A Week of Honor and Excitement

0P5A7006Honoring our employees at Years of Service ceremony

I immensely enjoyed helping to honor the 90 employees who have put in so much dedicated, hard work at UW-Stout at the annual Years of Service ceremony last week. The real strength of UW-Stout is its employees, including faculty, academic staff and our classified employees.

It takes a total team effort to make this university so exceptional, and I was thrilled to see a lot of old friends and make new ones at the ceremony. Thanks to the Stout University Foundation for their work in putting this event together. You can read more at http://www.uwstout.edu/news/articles/University-recognizes-90-employees-for-their-years-of-service.cfm.

UW System Board of Regents discusses workforce development

I had a great opportunity last week to address the UW System Board of Regents and tout all that UW-Stout does to meet employer needs in northwest Wisconsin. I also had the chance to plug our proposal to add a new program in digital marketing technology, as well as three new engineering programs to further meet those employer needs.

It is going to be a tough road to get final approval for the three engineering programs, but we have pledged to form a consortium to work with our colleagues at UW-River Falls and UW-Eau Claire to add a half-dozen or so engineering programs. I will keep you posted as this effort progresses. You can read more at http://www.uwstout.edu/news/articles/Chancellor-says-demand-exists-for-more-engineering-programs.cfm.

A19A7042Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visits UW-Stout

Fresh off the Tuesday election victory, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited UW-Stout on Friday. She has an interest in digital fabrication laboratories and the role they can play in economic development, so Discovery Center Director Randy Hulke showed her around our Fab Lab.

I met with the lieutenant governor as well, discussing how important UW-Stout and the UW System are in helping to grow Wisconsin’s economy. I appreciated her interest in UW-Stout and the time she spent here.

bobballA great time at the masquerade

I had a great time recently attending the first Masquerade Ball in the Memorial Student Center. It was impressive to see the number of students dressed up and wearing masks, dancing to big band music. My wife Deb and I had a fantastic time.

Senior Day for the UW-Stout football team

I had the tremendous privilege of helping to honor the seniors on our UW-Stout football team and their parents prior to the last home game Saturday. While I was very happy with the win over UW-River Falls, I was especially impressed with the team’s ability, led by its seniors, to overcome a lot of adversity throughout the season. As a former football player, I know that athletics teaches a lot of lessons, including pursuing a goal no matter what the season brings.