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UW Eau Claire ready to celebrate 100 years, history book in the works


Eau Claire(WQOW)- For a century students have been walking through the halls of the University Wisconsin Eau Claire, and since that history is set in stone, now it's being put in print, in a new centennial history book.

The last time the university wrote a book like this was in 1976.  With even more changes over the last 40 years, this new book will also come with a new perspective on the 60 that came before, both the good times and the struggles. like faculty shortages after WWII, and student shortages that have almost caused the school to close.

"It seems that just when you solve one problem something else comes along, and you have to be impressed with the ability of the leadership over the years to be able to get the university where it is.  It has survived for 100 years, it's been successful by definition," said co-author and university history professor Robert Gough.

The book hits on some of the pivotal moment of the school's past, like merging with the Wisconsin State University system in 1971, and the speech Chancellor Leanoard Haas gave students following the Kent State shooting in 1970.  But it also covers what makes the school what it is today, the students and classroom life.  

As much as things change over 100 years, there are some things that have stood the test of time.

One of those things being how the university has shaped the students that help to write it's history, and the impact the university will continue to have on Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley.

"You always need to know why you've gotten where you are not, what has come before you.  A need for a historical understanding is really necessary for all aspects of life, and certainly for an institution," said Gough.

The centennial book will be officially released in May with Spring Commencement, which will be the university's 100th graduation ceremony.  The hope is that the book will be ready to pre-order in April through the University's website.

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