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University of Wisconsin-Stout kicks off its 2012-13 academic year Monday with engagement sessions during which employees and students will have a chance to give their opinions on a number of important initiatives the university will pursue this year.
"We value the opinion of all of our faculty, staff and students," said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. "We will listen closely to what they have to offer during the engagement sessions and do our best to pursue the consensus that emerges from the sessions."
This is the second year of the engagement sessions, which will be held in 35 locations around campus to ensure small group discussions. The issues to be discussed include a follow-up to the so-called "campus climate" survey conducted in 2011, ways to meet enrollment targets and issues related to a supplemental pay plan.
Each room will have a facilitator and a note taker. The sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. Monday.
Background on the issues will be given through videos featuring Sorensen, Associate Professor Kathleen Thomas, Interim Provost Mary Hopkins-Best and Phil Lyons, vice chancellor for Administrative and Student Life Services. Sorensen also taped a brief welcome-back for employees and students.
The 2012-13 contractual year begins Monday. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 5.
A lunch for all employees will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center.
Opening Day kicks off more than a week of activities on campus leading up to the first day of classes:
• International student orientation will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, through Friday, Aug. 31.
• Distribution of laptop computers for students will begin Thursday, Aug. 30.
• Residence halls open Sunday, Sept. 2, and new student orientation begins. The Blue RAH pep rally and New Student Evening Social will be held from 8:30-11 p.m. at Don and Nona Williams Stadium.
• New student orientation activities continue Monday, Sept. 3, and Tuesday, Sept. 4.
• The Backyard Bash will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, on the lawn south of the student center.
• The annual Meet Menomonie event, for freshmen and new students, will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Sports and Fitness Center, featuring refreshments and an exhibit fair.
For a full list of opening week activities, go to http://www.uwstout.edu/provost/upload/Opening-Week-2012.pdf.