‘Stout Proud’ video, made by two alumni, premieres Feb. 17
February 14, 2017
Wisconsin-Stout will have two new reasons to show its school pride on Stout
Proud Day, Friday, Feb. 17.
The main event is
the Alumni Association’s premiere of the new “Stout Proud” video that
celebrates the mission, spirit and special aspects of Wisconsin’s Polytechnic
University. The approximately six-minute film will have three showings, at 1
p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., in Ballroom B of the Memorial Student Center.
Free popcorn, root
beer and cake will be available.
The university is
doubly proud because the video was made by two recent alumni, Christopher
Bartlett and R.T. Vrieze, who co-own Knorth Studios in Eau Claire. Bartlett and
Vrieze worked on the video over the course of nearly two years, shooting dozens
of hours of interviews and other footage before editing them down to the final
“We feel really good
about it. It was a massive undertaking,” Bartlett said. “It was a challenge
creating a narrative and story and hitting on the heartstrings of what it means
to be a UW-Stout alum. It was a lot of pressure representing UW-Stout.”
Along with about 20
individual interviews with alumni, faculty, staff and Chancellor Bob Meyer,
Bartlett and Vrieze shot video of commencement, Move-in Day at the residence
halls and other events on campus. They also captured campus during all four
seasons and worked with University Archives to incorporate historic photos.
“It was exciting
when it all came together,” Bartlett said. “Being alumni, it made the project
so much more meaningful. We still know a lot of professors. We got to meet Bob
Meyer and so many other alumni.”
Bartlett and Vrieze
graduated in 2012 and 2013, respectively, with Bachelor of Fine Ars degrees,
Bartlett concentrating on multimedia and Vrieze on graphic design. Knorth
Studios is a design agency, providing branding, web and video services.
Knorth also is
co-owned by two more alumni, Aaron Brice and Tim Brunner, who started Ambient
Inks screenprinting company. The companies share an office complex on Water
Street in Eau Claire.
“We didn’t have a
big portfolio at the time the Alumni Association hired us, so they took a
little bit of a risk on us, but we definitely had a vision for it,” Bartlett
They hope to attend
one or more of the premiere events Friday.
associate director of the Alumni Association, said Bartlett and Vrieze “did a
tremendous job on the video, and we want to share it for everyone to see.”
Bartlett and Vrieze were chosen to do the video by former Alumni Association director Juliet Fox.
Stout Proud Day has
become an annual event that also recognizes the birthday of alumna Wawa
Thorson. She created the Kolbenschlag Endowed Memorial Scholarship in 1996 “in
honor of her supportive parents and her Stout spirit” and left the university
an estate gift in 2012 to help fund an annual university celebration.
R.T. Vrieze, left,
and Christopher Bartlett created the “Stout Proud” video that will premiere Friday,
Feb. 17, at UW-Stout. They are UW-Stout alumni.