UW-Stout News Story

Board of Regents meetings to be held on campus Thursday, Friday

October 1, 2012

The University of Wisconsin-Stout will play host to the UW System Board of Regents Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5, the first time since 2005 that the policy-making board has visited campus.

This also is the first time the meeting will be held at UW-Stout since the board designated UW-Stout Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University in March 2007.

Charles W. Sorensen“We are excited to show the board and our other guests how UW-Stout has been transformed,” said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen, who is in his 25th year leading the university. “A lot of hard work has gone into making UW-Stout into the fine institution it is today, and we will be highlighting that progress and those innovations.”

Sorensen will give a presentation to the board entitled: “Transforming a University: Twenty-five years of Moving UW-Stout Forward,” during which he will discuss the university winning the 2001 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the e-Scholar or laptop program, improvements to the planning process, the polytechnic designation and the creation of the Discovery Center.

Sorensen also will introduce a student, Justin Nelson, a junior from Rhinelander, who will detail for the board his summer cooperative education experience with NASA in Virginia.

Friday morning UW System President Kevin Reilly will recognize two University Police officers, Lisa Pederson and Jason Spetz, who helped saved the life of a UW-Stout student Sept. 13 on campus after the student suffered a cardiac arrest. Read more here.

The board or board committees will hear presentations on improving education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and management; the long-term plan to renovate UW-Stout residence halls; improving business processes through technology; and what has been accomplished through the UW-Stout planning process. The Research, Economic Development and Innovation Committee will hear a presentation and panel discussion about ways UW-Stout has helped business and industry to be more effective and profitable.

The Education Committee is scheduled to consider a new advanced degree program for UW-Stout, the professional science master of industrial and applied mathematics. If the committee approves the program, the full board will vote on the recommendation Friday.

All meetings will be held in the Memorial Student Center, which reopened in January after a $19 million renovation project.

The full board meetings will be held in the Great Hall, while committee meetings will be held in the Great Hall and other student center rooms. More information is available here and here. All meetings are open to the public.

UW-Stout will be covering the meeting on Twitter (@uwstout) using the hashtag #uwregents. The official UW-Stout Facebook page also will have meeting updates.

Live streaming of the meetings will be available here.

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