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University of Wisconsin-Stout kicked off its 2012-13 academic year this morning with vigorous discussions about important initiatives the university will pursue this year.
Opening Day sessions were held at 35 sites in three buildings on campus to encourage small group discussion. Hundreds of faculty and staff attended.
The issues discussed were how to move forward based on the results of the so-called "campus climate" survey conducted in 2011, ways to meet enrollment targets and issues related to a supplemental pay plan.
"These sessions allowed faculty and staff an opportunity for robust discussion. We will listen closely to what they had to offer and do our best to pursue the consensus that emerges,” Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen said.
Background on the issues were presented through videos featuring Sorensen, Associate Professor Kathleen Thomas, Interim Provost Mary Hopkins-Best and Phil Lyons, vice chancellor for Administrative and Student Life Services. Sorensen also taped a brief welcome back for employees and students.
The 2012-13 contractual year began today. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Opening Day kicked off more than a week of activities on campus leading up to the first day of classes. For a full list of opening week activities, go to to the webpage.
Winners of campus awards, previously announced, also were highlighted at the engagement sessions. For more on the awards, go to the news release.