From: Involvement Center
Date: December 16, 2020
Subject: Campus Life Today | Wednesday, December 16, 2020


Chancellor's Wishes for the New Year

Dear UW-Stout Students, 

As we end the semester and enter evaluation week, I wanted to reach out and thank you for your hard work and commitment to UW-Stout. I hope that you will find some time to relax during the winter break. I look forward to connecting in 2021!

With gratitude and best wises for a healthy and happy new year, 

Katherine P. Frank  Chancellor  


Student Leadership Assistants | Ginger Bread Spread

Friday, December 18
9:00am - 8:00pm
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Come see all of the ginger bread houses in the MSC ballroom (Top floor) December 18th, between 9am and 8pm

Dining Hours

Exam Week University Dining Hours of Operation

Please note the adjusted hours for dining operations during exam week. All operations will have regular hours on Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15 with adjusted hours beginning on Wednesday, December 16. For more information you can visit the Dining Services web page, linked here.

Sponsored by: University Dining Services
For more information contact: Anna Catlin

Virtual Commencement - Saturday!

Please join us for virtual commencement on Saturday, December 19th at 10:00 a.m. You can find the premiere live on either Facebook or YouTube. After the premiere the reading of the names for each college will be found on the commencement website. Use #StoutGrad2020 prior to and during the ceremony to see your posts on the website! Please visit Commencement web page for more information, linked here.

Sponsored by: Commencement
For more information contact: Britta Miller

2020-21 Winter Break Parking Information

2020-21 winter break parking information can be found on the Parking Services website under announcements. Spring semester permits go on sale starting January 1, 2021 and become valid January 24, 2021. Log into the Parking Portal to purchase one. If you bought a full year permit you do not need to do anything. For more information visit the Parking Service web page, linked here.

Sponsored by: Police & Parking Services
For more information contact: Police & Parking Services

Counseling Center Services

The Counseling Center is offering all services for UW-Stout students in Wisconsin through telehealth, including individual, couples, group counseling, crisis appointments, consultation, and outreach presentations. Students outside of Wisconsin can call the Counseling Center for assistance with finding mental health care. All students are able to use SilverCloud, a self-help app to assist with anxiety, stress, depression, sleep and resilience. More information can be found on the Counseling Center's webpage, linked here.

Sponsored by: Counseling Center
For more information contact: Counseling Center

Qube is Hiring

The Qube is hiring a new graphic designer for spring semester! Hours are approximately 8-10 hours per week at a starting rate of $8.75 per hour. For a full job description and to apply go to the Qube's Connect page here. Application priority will be given to those submitted by December 27th.

Sponsored by: Qube
For more information contact: Nicole Eastman
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Wednesday, December 16
Start End   Event         Location
5:00pm 6:00pm Stout Model United Nations Weekly Virtual Meeting Video Conferencing Link
7:00pm 8:00pm BDL Meeting Video Conferencing Link
7:30pm 8:30pm Athletes In Action Weekly Meeting Gilbert Creek Room, Merle Price Commons
8:30pm 10:00pm Floor is Lava Student Center Great Hall
Covid Update

Q. I’m headed to my family’s home over break. What should I do to help keep them safe?

The CDC has advised against gathering with people outside of your household. However, there are situations, such as students returning home, where this might not be possible. Therefore, we have created a resource site, based on CDC recommendations, to provide you with guidance on how to reduce the spread of the virus.

Q. Will the Athletics Facilities be open during the holidays?

  1. The Sports and Fitness Center will be open normal hours until December 23, 2020, and will be closed from December 24 through January 3.  Normal operating hours will then resume on January 4, 2021.

Q. As we approach the end of the semester, I'm worried that people are getting comfortable and not adhering to the safety protocols.

The campus community has been doing a wonderful job adhering to our safety protocols. Thank you!  It is critical that this hard work continues:

  • Masks and social distancing continue to be required.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • On campus student cohorts should continue their weekly antigen testing regimen and off-campus students can continue to use the surge testing site.
  • If you are contacted by Public Health or UW-Stout contact tracers, return their phone calls and participate fully in contact tracing.

Q. What are the testing requirements for second semester?

  1. UW-System is requiring that residence hall students test weekly. UW-System is also requiring that off-campus students, with at least one face-to-face class and/or who work on campus, test every other week. More information on logistics and details is forthcoming.

Campus Safety

Even with the promising news about COVID-19 vaccines, the pandemic is still far from over. Therefore, for the foreseeable future, it is critical that the entire UW-Stout community continues to adhere to our safety protocols and remains supportive of one another.

It is also important that we continue to share timely, up-to-date, and accurate information pertaining to UW-Stout. We encourage everyone to use the COVID-19 website as their starting point for information.

If details are not found there, please email. There will also be a new “Return to Spring” plan released on January 4th that will include some updated protocols. You will be notified regarding its availability on the COVID-19 website via Campus Life Today on January 6, 2021.

Career Ready Wednesday
Virtual Networking during Academic Breaks!

Networking is the single most important thing you can do to support your job search. Setting up a virtual informational interview is a focused conversation with a professional to gain information about an industry or career and to build a network.

  • Learn about current information beyond the knowledge provided in classes
  • Gain confidence in speaking with professionals in a comparatively low-stress situation
  • Connections can transform into an opportunity
  • Opportunity to explore different fields and companies
  • Make personal connections among management level personnel
  • Impress people who may be your future referrals

Networking DOs
  • Be focused and strategic. Target the companies you’re most interested in and seek contacts in those organizations.
  • Be well-prepared. Research the company and the individual in advance. Have questions prepared.
  • Keep the conversation going. Ask open-ended questions to gather more information.
  • Be an active, engaged listener. Listen carefully to the advice and information the person is sharing and take notes as appropriate.
  • Prepare to share. Think about your personal elevator pitch.
  • Always send a thank you note. It can make a lasting impression.
  • Stay in touch periodically. A holiday card with a personal note or even a New Year’s card would be a nice touch.
Networking DON’Ts
  • Don’t ask for a job. This is about building a relationship, not asking a favor.
  • Don’t do all the talking. Do more listening than speaking; you want to learn about the company and the functional area of interest.
  • Don’t be arrogant or disrespectful. This should go without saying!
  • Don’t stalk the person. If they don’t respond after three attempts, take them off your list.
  • Don’t monopolize their time. Steer clear of taking more time than specified without asking if they can spare a few more minutes.
  • Don’t waste their time. If it’s something you could have learned on their website, don’t ask.
Check out Career Services resource page  for informational interview resources including: a video tutorial, sample request letter, sample questions, tips on dress, and networking contact logs.

Sponsored by: Career Services
For more information: or StoutCloud
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