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Finding solutions and hope on campus and in the community

From the day the pandemic closures were announced, Blugolds have worked to remove obstacles, adapt practices, and discover solutions to every conundrum and heartache that COVID-19 has presented.

The following stories demonstrate some of the ways Blugold faculty, staff, students and alumni have stepped up in bold and creative ways to work in and around a global health crisis. From community education outreach and vaccination efforts to a Fortune 500 company's management of pandemic impact, Blugolds are problem solvers and their ingenuity is showing! 

Student nurses working vaccine clinic on Zorn Arena

FEMA vaccine site

One of only two FEMA funded vaccine sites in the state when announced, the addition of Zorn Arena as a mass vaccination site in the Eau Claire brought the ability to vaccinate thousands more area citizens in an efficient and safe manner.

K12 students on Pablo's RCU stage with robotics

Adapting to COVID-19 and making it work

When performance cannot continue at a performing arts center, what do they do? The Pablo Center at the Confluence chose to grow its programming to face a new reality and meet the needs of the community.

Dick Johnson

Tips for success from Fortune 500 CEO

Wisconsin native Dick Johnson has fond memories of college — meeting his future wife, bonding with cross country and track teammates, and learning from faculty members who helped start him on a journey to become the leader of a Fortune 500 company.

Barron County vaccination site

The 6th state DHS-sponsored mass community vaccination site opened on April 20 on the UW-Eau Claire-Barron County campus in Rice Lake. The site will operate Tues-Saturdays, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., and can administer 200-500 doses per day depending on supply.

I was in awe just being able to hold the Moderna vial knowing how impactful it is.

Alexandra Tupy Nursing

Blugolds vaccinating at


WI clinic sites



volunteer hours vaccinating

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Successfully trained


undergrad vaccinators

Saved by the vial

Vaccine clinic