Alumni Outlook Magazine


Winter/Spring 2010

Label MESSAGE FROM CHANCELLOR CHARLES W. SORENSEN

Welcome to another edition of our Alumni Association’s Outlook magazine. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did in putting it together.

SIPS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS EVENT RAISES $3,900
The inaugural Sips for Scholarships, which paired fine wines with gourmet food, raised $3,900 for UW-Stout scholarships Oct. 2, at the Memorial Student Center.

TEACHING in TWITTER
Daisy Pignetti of the English department requires her English 101 students to tweet on a regular basis. “The more students write, the more they will grow as writers,” she said. Twitter, a social network site, is an avenue for contributors to ask questions and give answers, to tweet in 140 characters or fewer. Each student is required to open a Twitter account.

CONSTRUCTION TEAM HEADED TO SAN FRANCISCO
Win or lose in the national final March 29, in San Francisco, the Student Construction Association team already had achieved a first for UW-Stout: It placed in the final four of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America proposal contest.

UW-STOUT OFFERING UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
With the addition of UW-Stout’s new undergraduate major, Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen and Provost Julie Furst-Bowe have realized their goal of offering 40 bachelor programs.

THREE-YEAR DEGREE OPTION
Students in three majors will be given the option beginning in the fall of 2010 to complete their bachelor’s degree in three years, Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen announced in October.

RESIDENCY PROGRAM CONNECTS EXECUTIVES WITH STUDENTS FOR 25 YEARS
The Arthur R. Cabot Executive in Residence in 2009 celebrated 25 years of bringing students and business leaders together at UW-Stout. The program was developed and endowed by Scott Cabot BS ’78, MS ’79.

CAMPUS WIDE SMOKING BAN TAKES EFFECT SEPT. 1
Smoking will be banned everywhere on the UW-Stout campus beginning Sept. 1, 2010.

SUN STILL SHINING ON FORMER INCUBATOR BUSINESS
A solar energy business that spent more than two years at the UW-Stout Technology and Business Incubator has announced an agreement with the nation’s largest organic cooperative.

STORY OF A SURVIVOR
Cleandfee Alexandre, a UW-Stout student, was relieved to hear that his brother and sister survived the earthquake that hit Haiti. News about his extended family and friends was not as good.

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SHARING THE GOOD STUFF
Last summer, seven students majoring in dietetics got firsthand experience in promoting good nutrition by offering tips on healthy and cost-efficient eating.

LIFE-SAVING DESIGNS
Eight junior-level students majoring in art with a concentration in industrial design participated in a collaborative project with the nonprofit organization DesignWise Medical and the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, both in Minneapolis.


The National Center for Education Statistics says that women received about 17 percent of undergraduate engineering degrees awarded in the 2006-07 school year. Of the 97 UW-Stout engineering graduates in 2009, about 7 percent were women.

Careers in math and science traditionally have been considered male-dominated. Engineering is a prime example, with men earning about 83 percent of the undergraduate degrees in the U.S. in 2006-2007.
However, three recent female engineering graduates from the University of Wisconsin-Stout who have excelled in their fields are reminders that gender-based obstacles, whether real or perceived, need not prevent women from seeking a degree or succeeding in the workplace in a career typically populated by men.
SOUND EDUCATION HAS MADE JOB EASIER FOR WOMAN ENGINEER
Robin Schulte ’08 has learned a valuable lesson during her short time in the workplace: Earning the respect of co-workers is key to being accepted. Schulte is enjoying her job as a manufacturing engineer at a John Deere skid steer factory in Dubuque, Iowa. She has UW-Stout to thank for that, she says.



TWO WELL-KNOWN TWIN CITIES RESTAURANTS REMAIN ALL IN THE FAMILY

One is a 24-hour-a-day diner that hasn’t shut its doors for 71 years. The other has been considered among the city’s finest steakhouses for 64 years. Mickey’s Dining Car in downtown St. Paul and Murray’s Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis are two of the best-known places to eat in the Twin Cities. The futures of the third-generation family eateries are in the hands of UW-Stout graduates.

GRADUATE FOLLOWING IN FATHER’S MILITARY FOOTSTEPS
Brian Morgan ’07 has followed in his father’s footsteps. Morgan, a 1st Lt. with the Minnesota National Guard, served in Basra, Iraq, as a special projects officer for the security section of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.

WINE TAKES MEN back to FRESHMAN YEAR on campus
When four UW-Stout alumni recently toasted their college days, they did so with a “vintage” bottle of wine. The wine was 44 years old, dating to their freshman year on campus.

THE CORD WRANGLER
Micah Maraia, ‘03, might agree with Thomas Edison who said, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

EVER-CHANGING DESIGNER
Eight years after graduating, Cori Kuechenmeister ’02 is doing exactly what she hoped when she decided to attend UW-Stout.

ALUMNUS HONORED FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The 2009 Business of the Year award from the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce went to Northtown Ford Mercury, which is owned by Greg Mickelson ’68.

CALIFORNIA CHEF CULTIVATES SUCCESS FROM THE GROUND UP
Cindy Pawlcyn ’77 grew up in the Twin Cities area but has made a name for herself in California wine-country restaurants by using produce grown in her gardens.

THE STOUT INSTITUTE REUNION
Graduates, from classes of 1936-1955, gathered for their first reunion of The Stout Institute in September 2009.

SIX UW-STOUT GRADUATES WERE HONORED IN 2009 WITH DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS



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BLUE DEVIL ATHLETIC PROGRAM HAS OUTSTANDING YEAR

The Blue Devil hockey team and men’s golf team both advanced to NCAA Division III championships for the first time.

BICYCLE RIDERS GATHER IN MENOMONIE
On June 19, Menomonie and the UW-Stout campus will be the focal point of a major stage of the Midwest Bicycle Festival’s Nature Valley Grand Prix. All Stout alumni bicyclists are welcome back on campus to view this prestigious bicycle race and join a special Stout Alumni Association ride.

CHOIR SINGS IN HOLY PLACES
In May, the university’s Symphonic Singers and Alumni Choir left for a 12-day concert tour to Italy and Austria.