Congratulations to Multicultural Student Services
I will have the pleasure this Friday of being in the audience as employees of our Multicultural Student Services office receive one of the prestigious Regents’ Diversity Awards during the UW System Board of Regents meeting at UW-Madison.
The office, led by Barbara Miller, will receive the institution/unit award from Regent Jose Vasquez. Individual and team awards also will be given out.
The MSS office was honored for its work in helping underrepresented minority students address their personal, academic, financial, cultural and career needs. In 2014-15 alone, MSS had more than 3,700 individual contacts with underrepresented minority students and more than 8,900 student contacts within groups and workshops.
I know from personal experience what a wonderful, meaningful and effective job this office does to help our underrepresented minority students succeed on campus — as evidenced by the 25 percent increase in our minority enrollment in the last five years.
I hope everyone on campus has a chance to congratulate this office for this impressive achievement.
A long but satisfying day in the state Capitol
Last week I made the trip to Madison to participate with the 22nd annual Chippewa Valley Rally, a full day in the state Capitol organized by the chambers of commerce in Menomonie, Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire. It was a great opportunity to discuss our issues with legislators and their staffs, as well as network with business, industry and government officials from our three communities.
I was joined on the trip by Provost Patrick Guilfoile and Doug Mell, our legislative liaison. I also had a chance to meet with state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf before the event and had discussions about various higher education issues, including, of course, the need to provide adequate salaries for our faculty and staff.
The legislative session is winding down, and it won’t be long before talk about the 2017-19 state budget heats up. We will keep the campus apprised of our advocacy efforts as we head into that important budget debate.
A chance to discuss UW-Stout with community leaders
Last week also was Education Day for the Leadership Menomonie program sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, and I was asked to give a presentation on the history and issues we face at UW-Stout. I had the chance to meet many current and future leaders in this community and share with them some of my thoughts about the campus.
I want to thank Kristi Krimpelbein and Scott Griesbach for organizing my part of the day so well and Darrin Witucki for being such a great host in the Memorial Student Center.