1. UW-Eau Claire’s Fostering Success interns making connections, building the program

    Photo of a fall 2022 team of UW-Eau Claire undergraduate and graduate students who helped the university’s Fostering Success program reach more current and future Blugolds who were in foster care or experienced homelessness as youth enroll and be successful in college. The Fostering Success leadership team includes, from left, students Molly Urmanski, Mia Johnson and Taz Smith, along with staff member Jodi Thesing-Ritter and graduate student Jessica Brooks. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

    The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Fostering Success program is making huge leaps forward thanks to a $70,000 grant it received from the UW System this summer, program leaders say. UW-Eau Claire’s Fostering Success program — launched in 2019 by members of a campus leadership program — offers financial and other support to students who have […]

  2. UW-Green Bay: One working mom’s homework—kids, COVID and a BSN

    Photo of Lisa Pawlak, who graduated from UW-Green Bay December 2022

    Without question, Lisa Pawlak is driven. As one of the hundreds of students graduating this winter at UW-Green Bay’s commencement ceremony, Lisa’s path to earn her bachelor of science in nursing speaks to the tenacious, problem-solving nature of a UW-Green Bay student. Lisa has completed her degree while working full time as a registered nurse […]

  3. Brush with fame: UW-Stout’s Tozer paints in semifinals of U.K. portrait reality show

    Photo of Assistant Professor Tim Tozer talking in his Drawing 1 course at UW-Stout. (UW-Stout)

    Art professor stands out during popular national competition in his native country As an assistant professor of art at UW-Stout for the past 13 years, Tim Tozer has spent many an hour in the classroom observing and commenting on the work of his students. The professor, who has exhibited his art in five U.S. states […]

  4. UWM research seeks to find how small microplastics become in waterways

    Photo of Laodong Guo, professor of freshwater sciences, investigating the molecular structures of microplastics to determine how small they ultimately become in waterways. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

    The tsunami of plastic waste flooding into oceans and the Great Lakes eventually breaks down into bits that are about the size of a sesame seed in a process called weathering. These microplastic particles often come from sources that you wouldn’t expect: They are shed from washing clothes made from synthetic fabric, from tires as […]

  5. UW-Stevens Point biochemistry graduate combines love of research, health care

    Photo of Chloe Gulbronson (right), who served as a tutor for chemistry, biology, physics and math and also mentored tutors while pursuing her degree at UW-Stevens Point. Here, she’s with students Mitchell Imlan and Josie Voigt in the Chemistry Biology Building drop-in tutoring lab.

    Chloe Gulbronson is intrigued by biochemistry and the molecular mechanics of disease. Her father’s profession, physical therapy, and a disease diagnosis triggered her interest at a young age. “I’m fascinated by the human body,” said Gulbronson, Wautoma. When she was age 10, her dad was diagnosed with cancer. After observing his care team, she decided […]

  6. UW-Eau Claire women’s rugby club team wins national title

    Photo of the UW-Eau Claire women’s rugby club team proudly displays the Division II National Champions pennant. (UW-Eau Claire)

    The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women’s rugby club team won the National Collegiate Rugby Division II National Championship on Dec. 4 in Houston. UW-Eau Claire defeated Marquette University 78-0 in the championship match after beating Roger Williams University in Rhode Island 44-0 in the semifinals. This is the first year National College Rugby began sanctioning […]

  7. UW-Whitewater students ‘excel’ in international challenge testing their prowess in spreadsheet applications

    Photo of UW-Whitewater's Excel challenge team

    Excel spreadsheets and the ever-popular phenomena of Esports might seem like an unlikely pair, but both are key concepts in a new global competition that two University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students placed in this fall. In recent years, an organization known as Financial Modeling World Cup has been holding international Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge competitions that […]

  8. Blugold’s research aims to better prepare future teachers to instruct students with disabilities

    Photo of UW-Eau Claire recent graduate

    Maura Laesser saw the passion of special education instructors while she was a classroom assistant as a high school student, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior has developed a similar devotion to the profession as she prepares to graduate this month. Laesser, a dual major in elementary education and special education and inclusive practices, […]

  9. Reptile read: UWL alum authors book detailing state’s turtles, frogs and more

    Photo of Josh Kapfer, ’99 & ’02, who is the co-author and primary editor “Amphibians and Reptiles of Wisconsin,” a new book offering a detailed look at these organisms. Kapfer is a professor and certified wildlife biologist at UW-Whitewater.

    Growing up in Stoughton, Wisconsin, Josh Kapfer always had an intense interest in wildlife — particularly amphibians and reptiles.  Like many, his first wildlife experiences were capturing turtles and frogs he found outside.    “I also really liked dinosaurs as a kid, and in my young, naïve mind, the closest living thing to a dinosaur was […]

  10. Rising Phoenix Empowered Nadia Neziri to Test-Drive College

    Photo of Nadia Neziri, UW-Green Bay student

    There’s fast-tracking your college experience, and then there’s Nadia Neziri’s academic life in the fast lane. “I have a summer internship and I’m taking two summer classes.” While that’s not so unusual, consider for a moment that she will be walking onto UW-Green Bay’s campus as a first-year student but with the academic standing of […]