Regents to honor campus members; Kenyan delegation visits Monday

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate two campus members who will be honored next Thursday by the UW System Board of Regents.  

Interim Provost Glendali Rodriguez will be one of 13 recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, an annual honor given to faculty, staff students or community members to recognize their achievements in advancing equity and inclusion for people of color within the UW System as well as communities across the state. Glendali received this honor in 2008 as well. 

Markie L. C. Twist, professor and program director in the human development and family studies department in the College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences will be one of 13 recipients of the 2019 Dr. P. B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People. This an annual honor is given to LGBTQ+ people or their allies who have helped to create a safer and more inclusive climate for LGBTQ+ people. The award celebrates the memory and legacy of Dr. Paula B. Poorman, a highly regarded faculty member at UW-Whitewater dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people. 

University Communications will be sending out a news release soon on these awards, so watch UW-Stout Today for that information. 

I plan to be at the awards ceremony following the Board of Regents meeting next Thursday in Madison to help celebrate with these honorees!   

Special presentation open to campus on Monday 

The campus will have an amazing opportunity on Monday, Nov. 4, to hear a presentation by a high-profile African leader, Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, the governor of one of the largest metropolitan areas in Kenya. How high profile? He is coming to UW-Stout after a visit to Tennessee, where he reportedly will meet with former President Obama. 

The governor of Kisumu County will discuss global perspectives in business leadership and ethics; governance and business in a developing nation; and the role of tourism in East Africa. The visit is being coordinated by business instructor Scot Vaver, who has helped lead the Young African Leaders Initiative in the past at UW-Stout and continues to work in Africa in a consulting capacity and as a co-host of a television show, “Exploring America” with Dale Mord, a UW-Stout alumnus. Mord also will speak at the event. 

As distinguished as the governor is, his daughter is even more well known. Lupita Nyong’o won an Academy Award in 2014 for her performance in “12 Years a Slave” and has had roles in “Star Wars” and “Black Panther.”  

The governor will speak in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Center from 10 a.m. to noon Monday.  The event includes a panel discussion.  I encourage everyone from the campus, especially students, to attend.   

Free application week brings in more applicants  

I wanted to pass on some good news on the enrollment front. To increase applications, we waived the application fee for new applicants from Oct. 20-26. This included first-year, transfer and international students filling out the UW System e-app or the Common Application. 

The results are impressive: We received 1,267 applications through both forms, compared with 250 during the same period last year. I understand that this could include a number of students who would have applied to UW-Stout anyway but chose to apply now to receive the fee waiver. However, it still is a positive development that I wanted the campus to be aware of.  

A news release is available here

I want to thank everyone who worked to make this possible, including Aaron Aure, executive director of Enrollment and Retention Services; Joel Helms, Admissions Office director; and our University Marketing office.  

Price Commons-North Hall event a success 

The list of names is too long to include here, but I want to thank everyone who worked on the event Friday afternoon celebrating the reopening of North Hall and Price Commons after extensive renovations. 

I enjoyed listening to the speakers and talking to many people who enjoyed the refreshments and took the tour. I have to say that SSA President Deon Canon got the biggest laugh when he lamented the loss of the “sunken lounge” in Price Commons, the place where he took his first nap at UW-Stout! More information on the celebration is available here


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