Special events: homecoming, manufacturing conference, XC meet

Getting excited for homecoming

Do you feel something special in the air? I do, and it’s because homecoming week has arrived at UW-Stout. Each homecoming week is special, but when you’re celebrating your 125th anniversary, like we are this year, homecoming takes on even more meaning.

I have experienced UW-Stout’s homecoming many different ways: as a student, faculty member, college dean and now as chancellor. What I learned over the years is that the more I participated in the activities the week offered, the more I enjoyed homecoming. So I am encouraging everyone to pick the activities that interest you, get involved and have the time of your life. But please remember to stay safe and to help those with you have a safe homecoming as well.

A complete list of the activities is available at the homecoming website. There’s still time to register for the Stout Summit on Friday; it’s available to employees and students for $25, including all meals. Anyone who wants to walk in the parade is welcome in the alumni, faculty, staff and student unit, No. 5, if they arrive before 10:45 a.m.

The Alumni Association is hosting tailgate parties in the football stadium parking lot before and after the game, and I hope everyone goes to the game and cheers on the Blue Devils at 2 p.m.

The Alumni Association also is hosting a Golden Reunion for the classes of 1965 to 1967, and even though this group was just a little before my time I plan to attend. Many other events are planned, so please choose those that interest you and help us make our 125th anniversary homecoming our best ever!

Rubbing elbows with manufacturers

As a manufacturing engineer, I get excited when I’m in a room full of manufacturers. That’s why I look forward every year to the Manufacturing Advantage Conference at the student center sponsored by our Manufacturing Outreach Center.

This year’s event featured keynote addresses by James McIntyre, CEO of Greenheck Group of Wausau, and Erik Nieves, founder of PlusOne Robotics in Texas. The luncheon speaker was Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who talked about the need to form a strong partnership with Wisconsin’s educational institutions to keep manufacturing strong in the state.

I used my welcome remarks to talk about UW-Stout’s strong history of helping manufacturers in Wisconsin through the MOC and other avenues, as well as our 97.3 percent employment rate for graduates. But most of all I enjoyed talking with the wide variety of manufacturers who came to the conference this year.

A fine afternoon for cross country

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I also enjoyed myself immensely Friday afternoon at the Whitetail Golf Course and I didn’t swing one club or attempt one putt. I was there to cheer on our male and female cross country runners during the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational. It was a great afternoon to be outside and to interact with the student-athletes who run for the Blue Devils. Coach Matt Schauf and his assistants do a great job with both the male and female squads, and I appreciated the invitation to watch them run.

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