March 2023
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Governor says Science and Health Sciences Building will develop future workforce

A new Science and Health Sciences Building at UW-Eau Claire will help the university and its partners develop the workforces and jobs of the future, Gov. Tony Evers says.

Evers and Department of Administration Secretary-designee Kathy Blumenfeld were on campus March 2 to highlight the $231.3 million the governor included in his 2023-25 capital budget for the second phase of funding to replace Phillips Science Hall. 

The funding will be considered by the state Legislature as part of the biennial budget process that includes the governor’s $3.8 billion capital budget proposal. If approved, building construction would begin in spring 2024 and the building would open in fall 2026.

UW-Eau Claire will host a public budget hearing of the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. Read more.

Couple establishes grant to benefit people with primary progressive aphasia

A retired UW-Eau Claire nursing professor and her husband are funding a new grant to support research they hope will improve the lives of people diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and advance the understanding of the disease. Read more and watch video.

Three faculty members receive excellence awards

Three accomplished UW-Eau Claire faculty members have received $10,000 donor-supported excellence awards, recognizing their outstanding teaching in computer science, physics and mathematics, as well as their commitment to students. Read more.

UW-Eau Claire rises to gold level in Military Friendly rank for 2023-24

UW-Eau Claire has jumped from a silver to a gold-level campus on the 2023-24 Military Friendly Schools list from Viqtory Media. Read more.

Blugolds stay in Chippewa Valley for employment

About a third of UW-Eau Claire graduates take jobs in the Chippewa Valley, a trend that is helping local businesses meet their workforce needs, according to a survey of graduates. Read more

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Featured events

'Thursdays at the U'
March 30 | UW-Eau Claire – Barron County
Janice Rice, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a retired UW-Madison librarian will present "My Homelands: Echoes of My Ancestors" from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Viennese Ball
March 31-April 1 | Davies Center
Join us for an evening of music, dancing and dining at this formal event recalling the romance and elegance of 19th-century Vienna, Austria. Through your attendance and support, we have raised more than $1.5 million in scholarships and awards for our students. 

Joint Finance Committee Hearing
April 11 | Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center
UW-Eau Claire will host a public budget hearing of the state Legislature's Joint Finance Committee from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This is residents' opportunity to share what they believe should be priorities in the 2023-25 biennial state budget. 

Alumni events in Colorado 
April 11-13
Join us for happy-hour gatherings in Colorado! April 11: Colorado Mountain Brewery, Colorado Springs; April 12Living The Dream Brewing Co., Littleton; and April 13: Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Denver. The registration deadline for all Colorado events is April 4. Questions? Email us

Eau Claire Jazz Festival
April 21-22
Be sure to attend the 57th Annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival and Jazz Crawl. The annual festival includes educational opportunities for jazz students and exceptional entertainment for the entire community.  

Foot and Nail Care Clinic
April 24-28
Registration opens April 10 for this free foot and nail care community clinic, which will be at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

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Alumni profile: Magician Ben Seidman '07

Ben Seidman, a 2007 theatre arts graduate, is no stranger to the world of magic. Even before high school, Seidman performed for audiences of all ages, showing his sleight of hand and card tricks as a way to master his craft and build a career in show business. After graduation, he interned for the world-renowned magician Criss Angel, who later hired him as his magic consultant to develop tricks for his show "Mind Freak." Seidman went on to perform at prestigious venues and events, as well as on TV shows such as "Magic Outlaws" on the Travel Channel, "Brainchild" on Netflix and Vanity Fair's YouTube show "VF Review." Watch video. (Video credit: Jesse Yang)

Alumni success stories

Liv Aaanrud '01
Aaanrud, an art graduate, had her work featured as part of a Women's History Month exhibit in the Besse Gallery at Bay College in Michigan. Read more.

Dennis Beale '12, '15
Beale, a sociology and master’s in professional development graduate, received a 2023 Chippewa Valley Vanguard Award in recognition of his work with Power of Perception, the nonprofit mentoring organization he founded. Read more.

Benjamin Bliven '98
Bliven, a criminal justice graduate, recently was a guest on the "Policing Matters" podcast, discussing strategies for maintaining officer wellness at the Wausau Police Department. Read more.

Roy Crowell '89
Crowell, a management graduate, recently celebrated his 80th birthday on roller skates. Read more.

Christine Ilewski '88
Ilewski, an art graduate, is the founder and executive director of Faces Not Forgotten, a social justice visual art project that honors children killed by gun violence. FNF recently received gold and silver awards from the Anthem Awards organization. Read more.
Anne Miller '72
Miller, an English graduate, has had her second book, "Mashkiki Rapids," published. Read more.

Dennis Organ '11
Organ, an MBA graduate, has been named president of the pork complex at Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Read more.

Kale Proksch '06
Proksch, a kinesiology graduate, is the new director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Viroqua. Read more.

Abigail Rindo '05
Rachel Rindo '10
The Rindo sisters, both art graduates, have worked in the video game field for many years and now are on staff at well-known companies in the industry. Read more.

Tom Sather '96, '98
Sather, who received bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and disorders, received a 2023 Chippewa Valley Vanguard Award. He was recognized for  his work with individuals with primary progressive aphasia and his influence in bringing Reel Recovery, a program for men living with cancer, to the Chippewa Valley. Read more.

Blugold Roast is back!

The student-founded Blugold Roast Coffee LLC is eagerly accepting and fulfilling orders! With light, medium, dark (Chancellor’s Blend) and decaf roasts, there's a bean/ground for every coffee lover. Blugold Roast supports a carbon-negative mission through its partnership with Tiny Footprint Coffee, which plants trees to remove more than 54 pounds of carbon from the atmosphere for each pound of coffee sold. Through March 24, use the discount code BLUVIEW for 25% off your order. All orders will be fulfilled no later than the week of March 27. Pickup from the Flesch Family Welcome Center and local delivery are available for Chippewa Valley orders. Place your order here.
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