Three major building projects get the final OK

We had a very successful day Wednesday in the state Capitol as the Wisconsin State Building Commission unanimously approved three very important building projects on our campus. The projects, which received final approval are:

  • Bowman Hall exterior maintenance and repair, $8.95 million
  • Renovation and an addition to North Hall residence hall, $21.74 million
  • Renovation of first floor of Merle M. Price Commons, $7.57 million.

I attended the meetings in Madison, as did several other staff members, because of the extreme importance of these projects to our campus. Everyone knows that Bowman Hall, with its 135-foot Clock Tower, really is the symbol of UW-Stout. The project will help restore the exterior luster to this 120-year-old building.

North Hall is our residential workhorse for our freshman class, and this project will help modernize the facility. The Price Commons project is needed to give the staff and students who use the first floor better offices and meeting spaces.

I was overwhelmed Wednesday at the kind words of the legislators who considered our proposals, including Sen. Terry Moulton, a Republican from Chippewa Falls, who described a recent tour he took of the exterior of Bowman Hall and how important the building is to the history of UW-Stout and the entire UW System.

The highlight of the meeting was when Gov. Scott Walker brought his UW-Stout coffee mug to the meeting and made sure everyone knew he was using it! We took a picture of the governor and his mug and sent it out with the news release. You can read about the building commission meeting here.



UW-Stout to help Coach Gard’s cancer research foundation

On Monday I was privileged to spend time with Greg Gard, head coach of the UW-Madison men’s basketball team, his wife, Michelle, and others who are involved in their family’s Garding Against Cancer foundation.

The Gards were in Menomonie to tour our athletic and meeting facilities because they are planning to hold a luncheon in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 7, to support the foundation.

They also will hold a family event in Johnson Fieldhouse as well. Most families have been affected in some way by cancer; Greg Gard recently lost his father to brain cancer, and this foundation is his way to honor his father’s memory.

I am happy that the Gards have asked us to help with their foundation. We will send out details of the events as soon as they are finalized.  You can read more about the foundation here.