Outlook Magazine - Fall 2021
Future looks bright Senior interior design major Michaela Cook was named to the 2021 Metropolis Magazine Future 100, the New York publication’s list of the top 50 interior design and top 50 architecture students in the U.S. and Canada. The portfolio she submitted for the competition included a library design for teenagers. “I’ve always wanted to make an impact on society. With interior design, I can have a direct impact on how people live,” said Cook, who is hoping to design professionally in the hospitality industry, such as hotels and restaurants, but also is interested in corporate office spaces and branded companies. Three degrees in four years In May, Abi Gardiner became the first in her family to receive a bachelor’s degree — and went two steps further: She earned three degrees. She did it in four years, with honors, by taking extra classes, winter and summer classes and testing out of courses to receive diplomas in graphic communications, digital marketing technology, and information and communication technologies. “What got me through it were the amazing people I’ve met at UW-Stout and the support I’ve had. Of course, I faced many long nights,” said Gardiner, who plans to use her skillset to expand her business, Abi Jane Photography, in the Twin Cities. Menards: corporate kudos Menards, the Midwest home improvement chain, is Career Services’ inaugural Employer of the Year, recognizing the company’s engagement, recruitment and hiring for co-ops, internships and full-time professional roles. Menards takes part in the Career Conferences, Employer in Residence program, Cooperative Education and Internship Program, and new Partnership Program.
Bicycles welcome For the second time, UW-Stout has been named a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. The bronze level designation recognizes the university’s efforts — bike racks, bike lanes, repair stations, bike lockers at two buildings, covered bike parking at two other buildings, StoutBikes rental program and a bike registration program. “Being recognized as a Bike Friendly University signals to our students, transportation and recreation,” said Sarah Rykal, sustainability manager for the UW- Stout Sustainability Office. Golf course owner at 23 Indiana “Indy” Thompson likes the grass to grow – just not under his feet. In March the 23-year-old golf enterprise management major purchased the nine- hole Pine Crest course about 50 miles north of UW-Stout. He graduated in May 2019 but already had been general manager of a resort course in northern Wisconsin for eight months. With entrepreneurship in his family and his education, he felt ready for an even bigger challenge. “Your days get really busy, but it’s been very rewarding,” the former Blue Devil men’s golf team member said. “Business ownership runs in the family. I always wanted to be a farmer; this is kind of the closest thing to it.” Bowman Hall project cited The renovation of historic Bowman Hall and the Clock Tower (featured in the 2019 and 2020 Outlook magazines) has been recognized. Architects Mead & Hunt received an Excellence in Restoration Masonry from the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance. The nearly $9 million project from 2018-20 included replacing about 30,000 bricks and special masonry shapes, new mortar throughout, new copper Clock Tower roof, renovated quill weathervane, renovated south annex interior, new historically accurate windows and doors and more. 6 employees and community that we prioritize biking as a mode of
The 1897 structure was built by school founder James Huff Stout. “We are excited to enable iconic Bowman Hall to stand strong for years to come with an exterior that is historically accurate,” said Justin Utpadel, Facilities Management director. Ojibwe game preserves history Eleanore Falck, majoring in game design, has helped preserve Indian history and traditions with her game Growing up Ojibwe, the result of a summer internship with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. Players embark on a journey through northern Wisconsin to learn Ojibwe life and culture, including treaty rights and sovereignty, maple sap gathering, spearfishing and wild rice harvesting. As a descendant of the Oneida Nation, Falck grew up harvesting wild rice and maple sap and is pleased to help pass on those traditions. “I’m pretty proud of what I made,” she said. Goat Milk? gets recognized As a track athlete, Daniel Nesja is familiar with the GOAT acronym in the sports world. It stands for greatest of all time. In his Advertising Design class, he created a campaign called Goat Milk? to tout its health benefits and add a twist to the old Got Milk? dairy campaign. His results were great — Best in Show in the student division of the Advertising Federation of Minnesota contest, then a silver award in the national contest. “This is a good sign that I am going in the right direction, and it was a much-needed confidence boost in a stressful pandemic time,” Nesja said. 7 8
Goal 5. Identity — Advance UW-Stout’s reputation as a polytechnic university by providing students access to cutting edge technology, innovative programs, and collaborative partnerships.
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