Ceremony on Monday to honor late chancellor; Cabot program featured Subaru exec; vote and help students vote Nov. 6

The campus will take time Monday morning to honor the life, accomplishments and lasting legacy of the late Chancellor Emeritus Charles W. Sorensen. We will hold a renaming ceremony in the atrium of Sorensen (formerly Millennium) Hall beginning at 10 a.m., and I really hope that as many students, faculty and staff as possible attend.

Those who will speak include Chancellor Sorensen’s wife, Toni Poll-Sorensen, Regent Mark Tyler, former state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, former Dean John Murphy, vice chancellors Lyons and Parsons, Julie Zack from my office, myself and communications director Doug Mell, who will be master of ceremonies. A reception will follow.

Those who can’t attend can watch via livestream here.  More information is available here.

Sorensen Hall Signs Installed


Another successful year for the Cabot Executive in Residence

For 34 years, UW-Stout students, faculty and staff have benefited from the Cabot Executive in Residence program, which brings experts from business and industry to campus to share their experiences, advice and good humor.

I was privileged to introduce this year’s executive, Denise Coogan, before her address Wednesday in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Center. I also spent time with Denise at other events.

As manager of Environmental Partnerships for Subaru of America, she described her leadership of the zero landfill effort at the company’s Indiana manufacturing plant. Amazingly, since 2004 the plant has sent no waste to landfills, and Denise described how the initiative was conceived and what steps were necessary to implement and maintain the effort.

She then described her subsequent efforts to bring the zero landfill effort to three national parks.

The Cabot executive program is named in honor of Arthur R. Cabot, a successful pet products manufacturer. His son, Scott Cabot, attended UW-Stout with me and earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-Stout in 1978 and a master’s in 1979.


Please help students register to vote

Nothing is more important to the health and future of our democracy than voting. That is why I am asking everyone at UW-Stout to register to vote and do what they can to encourage our students to do the same.

As public employees, we obviously cannot participate in partisan political activities while at work. But we can, and should, encourage our students to register to vote and to go to the polls. UW-Stout’s Student Life Services has developed a very useful website that answers the questions a student may have about how to register and where to vote.

I feel so strongly about this effort that I will be working at the voter registration table in the Memorial Student Center from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and from noon to 1 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.