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October 2022
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Highlighting four generations of chemistry research

At last month's UW System Board of Regents meeting hosted by UW-Eau Claire, Chancellor James Schmidt was pleased to share this video, featuring interviews with four generations of chemistry faculty and students.

"Undergraduate research is at the heart of what we do — and we’ve been doing it at UW-Eau Claire since the early 1960s," Schmidt said. "That’s one of the reasons why in 2016 we were named No. 1 in the country for undergraduate research by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

"For 34 years, UW-Eau Claire has been the UW System's Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, an honor we take great pride in," Schmidt said. "Here's why undergraduate research is part of our institutional DNA." (Video credit: Glen Mabie) 


Four receive Alumni Association awards

William "Chops" Hancock, Dr. Jason Slaikeu '98,  Libby Christensen '04 and Eugene Jenneman '71 were honored by the Alumni Association earlier this month as part of Homecoming. Read more


Blugolds part of NSF study on Hmong STEM experiences

The multisite study with research bases at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison and UW Oshkosh will focus on increasing enrollment numbers and graduation rates for Hmong Americans in STEM majors. Read more


Startup team formed as Blugolds named 2022 Innovators of the Year 

Technology startup ParityBlu was a student entrepreneurship project and recently won the WiSys Innovators of the Year Award for 2022. Read more


Blugolds in action: Wrestling on the Campus Mall

Kudos to UW-Eau Claire wrestling head coach Tim Fader for pinning down the perfect fall day to hold practice on the Campus Mall. Watch this video of Blugold wrestlers in action. (Video credit: Jesse Yang) 

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A note from the Alumni Association board president

Homecoming 2022 was a weekend full of nostalgia and Blugold cheer! For those that haven’t been back on campus recently, you’d be astonished by the growth and development. Lower campus has beautiful new buildings, including the Flesch Family Welcome Center (2021), Centennial Hall (2014) and Davies Center (2012). Even with the updated ambiance, there’s a familiarity that reawakens memories of all-night studying, classroom lectures, extracurricular activities and incredible friendships!

As part of the Alumni Association board of directors, I had the distinct privilege of witnessing our age-old Homecoming traditions firsthand. The board volunteers throughout the weekend at the "Golden Blugolds" (event honoring 50-year alumni), the Homecoming parade and the football game fundraiser, selling beer and UW-Eau Claire merchandise. The weekend concluded with an inspiring Alumni Awards ceremony honoring four incredible Blugolds.

The Alumni Association board of directors has more than 25 members working toward numerous goals, including alumni engagement, developing relationships with current students, providing scholarships, hosting alumni gatherings and developing strategic partnerships for the university. If you’re interested in learning more or applying to be on the board of directors, I encourage you to visit the Alumni Association board page. The board hopes to connect with you at an upcoming alumni event soon!

Carry high the blue and gold,

Tom Holtan ’09
Alumni Association board president

Featured events

WMEA 2022 State Music Conference Reception
Oct. 27 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Connect with fellow Blugolds and music educators after the first day of conference sessions. Reception is co-hosted by the Alumni Association and music and theatre arts department. Register here.

Book Launch and Reading 
Nov. 3 | 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Join author and Blugold alumna Debra Raye King at the book launch of her debut novel, "Gravedigger’s Daughter: Growing Up Rural." Dean Kallenbach, senior regional manager emeritus for Wisconsin Public Radio, will serve as host. Location: Room 206, Flesch Family Welcome Center.

Martin Mogensen Education Lecture: Dr. Jelani Cobb  
Nov. 3 | 7:30 p.m.
Cobb's lecture, "The Half-Life of Freedom, Race and Justice in America Today," will address the intersection of race, politics, history and American culture. Location: Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center or via livestream at uwec.ly/liveReserve free tickets here.

WAFLT 2022 State Conference Reception
Nov. 4 | 4:30-6 p.m.
Join fellow Blugold alumni for a reception at the Clubhouse Sports Pub at the Hilton Appleton Paper Valley, 333 W. College Ave., Appleton. Visit with friends and colleagues, enjoy refreshments and have a chance to win some Blugold swag! View invitation and register by Oct. 31.


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Blugold spirit at Homecoming 2022!

As one of the longest-standing Homecoming parade traditions, the Bridgman Hall kazoo band returned to march down First Avenue while buzzing together in tune. (Photo credit: Shane Opatz)

Alumni success stories

Troy Amelse '16, '18
Amelse, a business economics and MBA graduate, is president of Klinger Farm Market, his family's business in Chippewa Falls that began in 1904. Read more.


Sebastian Armendariz '16
Armendariz, a music graduate, performed as a vocal soloist with the Richmond County (New York) Orchestra in September. Read more.


Jake Brockmann '13
Rachael Bejin '09
Brockmann, a theatre graduate, and Bejin, a mass communication graduate, lead Forge Theater, whose production of "The Other Place" is being performed this month at the Grand Theatre in Eau Claire. Read more.

Patty Chambers '92
Chambers, a communication arts graduate, has joined Security Financial Bank as director of Human Resources. Read more.


Michael Keaton '90
Keaton, a theatre arts graduate, has joined PHH Mortgage Corp. as senior vice president of default subservicing. Read more.
LeRoy Lee '62
Lee, a music education graduate, has been selected by the Wisconsin School Music Association as the 2022 Marching Band Hall of Fame inductee. Read more.


Randy Otto '75
Otto, a theatre graduate, recently portrayed Winston Churchill for a North Coast Repertory Theatre production in Solana Beach, California. Read more.


Abigail Rindo '05
Rindo, an art graduate, is the narrative design director at King Digital Entertainment, where she crafts character arcs and storylines behind the Candy Crush Saga. Read more.


Jill Schroeder '92
Schroeder, a communication arts graduate, has been promoted to president of Trefoil Group, a Milwaukee-based marketing firm. Read more.


Larry Snedden '89
Snedden, a business finance graduate, has joined Marshfield-based Forward Bank as vice president/senior commercial loan officer. Read more.
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