Stout Summit; Knock and Talk is valuable; free ice cream

Stout Summit part of monumental year; early registration ends Thursday


I would like to encourage faculty, staff and students to register for the second annual Stout Summit to be held Friday, Oct. 7, as part of our 125th anniversary homecoming celebration. Stout Summit brings together alumni, community and industry to connect, learn and celebrate the top-notch education and partnership opportunities UW–Stout has to offer.

The focus this year is on cross-sector innovation, and there will be various presentations that showcase successful cross-sector collaborations on and off campus.

We also will welcome back several alumni presenters, who will be honored as Outstanding Alumni:

  • Dave Voss, president and CEO of Miron Construction, who graduated in 1976 in industrial technology
  • Chris Grun, chairman of the matte painting department at DreamWorks Animation, who graduated in 1995 in art and design
  • Laura Madsen, manager of Enterprise Analytics and Data Warehouse at Children’s Minnesota hospital and clinics, who graduated in 1996 in psychology

The summit featured keynote is Shelly Ibach, alumna and president and CEO of Select Comfort, maker of the Sleep Number bed, along with a special video greeting on the importance of sleep by Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post.

The summit schedule is online. Early registration ends Thursday, Sept. 15. The fee for faculty, staff and students has been substantially reduced.

All proceeds from the Stout Summit support student research and scholarships fundamental to an applied education. I strongly encourage you to join us for the day and, if possible, consider being a sponsor. Contact Juliet Fox for sponsorship options, 715-232-2676.

Knock and Talk program a great effort

I attended the monthly meeting Friday of the Chancellor’s Coalition on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and heard a fantastic update on our first Knock and Talk program last week. Organized by the Dean of Students office, a number of people from the campus community spread out over the student housing area to distribute information and discuss the dangers of high-risk drinking.

This is a new program aimed at our off-campus student population. More than 200 contacts were made.

The intent was to welcome our students back to campus, let them know they have support in avoiding high-risk drinking behavior and to remind them to take care of each other if they choose to drink.

I fully support this effort and plan to be part of next year’s effort.

Watch WEAU 13’s coverage

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Come and get some ice cream Tuesday

A chancellor gets to do a lot of cool things. One of my favorite events is handing out free ice cream to welcome everyone to a new academic year.

This year’s event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Overlook Lounge of the Memorial Student Center.

I will be joined by some of my senior administrators in handing out the ice cream cups, so come and get it!