As we enter the holiday season at UW-Stout, I want to wish everyone the happiest Thanksgiving possible. I will be flying to Houston with my wife and older daughter to spend the weekend with my youngest daughter.
I hope that you have time as well to spend with family and friends. I know that I also will be reflecting on all that I can be grateful for.
I was asked by University Communications to videotape a Thanksgiving message for our Facebook page. This is what I said:
I am thankful that UW-Stout has a staff that is focused on continuing James Huff Stout’s vision of preparing students for their future careers. Our 97.4 percent placement rate is evidence that the dedicated efforts of our staff to realize this vision and our mission is working.
I’m grateful for the work that our program directors do listening to our employers to make sure our programs are responsive to their needs and prepare students to hit the ground running.
All of these efforts take resources, and I’m grateful that our state leadership has provided us with a better budget this biennium that supports our work as we transform lives. This budget also provides for a raise package that is long overdue and recognizes our staff for their hard work.
I am also genuinely appreciative of all of our alumni and donors who also help support our students and our efforts to prepare them for future careers.
I am thankful to the citizens of Menomonie who make our campus community both safe and welcoming to all of our students.
Recently, we were recognized by the UW System for our staff’s efforts to make our veterans more successful on campus. I’m grateful for these efforts and also very appreciative of our veterans and those in uniform who have committed themselves to protecting our freedoms.
Finally, I’m grateful for our own protective services personnel who work to make our campus safe day in and day out.
To all of our staff, students, and community members, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Event honors employees for their years of service
How time flies! That was the prevailing sentiment last week in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center as I helped our University Advancement office recognize 104 employees who were honored for reaching certain milestones in their years of service to UW-Stout.
Three of the employees have served for 40 years, and five have served for 35 years. I proudly joined seven others in receiving a pin for 30 years of service. As I said in announcing the years of service awards:
“UW-Stout is an exceptional place to learn because of our talented, dedicated and supportive faculty and staff. They make a difference every day in students’ lives, so it’s an honor to recognize our employees for their many years of service.”
I also want to thank Vice Chancellor Mark Parsons and his staff for organizing a great ceremony. More information is available here.