MESSAGE FROM CHANCELLOR CHARLES W. SORENSEN

The cover story for this issue of Outlook tells the amazing story of Tim Nelson, a great UW-Stout student, athlete and member of the community. Tim’s story is an example of why intercollegiate athletics are so important to universities across the country and at UW-Stout: because of the opportunities they provide for an individual to grow, mature and excel.

While we are featuring Tim in this Outlook, his story is being played out among our student-athletes on a daily basis. These student-athletes may not garner the kind of headlines that Tim has rightly received during his amazing running career at UW-Stout, but their victories on the field of play and in the classroom are just as impressive.

I have had the privilege to meet hundreds of our student-athletes during my time at UW-Stout. The vast majority of them are fine men and women who are wonderful ambassadors for UW-Stout.
Another important article in this magazine details the deep dedication of the members of the Stout University Foundation. Alumni who serve on this board often have to travel long distances from places like Arizona, Boston and Las Vegas to keep the foundation a vibrant organization. I cannot express enough how grateful I am that UW-Stout is blessed with these dedicated foundation members, who perform an essential service, especially in these troubled economic times.

Another story is bittersweet for me: We said goodbye in June to our provost, Julie Furst-Bowe, who is the new chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Julie, who also served as vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, was a member of the UW-Stout community for 22 years. She was an excellent faculty member, administrator and innovator. Julie was a driving force behind our successful effort in 2001 to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and she oversaw our plan to double the number of undergraduate majors we offer at UW-Stout. I will miss her dearly as a trusted adviser and friend.

We also feature an amazing couple, Dwight and Linda Davis, who have done so much for UW-Stout over the years. We honored Dwight and Linda with honorary doctoral degrees at our May commencement ceremonies. They have been very generous in the financial support of UW-Stout, but they also have helped advance higher education in Wisconsin and the nation. It was a highlight of my career at UW-Stout to be able to present the honorary degrees to Dwight and Linda.

There is much more to read and savor in this edition of Outlook.  I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I did.

Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen