It is never easy saying goodbye to friends and colleagues, but there still were a lot of smiles, handshakes and “best wishes” Tuesday as we held our fall retirement celebration.
The event featured 13 retirees who had a total of 288 years of service to UW-Stout. Two of them had more than 40 years of service. I can’t say enough for what these dedicated employees have meant to UW-Stout and the service they have provided to our students, employees and taxpayers of this state.
I was proud to be part of their celebration. I also want to thank everyone who helped organize the event, including Dianne Sinz of my staff.
Ask your questions at a campus forum
A notice has already gone out, but I wanted to remind campus of an opportunity to ask any burning question you might have for me, interim Provost Glendali Rodriguez and/or Vice Chancellor Phil Lyons.
We are holding a forum from 2:30 to 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in room 205 of Sorensen Hall. Members of the campus community can ask questions about any topic, including our current budget challenges. Please attend if you can.
Livestreaming will be available for those unable to attend. The link will be announced in UW-Stout Today.
Diversity expert to give presentation Monday
Another event worth attending is a presentation by Amer Ahmed, founder of AFA Diversity Counseling, who will speak from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Ballroom C of the Memorial Student Center. He will focus on creating meaningful campus change centered on healing, community building and transformation.
He is also director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
The co-sponsors of the event are the Provost’s Office, the dean of students and the Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center. I want to thank them for bringing Dr. Ahmed to campus.
He also will work with other groups during the day, including the Chancellor’s Advisory Council.
Cabot Executive speaking today
This is a final reminder for the campus to attend the presentation of Sue Fuller, the founder of the startup handbag and accessories company Oliver Thomas, at this year’s Cabot Executive in Residence Program. She will speak from 10:10 to 11:30 a.m. today in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Sue also happens to be the sister of our dean of students, Sandi Scott.
A news release is available here.
Our chancellor search nearing a conclusion
Lastly, as the campus winds up a whirlwind series of visits by chancellor candidate finalists, I want to thank everyone who attended the presentations Friday through Wednesday, as well as the members of the search and screen committee.
The finalists will interview with the Regents on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and the announcement will be made during the Board of Regents meeting Thursday or Friday, Dec. 5-6.
If you haven’t already done so, please provide your feedback on the candidates here.