Experience U

Get Connected at Experience U

Join the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Alumni Association and Career Services for an evening of networking, dinner and conversation. Connect with other alumni and share your “life after college” experiences with current students!

What can you expect?

At Experience U, you can expect to meet motivated students and other alumni who share your passion for UW-Eau Claire. As an alum, you will answer questions and address concerns that students have about making the best of their time at UW-Eau Claire, preparing for the transition to life after college and starting their careers. This is also an opportunity for you to meet and network with students and other alumni!

There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required as limited space is available.

Why should you attend?

Experience U is an excellent opportunity to give back to UW-Eau Claire by sharing your time, experiences and knowledge with today's students. You can help prepare the next generation of Blugold alumni to succeed at UW-Eau Claire and beyond.

Event schedule

Save the date!

April 26, 2018

Check in (4:30-5 p.m.)
Arrive at 4:30 p.m. to check in. Check in will take place outside of the Dakota Ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Davies Center.

Speed networking  (5 p.m.)
Speed networking is designed to allow you to talk with multiple students in a structured setting. You will have an opportunity to speak briefly with students from a variety of majors. The goal for the speed networking session is to share your "life after college" wisdom with students while allowing them to practice their networking skills.  

Dinner and keynote speaker (6-7 p.m.)
We will attempt to seat alumni with students who have majors and career interests similar to their own; however, this is not guaranteed. There will be time for conversation at your tables and the keynote presentation will begin around 6:30.

Cocktail hour and conversation (7- 8:30 p.m.)
All are invited to join us after dinner for a cocktail hour and continued conversation. Wine, beer, soda and water will be provided. Stay until 8:30 p.m. or as long as you are able.


About our Keynote Speaker

Anna Cardarella '03 '09

Anna Cardarella's path to success was unconventional. After just three semesters at UW-Eau Claire, she was put on academic probation, and was suspended from the university the following semester. After moving away from Eau Claire and taking some time away from school, Anna found the grit to turn her life around and ultimately returned to Eau Claire, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Economics in 2003. She soon started working as a Mobility Manager at Western Dairyland where she provided disadvantaged families with loans or helped with vehicles for employment. She continued to advance her career at Western Dairyland and pursued her MBA at UW-Eau Claire. She graduated in 2009, and was selected as the Outstanding MBA Student by the graduate faculty in the College of Business in 2010. Anna Cardarella is the Executive Director of Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc., a nonprofit Community Action Agency that helps alleviate poverty-related conditions and provide opportunities for economic and social advancement in several Western Wisconsin counties. Anna has been the Executive Director of Western Dairyland since 2012. She is the first woman to hold this position in the agency's 52-year history.

Anna and her husband, Andy, are both UW-Eau Claire alumni and first-generation college graduates. Anna and Andy reside in Eau Claire with their four children.


For more information, contact Tori Follett at folletvl@uwec.edu or 715-836-5628.

Blugold alum and student talk during Experience U

Making student-alumni connections

Experience U is an opportunity for students to seek meaningful career advice and for alumni to help prepare the next Blugold generation for success.

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Career Services and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Alumni Associations know the value of networking, and they know the loyalty of Blugolds, so they host an annual event connecting students and alumni, offering advice and career connections that count.

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