Outlook Magazine - Fall 2021

May graduate thrived in campus climate of inclusivity, caring Empowering experience

Stolen also loved her educational experience, especially the “interdisciplinary approach. At Stout I learned it is about the broader perspective and learning to look at issues from a different angle. It’s education at its best.” A week after graduating, Stolen began work at Northland College in Ashland as creative services coordinator.

After one visit, Grace Novie Stolen knew that UW-Stout was for her. “It felt like a really queer-friendly campus. There were all- gender bathrooms. There was a very visible queer community. I felt comfortable and I saw that others felt comfortable.” She had earned an associate degree elsewhere and chose UW- Stout to finish her bachelor’s, graduating May 8 in applied social science. UW-Stout’s climate of caring for equity, diversity and inclusion helped Stolen thrive. She was the lead student at the Qube, helping organize LGBTQIA+ events; received the Scott Griesbach Award for Excellence in LGBTQIA+ Advocacy; and was director of communication for the Stout Student Association. “It really felt like people cared and valued the work I’ve done,” Stolen said. Nicole Eastman, program coordinator for the LGBTQIA+ program, said Stolen worked diligently to make UW-Stout “a better place for underrepresented students.”


Goal 4. Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity — Invest in, and ensure access to, equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning, student living and work environments that reflect our regional and global connections.

Investiture ceremony in March to formally install Katherine Frank as chancellor Making it official

Frank became the eighth leader, and first female, in the school’s nearly 130-year history when she began work March 1, 2020. Most investiture ceremonies are held within a year of chancellors beginning their duties, but the ceremony for Frank has been delayed because of COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings. Frank’s long career in higher education includes, most recently, two vice president positions at Central Washington University and serving as a college dean at Northern Kentucky University and at Indiana University East. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Washington and a B.A. in English from Bates College. She succeeded former interim Chancellor Patrick Guilfoile, who served after Chancellor Emeritus Bob Meyer retired in August 2019.

Katherine Frank will be formally installed as chancellor at UW- Stout during an investiture ceremony on Friday, March 25, 2022, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. The starting time, details of the ceremony and related events that day are being finalized and will be announced at a later date. University, local, regional and state officials and leaders are expected to attend.


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