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College of Business Faculty Excellence Fund

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Mark you calendar: COB Alumni Bash is Oct. 6

June 20, 2018

Spread the word . . . 

COB Alumni Bash, Sat., October 6, 6-9 pm, Davies Center Dakota Ballroom


The COB Bash is coming to campus this fall. Now all Blugold business alums, not just those living in the Twin Cities, can attend this annual event. Meet fellow Blugolds and your favorite faculty members following the Homecoming football game. Complimentary snacks, beer and Blugold swag. There is no charge for attending the Bash but we ask that you RSVP to help us with planning.  


Invitations will be sent to all alums via email in early September. Information is also posted on the COB website and the college's social media sites.


Interested in helping to sponsor the event? For more information, contact Dr. Tim Vaughan at or Gretchen Hutterli at

Another Chance to say 'Thank You'

March 09, 2018

It was a time of uncertainty when Jeff Schwantes, BBA '72, arrived on the UW-Eau Claire campus from his hometown of Neillsville, It was the mid-1960s. The Vietnam War was raging, and Jeff wasn't at all sure about his own future. After six semesters, he left school, and was drafted into the Army where he served for two years. He wanted to return to UW-Eau Claire, but he wasn't sure he would be readmitted.    

"My previous academic record was less than stellar so readmission was far from a certainty," Jeff recalled. "But I knew I needed a quality education and UW-Eau Claire was my first and best choice."      

Jeff will always remember the admissions counselor who gave him a second chance and the many College of Business faculty members who stepped up, believed in him and guided him.      

"There is no doubt in my mind that UWEC - and the people here - provided me with the foundation that led to a 40-year career with the same company," he continued.      

The COB Faculty Excellence Fund was started by business alums to show how much they value and appreciate the work of the faculty. Learn more.

Exciting Progress on the UWEC College of Business Faculty Excellence Fund

March 09, 2018

December and January have been successful months as we continue to drive awareness and excitement for the College of Business Faculty Excellence Fund. Our fundraising total has increased to $125,000 vs. $85,000 in early December! Thank you for all the work you have done to inspire others to give.


Thank you for continuing to support the fund through your network of alumni friends and colleagues.


Finally, I want to remind you that anyone donating/pledging more than $1,000 will be invited to a celebration of the Faculty Excellence Fund on Homecoming Eve. The event will be held at UWEC where we will celebrate our success and the difference we have made for future generations. Feel free to spread this message as you continue to contact your network.



Greg Schmidt ‘96 and Kimberly Underwood '84

Co-Chairs, UWEC College of Business Faculty Excellence Fund

COB Faculty Excellence Fund Announced at SportsEngine

March 09, 2018

About 150 people attended the Twin Cities COB Bash on Oct. 26. The highlight of the evening was the announcement that over $75,000 has been pledged since late September to the COB Faculty Excellence Fund. Many thanks to all our donors! Our goal for Phase One of this multiyear fundraising effort: $200,000 by May 30, 2018. While we are off to a great start, we still need your help. Give now at…

Do you remember these faculty members?

March 09, 2018

Teaching has always been at the heart of what we do here at UW-Eau Claire. Here are photos of some of our award winning faculty members. View at

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First Year

Ditch your morning coffee for five days...and guess what? You are now an official donor to the UW-Eau Claire College of Business. Doesn’t that feel good? Every dollar makes a difference — seriously.



Party like it’s 1966! Help us celebrate over 50 years of College of Business awesomeness with a donation of a dollar dedicated to each of our glorious years — and help make our next 50 even better. No plaid bell-bottoms required.



Your time at UWEC was so good, you just didn’t want it to end, right? Yup — that’s what we thought. All those faculty-led activities that make our college different don’t just happen on their own. Pay it forward to keep those good things going.



You did it! Now, help the next generation of COB grads get where you are. You know all those extra college activities you bragged about on your resume? They wouldn’t be there without help from generous people like you.



Okay, so we get it. $500 seems like a lot of money. But, if you’re being honest with yourself, the one-on-one attention you received from your business professors has earned you far more than that, right? It’s time to give back.



This is for Roger, Missile, Lucretia, Chuck and all the other profs who make the COB so special. Join us at a special celebration during Homecoming 2018.