All in Wisconsin tour comes to region; Transgender Day marked; international expo tonight

On Wednesday I joined a number of my colleagues from UW-Stout in Eau Claire as the UW System brought its All in Wisconsin tour to western Wisconsin. Leading the tour were UW System President Ray Cross and UW Board of Regents President Drew Petersen, who were joined by Regents Ed Manydeeds, Karen Walsh, Cris Peterson and Jason Plante.

UW-Eau Claire was our co-host for the event, which is intended to demonstrate the tremendous value of each campus and the System to the state. The event kicked off with a well-attended breakfast with business, industry, education and nonprofit leaders at Florian Gardens and then moved to the UW-Eau Claire campus for sessions that included faculty, staff and students from both institutions, before finishing with an Editorial Board session at the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

I would like to thank President Cross, President Petersen and the Regents for coming to western Wisconsin for this important event; our faculty, staff and students for making the trip to Eau Claire to participate; and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt and his team for being such gracious hosts. A UW System news release about the event is available here

Transgender Day marked with two events

I’d like to thank the organizers of Transgender Day of Remembrance, held Wednesday, which was intended to illuminate the challenges faced by transgender and nonbinary students on our campus and in society in general.

The event included a panel discussion during the day that I couldn’t attend and a campuswide event at night in Jarvis Hall. The evening event honored those lost in the past year to anti-transgender violence and was very somber and moving. A news release on the day is available here.

Please attend International Night Expo

Speaking of events, I want to encourage everyone to attend tonight’s International Night Expo in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with the show portion beginning at 6:45 p.m., featuring poetry, music and dance. The exhibits highlight life in 22 countries, with students representing their nations.

This fall, UW-Stout has 148 students from 28 countries. The week’s programs are being coordinated by the study abroad team from UW-Stout’s Office  of International Education. International Education Week is a joint effort of the State Department and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide at a local level. A news release about International Education Week is available here.

Lt. Gov Barnes to moderate panel on campus

On Monday, Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes and state Sen. Patty Schachtner will be on campus to moderate a panel on the environmental and public health threats of unclean water. Panelists include Scott McGovern, a senior lecturer in the biology department. The event runs from noon to 1 p.m. in ballrooms A and B of the Memorial Student Center.

Have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving

Finally, the holiday season is coming up, and I want to wish our faculty, staff and students the happiest of Thanksgivings and safe travels for those leaving the area.

I personally have a tremendous amount to be thankful for, including the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of dedicated, hard-working and innovative students, faculty and staff. As an institution, I realize we have challenges ahead, but I know that we will be able to work through those challenges together. I thank all of you for the amazing work you do each day at UW-Stout!

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