Monthly Archives: April 2015

A great day celebrating research in the Capitol Rotunda

I make a lot of trips to Madison, but few have been as enjoyable as the day I spent Wednesday, April 22, in the Capitol celebrating the tremendous student-faculty research that is happening at UW-Stout and across the UW System.


I was privileged to participate in the annual Posters in the Rotunda: UW Research Powers Wisconsin event in the Capitol Rotunda, surrounded by the products of joint research projects by students and their faculty mentors. You can read about our participants here.

repThis is a great opportunity for our students to interact with the legislators who represent their home districts. We spent time with state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, Rep. Dean Knudson, Sen. Janet Brewley and others.

I want to thank Research Services for organizing the day and the faculty members — Thomas Pearson, Nels Paulson and Tina Lee — who made the trip with their students.


Also, it was a hoot to run into another Bob Meyer at the Posters event. He works as an aide to state Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire. This Bob Meyer is an Eau Claire Regis High School graduate whose father, Bob Meyer Sr., still lives in Altoona.


I finished off the night Wednesday with a great alumni gathering at the Concourse Hotel.

I certainly will look forward to a return trip to Madison next year

A great two days: mechanical engineering approved and taking part in the Family Weekend activities

Mechanical engineering effort pays off

Manufacturing EngineeringFriday, April 10, was a great day at the UW System Board of Regents meeting in Waukesha. After months and months of work and worry, the Regents approved a new Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

I am grateful to everyone who had a hand in preparing this new program, shepherding it through the UW System review and approval process and then getting it passed — unanimously — by the Regents.

Special thanks go to Jackie Weissenburger and Glendali Rodriguez of the Provost’s Office; Chuck Bomar, Rich Rothaupt and Devin Berg of the STEM College; the leaders of our governance groups; and the partners we had in business and industry.

I know that it seemed like this degree took up a lot of our time and got a lot of attention, but that was because the approval process was so arduous and took so long. I am glad that we now can turn our attention to other matters, like seeking board approval in June for a new degree in digital marketing technology.

Family Weekend was a great success

What a great time I had Saturday, April 11, during Family Weekend.11082287_818673708180741_2916111676594215477_o

The day began with a brisk 5K walk in the Family Fun Run/Walk with my wife, Debbie, and our faithful yellow Labrador, Flint.

The walk was followed by an insightful “chat with the chancellor” in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Center. I met a lot of great students and parents and had a lot of meaningful conversations.

Then, I was privileged later that night to serve as a judge for the art and design department’s Fashion Without Fabric show in the Great Hall. The level of creativity and innovation on display was overwhelming. It was clear why this show sells out every year. Take a look at the event video.

Get your copy of StoutQuest

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 4.23.07 PMI always knew there was a lot of great student-faculty research happening at UW-Stout, and the new edition of StoutQuest certainly confirms that.

The publication by Research Services has story after story about the research activities of our students and faculty. The research efforts are supported by the Provost’s Office, with editorial assistance from University Communications and graphic design by University Marketing.

Contact Research Services if you want a copy or go online at

An inauguration day to remember and a budget update

A hearty thank you for a great inauguration

I want to extend a great big thank you to everyone who made my inauguration Thursday such a special event for me and my family. I know that a lot of work went into the inauguration, and it will be a memorable day for the rest of my life.

Inauguration of Chancellor Bob Meyer

Bob Meyer, the seventh leader in the history of University of Wisconsin-Stout, was inaugurated at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.

Watch video highlights from Chancellor Bob Meyer’s inauguration day on

UW-Stout is a very special place, and I was especially thankful that I and the rest of the speakers had a chance to sing those praises Thursday. I realize a lot of hard work and difficult decisions are ahead of us, but the support and good cheer that I saw before, during and after the inauguration reminded me that we have what it takes to build on what has been accomplished at UW-Stout and make the next few years even better.

Thanks again!

Budget update

I want to thank the members of the Strategic Planning Group for a very productive, thoughtful and insightful meeting Friday. We spent three hours going over the work of a special subcommittee that reviewed more than 800 suggestions on how to address our impending budget reduction.

While the SPG made no recommendations, the advice that I and other members of my Cabinet received will be invaluable as we close in on recommendations for meeting whatever budget reduction the Legislature decides to impose.

It appears the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will consider the UW System’s portion of the budget in late April or early May. We will keep the campus informed of any budget developments as they occur.