Virtual Family Day activities open to students, families, public

Online tours, creative opportunities, and magic show planned April 10 
Abbey Goers | March 31, 2021

Every spring, University of Wisconsin-Stout invites families, friends, students, alumni and the public to join in celebrating each other, the campus and the community.

However, in lieu of an in-person Family Weekend this year, a Virtual Family Day will be held on Saturday, April 10, as a way to keep connections strong and carry on the celebration.

“We're excited to connect with you virtually and look forward to the day when we can safely host families and guests in person again,” said Involvement Coordinator Krista Proksch. “We invite you to register for events.”

Contact the Involvement Center with questions at

Magic Night In with Daniel Martin
Magic Night In with Daniel Martin / UW-Stout Involvement Center

Virtual Family Day schedule

A number of virtual events are planned throughout the day, hosted by the university’s Involvement Center. Past Family Weekend and student highlights will also be shared on the Family Day website for participants to enjoy at their leisure.

  • Coffee & Conversation with the Chancellor, 10 to 11 a.m.: Join Chancellor Katherine Frank for coffee and conversation. She'll share some of the student highlights and work that she is most Stout Proud of this past year. The session will then open for Q&A.
  • Stout Secrets: Virtual Tours with the University Archives, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: The campus has been the home of many fascinating people, places and events. University Archivist Heather Stecklein will give three minitours of UW-Stout, including a then-and-now building tour, a retrospective of famous campus visitors and a full inner tour of the Bowman Hall clock room and bell tower.
  • Study Abroad Information Session, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Andria Morse, interim assistant director of Study Abroad, will share about opportunities for education abroad and how experiences can benefit students.
  • Canvas Painting, 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Students in the National Art Education Association will guide participants in a painting class. Supplies will be provided for up to 50 people. Students must make arrangements for pickup. A supply list is available for families to purchase on their own. Preregistration is required, and a limited number of spots are available.
  • Digital Caricatures, 1 to 4 p.m.: Caricaturist and cartoonist Angel Contreras will draw students and their families. Families can watch other families being drawn while they wait. Preregistration is required, and a limited number of spots are available.
  • Magic Night In, 7 to 8 p.m.: For the last decade, magician Daniel Martin has traveled the world performing live for more than one million people and millions more online. Spend a Magic Night In as Martin teaches how to do magic with household items.

Past highlights

Families and friends can take time to explore compilations of past events and creative work over the past year, highlighting the talent of UW-Stout students.

  • Fashion Without Fabric: An anchor event to Family Weekend each year, students from the School of Art and Design showcase their fashion works made of anything and everything but fabric. The university looks forward to being able to host this event again in person in the future.
  • 4:51 Film Festival: Aspiring student filmmakers from across campus are invited to create a short cinematic adaptation of any published piece of literature. The films cannot be longer than 4 minutes and 51 seconds. "Best Of" videos from past film festivals will be shared on the Family Day website on Monday, April 5.
  • Band and Choir: What happens when Wisconsin winter meets Brazilian Carnaval celebration, all during a pandemic? Brazilian artist Paulo Padilha’s song, “Outro Carnaval,” featured UW-Stout students and faculty playing alongside musicians in São Paulo.


The "Outro Carnaval" video is a collaboration between the Paulo Padila band in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and UW-Stout's choir and band programs. / Arts Midwest