Baldrige/Polytechnic event March 7; volunteers fight hunger; enrollment plan discussed

Two seminal events in the history of UW-Stout — winning the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award and being designated Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University – will be celebrated Tuesday, March 7. I would like to invite the entire campus to join us for this special event beginning at 9 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.

We have put together a great program to look at the impact of the winning the Baldrige and officially becoming a polytechnic university. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will attend to read a proclamation from the governor, a UW System representative will attend and we’ll have remembrances from Chancellor Emeritus Sorensen.

We also are planning to make a major announcement concerning our 2015-16 employment rate for recent graduates and the economic impact of UW-Stout on the regional economy.

Refreshments will be served.

Look for further information this week in your email and in UW-Stout Today and Campus Life Today.

Joining the effort to fight kids’ hunger

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I was happy to join our international students and others from campus at last Wednesday’s Kids Against Hunger event organized by two Menomonie Rotary Clubs. Our group packed more than 2,000 meals, and everyone who participated packed more than 45,000 meals, which consisted of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 21 essential vitamins and minerals.

The meals will be distributed in the Chippewa Valley and across the world.

Other groups participating in the event at the Stout Ale House included University Marketing and the Stout Student Association. A WEAU-TV story is available here.

A good start on an enrollment plan

I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the various sessions held by the consultants working for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, who have been asked for recommendations on how to implement a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan at UW-Stout.

I was impressed by the consultants’ thoroughness and knowledge as they conducted their briefings and look forward to their recommendations.

After a few years of growth, it appears that we will be severely challenged to maintain our present enrollment level in fall 2017. That fact adds even more urgency to the need to develop a campuswide enrollment management plan and to implement it as quickly as possible.

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