From: Involvement Center
Date: May 7, 2020
Subject: Campus Life Today | Thursday, May 7th, 2020


Yellow Circle with text The Bright Spot

Hope News: St. Paul kids present the positive 

What if… and hear us out here… what if the news was all positive?  

An entirely positive social program. That’s the very idea behind “Hope News," a kid-sourced social program, out of West Minnehaha Rec Center.

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Virtual Connections


Virtual Rainbow Graduation

Thursday, May 7
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Video Conferencing Link
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*Our Virtual Rainbow Graduation will take place on the Qube's Facebook page*

Rainbow Graduation is an annual event to celebrate LGBTQIA+ students who are graduating from UW-Stout. We want to acknowledge the unique adversity that queer and trans students face in obtaining an education, and would like to celebrate our queer students and their resiliency. All are welcome to attend the ceremony.


USAC Global Perspectives Program - Info Session
May 7 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Webinar

Gain international perspective & develop intercultural experience this summer through the Global Perspectives program (online courses & virtual internships) by USAC, a study abroad provider. Register to attend the webinar or receive recording.

Sponsored by:
Office of International Education

For more information contact:
Andria Morse
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Spring Move-Out for Off-Campus Students

Dates and Times are listed in the CONNECT Event
Dunn County Transfer Station & Recycling Center
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Moving out and have items you'd like to dispose of or recycle? Our Spring Move-Out event can help! You can bring your items to Dunn County's Transfer Station.

You must register for the event and bring your valid UW-Stout ID in order to participate.

The budget for this event is limited, so it's first-come, first-served.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Student presenting research at 2019 Research Day

Virtual Research Day
May 5 – May 12
Location: Canvas

Join the UW-Stout Virtual Research Day Tuesday May 5 via Canvas! Students and faculty have worked hard all year to show off their posters and presentations - which can be viewed anytime until May 12. 

Sponsored by: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
For more information contact:
Stephen Eibes

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Virtual Commencement Celebration

Ceremony Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Ceremony Time: 10:00 a.m.

Celebrate our graduating students with us, virtually! 

Please use the hashtag #StoutGrad2020 on all social media platforms when posting prior to or during the ceremony to be included in a special collection of comments, congratulatory posts, photos and more!

Supporting Resources

Counseling Center Newsletter

Make sure to check out the UW-Stout's Counseling Center's weekly newsletter with more resources. New issues each week.

This week's issue covers Healthy Relationships.

Chancellor virtual office hours available

Chancellor Katherine P. Frank will hold virtual office hours from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, and 8 to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 8. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to schedule a 15-minute virtual meeting by emailing here. The meetings will be via Teams or by telephone.

Sponsored by: Chancellor's Office
For more information contact: Julie Zack

#InItTogether 10-Day Apparel Sale

The Stout Foundation has partnered with University Tees to sell #InItTogether apparel where a portion of the sale of every item will go to support the UW-Stout Student Emergency Fund. The store is open for ten days only, from Monday, May 4-13. See link below to purchase.

Sponsored by: Stout Foundation
For more information contact: Jennie Smith
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Managing Test Anxiety During Finals Week

Experiencing anxiety in testing situations is very common.  Symptoms of test anxiety include sweating, shaking, fidgeting, forgetfulness, and negative self-talk.  Below are some tips to help manage these feelings.  If anxiety becomes overwhelming, please reach out for help.

  • Be prepared: If you feel confident that you have prepped thoroughly, you’ll be more confident in your abilities going into the test
  • Get a good night’s sleep: Having 7-8 hours of sleep per night is much more beneficial than staying up too late cramming!
  • Have a positive mental attitude: Bring a picture of your happy place or come up with a self-boosting mantra like “I can do this” or “I worked hard and deserve this.” Peek at your picture or recite your mantra, right before the test begins.
  • Read carefully: Read the directions thoroughly and read all answers before making a choice or starting the essay. Slowing down can help you stay focused.

Ask yourself:

  • What have I done in the past that has helped me study and prepare for exams?
    • Creating to-do lists, prioritizing tasks, using study guides, re-reading materials
  • What are helpful tools that help to reduce your anxiety on a day to day basis?
    • Grounding skills, meditation, exercise, mindfulness, journaling
  • How can I create a comfortable environment for myself while taking my exams?
    • Bring a water bottle, chew gum, ask for accommodations if needed

Other helpful resources for you:

  • UW-Stout counselors are offering telehealth services via Microsoft Teams to virtually meet with students at this time.  As always, these sessions are confidential and free of charge to students.
    • Schedule by calling, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.
  • The Counseling Center website and the UW-Stout COVID-19 page is a great resource to stay connected to campus and any updates.  Follow our Facebook page at UW-Stout Wellness PROs and Counseling Center for other wellness tips and updated information.

Please call the Counseling Center at 715-232-2468 with any questions or concerns. 

We are here to help!

Emergency and Crisis Resources

Call 911 if you if you are experiencing an emergency.

Other mental health crisis options that are available 24/7 include:

  • Northwest Connections: 1-888-552-6642 (local area, Western WI)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: text hello to 741741
COVID-19 Coronavirus Planning and Preparedness Website

Stay Informed

With the ever-changing COVID-19 coronavirus situation, UW-Stout continues to evaluate the situation daily.

Students should continue to stay up-to-date with the COVID-19 Coronavirus Planning and Preparedness website at