmers market to address food insecurity

A faculty-student research team is collecting and analyzing data for a community project aimed at helping people who are food insecure to purchase more fresh, local and healthy foods at the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market. See full story

Five to receive UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association awards

Alumni and friends of the university Dean Kallenbach, Dr. Katie Landgraf, Camila Mennitte Pereyra, Paul Smith and Dale Peters will be honored with Alumni Association awards on Friday, Dec. 16. See full story.

Blugolds-Badgers game raises funds for cancer care and research

The UW-Eau Claire men's basketball team played the UW-Madison Badgers during an exhibition game Oct. 30 at the Kohl Center in Madison. The event raised $20,000 for Chippewa Valley cancer care and research programs. Watch this recap video to hear Blugolds' perspectives on this unique and memorable experience. (Video credit: Jesse Yang) 

Mobile barbers on campus: A cut above

A new mobile barber program at UW-Eau Claire brings barbers who specialize in textured hair to campus to provide services to students free of charge. This innovative program requires financial support to ensure that it continues. Please consider a donation to the Foundation's Underrepresented Student Support & Services Fund. Our students thank you!

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Featured events

Vikings-Jets game 
Dec. 4 | Noon
Join this UW-Eau Claire trip to watch the Minnesota Vikings do battle with the New York Jets at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Bus will load from University Avenue outside Towers Hall at 8:35 a.m. and depart at 8:50 a.m. Cost is $85 through Dec. 1 and $90 until full. Learn more and follow links to register.

Holiday Concert
Dec. 4 | 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for the 48th annual Holiday Concert at Pablo Center at the Confluence. This annual event features hundreds of Blugold students, faculty and community members performing in the university’s major ensembles. Proceeds support scholarships.

Winter alumni awards
Dec. 16 | 5-9 p.m.
The Alumni Association will present awards to outstanding alumni during a ceremony and dinner the evening before winter commencement. Please register by Friday, Dec. 9.

Alumni and friends at Kalahari
Jan. 20-22
Join a fun weekend away with family and friends at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells! Rates start at $209 per night (plus tax and resort fee, up to four people per room). Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices valid until Tuesday, Dec. 20. Register here or email for more details. 

Alumni travel in 2023
Check out UW-Eau Claire travel opportunities in 2023 with GoNext. Join a seven-night cruise through the Pacific Northwest from July 9-17 or a 10-night cruise from Barcelona to Rome in October. Email for more details. 

More events:

A 'Thriller' flash mob

A UW-Eau Claire dance appreciation class surprised everyone with a "Thriller" flash mob on campus just before Halloween. Check it out! (Video credit: Jesse Yang)

Alumni success stories

Luke Benson '13
Benson, an art graduate, was interviewed and had his artwork featured in a article this month. Read more.

Ave Bie '79
Bie, a speech graduate, has been elected to the WEC Energy Group board of directors. Read more.

Lisa Bratvold '90, '96
Bratvold, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, has joined Hayward Area Memorial Hospital as a nurse practitioner on the family medicine team. Read more.

Christopher Johnson '92
Johnson, a biology graduate, will serve as president of the 3,100-member Wisconsin Dental Association through November 2023. Read more.

Rose Johnson '04
Johnson, a music graduate, and her mini horse, Jack the Magnificent, have become favorites in their Eastside Hill neighborhood of Eau Claire. Read more.
Eric Larson '11
Larson, a mass communication-public relations graduate, premiered his short film "Check the Locks" at the Nightmare Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Read more.

Jill (Madden) Melchoir '91
Melchoir, a sociology graduate, recently was awarded the 2022 grand prize from Writer's Digest magazine in the category of nonrhyming poetry for a Wisconsin-themed work. Read more.

Scott Spoolman '77
Spoolman, a psychology graduate, is the author of two books published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. His most recent is titled "Wisconsin Waters: The Ancient History of Lakes, Rivers and Waterfalls." It includes a chapter on the Chippewa River, with some coverage of the city of Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire, including a beautiful aerial photo of the campus provided by the Alumni Association. Read more.

Noah Wiedenfeld '12
Wiedenfeld, a political science graduate, received the Jean B. Tyler Leader of the Future Award from the Wisconsin Policy Forum in October. Read more.
Support the Foundation on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29
The Alumni Association celebrates Giving Tuesday by handing out blue and gold hats and scarves, coffee and cookies on campus to current students. You’ll find a photo of some happy Blugolds from last year's event on the November 2023 page of the calendar that will arrive in your mailbox soon. Join us from a distance by supporting an area of UW-Eau Claire that is meaningful to you with a gift at to continue to enhance the experience of today's Blugolds! 
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Once a Blugold, always a Blugold.
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