CVTC names center after Caspers

November 19, 2013

From “CVTC names center after Caspers” — A conference center at the campus of Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire has been named in honor of William and Gertrude Casper of Chippewa Falls.

The Casper Conference Center is in the Business Education Center, and is in the former site of a auditorium. A partition can be used to divide the rooms space, which can seat 298. The new center has six large high-definition projection screens, wireless network capability and a wireless microphone.

Casper Park in Chippewa Falls also bears the name of the Caspers.

William J. Casper was the grandson of the founder of the Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Jacob Leinenkugel. William served as the firm’s president from 1964 until he retired in 1971. He also served as chairman of the company’s board of directions until 1989. That’s when he and his wife, Gertrude, established the Casper Foundation.

That foundation has given CVTC several gifts, allowing the technical college to construct buildings, upgrade equipment and improve programs. Casper Foundation grants have also been given to several students.

The Casper Conference Center is available for public use. For information, go to


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