Honoring our dedicated employees; manufacturing event and HLC forums

Years of ServiceAs a long-time UW-Stout employee myself (now in my 27th year — can you believe it?), there is nothing I enjoy more than honoring others who have devoted their professional careers to the institution. Nearly 100 employees were honored for their years of service during a ceremony last week, having achieved milestones ranging from 10 to, get this, an amazing 40 years.

Yes, Jolene Anderson from the STEM College and James Selz from University Dining Services have been at UW-Stout since 1975, which is when I enrolled as an undergraduate at UW-Stout. Close on their heels is Michael Levy from the English and philosophy department, who has been here for 35 years.

I have said many times that the true strength of UW-Stout is the dedication and hard work of its employees, and I was privileged to help our employees celebrate their years of services last week. I also appreciate the efforts of University Advancement in sponsoring the event. More details on the event and a list of those honored are available here.

Manufacturers seek an advantage at annual conference

Manufacturing Engineering ConferenceAs an industrial engineering graduate, what could be more enjoyable than getting to rub shoulders with the leaders of manufacturing in our part of the state? The eighth annual Manufacturing Advantage Conference and Technology Showcase brought those leaders to campus last week, and I had a chance to address them in the morning and then spend time with them during the day.

I made sure they knew about our exceptional employment rate for graduates, 97.1 percent, as well as the growth in the academic programs we offer that are so important to the manufacturing sector in Wisconsin.

I also invited the manufacturing executives at the conference to come to our two career fairs to recruit our students for co-op positions, internships or full-time positions. The conference is hosted by the UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center. More information on the conference is available here.

An invitation to attend a High Learning Commission forum

I’d like to invite the campus community to attend upcoming forums that will bring everyone up to speed in advance of the Higher Learning Commission accreditation site visit scheduled for March 28-29, 2016. The forums are scheduled for 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, and 10:10 to 11:05 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, both in Ballroom A of the Memorial Student Center.

Topics covered in the forums will include the visit schedule; what to expect during the visit; potential areas of concern; UW-Stout’s HLC quality initiative; as well as an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and community members to ask questions about the visit and the accreditation process. More information on our accreditation process is available here.