Thanks for a great year; commencement, leadership awards are special year-end events

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As the 2016-17 academic year comes to a close, I want to thank the students, faculty and staff for their tremendous efforts over the past year and for everything each and everyone one of you does to make UW-Stout a special place for me.

Even though I have a long history with this university, as a student, faculty member, administrator and now chancellor, I continue to be amazed by the special things I see happen every day in the classroom, laboratory and athletic fields, in the student organizations, through our outreach efforts to employers, and among all my colleagues who continue to impress me with their hard work, innovation and dedication to UW-Stout. I feel it is a privilege to serve you as chancellor.

I hope that you have the chance to recharge your batteries during the summer, to reconnect with family and friends and to enjoy as much as possible the best months in Wisconsin. I have some vacation plans that I am looking forward to as well.

On the immediate horizon for 2017-18, we will be hosting the UW System Board of Regents in October, a great opportunity for us to showcase this campus and everything we offer here.

Commencement address focused on Baldrige, polytechnic designation

This past academic year was heavy on anniversaries. In 2016 we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the founding of UW-Stout by James Huff Stout. This year marks two major, more recent milestones: the 15th anniversary of UW-Stout receiving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the 10th anniversary of UW-Stout being designated Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University by the Board of Regents.

I used my commencement address Saturday to discuss the impact on UW-Stout of both events.

I love everything about commencement; everyone is happy, and it shows. The graduates are proud of what they have accomplished and are ready to embark on the next stage of their lives. Pride also shows in the family and friends who helped their graduates secure that valuable diploma. It is a great day all around. Here is the text of my commencement address.

Here are links to coverage of the event:

Leadership Awards an inspiration

 

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I attend a lot of celebrations during the last few weeks of the academic year, but I always make time to attend the Leadership Awards presented annually by the Involvement Center. These awards are for students who have made outstanding contributions in student organizations, advocacy, service, student employment and advising. In short, these students will be the leaders of tomorrow in their workplaces and communities.

The ceremony also includes the Outstanding Co-op Student of the Year awards and the Samuel E. Wood Medallion award winners, sponsored by the Stout Student Association, for seniors who have shown outstanding leadership and excellence while at UW-Stout. It was an inspiring night. Much more information and a list of winners is available here.

This will be the last of my regular weekly blogs for the academic year, but I will post if there is a need during the summer. We will do our best to keep the campus apprised of the 2017-19 state budget as the Legislature works on the document in May and June.  Have a great summer!

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