Author Archives: Jack Martinek

A Focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Leads to the Search for a New Assistant Chancellor Level Leadership Position

 By Jack Martinek During the week of April 24, 2017, the three final candidates for the newly minted position of Assistant Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion presented to an open audience of students and faculty. These three hour-long presentations represent a milestone moment on a years-long mission undertaken by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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All Access Jazz: The 51st Annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival Rules the Campus and the Streets for Two Days of Education, Entertainment, and Inspiration

By Jack Martinek Last weekend, the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Eau Claire Jazz, Inc., brought the city and the campus together for a two day jazz experience. The 52nd Jazz Festival filled multiple venues with competitions between college, high school, and middle schools bands of every size, and had dozens of performances by

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Eau Claire’s Annual Doll and Pet Parade Relaunches with New Leadership, a New Date, and a New Parade Route

By Jack Martinek The 69th Annual Eau Claire Doll and Pet Parade last year came close to being the last, until a new plan putting the Clear Water Kiwanis Club in the leadership role of the parade, was announced last month. With some re-energizing changes, the 70th iteration of this annual offensive is coming our

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Walker’s 2017-2019 Budget Reverses a Cutting Trend on UW System

By Jack Martinek In the winter of 2015-16, hundreds of students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire looked at their degree audits and realized that their plans for “four years and done” on campus may have been affected. Between eliminated electives, reduced section offerings, and rearrangement of some majors, there was a very real possibility

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Earning While Learning is New Normal for College Students

By Jack Martinek For many students, working in college is not just a choice, it’s a financial necessity. For others, it’s a chance to jump start their career or learn some valuable life skills. Whatever the reasons, according to a 2015 Georgetown University national study, for more than 70 percent of college students nationwide, earning while

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City Considers Backing Neighborhood Redevelopment Project

By Jack Martinek City officials say recommendations to create a neighborhood development corporation could help revitalize downtown Eau Claire neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Revitalization Task Force was created specifically to look at revitalization of the aging central neighborhoods of Eau Claire, and members were drawn from the residents and businesses that call those neighborhoods home. In

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