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Blugold Successes and Milestones

A banner year for Wisconsin’s Most Beautiful Campus

The past year garnered UW-Eau Claire three national championships, a one-of-a-kind grant to strengthen the workforce for rural health and wellbeing, student research that’s paving the way for medical innovations, and more through the achievements and talents on display by our community each day.

Blugold National Champions

The Blugolds captured that championship feeling three times in 2021-22. The Blugolds’ women’s volleyball and both the men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams showed off their talents on the national stage by bringing home NCAA Division III national titles to UW-Eau Claire.

The volleyball team won its first national championship in Missouri in November. The track and field team followed that by winning both the indoor and outdoor national championships, bringing the program’s total to four national titles. The Blugolds were co-champions at the indoor national meet in North Carolina in March and won the outdoor championship in Ohio in May.

The titles bring the Blugolds’ national championship total to 16 in either NCAA or NAIA. UW-Eau Claire is only the second university in the WIAC to capture three national titles in one academic year.

Community Health Innovation Grant

UW-Eau Claire is stepping up to bolster rural Wisconsin’s ability to sustain a healthy population and resilient business climate. The $9.4 million Workforce Innovation Grant announced in December 2021 supports UW-Eau Claire in its collaboration with Mayo Clinic Health System-Northwest Wisconsin and other regional partners to address workforce shortages, develop health career pathways, innovate rural health care delivery and support rural businesses.

Workforce Innovation Grant Press Conference

Collaboration at the heart of UW-Eau Claire’s $9.4 million Workforce Innovation Grant

UW-Eau Claire received a $9.4 million grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. through the agency’s Workforce Innovation Grant program. Gov. Tony Evers announced the award at a press conference Dec. 14 on campus.

Groundbreaking biomedical research

Blugold Biomedical Innovator Scholars are making a difference with their real-world medical research into developing an injectable biologic foam to protect healthy tissues in cancer patients who are receiving treatment. Student researchers, in collaboration with UW-Eau Claire faculty and a physician from Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, shared their work at a prestigious research event in Washington, D.C., in April.

A UW-Eau Claire undergraduate research team that includes (from left) Grace Cunningham, Kira Haus, Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski and Marshall Apps will share its research with a national audience at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

Sharing research with a national audience

A team of undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will share their research with a national audience this spring during the prestigious Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. Just 60 projects were selected for the event.

Excellence in action

UW-Eau Claire students and alumni aspire to make a difference in their respective communities and around the globe. High-achieving Blugolds leave their mark wherever they go thanks to a world-class education and high-impact practices that are an important part of their time on campus.

For more stories about Blugold students, faculty and alumni visit: https://www.uwec.edu/news/ 

Stories from our Archive

Adam Duquaine CIO of Menards Crop visiting campus

22 years to the top

When Adam Duquaine was named chief information officer at Menards in May 2021, he thought back to being a Blugold when he took his first job in their distribution center. The 2001 management information systems graduate is a proven leader and innovator.

UW-Eau Claire's Marcus Weaver was the star of the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the only man in meet history to win the decathlon and javelin in the same year. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

Going for gold

Like many people, Marcus Weaver will watch the 2021 summer Olympics and dream of one day competing in the games. Weaver — a UW-Eau Claire junior and two-time national track and field champion — is working to turn his dream into reality.

Dr. Chia-Yu Hsu, associate professor of music-composition at UW-Eau Claire, celebrates on stage in Italy as she’s named the winner of an international competition that celebrates women composers. (Submitted photo)

Celebrating women composers

Dr. Chia-Yu Hsu, associate professor of music-composition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is the winner of a prestigious international competition that celebrates women composers.

Alexis Lappe has excelled in the classroom as a UW-Eau Claire computer science major, but she also worked hard as a Blugold to make the STEM fields more inclusive and equitable.

'Paying it forward'

“Pay it forward” has become a popular saying, but it’s long been a way of life for Alexis Lappe, a UW-Eau Claire senior who will graduate in December with a major in computer science-software engineering and a minor in communication studies.

Carissa Phelps, CSD second year graduate student, Hope Wachholz, an undergraduate Spanish interpreter, and Arcadia Childcare Center Director Jolynn Bourland, work together to complete a young boy’s hearing screening. (Submitted photo)

Making a difference in area communities

Earlier this month, a team of Blugolds — including future speech-language pathologists and Spanish interpreters — worked together to give hearing screenings to children in Arcadia, where more than 86% of students in the elementary school speak Spanish.

Avi Devy Mohan and Dr. Rahul Gomes (Photo by Bill Hoepner)

Research leads to new opportunities

Avi Devy Mohan transferred to UW-Eau Claire because of its undergraduate research program. Still, the Blugold — now a senior computer science and applied mathematics major — never imagined just how much research would shape her future plans.

Taylor Johnson

Making the most of every opportunity

Taylor Johnson was helping to care for her ailing uncle when she saw the impact that nurses have on their patients and their loved ones. She knew then that she wanted to be a nurse so she could make that kind of positive difference in the lives of others.

UW-Eau Claire student Kristina Tlusty stands in front of UNICEF sign

Embracing internships

What’s the best thing about an internship? Everything, says Kristina Tlusty, a recent UW-Eau Claire graduate who is using the knowledge and connections she’s gained from a series of internships to launch her career in the field of graphic communications.

Emma Felty was among the 15 UW-Eau Claire students who spent part of the Winterim session helping Guatemalan coffee farmers with their harvest. (Submitted photo)

Immersed in Latin American history, culture

Fifteen Blugolds were part of the 2022 “Guatemala: Social and Environmental Justice Winterim Immersion Program” during UW-Eau Claire's Winterim session. They learned about Latin American history, as well as social and environmental justice.

Puerto Rico immersion group

Building understanding, empathy

When UW-Eau Claire students return from immersion trips they bring all sorts of things home with them, be it a new appreciation for other cultures or keepsakes made by local artisans. You can now add stray dogs to the list.

UW-Eau Claire students with Afghan guests at Fort McCoy

International immersion close to home

The "Understanding the Refugee Experience in Western Wisconsin" immersion took Blugolds to Fort McCoy to spend time with Afghans who are living at the base as they relocate to the U.S. The program gave students an international experience close to home.

Blugold Ethan Van Grunsven

Wisconsin pride

UW-Eau Claire marketing major Ethan Van Grunsven's love for his home state of Wisconsin inspired him to launch his own apparel business, the Sconny Co. Sconnyco apparel is a way for people to show their pride in and love for Wisconsin.

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