University of Wisconsin-Stout

Nov. 21, 2011

UW-Stout has many faculty and staff who are available to discuss topics related to the holiday season. Below are some of them. Contact University Communications with further questions.

Thanksgiving: UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen is an expert on the topic of Puritans and Thanksgiving. He received a bachelorís degree in history and political science from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., a masterís in history from Michigan State University and a doctorate in American history from Michigan State. To interview Sorensen contact Doug Mell, executive director of communications and external relations, at or 715-232-1198.

Black Friday, economy: Richard Tyson, associate professor of social science, and Kathleen Cochran, professor of business and retail merchandising management program director, are available to discuss Black Friday and the holiday shopping season; Tyson 715-232-1529,; Cochran, 715-232-1365,

Food: Philip McGuirk, associate professor in the School of Hospitality Leadership, is available to discuss a variety of food topics, including meal preparation and hospitality; 715-232-2244, Peter DíSouza, associate professor in the School of Hospitality Leadership, is not available this week but will be in December to talk about similar topics, in addition to spirits and wine-food pairings; 715-232-1492,

Food safety: Naveen Chikthimmah, director of the food systems and technology program, is an expert on safely preparing and serving food; 715-232-5332, For a list of his holiday food safety tips, go to