German connection valuable; Science Olympiad, Packaging Jamboree inspire

An enlightening visit with a great German partner

Last month I had the honor of representing UW-Stout at the Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany. We are a strategic partner with this university along with UW-Platteville, Purdue University, Penn State-Harrisburg and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

The partnership is partially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to facilitate faculty and student exchanges. More than a dozen UW-Stout faculty and staff have headed to Germany to teach, guest-lecture or explore related opportunities. In addition, we have had several students visit, including Brenna Lesnar, Rebecca Wereley and Joe Rosewicz.

While in Darmstadt, Dean Chuck Bomar and I attended the seminar Strategic Partnerships Project: Creating a Transatlantic Applied Science Network in Engineering and presented to the participants on UW-Stout’s Role as a Polytechnic University.

The partnership is providing excellent opportunities to teach and study in Darmstadt, and it represents a growing array of international education opportunities at UW-Stout. These excellent opportunities of strategic importance will strengthen staff and student understanding of other cultures and of today’s global economy. A University Communications news release has more information about our Darmstadt relationship.

State Science Olympiad a preview of the upcoming national event

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If the state Science Olympiad is anything like the national event, we are in for quite a treat in a month.  I had the honor of giving a welcome and then presenting medals to the first-place finishers last weekend during the event, some of which was held in Johnson Fieldhouse.

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About 1,500 students competed in the state event from about 43 high schools and 29 middle schools. Competition categories include life-personal-social, earth-space, physical-chemistry, technology and inquiry. The technology category, for example, includes competition in air trajectory, bridge building, robot arm, mystery design, electric vehicle and Wright stuff.

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The national Science Olympiad will be held on campus May 18-21. This will be a huge event and a real jewel in our crown as a polytechnic university, with more than 7,000 people expected to attend.

Packaging Jamboree a ‘game-changing’ event

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I have a weakness for the packaging program on campus because my daughter Erica is a proud and successful graduate. That’s one of the reasons I gladly accepted the invitation to say a couple of words and help hand out awards at the Packaging Jamboree held Sunday through Tuesday on campus.

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The title of the event was Game-Changing Innovation, and it certainly was attended by a lot of present and future innovators. The major organizations involved in the Jamboree include the Fibre Box Association, the Institute of Packaging Professionals and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation.

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I was honored that the organizers asked me to be a part of their event

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