Special events lead up to, beyond first day of classes Wednesday

August 29, 2014

The 2014-15 academic year for students at UW-Stout begins Wednesday, Sept. 3, with the first day of classes.

The first few days of the week are filled with special events and activities, including:

  • Laptop rollout: The eStout laptop computer rollout for new students begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. The rollout continues through the end of the week. Every incoming freshman receives a laptop loaded with software programs, providing a campuswide digital learning environment. About 3,000 computers will be distributed and updated, the latter for some returning students, to start the semester. The cost of the laptops is included in student fees charged per semester. Read more at www.uwstout.edu/es.
  • Backyard Bash:From 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, students are invited to the annual picnic sponsored by the Involvement Center. The event includes free food and live music on the lawn south of the Memorial Student Center.
  • A student promotes women's lacrosse at a recent Backyard Bash.Comedian: Brandon Vestal will perform at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the amphitheater outside the east entrance to the student center. Vestal was a contestant in NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and recently was named Best of the West at the Detroit Comedy Festival. Admission is free to the Blue Devil Productions event.
  • Meet Menomonie: Dozens of local businesses and nonprofit organizations will have booths at the annual event for students from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Multipurpose Room of the Sports and Fitness Center. The event, primarily to introduce new students to local merchants, is coordinated by the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to learning about local businesses, students can register for prizes, sample food and pick up information and gifts.
  • Stout Student Association Social: Wrap up the first day of classes with free ice cream, courtesy of the student governing body from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday outside the Sports and Fitness Center. Information will be available about the SSA and how to get involved.

Other opening week activities include orientations for the Honors College, commuter students, band, choir and some academic programs; a free movie; textbook pickup; a scavenger hunt and more.

Students moved into the residence halls Sunday, Aug. 31.



A student promotes the women's lacrosse team at a recent Backyard Bash.