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Dahlke to be featured at next Reminiscence Speaker Series

January 31, 2012

Bob Dahlke will be featured at the next Reminiscence Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Dahlke, of Menomonie, is a 1958 university graduate and worked at UW-Stout as an administrator from 1968 until his retirement in 1993.

Dahlke’s first position at UW-Stout was assistant to the high school relations director; a year later he became director. In 1971 Dahlke moved into the Placement Office as director, where he remained until retiring.

He was instrumental in expanding placement services from assisting graduates with employment to more comprehensive career services. Services included hosting companies for recruitment and holding Career Days to attract employers and showcase the university’s programs and students.

The Cooperative Education Office, started in 1982, helped students gain related work experience. Today, about 800 UW-Stout students have co-op work experiences each year through Career Services. Dahlke also began using graduate success stories as a marketing tool for student recruitment.

Dahlke graduated from New Lisbon High School in 1954. At Stout Institute, he majored in industrial arts education. After graduation, he enlisted in U.S. Navy officer school and served as a naval aviation combat information officer.

Following his Navy service, Dahlke taught industrial arts in New Lisbon, where he met his wife of 48 years, Barbara.

Sponsored by the Stout Historical Association of the Dunn County Historical Society, the Reminiscence Speaker Series features guest lecturers who illuminate the “spirit of Stout.” The original series was held in advance of the university’s centennial in 1991 and made a significant contribution to its oral history. The institution has seen considerable change in the years since, and the association has reinstated the series to continue documenting the university’s unique culture and history.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch.

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