Dr. Seuss, Spring Career Conference make for a great morning

Honoring the great Dr. Seuss

Talk about a welcome break from the important debate over the 2015-17 higher education state Chancellor_Reads_02budget. I had the wonderful pleasure of spending Tuesday morning reading from Dr. Seuss to children in the Child and Family Study Center in Heritage Hall.

Nothing beats hearing the squeals of laughter and giggling from children when they get involved in the silly rhymes and images in Theodor Geisel’s work. Monday was his 111th birthday, and reading “The Foot Book” and “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” was a great way to spend part of the morning.

Spring Career Conference a success

After the reading, I met with a number of our students, alumni and our business and industry CareerConf01partners at the first day of the spring Career Conference. What a tremendous event. Nothing makes me more proud than to listen to employers tell me what a great source of workforce talent we produce at UW-Stout and to talk to the proud alumni who come back to recruit students for their firms.

Most universities struggle to fill one day of a career event. Our fall event is so popular that our Career Services office decided to offer a spring conference as well, and it has taken off nicely.

President Cross addresses Joint Finance; other budget updates

UW System President Ray Cross addressed the state Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday morning as the committee began its review of Gov. Walker’s 2015-17 higher education state budget proposal. We have posted his remarks at our state budget website.

An archived version of his remarks will be available shortly at the WisconsinEye website.

We will be holding another budget forum at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday in ballrooms B/C in the Memorial Student Center. It will be available for streaming at http://new.livestream.com/uwstoutmsc/CampusBudget2015.

Finally, the Board of Regents on Thursday afternoon will hold a full-blown budget discussion that will include remarks from chancellors about the impact the $300 million state aid reduction would have on their campuses. That meeting can be streamed at https://www.wisconsin.edu/regents/board-of-regents-video-streaming/.