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A wonderful homecoming and a visit from the governor

Thanks for a wonderful homecoming celebration

UW-Stout Homecoming Parade 2015I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for everyone who worked so hard to make this the best homecoming celebration in my long history at UW-Stout. I know that Blue Devil Productions, the UW-Stout Homecoming Committee and many people associated with the Involvement Center, alumni, athletics, police, marketing and communications, and facilities put in many, many long hours to prepare for the celebration and to pull it off.

The event exceeded my expectations, and I have nothing but gratitude for everyone who worked so hard on the planning and execution. I recommend you visit the UW-Stout Facebook page for great homecoming photos and a video.

Gov. Walker tours our laboratories

Gov. Walker and Chancellor MeyerTo help celebrate National Manufacturing Month, Gov. Scott Walker asked to tour three laboratories Monday at UW-Stout that have direct connections to business and industry: the FAB Lab, the packaging laboratory and the plastics laboratory.

Along the way, the governor had a lot of conversations with some faculty, students and others and held a media availability.

I stressed to the governor the way UW-Stout concentrates its efforts on preparing our students for meaningful and successful careers after graduation and how that translates into an amazing track record regarding high employment rates.

Walker also was joined by state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Warren Petryk. Again, there are great pictures and a video on our Facebook page.

Student government provides leadership opportunities

I learned this week that there still are open seats on the Stout Student Association. I encourage students to consider this as a fantastic growth opportunity.

According to SSA President Eric Huse, the 14 openings include two for at-large senators, a Greek life senator, three student affairs senators and two fiscal management senators.

Almost 40 years ago I began my involvement with SSA as a student senator at UW-Stout. What I learned helped develop my leadership skills, which I continue to use today. I cannot overstate how powerful involvement in student government is as a growth opportunity.

Go to this OrgSync website to apply.

An inspiring night with ROTC cadets

I was honored Friday night to address a wonderful group of cadets of the Army ROTC NorthwoodsBattalion at the ninth annual Military Ball. My wife, Deb, and I enjoyed socializing with the cadre and leaders in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.

2015 ROTC Northwoods Battalion Military, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.  Chancellor Meyer, Lieutenant Colonel Pindell, and seniors and juniors in the Military Science Leadership classes.

2015 ROTC Northwoods Battalion Military Ball, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Chancellor Meyer, Lieutenant Colonel Pindell, and seniors and juniors in the military science leadership minor program.

I also enjoyed talking with them about my father, who served in the Army during World War II and was in the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

ROTC is a great asset for UW-Stout, and Lt. Col. Dave Pindell and his staff do a fantastic job with the department of military science. The department’s coursework embeds the values my father exemplified throughout his life.

I am very proud to have the Northwoods Battalion headquartered at UW-Stout.

An eye-opening morning for social justice issues

It was a privilege to participate in a powerful conference called SEED for Change Saturday in the student center. SEED stands for skills, empowerment, equity and dialogue.

The conference was facilitated by Phyllis Braxton, president and founder of Pink Consulting, and Beth Zemsky, an organizational consultant and trainer. It explored local, state and national social justice issues.

The event was sponsored by ASPIRE, the Dean of Students, Disability Services, LGBTQ Program Office and Multicultural Student Services. The facilitators did a great job generating meaningful discussions that I found both thought-provoking and enjoyable.