Partnerships and collaborations are setting the foundation for continued Blugold excellence and regional quality of life. Working with community partners, UW-Eau Claire is involved in two major community projects, the Pablo Center at the Confluence and the Sonnentag Centre, as well as a new Visitor Center and Admissions building.
"We can help you leave a lasting legacy that reflects your personality and your passion." —Kimera Way, President, UW-Eau Claire Foundation
The Pablo Center at the Confluence
This unique public-private collaboration in support of the arts showcases the vibrant local arts scene, cultivates emerging creative talent and attracts national artists to Eau Claire. The Confluence also offers more opportunities for the community to experience the extraordinary talents of UW-Eau Claire students and distinguished faculty — many of whom are world-class artists in their own right.
“The Pablo Center at the Confluence is the most critical project for the continued success of our downtown development as well as our literary, visual and performing arts; it must be the welcoming creative hub to everything we have all worked so hard to create."
—Jason Jon Anderson
Thanks to UW-Claire alumni John and Carolyn Sonnentag’s generous gift, the Sonnentag Centre project is now underway. The center, to be constructed on a site along the Chippewa River on Menomonie Street, will include:
- An event facility with seating to accommodate over 5,000 at major events, including sporting events and tournaments, commencements, speakers and other major performances.
- Wellness and recreation facilities for UW-Eau Claire students to alleviate the shortage of on-campus recreation spaces.
- A fieldhouse with artificial turf suitable for athletic, club, and intramural sport practices.
- Academic and research spaces for UW-Eau Claire kinesiology students working alongside faculty and professionals from Mayo Clinic Health System.
- Surface parking to serve the entire complex.
- Opportunities for private business development that could complement the activities held in center facilities.
In addition to the gift of land and initial funding from the Sonnentag family and WEDC and EPA grants, various other funding sources are being identified including a major philanthropic effort initially seeking funds locally, regionally and nationally.
Flesch Family Welcome Center
Prospective students, Blugold alumni and other visitors will have a new entryway to campus when the university's "new front door" opens in 2020. Through a generous lead gift, alumni couple and longtime supporters of their alma mater, Tom and Jeannie Flesch, have secured naming rights to what will be known as the Flesch Family Welcome Center. The center will be built on university land along Roosevelt Avenue across from Schneider Hall on the sites of an existing visitor kiosk and three recently razed homes. The building will be a state-of-the-art facility housing Admissions, Alumni Association and the Foundation. The center will include the latest technology, collaborative spaces for campus visits and alumni meetings, scenic views of the campus mall and a legacy wall showcasing generations of Blugold families.
As planning continues and designs become finalized, additional opportunities for named areas of the building are available. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation encourages those interested in transforming student recruitment and alumni engagement through the new Flesch Family Welcome Center to explore possibilities within the Foundation.