School of Engineering dedication ceremony planned Oct. 27

October 25, 2017

Robert F. Cervenka

A dedication ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 27, at University of Wisconsin-Stout to mark the establishment of the Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering.

Cervenka was the founder of Phillips Plastics. He died two years ago at the age of 79. The School of Engineering in Fryklund Hall will be named in Cervenka’s honor to recognize his lifetime of philanthropy to UW-Stout, including a memorial gift of $2.5 million from Cervenka’s family.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Center. Speakers will include Cervenka’s widow, Debbie Cervenka; Chancellor Bob Meyer; Mark Tyler, a member of the UW System Board of Regents and founder and president of OEM Fabricators in Woodville; and Chuck Bomar, dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management.

Mark Parsons, vice chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing, will deliver opening and closing remarks.

Debbie Cervenka said the ceremony will recognize the tremendous passion that her husband had for UW-Stout and the importance of the university in supplying quality employees to Phillips Plastics.

“This gift is not about me,” Debbie Cervenka said. “This gift is because of the regard Bob had for UW-Stout.”

A video will be shown during the ceremony detailing the role UW-Stout graduates played in helping Phillips Plastics grow after being founded in 1964 in Robert Cervenka’s hometown of Phillips. The company now has 15 facilities in Wisconsin and one in California, with annual sales of $300 million and 1,600 employees. The company was sold in 2010.

The UW System Board of Regents previously approved the proposal to establish the School of Engineering.

Chancellor Meyer said naming the school after Robert Cervenka “will take our engineering programs to the next level.”

Learn more about the school at the website.

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Robert F. Cervenka