The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire Web Homepage 

Situated at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers, the city of Eau Claire originated as a lumber town in the 1840s. Today, with a population of more than 67,000, Eau Claire is a commercial, medical, technological, and educational center for the west central region of Wisconsin. Eau Claire is located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 247 miles northwest of Milwaukee. The city and the surrounding countryside abound in rivers, lakes, and wooded areas of great natural beauty, where seasonal sports, camping, and other recreational activities may be enjoyed throughout the year.

The University

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was founded in 1916 as the Eau Claire State Normal School, occupying a single building on land donated to the state by the city of Eau Claire. The academic history of the institution is reflected in its subsequent changes of name and mission. As the Eau Claire State Teachers College (1927-51), it awarded baccalaureate degrees in education; as the Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire (1951-64), it added degree programs in liberal arts. The state colleges were granted university status in 1964, and the Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire was organized into the schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Graduate Studies. The School of Nursing was created in 1965 and the School of Business in 1966. The institution became the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1971 with the merger of the two state-supported university systems to form the University of Wisconsin System, which includes 13 universities, 13 two-year colleges, and UW-Extension. In 2004, an administrative restructuring created four colleges at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and Human Sciences, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Graduate programs are administered by each of the colleges.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire today serves more than 10,000 students, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, and serving regionally as a center for continuing education. The main campus includes 28 major buildings located on a 333-acre, two-level campus, which embraces Putnam Park on the south bank of the Chippewa River and is connected by a footbridge to the Haas Fine Arts Center and the Human Sciences and Services building on the north bank. The university campus also includes The Priory, a facility three miles south of the main campus, and Haymarket Landing, a student apartment complex in downtown Eau Claire. 

Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

In addition to the University of Wisconsin System Mission and the Core Mission of the University Cluster Institutions, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has the following select mission:

We foster in one another creativity, critical insight, empathy, and intellectual courage, the hallmarks of a transformative liberal education and the foundation for active citizenship and lifelong inquiry.

We fulfill our mission through a pervasive university commitment to provide:

  • Rigorous, intentional and experiential undergraduate liberal education for life and livelihood;
  • Strong, distinctive professional and graduate programs that build on and strengthen our proud tradition of liberal education;
  • Multicultural and international learning experiences for a diverse world;
  • Exemplary student-faculty research and scholarship that enhance teaching and learning;
  • An inclusive campus community that challenges students to develop their intellectual, personal, cultural, and social competencies;
  • Educational opportunities responsive to the needs of our communities, state, region, and beyond; and
  • Academic leadership in transforming liberal education.

Organization of the University

The Chancellor is the University’s chief administrative officer, responsible for all phases of University activity, and accountable to the Board of Regents and UW System President. In the discharge of these obligations, the Chancellor is assisted by other administrators, and advised by the faculty, staff, and students of the University.

Subject to the powers of the Board of Regents, the UW System President, and the Chancellor:

  • University faculty has primary responsibility for academic and educational activities and faculty personnel matters.
  • University academic staff has primary responsibility for academic staff personnel matters.
  • University students have primary responsibility for policies concerning student life, services, and extracurricular activities; and share responsibility with the Chancellor and Board of Regents for the disposition of student fees constituting substantial support for student activities.

Administrative Organization and Personnel

CHANCELLOR James C. Schmidt
Academic Affairs Budget Officer
Stephanie Jamelske
Director of Academic Planning and Assessment
Mary Hoffman
Director of Institutional Research
Andrew J. Nelson
Oliver M. Ramsey Endowed Chair for Institute for Health Sciences
Mel L. Kantor
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michael J. Carney
Barron County Campus Chair
Director of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Angie Stombaugh
Director of Human Development Center
Michael Axelrod
Director of Learning and Technology Services
Craig A. Mey
Director of Libraries
Jill Markgraf
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies Darrell Newton
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs and Director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration
Karen G. Havholm
Coordinator of Intercultural Immersion
Director of Academic Skills Center
Audrey Robinson
Director of Center for International Education
Colleen Marchwick
Director of University Honors Program
David Jones (Interim)
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Rodd Freitag (Interim)
Associate Dean
Margaret L. Cassidy
Administrative Officer - Enrollment Management and Student Academic Issues
Marc Goulet
Dean of the College of Business Timothy S. Vaughn (Interim)
Associate Dean
Jean Pratt (Interim)
Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences Carmen Manning
Associate Dean
Jill Prushiek
Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Linda Young
Associate Dean
Debra Jansen
Associate Dean (Marshfield)/Department Chair
Robin Beeman
Barron County Campus Director
Director of Admissions
Heather Kretz
Director of Housing and Residence Life
Quincy Chapman
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Daniel Schumacher
Director of University Recreation and Sport Operations
Andy Jepsen
Executive Director of Advising, Retention and Career Center Billy Felz
Associate Director of Career Services
Staci Heidtke
Executive Director of Blugold Central; Director of Continuing Education Durwin Long
Assistant Director of Continuing Education
Miranda Cross-Schindler
Kim O'Kelly
Director of Blugold Central Operations
Kim O’Kelly
Director of Financial Aid
Nikki Andrews (Interim)
Director of Small Business Development Center
Luke Kempen
Director of Student Services
Nikki Andrews
Supervisor of Transit and Parking Services
Allyson Wisniewski
Veterans Center
Phil Huelsbeck
Civil Rights Pilgrimage Program
Jodi Thesing-Ritter
Director for Affirmative Action
Teresa E. O’Halloran
Director of Blugold Beginnings
Jodi Thesing-Ritter
Director of Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
Christopher Jorgenson
Director of McNair Program
Matt Evans (Interim)
Director of Office of Multicultural Affairs
Director of Services for Students with Disabilities
Vicky Thomas
Director of Student Support Services
Bruce J. Ouderkirk
Director of Upward Bound
Kimamo Wahome
Executive Director of Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion
Jodi Thesing-Ritter
Dean of Students and Student Senate Operations Joseph Abhold
Assistant Dean of Students
Coordinator for Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault (CASA)
Amanda Mondlock
Director of Counseling Services
Riley McGrath
Director of Student Health Services
Laura G. Chellman
National Student Exchange
Chief of University Police
David W. Sprick
Jackie Kriesel
Director of ASK Center
Director of Children’s Nature Academy
Lisa Coen
Director of Human Resources
David J. Miller
Director of Loss Prevention and Safety
Timothy Boehnen
Director of University Centers
Kristin Schumacher
Internal Auditor
Valerie Wing
Director of Facilities
Troy Terhark
Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Rebecca Dienger
Specialist for Government and Community Relations
Jacob Wrasse
Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Rebecca Dienger
Content Manager
Michael Knuth
Coordinator of Alumni Engagement
Jane Larson
Director of Corporate Relations
John Bachmeier

The Campus

Campus Information Services 715-836-2637

toll-free (888) 463-6893

Parking and Transportation Services: Parking and Transportation Services strives to find an equitable way to manage the parking spaces available to all members of the University community. Therefore, parking policies and regulations at UW-Eau Claire are aimed at easing the parking crunch on campus and in the neighborhoods adjacent to the campus. These policies and regulations are part of an overall parking plan, which incorporates a multifaceted approach to managing the parking spaces available on campus. It includes a differentiated pricing system for parking permits, penalties for violations, and a free citywide transit service. Detailed and current parking information can be obtained from Parking and Transportation Services located within Blugold Central, 715-836-3000, or

Visitor Parking: If you are coming to campus for an event, please check with your event organizer. If you are a visitor to campus or guest of a faculty/staff member, please reserve a Visitor Center parking spot by calling the visitor center at 715-836-2544.

Visiting the Campus: If you are a prospective student and/or family member wishing to schedule a campus visit, tours may be arranged through the Office of Admissions at 715-836-5415. Visitors may obtain a brochure describing the campus and its facilities from the Service Center, in the east lobby of Davies Center, or from the Visitor Center.

Administrative Offices

Chancellor, Provost and Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Assistant Chancellors Schofield Hall
Admissions Schofield Hall 112

College Offices

College of Arts and Sciences Schofield Hall 220
College of Business Schneider Hall 110
College of Education and Human Sciences Centennial Hall 3015
College of Nursing and Health Sciences Nursing 103

Department Offices

The office addresses of department chairs are listed in the departmental sections of the catalog.

Auditoriums, Theatres, etc.

Casey Observatory L. E. Phillips Science Hall
Clark Bird Museum L. E. Phillips Science Hall
Dakota Ballroom W.R. Davies Student Center
Foster Gallery Haas Fine Arts Center
Gantner Concert Hall Haas Fine Arts Center
Kjer Theatre Garfield and Park Avenues
Ojibwe Ballroom W.R. Davies Student Center
Phillips Planetarium L.E. Phillips Science Hall
Phillips Recital Hall Haas Fine Arts Center
Riverside Theatre Haas Fine Arts Center
Schofield Auditorium Schofield Hall
Woodland Theater W.R. Davies Student Center
Zorn Arena Garfield Avenue

Academic Buildings

Schofield Hall (1916), Garfield Avenue. Named for Harvey Schofield, first president of the Eau Claire State Normal School.

Kjer Theatre (1952), Garfield and Park Avenues. Named for Earl S. Kjer, chair of the speech department and director of theatre, 1953-1965.

Brewer Hall (1952), Garfield Avenue. Named for Charles J. Brewer, director of teacher education, 1916-1938.

L.E. Phillips Science Hall (1964; addition, 1969; a major renovation, 2002), lower campus, spanning Little Niagara Creek. Named for the Eau Claire industrialist whose major gift made possible the acquisition of special equipment.

Schneider Hall (1967), Park and Roosevelt Avenues. Named for John S. Schneider, professor of sociology and history, 1930-1961.

Nursing (1969; addition, 1985), lower campus at edge of Putnam Park.

McIntyre Library (1960; addition, 1972; addition, 1993), Garfield Avenue. Named for William D. McIntyre, an Eau Claire businessman who served on the Board of Regents of State Colleges, 1945-1966.

McPhee Physical Education Center (1969) and Ade Olson Addition (1987), upper campus. Named for Eugene R. McPhee, an alumnus, former faculty member and executive director of the Wisconsin State University System, 1945-1972. Addition named for an alumnus, coach, and chair of the department of physical education, 1947-1975.

Haas Fine Arts Center (1970), Water Street, with footbridge spanning the Chippewa River to the main lower campus. Named for former chancellor Leonard Haas (1959-1980) and his wife, Dorellen.

Hibbard Hall (1974), Garfield and Park avenues. Named for Richard E. Hibbard, political science faculty member and vice president for academic affairs (1964-1971), who served as interim president and interim chancellor, 1971-1972.

Human Sciences and Services (1982), Water Street, north campus overlooking the Chippewa River.

Centennial Hall (2014), Park Avenue. Named to honor UW-Eau Claire’s Centennial in 2016.

Residence Halls

Aspenson Mogensen Hall (2017), just across from lower campus on Water Street, 200+ students. Named for Eau Claire business owners John Mogensen, his daughter Michelle Mogensen and Lisa Aspenson in recognition of their gifts of more than $1 million to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Benjamin W. Bridgman Hall (1965), upper campus. 116 men and 126 women. Named for a member of the first faculty (Physics, 1916-1941).

Chancellors Hall (2000), upper campus. 81 apartments for 324 students. Named in honor of past, present, and future chancellors.Katharine Thomas Hall (1955), lower campus. 73 men and 71 women. Named for a member of the first faculty (Teacher Education, 1916-1946).

Governors Hall (1962), upper campus. 134 men and 208 women.

Haymarket Landing (2016), downtown Eau Claire. 417 students. Located next door to The Pablo Center at the Confluence, a new campus-community arts center opening in fall 2018.

Emmet Horan Hall (1961), upper campus. 206 men. Named for the businessman who was the first Eau Claire appointee to the Board of Regents of State Normal Schools.

Karlgaard Towers Hall (1967; renovated 2017-18 and 2018-19), upper campus. 435 men and 897 women. Named for alumnus David Karlgaard, a 1967 mathematics graduate, and his wife, Marilyn, in recognition of their gifts of more than $6 million to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Arthur L. Murray Hall (1966), upper campus. 146 men and 164 women. Named for a faculty member (English, 1918-1943).

Oak Ridge Hall (1969), upper campus. 64 men and 282 women.

Priory Hall (renovated 2014), three miles south of UW-Eau Claire's main campus at The Priory. 48 single rooms for men or women. Located on 112 mostly wooded acres owned by a subsidiary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Katherine Putnam Hall (1958), lower campus. 94 men and 140 women. Named for the granddaughter of the Eau Claire lumberman who established Putnam Park.

Laura E. Sutherland Hall (1965), upper campus. 144 men and 260 women. Named for a faculty member (History, 1921-1959; dean of women, 1939-1947).

University Centers

W.R. Davies Student Center (2012), lower campus. Named for the second president (1941–1959) of the Eau Claire State Teachers College. The W.R. Davies Student Center is the center for social and cultural interaction on the lower campus. Offering a number of meeting and program spaces, dining facilities and service areas, Davies Center is the administrative core of the University Centers. It is also home to the Student Senate, the primary vehicle for student involvement in university governance; the University Bookstore; Blugold Dining/Catering Services; Marketplace, The Cabin and The Dulany Inn dining facilities; US Bank; Blugold Card Services; the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center; Woodland Theater; Event Services; and Activities, Involvement and Leadership.

Crest Wellness Center (1965), upper campus. Home of Student Health Service, Crest Fitness Center, University Police, Eagles View Challenge Ropes Course.

Hilltop Center (1968), upper campus. Offering a number of dining facilities including the main cafeteria, the Riverview Café, program spaces and service areas. Hilltop Center is the home base for Recreation and Sport Facilities. It is equipped with a billiards center, lounge space, and the Environmental Adventure Center, which offers indoor archery as well as outdoor adventure equipment rental.

Schofield Auditorium (1916; renovated in 2009), Schofield Hall, lower campus. Renovated in 2009 through a collaborative effort of Student Senate, University Centers, the Chancellors Office and UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Managed by University Centers, Schofield Auditorium is the largest fixed-seat venue on campus. With its state-of-the-art lighting, sound, video and seating, the venue hosts hundreds of large events every year.

Zorn Arena (1951), lower campus on Garfield Avenue. Named in honor of Willis L. Zorn, former dean of men, director of athletics and head basketball coach. Bill Zorn began his distinguished 40-year career at Eau Claire in 1928. Elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1958, Zorn promoted “athletics for all” through the Men’s Athletic Association. The former physical education teaching facility was completed in 1951 and first used in 1952. Originally known as the Fieldhouse, the building was renamed the University Arena in January 1969 and later renamed for Zorn after his death in 1987. Managed by University Centers, Zorn Arena is the largest multipurpose facility on campus. It is the home for men’s and women’s basketball games and also the site of commencement ceremonies in December and May. Many of the university’s Artists Series performers and Forum speakers make their presentations in Zorn Arena, which can seat up to 3,400 people.

Sites and Collections Supporting Instruction and Research

On Campus:

The John L. Buchholz Jazz Library is a rare and extensive collection of jazz charts and recordings donated in 2012 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in honor of John L. Buchholz, professor emeritus of English. The longtime jazz musician was among the founding members of the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble in 1962 and performed throughout the region. This one-of-a-kind collection of more than 1,000 charts and 900 recordings includes works by Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and many more legends of jazz. It  is located in Archives and Special Collections in McIntyre Library.

In 2014, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation acquired the Frederick G. and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Collection, a rare assemblage of works by the 20th century American poet. The collection, which is housed in Special Collections and Archives in McIntyre Library, contains approximately 44 books authored by Frost, including several that have been signed and inscribed by the poet; dozens of books about Frost; and manuscript materials containing Frost's handwritten poetry, Christmas cards and pamphlets.

The James Newman Clark Bird Museum, circular in shape, surrounds the planetarium in Phillips Science Hall. The collection of approximately 530 specimens and four dioramas depicting native birds in their natural habitats is used by students in biology. The museum is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at other times by appointment. For more information contact Ms. Lynn Young Janik, department of biology.

The L.E. Phillips Planetarium, located in the James Newman Clark Museum in Phillips Science Hall, contains a Spitz model A-3-P planetarium with a seating capacity of 50. The facility is used by classes in the department of physics and astronomy. A limited number of public events are also held at the planetarium.

The Priory, formerly known as St. Bede’s Monastery, was purchased in 2011 by Blugold Real Estate LLC, a subsidiary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, as an ideal facility for expanding UW-Eau Claire academic programming. Located three miles south of UW-Eau Claire's main campus, the property includes 112 mostly wooded acres in the Town of Washington and three building complexes totaling approximately 80,000 square feet.

The Children’s Nature Academy is located at The Priory, with UW-Eau Claire students who are parents as the primary users of its child care services, including the infant and toddler care program. In addition to students who use the academy’s child care services, hundreds of students either work, volunteer or engage in observation activities at the academy annually.

The Priory also is the site of Priory Hall, offering renovated and modernized housing for 48 students in single-occupancy rooms. 

Putnam Park, a 230-acre nature preserve in the midst of the campus and the only urban state natural area in Wisconsin, provides an area for the study of flora and fauna within easy walking distance of classrooms, as well as a place for relaxation and hiking. The park is traversed by Putnam Drive and by a nature trail, for which printed guides are available at the Service Center in Davies Center. For more information contact the department of biology at

The S.W. Casey Observatory, located atop Phillips Science Hall, contains a computer-controlled, seven-inch Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with a charge-coupled-device (CCD) camera. The observatory is adjacent to an observing deck with 11 stations for student use in astronomy laboratory classes. These stations use eight-inch telescopes.

Off Campus  Wisconsin:

The Hobbs Observatory, located 15 miles east of the campus at the Beaver Creek Reserve, contains a 24-inch computer-controlled telescope, a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, a CCD camera and a classroom. This observatory is open to the public on Saturday nights, when clear, from May through October.

The James and Joan Leary Family Environmental Education Center consists of 168 acres located in a popular four-season recreational area at the confluence of the Flambeau and Chippewa rivers. The land is surrounded by Chippewa County forest land. The Leary Family Environmental Education Center will become an integral part of the university’s Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies. Information about the Leary Environmental Education Center is available from Dr. Karen Mumford, director of the Watershed Institute, at

Nature Conservancy Tracts, owned by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, include 320 acres of forest and marshland that are available for scientific investigations and class use. One of these, the Schmidt Tract, is approximately 30 miles east of Eau Claire in Clark County, and two are in Washburn County near Sarona and Spooner. More specific information concerning location and use of this land can be obtained from Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, department of biology, at

Off-Campus — Mississippi:

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is an out-of-state institution affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The GCRL offers two summer terms and provides students instruction in a marine environment. For more specific information contact Dr. David Lonzarich, department of biology, at

Academic Building Abbreviations

B C.J. Brewer Hall
CEN Centennial Hall
CWC Crest Wellness Center
DC Davies Center
HFA Haas Fine Arts Center
HHH Richard E. Hibbard Humanities Hall
HSS Human Sciences and Services
L Wm. D. McIntyre Library
MPE Eugene R. McPhee Physical Education Center
NUR Nursing
OL Old Library
P L.E. Phillips Science Hall
S Schofield Hall
SSS Schneider Social Science Hall
TH Karlgaard Towers


Accreditation and Memberships

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Address:

230 South LaSalle Street
Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Telephone: (800) 621-7440

Specific programs or individual units of the University are accredited or approved by the following agencies, as explained in appropriate sections of the catalog:

  • AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • American Chemical Society
  • American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Environmental Health Association
  • Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Wisconsin State Board of Nursing

The University is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of University Women, the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools, the Council for Opportunities in Education, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the Wisconsin Campus Compact, and the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Continuing Education and Extension

The “Wisconsin Idea”

The “Wisconsin Idea,” a concept named after the state that pioneered its development, holds that the function of a university is not only to educate full-time students on its home campus, but also to extend educational opportunities and services to all citizens of the state. The Wisconsin Idea is incorporated into the general mission of the University of Wisconsin System and into the particular missions of the various institutions.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has long supported the Wisconsin Idea and the related idea of education as a process continuing throughout the lifetime of an individual. The University welcomes contemporary learners who wish to attend credit and non-credit courses for personal or professional reasons.

Further information may be obtained from the Office of Continuing Education.

University of Wisconsin-Extension

To increase the availability of educational opportunities both on and off campus, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and University of Wisconsin-Extension cooperate in providing noncredit continuing education programs and credit courses designed for contemporary learners. Information about current offerings may be obtained from the Office of Continuing Education at 715-836-3636, or toll-free (866) 893-2423.

Continuing Education – Connecting Campus and Community

Continuing Education addresses the needs of contemporary learners through credit and noncredit courses designed for  students of all ages.

Noncredit courses and other services include:

  • professional development programs for educators, health care, human services and business professionals.
  • counseling, information, and entrepreneurial training through the Small Business Development Center.
  • youth development programs that introduce, enrich, enhance, and develop skills and knowledge in a variety of areas.
  • partnerships with school districts and CESAs that provide educational opportunities for area educators and youth.
  • personal enrichment for the community.