It’s exciting to see the new academic year off to a great start. I truly get energized as I walk around campus and see hundreds of students walking to and from class, taking time off to relax in either the Memorial Student Center or outside and taking part in activities.
A prime example was the football game Saturday night against highly ranked Wartburg College. It was a beautiful night for football, and the Blue Devils took the Knights right to the wire before falling 41-33. Details of the game can be found here.
The next game is the homecoming matchup Saturday, Oct. 3, against UW-Oshkosh. I hope to see big crowds for that important contest and for other homecoming activities.
The ice cream tradition continues
A tradition for the chancellor at UW-Stout is to become a soda jerk for a day and dish up free ice cream to students and employees in the MSC. This year I was joined by Provost Patrick Guilfoile and Vice Chancellors Phil Lyons and Mark Parsons.
It’s a great opportunity for me and my senior staff to share a laugh and connect with a variety of people from all parts of campus. It certainly is a tradition worth preserving.
Leadership Academy begins
Professor Emeritus Charlie Krueger has developed the Leadership Academy for business and industry employees, and I was able to stop by the academy’s first offering. Participants from Xcel Energy, Mayo Health System, Phillips Medisize, Vantage Point Clinic and Assessment Center and Printing Industry Midwest were exposed to a number of topics, including how to:
- Choose effective leadership styles for specific and ambiguous situations
- Do their inner work first
- Capitalize on their strengths and augment weaknesses
- Empower others through effective delegation
- Use a thought process that leads to having better leadership choices
- Increase their effectiveness by changing themselves
- Use solution-focused questions
- Determine their emotional leadership styles
- Effectively respond to stress and distress situations
Charlie was recognized with UW-Stout’s Outstanding Teacher Award multiple times during his tenure as a faculty member. He was joined by Kari Dahl as a co-facilitator. Kari previously served with distinction as a chair of UW-Stout’s People Process Culture program. This is a blockbuster team and an extraordinary opportunity for the academy’s participants.
Summit helps develop student leaders
Speaking of leadership, I was privileged to present to a large number of our student leaders this past weekend while they attended a Student Leadership Summit at the Memorial Student Center. Participating were residence hall advisers, members of the Stout Student Association and leaders of dozens of our student organizations and clubs. These leaders were offered a number of workshops to help them succeed in their respective roles on campus.
As a past student RA and member of the Stout Student Association, I shared with them that I use what I learned from those experiences everyday as chancellor.
I can’t say enough about the leadership opportunities available to our students, and I highly encourage all of our students to consider these as ways to grow outside of the classroom.
Harvey Hall renovation is going great
Finally, we had a fun event Monday morning in Harvey Hall, which is undergoing a remarkable remodeling that will restore the luster to this 100-year-old building. I and my Cabinet signed a document called the Harvey Hall Charter, a 3-foot-by-5-foot canvas that has been signed by more than 100 people who have been working on the project since 2014.
The charter is intended to make sure everyone associated with the project, being managed by Miron Construction Co. Inc., the general contractor, understands the significance of this $28.3 million renovation.
We also toured the building, and I couldn’t be happier with what I saw. When the building reopens next year, people will see that Harvey Hall will serve UW-Stout well for another 100 years. More on the Harvey Hall Charter is available here.