State Science Olympiad held at UW-Stout again; impact, opportunity with chancellor search

Last Friday I had the privilege of giving welcome remarks to the hundreds of participants and their families for the Wisconsin Science Olympiad held at UW-Stout. As an engineer, I know how important it is to interest students in the STEM fields as early as possible, and the Science Olympiad is a great way to do that.

The tournament director was our own Forrest Schultz, a professor in the physics and chemistry department, and 150 or so volunteers from the campus community helped put on the event. We were privileged to have state Sen. Patty Schachtner on campus Saturday to help present the awards.

This is the ninth time we have hosted the competition, and we held the national event in 2016. Details on the event and the winners are available here. A news story is available here.

Visioning Session delayed a year

We previously announced that we would hold a Visioning Session this July to start work on the next version of our strategic plan. However, given my recent retirement announcement, we have decided to delay the Visioning Session for a year.

That delay will give the next chancellor the opportunity to participate with the session.

I had the opportunity to participate with the 2014 Visioning Session, although I had not formally taken office, and found it extremely valuable as we fashioned the current strategic plan. That is why I decided it’s best to delay the next round of planning for a year.

Please apply to be on chancellor search and screen committee

With spring break coming, I would like to remind the campus community that the deadline is approaching to apply to be on the search committee that will help pick the next UW-Stout chancellor.

Please use this link to nominate yourself or a colleague by Monday, April 1, to serve on the committee, which will include two faculty members, one staff representative from the institution, one student and one community and/or alumni member.

After the committee membership is determined, the group will lead campus listening sessions that inform development of a position description to be finalized by early May. After candidates submit applications during the summer months, the committee will reconvene early in the fall semester to recommend semifinalists.

The Board of Regents anticipates that a new chancellor will be identified and selected by early December.

Have a great spring break

Can spring break really be here? The spring semester always seems to fly by, and this year is no different. I want to wish our students and employees a great spring break next week.

For those of you who are traveling, I hope you stay safe and enjoy your time away from campus. I intend to be away most of the week and recharge my batteries because the pace of activities picks up considerably as we head to commencement May 4.