Engineering progress celebrated, staff honored and a successful Fall Career Conference

Northwest Engineering Consortium Tuesday was a remarkable day, one that was a long, long time in the making. A great event at OEM
Fabricators in Baldwin celebrated the fact that three new engineering programs have been established on UW campuses in northwest Wisconsin.

As most people know, it took months and months of study, debate and advocacy to persuade UW System officials and the Board of Regents to approve mechanical engineering at UW-Stout, as well as materials science engineering at UW-Eau Claire and agricultural engineering at UW-River Falls. But all is well that ends well, and representatives from the three campuses, along with our business supporters and UW System President Ray Cross, were the guests of Regent Mark Tyler at his OEM plant to celebrate the successes of the Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium.

I want to thank everyone at UW-Stout, including Devin Berg, program director for mechanical engineering, for working so hard on making our new program a success. An amazing 56 students are studying mechanical engineering at UW-Stout this fall, even though the program wasn’t approved until April.

I’d also like to issue a special thank you to Regent Tyler, who has been a tireless supporter of adding engineering programs at UW institutions in northwest Wisconsin. More information is available here.

A deserving award for two former UW-Stout employees

Speaking of the Board of Regents, it was my privilege to join the Regents and other UW officials last Friday in Madison honoring two former UW-Stout employees for their work in advancing the causes of women of color and the LGBTQ community.

Jeanne Foley

Jeanne Foley

Doris Strehlau

Doris Strehlau

Doris Strehlau was UW-Stout’s Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award winner for 2015 while Jeanne Foley was the university’s winner of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

Doris and Jeanne both recently retired. Doris was an office operations associate in the Memorial Student Center while Jeanne was a professor in the mathematics, statistics and computer science department.

I was proud to be part of their special day. More information is available here.

Kudos for another successful Fall Career Conference

Career Conference 2015Finally, I have to comment on how impressed I was during my stop at the Fall Career Conference last week. There is no greater testament to how well we prepare our students for successful careers than to see nearly 400 employers over two days pack into the Multipurpose Room of the Sports and Fitness Center. They were seeking our students for co-op openings, internships or full-time positions.

Congratulations to our Career Services staff for pulling off another successful Fall Career Conference.