From: Involvement Center
Date: April 7, 2020
Subject: Campus Life Today | Tuesday, April 7th, 2020


Becoming Better Social Distancers

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On a recent scorecard released by Unacast, a data analytics company, Dunn County earned an “F” for its social distancing efforts. The scorecard was developed by analyzing phone GPS location data, specifically, change in distance traveled compared to a time prior to COVID-19. The “F” grade indicates a decrease smaller than 25%.Overall, Wisconsin earned a grade of “D” with a 25 to 40% decrease in mobility.

As health officials encourage residents to stay-home in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, it’s imperative that we all do our part and become better social distancers. Since it is common to be infected without showing symptoms, experts advise that we should treat every person as if you, and they, could have the virus. Here are a few rules to remember while social distancing.

  • Avoid in-person social gatherings of all sizes
  • Do not invite anyone over who does not live with you
  • Make a list of essentials, shop once a week, and avoid peak hours
  • Maintain 6 feet of separation when in public spaces
  • Use no contact food carryout and delivery options whenever possible
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Stay home if you are sick!

Lastly, social distancing does not have to mean isolation! Utilize technology to connect with friends and family or participate in a virtual event.

Ted Talk Tuesday | Try Something New for 30 Days

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Watch Here!

Ted Talk speaker Matt Cutts
Supporting Resources

Health Insurance & COVID-19

If you recently lost your health insurance due to COVID-19, we want you to know you have options.

The Affordable Care Act offers a special enrollment period if you have lost qualifying health coverage in the past 60 days. To learn more or apply visit the online Health Insurance Marketplace.

BadgerCare Plus may also be an option for students depending on age and other eligibility factors. You can find eligibility requirements and program information on the Department of Health Services website.

Not sure where to start? Wisconsin Department of Health Services also offers a side-by-side comparison of these two programs.

For addtional support and resources visit Local and Regional Resources

Election Day Voter Information 

The Wisconsin 2020 Election and Presidential Primary will take place as scheduled today. Polls are open from 7am until 8pm. All eligible voters must be in line at 8pm to vote.

To vote in Wisconsin you must be at least 18 years old, live at your current residence for at least 10 days and have a government issued ID. Wisconsin residents must also be registered to vote, which can be done at your polling location the day of election with proof of residence.

If you wish to vote in-person, we encourage you to check your polling location online as many polling locations have been consolidated. If voting in Menomonie, please note that the city of Menomonie has consolidated voting locations.

  • Menomonie residents living in wards 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 should report to the Menomonie Leisure Center at 1412 6th Street.
  • Menomonie residents living in wards 1 & 2 will continue to vote at Christ Lutheran Church, 1306 Wilcox Street
  • Menomonie residents living in wards 10 & 11 will vote at Chippewa Valley Technical College, 403 Technology Dr. East.

If you wish to vote absentee either by mail or in person, please note the following deadline changes. The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that all absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than today, April 7th, and received by 4pm on April 13th to be counted. Voters may also hand deliver their absentee ballot to their polling place by 8pm to be counted.

Attention Graduating Seniors!

Campus would love to include a photo of you in our virtual Commencement Celebration. Be sure to watch your email for the link to submit your photo. Please take a few minutes to submit a headshot or a favorite photo of yourself. If you have it, photos in your cap and gown are welcomed!

Sponsored by: Dean of Students
For more information contact: Britta Miller, Commencement Coordinator


Submit your Ideas for Virtual Programs

The Involvement Center has been excited to offer a variety of resources and links to events while we all participate in being #saferathome. As we continue planning virtual event opportunities we’re always open to suggestions. Please take our brief 5 question survey to submit your ideas today!

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Sponsored by: The Involvement Center
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Virtual Research Day

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is working to move Research Day online to Canvas. We encourage you to register in the link below - more information will be given to as you register for the event. Registration closes May 3 at 11:59 p.m.

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


Seeking Nominations - Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award

Each year this award is given to a graduate faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment, enthusiasm, and assistance to the graduate student community. Graduate students, please nominate any graduate faculty member you feel is deserving of this award. Nominations will be accepted until April 14, 2020.

Sponsored by: UW-Stout Graduate School
For More Information Contact: Amy Corr
Nominate Here

News From The Stout Student Association


Virtual University Student Senate Meeting 50.24

Tuesday, April 7
7:00pm - 11:00pm
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Join the Stout Student Association for their virtual Senate meeting!


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Virtual SSA 51st Congress Election Debate

Thursday, April 9
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual, 302 10th Ave E #118, Menomonie, WI 54751, United States
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We will be conducting the SSA Election debates virtually. Stop and chat with all the candidates for the 51st Congress.

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