It turns out that good things do happen after midnight. Just ask Michael McDonnell, a UW-Eau Claire physics and mathematics major who received a middle-of-the-night email from the National Science Foundation telling him he is among an elite group of students selected to receive a prestigious fellowship that will fund his graduate studies. “It was about 2 a.m. when I got the email about the NSF fellowship,” said McDonnell, a native of Spring Valley who graduated from UW-Eau Claire
It took 16 years for Jennifer Georgeson to find her home, and several years after that before she found a school that she could call home to continue her education. Now Georgeson, 33, will get settled into a new career as a paralegal after her May 18 graduation from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She has adoptive parents in Durand and a family of her own in Eau Claire. Georgeson, who was selected as the student speaker for the ceremony, was one of 630 graduates in 52 programs
MENOMONIE — When we see or experience something, typically momentarily, how well do we really understand it? Thomas Weger explored that question in his mixed media quadriptych, “B5 on View,” which was named Best in Show in the Year End Juried Student Art Show at UW-Stout. The exhibit, which will remain up through Thursday, Sept. 13, at Furlong Gallery, features dozens of pieces by UW-Stout School of Art and Design students. Weger created four drawings inspired by the
MENOMONIE — While a student at UW-Stout, Derek Woellner said in a class assignment he planned to become a politician. He never believed at the time it would really be what he pursued, but at age 25 Woellner has become the youngest mayor ever elected in his hometown of Merrill, where he graduated from high school in 2011. A 2016 professional communications and emerging media graduate, Woellner said he used some of the marketing skills he learned as a student to help with the campaign.
A UW-Eau Claire faculty-student research project with important potential future applications in areas such as pharmaceuticals and water quality has received a three-year National Science Foundation grant totaling $217,330. The project builds on seven years of faculty-student smart polymers research led by Elizabeth Glogowski, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of materials science. It also continues Glogowski’s longstanding commitment to involving undergraduates in her research.
Noah Nelson struggled some in his first-ever attempt at climbing an electric power pole wearing the gear line workers depend on. But he had a couple of good teachers on hand during the April 19 Energy Open House at Chippewa Valley Technical College. One teacher was Kadin Westphal, of Fall Creek, who just graduated from CVTC’s electrical power distribution program. The other was his father, Aaron Nelson, of Chippewa Falls. “I went to school here to become a lineman back in
Computers are part of virtually every business setting throughout the Chippewa Valley today, but it wasn’t always that way. When computers started to break into the local business scene in a big way in the 1980s, it was a Chippewa Valley Technical College graduate who led the way. Now that visionary, Mel Jahnke, has been named CVTC 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner. Imagineering Computer Consultants founder Mel Jahnke was presented with the award Thursday, April 12, at the
MENOMONIE — A decades long dream came true for the UW-Stout chapter of the Club Managers Association of America recently. The student organization was named the Chapter of the Year, largest chapter, at the World Club Managers Conference in San Francisco, Calif., last month, earning $1,000 and a trophy. The UW-Stout chapter also won the Club of the Future contest by coming up with innovative ideas for a country club. The Club Managers Association of America, headquartered in Alexandria,
As an experienced fifth-grade teacher, Katie Albin is used to hearing her students complain about schoolwork. After all, many 10-year-olds prefer recess to a math lesson. So imagine Albin’s surprise when her students recently began complaining about having to stop too soon when doing their classroom work. Why the change of heart? With the help of UW-Eau Claire’s Blugold Beginnings program and community partners, Albin has added computer coding to her fifth-grade curriculum at
With a long plastic sleeve over her arm, Cadott High School senior Vanessa Hanson reached into the back end of a cow, all the way up to her shoulder. In this case, Hanson didn’t actually reach inside a cow but into a simulator at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Energy Education Center during the annual Ag Skills Competition. The simulated experience helped prepare her for the real thing, Hanson said. “I want to be a veterinarian, so most likely I will do