Engagement Sessions a great way to start a new academic year

Welcome to another academic year! I hope everyone had a great summer, and I look forward to working with you to make 2017-18 a tremendous success.

On Monday morning I addressed the campus at our annual Opening Day event, which included our Engagement Sessions. If you couldn’t attend that session, a video of it is available here.


I want to thank everyone who took the time to attend the Engagement Sessions and offer your feedback on the two important topics we covered, Campus Climate and Strategic Enrollment Management.

I attended several of the small-group sessions and was very impressed by the passion and insight I heard from the participants. I want to assure everyone that the breadth of the feedback we receive will be carefully considered by the Strategic Planning Group and my Cabinet as we chart future actions on these topics.


I would especially like to thank everyone who helped make these sessions a success, including the facilitators and note-takers who kept the discussions on track and recorded the comments. It takes a lot of planning and execution to make this important day happen, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

A fantastic trip into the wilderness

While I genuinely enjoy serving as your chancellor — it really is my dream job — I also treasure my time away.  This summer I had the tremendous opportunity to spend time in Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, where I canoed, camped and fished with family and friends.

Going into the wilderness is the one time I can really disconnect from the demands that come with all the technology we now use to do our jobs. It gives me a chance to reconnect with the family and friends who are important to me, as well as renew my appreciation for all that nature has to offer.

To top it off, we had tremendous fishing success!


University Communications produced a great video in which I talk about my trip into the Quetico, along with Provost Patrick Guilfoile’s hiking adventure in the Cascade Mountains. The video is available here.

Weekly blogs will provide campus updates

For those of you new to campus — and I had the opportunity to meet a number of you during last week’s employee orientation sessions — I will use this blog to give you weekly updates on significant developments and other news affecting UW-Stout. It is one of the main ways I try to communicate on a regular basis with our students, faculty and staff, and I hope you find it informative and useful.

Again, welcome to the new academic year and I hope it is a great one!