The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a biennial capital budget proposal that includes funding for a new UW-Eau Claire Science and Health Sciences Building. The approved budget proposal includes enumeration of $109 million for the new building in the 2019-21 biennium and advance enumeration of $147.15 million in the 2021-23 biennium, for a total of $256.15 million to build the new facility that would replace UW-Eau Claire’s aged and inadequate Phillips Science Hall. A new science building to replace Phillips Hall has been identified as a UW-Eau Claire facilities priority since the 2011 publication of its Campus Master Plan, the university’s roadmap for future facilities development. Since 2013, official UW-Eau Claire project priority submissions to UW System’s Office of Capital Planning and Budget have consistently requested that a new science building be funded beginning in the 2019-21 budget biennium. The Campus Master Plan calls for the new science building to be constructed on the existing site of two lower-campus residence halls, Katherine Thomas and Putnam halls.
Wipfli LLP announced that a new partner has been named in the firm’s Eau Claire market. Marci Boyarski, CPA is among the group of 14 associates, half of whom are women, named to the partnership on June 1. Boyarski leads the firm’s employee benefits practice and is responsible for the development and delivery of benefit plan services. From one-person organizations to large companies, she works with clients to design and implement plans that meet their unique needs and goals. She specializes in administration and record keeping, consulting and auditing of employee benefit plans such as retirement plans, cafeteria plans and welfare plans. Boyarski is a member of the American Institute of the Certified Public Accountants, the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the National ESOP Association. She is also a member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Accounting and Finance Advisory Board, Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce (past board member) and the Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley (past member and past chair).
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative recently won four awards for presentation of local news in the Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News, the voice of the state’s rural electric cooperatives. Mary Kay Brevig, communications & public relations manager at Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and editor of the co-op’s local pages, accepted the awards at the 2018 Electric Communicator’s Conference in Tomah August 23. Eau Claire Energy Cooperative’s magazine pages were judged to have been the best overall in the categories of Co-op News and Photography for the previous year. The co-op also received Honorable Mention certificates in the categories of Human Interest and Energy Education.
Per Mar Security Services, a leading provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients based in Davenport, IA, announced it was awarded Manitou Elite Certification from Bold Technologies for completing the elite certification program, and having an exceptional Alarm Monitoring Center. The Manitou Elite Certification is a program built around the principles of establishing processes and metrics, keeping employees positive and empowered, and being dedicated to meeting the customers’ needs. Monitoring centers that complete the program learn how to do more with their resources and enable their teams to be ready and available to meet any customer need.
Twenty-four students started classes Monday at the new Culinary Arts program at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Strong urging and support from the restaurant industry led to the CVTC board’s approval of the program in November 2016. Instructors Kevin Brown and Jonathan Fike were hired in September 2017 and have spent nearly a year in curriculum planning, community promotion, and designing and setting up the kitchen and classroom facilities. The new kitchen that features 24 cooking stations, an international cookery suite, and a professional baking space shines with never-been used stainless steel equipment. A separate demonstration area can be used for interactive lectures and community education, or space for a small restaurant. Completing the two-year program leads to an associate degree, with certificates and diplomas earned at earlier stages.
Cindy Ming recently began her new role as the operations administrator of Primary Care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. For the past nine years, Ming served as director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services in northwest Wisconsin. In this new role, Ming will oversee operations of Express Care, Express Care Online, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine and Urgent Care. Ming received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.