It was a Stout Proud week in many ways

Stout Proud event a grand party

What a fun event the Stout Proud celebration was last Thursday. A generous donation from an alumna supported the party in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center, and it was a fantastic way to get out of the office and celebrate everything that is wonderful about UW-Stout.


I enjoyed all the festivities, including performances by the Cheer and Dance Team, an appearance by Blaze, the beautiful shirts turned out by the Printmakers Club, the ice cream and the music.

I had the opportunity to address the crowd and extoll the virtues of UW-Stout, which I have witnessed as a student, faculty member and now chancellor. UW-Stout means so much to me and my family that I take advantage of every opportunity to tell people how wonderful it is and what makes it so special: our students, faculty and staff and our passionate alumni. A website has been set up to keep the campus community apprised of all 125-year anniversary events. It’s available here.

State Assembly honors UW-Stout

On a related note, the state Assembly unanimously passed a joint resolution Thursday honoring UW-Stout for its 125 years of service to the state. The resolution previously passed the state Senate. It was co-sponsored by state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and state Rep. John Murtha.

John delivered some very nice remarks before the Assembly voted, saying: “It’s an honor to represent the faculty and students of UW-Stout, and they never fail to impress me with their innovative programs. It truly is a model institution.”

John has announced his retirement from the Legislature, and I want to thank him for everything he has done for UW-Stout, including championing the many capital improvement projects we have had the good fortune to secure.

Stout Scholarships an intense competition

What could be better for a chancellor than to address more than 60 high-achieving high school seniors who want to come to UW-Stout? That was my pleasant duty last week when I gave a welcome to the applicants for the Stout Scholars Scholarships.

The room was full of really smart students: To be eligible for the scholarships, they have to be accepted at UW-Stout for the fall semester, have a combined ACT of at least 26 and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

Qualified students are interviewed as part of the evaluation process, and they attend a university class, visit a residence hall and have lunch with other students. Financial support for the scholarships is provided by donors through Stout University Foundation.

The competition for these scholarships is intense because of their size: $5,000 a year, renewable for all four years. It’s unfortunate that we can only offer three a year. It would be fantastic to find the resources to expand the number of recipients in the future. For more on the scholarships, go to the Stout University Foundation website.

Alumni are very important to UW-Stout

I capped the week off by speaking to the Alumni Association Board of Directors. As an alumnus myself (as well as the husband and father of alumni), I know how valuable our alumni are in securing the future of UW-Stout.

We depend on them to serve on program advisory boards, Alumni Association boards, come back for homecoming, attend events outside Menomonie and, most importantly, to be our ambassadors in spreading the word about UW-Stout to prospective students, elected officials and the public.

We have some of the most passionate and dedicated alumni in the UW System, and they help make UW-Stout a truly special place. I thank all alumni for their service to the university.