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.
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