UW-Stout News Story

Students receive awards, scholarships and serve as ambassadors

May 1, 2012

Spring has been busy for students at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Individuals and groups have been traveling in and out of state receiving scholarships, awards and serving as ambassadors.

Gruber wins Outstanding Student Award in construction

Joseph Gruber, construction, won the 2011-12 Outstanding Student Award for the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition at the annual International Builders Show.

The competition allows students to apply learned skills in completing a management project and proposal for a working construction company. Proposals are submitted to executives who act as judges. During the convention students defend their proposals to judges in front of an audience.

Gruber, of Mondovi, was on the UW-Stout NAHB Competition Team along with five other construction students: Halie Schmidley, Green Bay; Thomas Kinmouth, Maplewood, Minn.; Jason Nystrom, St. Germain; Mark Madero, Wisconsin Dells; and Stephen Shaver, Appleton. The team was coached by Assistant Professor Dean Wirtanen, construction.

The project was to develop a vacant lot into a housing project; Gruber’s role was to do the scheduling of the project, for which the judges gave specific positive feedback.

The NAHB, based in Washington, D.C., is a trade association whose broad mission is to enhance the climate for housing, homeownership and the residential building industry.

For more information about the construction program, visit http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/bsc.

Food student receives state scholarship

Emily Leuer, a graduate student in food and nutritional sciences, received a Wisconsin Institute of Food Technologists scholarship for $2,500 at the organization’s Student Night held in Madison.

Leuer, of Eagan, Minn., will graduate in August and plans to work in research development for new food products.

The Institute of Food Technologists, or IFT, is an international, nonprofit professional organization for the advancement of food science and technology and is the largest food science organization in the world.

For more information about UW-Stout’s program, visit http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/msfns.

Wegner earns industrial design Student Merit Award

Senior Matthew Wegner, majoring in art with an industrial design concentration, was awarded the UW-Stout Student Merit Award by the Industrial Designers Society of America on campus.

Wegner, of Watertown, received the award after presenting a review of three of his design projects to a panel of practicing professional industrial designers, serving as judges. The judges were Matt Goulet and Caleb Summers of Whiteboard Product Solutions; and Amelia Kennedy and Scott Meyer of Target.

To qualify, Wegner, one of three nominees, had to be nominated by his instructors, maintain a B average in his design classes and present to the panel.

Subsequent to receiving the award, Wegner competed at the IDSA Midwest District Conference: Exploring Creative Fusion in Chicago. He competed against nine students from Midwestern universities and placed in the top five.

For more information about the UW-Stout’s art program, visit http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/bfaa.

School of Hospitality Leadership sends ambassadors to world conference

Twenty students attended the American Resort Development Association World Conference as student ambassadors in Las Vegas.

The ambassadors, studying in the School of Hospitality Leadership, are: Cynthia Beans, Ely, Minn.; Lynne Jones, New Brighton, Minn.; Nicholas Stenzel, Bloomingdale, Ill.; Savannah Hutchinson, Chippewa Falls; David O'Connor, Cross Plains; Christopher Jennerman, Madison; Kyle Behling, Cambridge; Jacob Youngblood, Woodbury, Minn.; Kellan Srur, Burnsville, Minn.; Molly Borndale, Maplewood, Minn.; Meghan Butkus, Woodruff; Jacob Holtz, Muskego; Kelsey Anderson, New Hope, Minn.; Dustin Green, Rosemount, Minn.; Patrick Carpenter, Eagan, Minn.; Ben Rearick, Appleton; Ferry Vergeer, Gelderland, Netherlands; Briana Wyzlic, Ironwood, Mich.; Troy Melichar, Cumberland; and Michael Braatz, Ixonia.

The students assisted ARDA in running a successful conference by helping with the golf outing, registration, distribution of handouts, educational sessions and as aides for the VIP Lounge. In exchange for their assistance, they were able to attend educational and general sessions.

The ARDA is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.

For more information about the School of Hospitality Leadership, visit http://www.uwstout.edu/admin/colleges/sohl.

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