It’s a time to be thankful; special events recognize years of service, retiring employees

As we enter the holiday season at UW-Stout, I want to wish everyone the happiest Thanksgiving possible. I will be spending my holiday with family and friends, and it will be a great time to reflect on all that I have to be grateful for.

While family and health obviously top my list of what I am grateful for, I also know I am blessed by working for an institution that I love that has dedicated, hard-working and innovative students, faculty and staff. While this job has its challenges, I am excited about coming to work every day because of who I get to work with.

UW-Stout has a lot going for it, but our main assets are our students, faculty and staff. So, while I am thankful for many, many things in my life, the ability to serve this campus as chancellor is at the top.

Please have a healthy and safe 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 98 employees for reaching certain milestones in their years of service to UW-Stout.

One of the employees has served for 40 years, and four have served for 35 years.

During these ceremonies I always stress that UW-Stout is an exceptional place to learn because of our talented, dedicated and supportive faculty and staff. These employees from all over campus make a difference every day in students’ lives, so that’s why it’s an honor to recognize them.

I also want to thank Vice Chancellor Mark Parsons and his staff for organizing a great ceremony.



Retirement ceremony honors 18 employees 

Last Wednesday we said goodbye to 18 hard-working and dedicated employees who have retired or are retiring from UW-Stout. These employees have served the institution for a total of 312 years, and they will be missed.

The employees come from all parts of campus, from faculty to custodial to accounting, and it was my privilege to thank them during a ceremony in the Memorial Student Center for their services and to wish them well in retirement.

It is always hard saying goodbye to colleagues, but I know that they will enjoy their retirement, which makes it easier.

Fall Retirement Reception