Industry Connections Report | 2019



One of the strongest ways to leave your mark on UW-Stout’s campus is to literally establish your brand at Stout.

For more than 50 years UW-Stout has worked closely with our philanthropic arm, Stout University Foundation, to identify university priorities that can benefit from private donations.

Donations improve academic programs, enhance student and faculty growth and upgrade labs, campus buildings, grounds and more.

In some cases, philanthropy can result in naming opportunities, cementing those donors’ legacy of support.

A recent case in point is the 2017 dedication of UW-Stout’s Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering. It was named in Cervenka’s honor to recognize his lifetime of philanthropy to UW-Stout, including a memorial gift of $2.5 million from Cervenka’s family. Cervenka was the founder of Phillips Plastics, today an international company known as Phillips Medisize. Chancellor Bob Meyer said the school naming “will take our engineering programs to the next level.”

From left, Chancellor Bob Meyer; Debbie Cervenka, wife of the late Robert F. Cervenka; Tom Lacksonen, chair of the engineering and technology department; Mark Parsons, Stout University Foundation; and Chuck Bomar, dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management.


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