February 2023
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New University Fellows program rewards, celebrates high-achieving faculty

UW-Eau Claire has named 10 educators as University Fellows, a new donor-supported initiative that aims to recognize and celebrate high-achieving members of the university’s faculty and instructional staff.

Alumni donors Debra and Aroon Maben, who met on campus as students, credit faculty with preparing Aroon Maben to successfully launch his career in international business. They hope the fellowship they are funding will reward a faculty member who is doing extraordinary work for students.

"We believe that by investing in faculty, we can best contribute to UW-Eau Claire’s tradition of excellence in the development of both its faculty and of its students," the Mabens say.     

A program like this is only possible because of people like the Mabens, "committed donors who believe in our campus and our faculty," says Dr. Sonja Meiers, professor of nursing and former interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The campus is "thankful for their gifts so we can recognize these outstanding colleagues," she says. Read more.

UW-Eau Claire again among top producer of prestigious Fulbrights

UW-Eau Claire is again among the top master's universities in the nation for the number of students who receive Fulbright grants through the U.S. Department of State's international educational exchange program. Read more.

Dr. Heather Ann Moody receives 2023 MLK Social Justice Leadership Award

Moody, associate professor and director of the American Indian studies program, received the 2023 MLK Social Justice Leadership Award Feb. 7 at the campus celebration of Dr. King's life and work. Read more.

Mayo Clinic Health System, UW-Eau Claire renew research agreement

The new agreement extends the collaborative research work for 10 years and adds new avenues to expand opportunities for collaborative education across a range of disciplines. Read more.

Dr. Harry Jol's research featured in BBC documentary

Dr. Harry Jol, professor of geography and anthropology, and his research are featured in the BBC documentary "How the Holocaust Began," a result of collaborative research with Blugold students and colleagues around the globe. Please consider a donation to supporting student experiential learning.

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A tribute to Tiit Raid
Tiit Raid, a professor emeritus of art who passed away Aug. 28, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1967 until his retirement in 2002. Patti See, a local writer, UW-Eau Claire alumna and staff member, wrote a tribute to Raid, "The last show: Exploring the long career of artist Tiit Raid," which published in the Feb. 6 issue of Volume One. It highlights Raid's final exhibition, "Tiit Raid: A Retrospective," on display through March 12 at Pablo Center at the Confluence. (Photo credit: Patti See and Pablo Center at the Confluence)
Featured events

Dr. Jelani Cobb lecture
Feb. 22 | Virtual:
In a special combined installment of The Forum, Martin Mogensen Education Lecture and "Racing Toward Justice" presentation, UW-Eau Claire welcomes social justice expert Dr. Jelani Cobb. 

Fire Ball X
Feb. 24-25 | Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center
UW-Eau Claire's drag ball extravaganza will be headlined by drag superstars from "RuPaul's Drag Race" and complemented by amazing local drag queens and kings. All proceeds fund Gender & Sexuality Resource Center programming.

Shamrock Shuffle
March 11 
Take a walk (or sprint!) down memory lane by joining this 5K fun run/walk down the Garfield Avenue hill, over the footbridge and up the Chippewa River Trail. The race begins and ends at the McPhee Physical Education Center.

Alumni events in Arizona
March 8-12 
Need a vacation? Join us for several exciting events in Arizona! March 8: Social at Fiesta Bowl Museum; March 9: Wisconsin Day at Sun Bowl; March 11: Brewers-Royals game; and March 12: Brunch in Scottsdale. Questions? Email us

Viennese Ball
March 31-April 1 | Davies Center
Join us for an evening of music, dancing and dining during 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. 

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Alumni success stories

Andy Beck '96
Beck, a business finance graduate, has joined Alerus as a commercial banking relationship manager. Read more.

Jake Brockmann '13
Brockmann, a theatre arts graduate, directed Forge Theater's "Constellations" this month at Artisan Forge Studios. Read more.

Kevin Brown '89
Brown, a marketing graduate, was featured in the health care category of Atlanta Magazine's 2023 list of the city's 500 most powerful leaders. Read more.

Elena Cowan '02, '17
Cowan, an accounting and MBA graduate, has joined the board of directors of the Grand Rapids (Minnesota) Area Community Foundation. Read more.

Scott De Laruelle '98
De Laruelle, a journalism graduate, has been promoted to managing editor of O'Rourke Media publications in the Madison area. 
Read more.
Chris Goodwin '95
Goodwin, a master's in environmental public health graduate, has joined Kleinschmidt Associates as vice president of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions. 
Read more.

John Noltner '90
Noltner, a journalism graduate, recently was featured in a WCCO-TV (Minneapolis) segment about his latest photojournalism project. 
Watch video.

Michael Perry '87
Perry, a nursing graduate, was interviewed for a Madison Magazine article about his recent novella, "Forty Acres Deep," and other projects. 
Read more.

Rebecca Rodgers '22
Rodgers, a biology graduate, competed in the USA Curling Women's National Championships earlier this month in Denver, Colorado. 
Read more.

John Sackett '76
Sackett, an accounting graduate, recently was recognized by CU Management for his 50-year commitment to credit unions. 
Read more.
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