A week of excitement, celebration and advocacy

A memorable trip to Lambeau Field

I have been a Green Bay Packers fan all my life and attend games at historic Lambeau Field every year. But the Sunday, Nov. 30, game between the Packers and the New England Patriots was special for me because I got to attend with my family and more than 100 UW-Stout alumni and guests.

It was a great game, with the Packers holding on for a victory — and I sure enjoyed visiting with the alumni and friends at the tailgate event before the game. What a great way to start the week.

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I couldn’t think of a better way to officially kick off the holiday season at UW-Stout than with the festive holiday reception I was pleased to host last week. It is a great way to bring students, faculty and staff together for some food, laughs and great conversation.

It was a wonderful way to initiate the holiday season, and I was thrilled with the turnout. I always enjoyed attending when I was a faculty member and dean, and it means that much more to me now since I returned. I hope every member of the UW-Stout community has a happy and healthy holiday season.

Continuing our engineering advocacy

I was extremely honored to be given time last week in Madison to make our case for more engineering programs before the Education Committee of the UW System Board of Regents. I was joined by two other advocates for our engineering plan, which was well-received by the committee.

However, the job is not done; it is clear we have more convincing to do with the full Board of Regents. I will work with the chancellors at UW-River Falls and UW-Eau Claire to answer any remaining questions before the Regents consider this issue again in February. Here is an update from Tuesday’s Leader-Telegram: http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/front_page/article_6f16c2f4-7f62-11e4-8f6c-7f1ee6467a5a.html

A great Hmong celebration

Last Saturday I attended the eighth annual Hmong New Year. This event is planned and facilitated by the Hmong Stout Student Organization in the Multipurpose Room of the Johnson Fieldhouse.

I was blown away by the quality and quantity of events that included Hmong speakers, dancers and singers from throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. It was a great way to learn more about the Hmong culture, enjoy Hmong cuisine and converse with Hmong artists. This is an annual event, and if you weren’t able to attend look for it again next year.