University of Wisconsin-Stout

Nov. 9, 2011

University of Wisconsin-Stout alumna and Menomonie native Eva Rogers will speak at the next Reminiscence Speaker Series luncheon.

The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, on the fourth floor of the Robert S. Swanson Learning Center.

Rogers graduated from Stout Institute in 1946 and started working at the university in the Business Office.

During her 38-year tenure at the university she provided administrative support for some of the most recognizable people in school history. They included presidents Burton Nelson, Verne Fryklund, Bud Micheels and Robert Swanson as well as Clyde Bowman, dean of industrial education, and John Jarvis, who succeeded Bowman and also was vice president and acting president.

Rogers remembers enrollment exploding because of the G.I. Bill during the 1960s. “It was an exciting time with growth in student and faculty numbers,” she said.

She also worked for Wesley Face, who became acting chancellor when Swanson retired.

During Rogers’ years at UW-Stout, the university changed names four times and computers replaced typewriters.

Sponsored by the Stout Historical Association of the Dunn County Historical Society, the Reminiscence Speaker Series features guest lecturers who illuminate the “spirit of Stout.” The original series was held in advance of the university’s centennial in 1991 and made a significant contribution to its oral history. The institution has seen considerable change in the years since and the association has reinstated the series to continue documenting the university’s unique culture and history.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch.