Three ‘Wows’ for Science Olympiad; MOC receives award

Science Olympiad National Tournament a tremendous success


Scott Griesbach, executive director of Student Life Services, summed up my reaction to the Science Olympiad National Tournament hosted by UW-Stout late last week better than anything I could think of.  Scott wrote in an email on Sunday morning:

“WOW, WOW, WOW!! As I reflect on the observations of the Science Olympiad tournament as well as the conversations I had with participants, coaches and parents, I am filled with pride at all of the hard work and dedication that so many people put into making this an outstanding experience for our guests. I heard over and over and over again from people about how welcoming and friendly our staff are, how beautiful the campus is, how nice our facilities are, how organized and well-thought out everything is, how great the communication has been and how thoughtful the planning for this event has been,” Scott wrote.

“I heard so much praise about the information provided before people got here, how easy the registration process was, how great the food was, how nice the residence halls are, how nice everyone has been, how well signed the campus was, how impressive the ceremonies were, how much fun the evening activities were, how clean everything was and what a fantastic time everyone was having,” he added.

Scott noted that this event was almost four years in the making and included assistance from every facet of the university.


He is right. I want to commend Forrest Schultz, national tournament director, for bringing this incredible event to campus and assembling a team that pulled it off. I also want to note the contributions of Steve Nold and Juliet Fox. However, it would be impossible for me to publicly thank everyone who helped make the Science Olympiad a success, so I won’t even try. But I will end with a final line from Scott’s email:

“We couldn’t have achieved this incredible accomplishment without each and every one of you, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have never been more STOUTPROUD!!”

For those of you who want to relive the event in photos and videos, go to the UW-Stout Facebook page to see the awesome coverage from our University Communications staff members.


Chippewa County award an honor for Manufacturing Outreach Center

On Friday, I proudly accepted the Chippewa County Economic Development Corp.’s 2016 Partner of the Year award on behalf of the UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center. As you know, for many years I led the MOC and its parent organization, the Stout Technology Transfer Institute, forerunner of today’s Discovery Center.


As part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology-Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, the MOC delivers measureable impacts to clients throughout Wisconsin. This commitment to measurable impacts has made me a strong proponent of the NIST-MEP program, and I proudly serve as a review panelist for center competitions and periodic reviews nationwide. I am also honored to serve on the executive committee of the board of directors for Wisconsin’s NIST-MEP 10-year award, which also allows me to track UW-Stout’s contribution to the statewide NIST-MEP.

The NIST-MEP award will build on UW-Stout’s aggressive engagement with outcomes-focused outreach, service and technology transfer. My role on the board will further streamline access to the tremendous intellectual and physical resources of UW-Stout, and I’m confident our faculty, staff and students will contribute to the Discovery Center’s mission to extend UW-Stout’s polytechnic assets available to businesses throughout Wisconsin.

As we move forward, I will continue to provide updates on the successes that UW-Stout and its Discovery Center are realizing through the applied research and technical assistance that our faculty, staff and students are delivering. I am excited about the continued attention to UW-Stout’s tradition of service and technology transfer to the region and state through our Discovery Center.

I look forward to your continued support of this novel approach to university-based economic development. More information on the award is available here.