The Foundation works directly with the university to provide essential funding beyond what is received from the state and through tuition and other revenue. The campaign focused on three “pathways” — Student Experience, Learning Environments and Program Innovation.
“I am proud of how our campus and our partners came together to make this campaign so successful,” said Chancellor Katherine Frank. “Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, knowledge and financial resources. Because of you, we are making UW-Stout stronger for future generations.”
Frank said that the financial commitments and donations “will have both an immediate and long-term impact on our students, faculty and staff.”
Hear more from Frank in a video that recaps the campaign.
Pathways Forward included at least six donations or commitments of $1 million or more, including a record $4 million estate gift from alumnus Dallas Pankowski and his wife, Edye, of Plover.
Along with the major donations, hundreds of other individuals helped push the campaign well beyond its goal.
The Pankowskis have strong connections to UW-Stout. Dallas Pankowski, a Milwaukee native, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1960 and 1961. Edye Pankowski grew up in Menomonie. They own and operate Pankowski Associates, a real estate construction management company in the Stevens Point area.
“What did Stout do for me? A lot. It’s the right thing to do,” Dallas said of their $4 million estate commitment.
Another major commitment was from Cervenka and her late husband, Robert, for $2.5 million to establish the Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering. They founded Phillips Plastics, now Phillips-Medisize.
Joe and Tina Pregont, Becky Cranston and Mary Ross Denison each donated $1 million.
“It brings me a lot of pleasure to be able to come back here and be part of helping pay forward what the university needs to do to improve themselves and be better,” said Joe Pregont, a 1981 graduate who is president and CEO of Prent Corp. in Janesville.
Half of the Pregonts’ gift established the Prent Packaging Laboratories.
Cranston, a 1964 graduate, said her gift to support dietetics faculty honored “the program and the teachers and the success I’ve had. Without faculty you don’t have much of a program.” She also has supported UW-Stout’s new master’s program in nutrition and dietetics.
Ross Denison’s $1 million gift will help build a proposed new Child and Family Study Center. She also has made an estate gift commitment. “This is a fine university, and we should have a premier early childhood center,” said Ross Denison, a 1970 graduate.
Pathways Forward helped establish 130 new scholarships valued at $3.8 million, increasing the total to 335 offered by the Foundation. This fall, 394 students received more than $870,000 in scholarships.
One of those scholarships was created by alumni Don and Donna Landsverk, of White Bear Lake, Minn., who graduated in 1952.
“We can’t say enough for the school. If we had to do it all over again, we would,” Don Landsverk said.