College restructuring forum, TEDx and Hall of Fame inductions

I’d like to personally invite everyone on campus with an interest in how our colleges are structured to attend a forum Wednesday, Oct. 28, when we will take feedback on two plans that reduce the number of colleges from four to three. The forum will be held from 9:05 to 10:30 a.m. in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Center.

This is a very important issue for our campus and one that requires significant input from those potentially affected by the change. Please try to attend and make your opinions heard.

More details on the plan can be found at the Provost’s Office Web page. For those who can’t attend, the forum will be available via live Web streaming. Viewers can submit questions as well.

TEDx event was enjoyable

I had a really enjoyable time Friday evening at the TEDxUW-Stout event at the Memorial Student Center. The wide range of speakers was truly amazing, and I learned a lot from all of them. The topics ran the gamut from how art can help the hopeless to working through a mental illness to the value of whimsy.

Videos of the speakers’ presentations will be available online in a few weeks.

The hosts were Adam Ludwig, a former UW-Stout residence hall director, and Joan Navarre, a UW-Stout associate professor of English.

No tax dollars were used for the event, which attracted corporate sponsors.

More about TEDxUW-Stout and TEDX itself is available here.

Tedx Stage

A great honor for five athletes and a Blue Devils supporter

Five great former UW-Stout athletes were inducted Saturday into the UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame. They were honored at halftime of the football game against UW-River Falls and officially inducted at a dinner and ceremony that night in the Memorial Student Center.

Volleyball player Tanille Zenner Hartwig, basketball and track and field standout Laura Verdegan Knudsen, basketball players Erin Churchill Konsela and Lindsey Erichsen Olsen and track standout Mike Hallingstad were enshrined.

Also, long-time Blue Devils supporter and former UW-Stout instructor Lee Smalley received the UW-Stout Distinguished Service Athletic Award.

As each of the Hall of Fame inductees spoke, it was apparent how our athletic staff and coaches had touched their lives and made a significant difference with their development and success. It was very moving, and I can’t say enough about our staff throughout the university that contributes to transforming the lives of students on a daily basis. My heartfelt thanks to all of you.

More details on the inductees can be found here.

UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame