A great visit from a UW Regent
I had the distinct pleasure of hosting Jose Delgado, a member of the UW System Board of Regents, on Tuesday. Regent Delgado is one of our two official liaisons or “buddies” with the board, and this is the first time he has been on campus.
He is an electrical engineer, having spent his career in Wisconsin’s power generation and transmission industries, so we had a lot of conversations about our proposals to add more engineering programs to our undergraduate program array.
Regent Delgado also spent some time with representatives of our four governance groups, as well as touring Fryklund Hall, Jarvis Hall and the Discovery Center Fab Lab. It was a great day and I want to thank everyone who made it a successful event.
Dunn County EDC annual meeting
I took the opportunity to talk about the wonderful and dedicated faculty, staff and students we have on campus and how fortunate I have been to spend the bulk of my career at UW-Stout.
Also attending was Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who announced at the meeting that the Menomonie Market Food Co-op would receive a $500,000 state grant to help build its new facility at 808 Main St. E. This is great news for the co-op, which is an important part of the community and important to UW-Stout.
Please attend MLK Day activities
I want to encourage everyone to attend an event honoring the late Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19. The “Quest for Peace and Justice,” the title of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, is the theme for this year’s MLK Day Monday that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 420 Wilson Ave.
Activities will include a brief film, interactive banner stations, candle-lighting, songs, readings and reflections by local youth. I won’t be able to attend because I have a previous commitment out of town, but I want to thank the sponsors for all their hard work, including the Involvement Center/Ally Initiatives, First Congregational UCC, Red Cedar Peace Initiative and Stout Peace Initiatives.
Welcome to spring semester 2015
Hard as it is to believe, we have a new semester quickly approaching. We will get the semester off to a great start on Tuesday, Jan. 20, with a celebration beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.
I’ll give short welcome back remarks, followed by a “You Said … We Did” presentation on actions that have been taken and are in progress based on feedback from faculty, staff and students. For a complete schedule of Professional Development Week activities, go to http://www.uwstout.edu/profed/jpd/index.cfm