While we love nothing more than watching alumni from more than 50 years of graduating classes come back to campus for one weekend each fall, many decisions have been made for the academic year ahead that prioritize health and safety at UW-Eau Claire. One of these decisions include a very difficult choice to cancel in-person Homecoming activities the weekend of Oct. 2-4 to keep our community of alumni safe and healthy.
“Blugolds Fly Together” is a constant mantra among current students, and we find ourselves repeating it over and over. This mantra has become the theme for our fall celebration of alumni, because YOU are the largest part of our community of Blugolds.
Just because we’re not flying together in person this year doesn’t mean that we can’t stay connected as Blugolds! The Alumni Association is working on creating opportunities to bring Eau Claire to YOU during the first week of October. We are collaborating with our student activities office on virtual programming that maintains the school spirit of Homecoming and will give alumni a chance to have a little fun going head-to-head in competitions with current students.
Although this is Homecoming unlike we’ve ever celebrated before, we’re excited for the new possibilities open to us while Blugolds join in from across the world without the need to travel to the UW-Eau Claire campus.
This year and always, Blugolds Fly Together!
Thursday, Oct. 1
Alumni vs. Student Trivia | 7:00pm
Join us for Team Trivia and mini-games hosted by Virtual Team Trivia with Adam & Emily! Reconnect with your Blugold friends to form a trivia team to compete against other alumni and student teams during this virtual pub trivia event. Team captains should register with a team name via the team registration link by noon on October 1 to receive the Zoom link for participation.
If you have any questions, please contact Joann Martin (email@example.com).
Friday, October 2
Golden Blugold Celebration and Class of 1970 | Postponed to October 15, 2021
It’s official—you graduated from UW-Eau Claire 50 years ago and now hold the honored distinction of GOLDEN BLUGOLD.
We are disappointed that we’re unable to safely invite you back to your alma mater to celebrate this milestone together in fall. While we know it isn’t the same as sharing memories and stories in person, we invite you to be a part of a collection of photos and memories that we’re calling “Golden Blugolds: Then and Now.”
We ask you to share a photo from your time at UW-Eau Claire, as well as a recent photo of yourself that we can use in a virtual gallery shared with all generations of Blugolds. We also invite you to send us a favorite story or memory of your time at UW-Eau Claire.
Please include your name and graduation year with your photos and stories. You can send your photos and stories by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail by October 3 to:
Schofield Hall 214E
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
We’re eager to reminisce with you and all our Golden Blugolds through this photo and story-sharing opportunity this year. It remains our strongest hope that it will be safe for us to come together in person at this time next year for a bigger celebration in 2021 to celebrate you!
UW-Eau Claire Blugold Atheltics | Seven athletes, all of whom earned All-American status and competed in national competition, make up the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
The new class, which was to have been inducted October 2 during homecoming weekend, includes basketball players Jon Wallenfelsz and Sherm Carstensen, golfers Josh Dirks and Ryan Quinn, track athlete John Schuna, gymnast Alison (Eagles) Anderson and wrestler Davey Starks. This group represents the 44th class of men's inductees and the 31st class of women's inductees and brings the number of athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honored to 241. Meet the inductees here.
Homecoming Concert | 7:00pm
Virtual concert sponsored by WNB Financial | Blugold Marching Band and Briston Maroney.
This virtual concert will be opened by our very own Blugold Marching Band, who have been hard at work producing recorded footage of socially-distanced sections of the band creating their own shows that share the electric energy of the more than 400-instrument ensemble.
Our headliner is Briston Maroney, an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Maroney's indie folk and indie rock styles bring together a style of music that is "vulnerable and empathetic, but bananced out with just the right of conviction."
Pre-registration required to receive the event link.
Deadline to register | Friday, Oct. 2 | 5 p.m.
Register here for this event.
If you have any questions, please contact Joann Martin email@example.com.
Saturday, October 3
10 a.m. | UW-Eau Claire Alumni Facebook Live
Homecoming parade | In lieu of the Homecoming parade, we’re taking a virtual campus tour via Facebook Live on the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Facebook page. Join us for a look inside old and new buildings and learn about the current and historic functions of some of your favorite campus spaces.
Questions on any events: call the alumni office at 715-836-3266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week-long Virtual Events
ALL WEEK: Check out the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Facebook page for throwback photos from past years’ Homecoming celebrations and campus throughout the years with an invitation to share some of your EC favorites in the comments. Feel free to share some of your own photos from your UW-Eau Claire days, too!
ALL WEEK: #RecUnite2020 Virtual Fitness Event
Register to complete a 3 mile run/walk, 8 mile bike, 1 mile paddle or any combination of the three on your own time this week. You'll receive a printable race bib to use as a photo prop to share on social media with #RecUnite2020 to be entered into a drawing for a $200, $100 or $50 Scheels gift card. You can also email your photo submission to email@example.com.
ALL WEEK: Golden Blugolds (graduates from the class of 1970 and earlier) are invited to be a part of a collection of photos and memories we're calling "Golden Blugolds: Then and Now." Please share a photo from your time at UW-Eau Claire, as well as a recent photo of yourself that we can use in a virtual gallery shared with all generations of Blugolds. We also invite you to send us a favorite story or memory of your time at UW-Eau Claire.
Please include your name and graduation year with your photos and stories. You can send your photos and stories by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information
Check back to this page for additional virtual Homecoming details as they are finalized. For more information, contact the alumni office at email@example.com or 715-836-3266.
Save the Date: Homecoming 2021, Oct 15-16.