New year, Move-in Day always special; big event Sept. 28-29

Start of an academic year never gets old

The start of classes has always been very special to me — first as a student at UW-Stout in the 1970s, later as a faculty member and college dean here and obviously now as chancellor.

The campus has changed a lot during that time — and so have I! We offer many more academic programs, have more modern facilities and have a much higher enrollment. For me, well, let’s just say I’m a little grayer around the edges.

But one thing hasn’t changed: Our students will receive a first-rate education based on the solid foundation that James Huff Stout laid out for his school 125 years ago, to prepare graduates for successful careers and fulfilling lives. Our 97.3 percent employment rate for new graduates is a good indication that we continue to adhere to that philosophy.

I’d like to welcome our students, faculty and staff to the new academic year with a pledge that I will do everything in my power as chancellor to pursue James Huff Stout’s vision and ensure that UW-Stout positions itself for another 125 years of the kind of success it has seen in its first 125 years.

Move-in day a spectacular success

I owe a big thank you to everyone — the number of people and offices involved is too large to list — who marshalled their resources Sunday for another very successful Move-in Day. The effort has been referred to as a “finely tuned machine,” and it is.

But that machinery requires a lot of people working very hard to keep it finely tuned, and I appreciate their efforts. Those who received help Sunday with moving their children into the residence halls certainly noticed, judging by the comments people wrote on our Facebook page after University Communications posted photos and a video of the process.

Here is one comment:

“Extremely thankful for the help today from the student volunteers. My husband was in a motorcycle accident yesterday, so the help was extremely appreciated as he was in a sling today! The students are great stewards of the college!”

Here is another:

“Stout should be very proud for the well-oiled machine executed on behalf of the freshmen on Sunday. As new Stout parents we were exceedingly impressed.”

Finally, this:

“On behalf of Stout parents everywhere, THANK YOU! What a way to welcome freshmen — and so many smiles along the way. Truly an amazing feat.”

Manufacturing Advantage Conference coming up

NASA on Campus

Representatives from NASA’s Glenn Research Center talk with students and others in attendance at the 7th Annual Manufacturing Advantage Conference.

The UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center hosts the Manufacturing Advantage Conference each year. This year’s program, Sept. 28-29 in the Memorial Student Center, will be a blockbuster. The conference will feature a technology showcase, sessions on cyber security for small businesses, how enterprises can leverage social media, millennials in the workplace and many other cutting edge sessions, tours, exhibits and presentations.

The conference also features keynote presentations by Jim McIntyre, CEO of Greenheck Group, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Eric Nieves, founder of PlusOne Robotics.

UW-Stout faculty, staff, and students can participate at significantly discounted rates:

  • Two days, Wednesday and Thursday, $50
  • One day, Wednesday or Thursday, $30
  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, free

The free Wednesday evening program is packed with several outstanding presentations and breakout sessions. Check out the complete schedule and find more information at the event website.

I hope to see you at the conference. It will be time well invested.