Homecoming 2017 is here; Regents’ meeting on campus is a success

In March 1917, Stout Institute officials decided to invite alumni back to the fledgling campus to celebrate a historic day: the dedication of the brand new, four-story brick Domestic Science Building constructed just east of the Manual Training Building. So, 100 years ago, to celebrate the opening of what we now know as Harvey Hall, UW-Stout’s homecoming celebration was born.

With this historical tidbit in mind, I’d like to invite our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to participate in the wide range of activities planned for this week. The full homecoming schedule is available here.

There are so many things to do it’s hard to pick out a few, like the Soapbox Derby put on Blue Devil Productions, the Blue Devil Run/Walk organized by Urec, the 50th anniversary celebration of the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute and the homecoming parade, organized by the Homecoming Committee. Of course, there’s the final event — the 2 p.m. football game against UW-River Falls.

A lot of people have put in hours and hours of hard work to make our centennial homecoming a success. As a proud UW-Stout graduate, I always look forward to this special week.

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UW Regents enjoy UW-Stout’s hospitality

We bade a fond farewell to the UW System Board of Regents Friday morning, which wrapped up its monthly meeting in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. There was a lot of traditional media and social media coverage of the meeting, so I won’t go into the details. I’d recommend anyone looking for a recap to visit the UW-Stout Facebook page as well as the UW-Stout News page.

Mostly, I would like to thank the dozens of students and employees who helped make the two-day meeting a success. I can’t tell you how many compliments I received from Regents and UW staff for our planning and hospitality.

I’d also like to single out the students, faculty members and staff who attended the Friday morning session to protest a freedom of expression resolution the board was debating and eventually passed. Although we were on opposite sides of that issue, the protest was respectful.

I’d also like to congratulate Stout Student Association spokesperson Coltan Schoenike for successfully addressing the Regents. Coltan did a fantastic job and made me #StoutProud.

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Student government essential to shared governance

On Saturday, I was privileged to welcome a meeting of representatives of UW System student governments who met in the Great Hall. I took the opportunity to talk about the role I played 40 years ago as a member of the Stout Student Association and how I learned from that experience what a crucial role our students play in the shared governance structure, which is still important on campus today.

I also learned crucial leadership, team-building, planning and accountability skills that I use daily as chancellor.

UW-Stout center sponsors discussion on free speech

Speaking of free speech, next week features a series of presentations and panels organized by our new Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation, headed up by Tim Shiell, as part of UW-Stout Free Speech Week.

I will participate in a panel, the first night, that Tim will moderate on perspectives of campus free speech. The panel will include Tim Higgins, a UW Regent, and John Nichols, associate editor of the Capital Times newspaper in Madison.

Other panels scheduled throughout the week will include UW-Stout faculty and staff and national experts. Visit this link to view the week’s itinerary.

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