Great news: Fall enrollment on track to shatter record

First WeekThe new school year is off to a great start, and I have some fantastic news to report: Our enrollment has soared past anyone’s expectations.

We won’t know the exact number until later this month, but not only will we exceed our record enrollment of 9,371, we will post a total enrollment of more than 9,500.

I can’t express just how pleased I am and how much I appreciate the hard work that has gone into this successful effort from our Admissions Office, faculty and staff, administrators, auxiliaries and everyone else on campus. Maintaining a healthy enrollment is everyone’s responsibility, and this shows what happens when we work together.

Of course, it will be a challenge keeping the momentum going, but I know that we have excellent programs to offer prospective students and a great recruiting structure as well. We have succeeded in getting the word out that a UW-Stout diploma leads to a successful career path.

Now we have to keep capitalizing on that message.

Foundation scholarship reception
Foundation scholarship receptionEach year I have the honor and privilege of attending the scholarship program sponsored by Stout University Foundation. This year it was held Thursday, Sept. 10, and as usual was a remarkable event.

The reception honored the donors who contribute to the scholarships as well as the students who receive them. A total of 360 students received scholarships totaling more than $680,000 from the Foundation.

Since the scholarship program was established in 1963, more than $10 million has been distributed to 8,400 students.

The deadline for applying for the next round of scholarships is Feb. 1, with notifications sent out by mid-April. More information is available at

Weidner Center event

Weidner Center eventOne of the new scholarships is sponsored by a generous donation to the Foundation by Dean Weidner, founder and owner of Weidner Apartment Homes, a property management firm based in Kirkland, Wash.

I had the pleasure of hosting him on campus last week, and we held a grand opening and dedication of the Weidner Center for Residential Property Management in Heritage Hall.

The center and scholarships are the result of a $1 million donation from Dean Weidner to help UW-Stout produce quality graduates in the real estate property management program.

It was an honor to show Dean Weidner what his donation has been used for and to discuss how our real estate property management program can help him with his workforce needs.