On Campus

The cover story for this issue of Outlook tells the amazing story of Tim Nelson, a great UW-Stout student, athlete and member of the community. Tim’s story is an example of why intercollegiate athletics are so important to universities across the country and at UW-Stout: because of the opportunities they provide for an individual to grow, mature and excel.

On June 20 Provost Julie Furst-Bowe wrapped up a distinguished career at UW-Stout. On July 1 she began duties as the eighth chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

In June Chancellor Sorensen named Phil Lyons vice chancellor for Administrative and Student Life Services. Lyons will oversee Student Life Services, Business and Financial Services, Health and Safety, Physical Plant and Human Resources.

The business programs at UW-Stout have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Open Spaces, New Amenities In Renovated MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER

A $6.6 million renovation project is under way on Fleming Hall. The north campus residence hall, which opened in 1962, was closed for the spring semester and will reopen for the fall semester.

Smithsonian Magazine has ranked Menomonie as the 15th best small town in America and had some nice things to say about UW-Stout in the process. Here’s what the magazine said in its May 2012 edition, which named the top 20 small cities:

UW-Stout helped put the wheels in motion June 16 for the fifth stage of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, one of the nation’s premier professional bike races.

For 10 days in January, a group of UW-Stout students experienced a classroom unlike any they had ever seen before. It was filled with birds, plants, animals and marine life of all shapes, sizes and colors. Virtually all of it was new to them.

For decades UW-Stout students, faculty and staff have gone to the Blue House, as it’s affectionately known, on north campus for religious and spiritual needs. On May 4 a reception signaled the “end of an era” for that tradition, according to the Rev. Kurt Larson, ELCA Lutheran campus minister.

They were moved emotionally by walking atop the Great Wall, walking through Tiananmen Square and experiencing various other aspects of the culture of the Far East. Yet they came home even more excited about what they saw and did relative to their chosen careers — retail merchandising and management.

Ian Billings noticed two children on the playground who were not getting along. He rushed over to them. At 6-foot-1, he towered over the 1½-year-olds but dropped to his knees and gently separated them while adding a few kind words of instruction.

It seems like it would be easier to squeeze salsa from a plastic bottle instead of spoon it from a jar. Or shop for shoes if they were hanging in clear plastic pouches instead of stacked in boxes.

Students in a UW-Stout spring art class had to learn to think outside the box even though they were working with cardboard.

Summer Outlook 2012