Outlook Magazine - Fall 2022


DISTINGUISHED ALUM Recently retired technical college president Albrecht recognized for impactful career in education

Left: Students work on a project in the university’s Fab Lab, part of the Discov ery Center on campus. The lab will be renamed for donors Herbert “Herb” and Viola Riebe.

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Becky Cranston Estate Gift for Heritage Hall

BRYAN ALBRECHT ‘84, ’88, ’08

Recently, when Becky Cranston ’64 , a dietetics graduate, heard that funds were needed to help renovate Heritage Hall, home to the dietetics program, she stepped up to provide $100,000 to support programming needs. Her gift is in addition to other university support in recent years that exceeds $250,000. She estab lished the Rebecca Gralow Cranston Dietetics Professional Development Fund, an endowed fund to support dietetics faculty. She has made several significant gifts to the Chancellor’s Fund for Teaching Excellence and Student Success and supported faculty work to help develop an online Master of Science program in dietetics. “I wanted to honor the program and the teach ers and the success I’ve had,” said Cranston, a Menomonie native who taught for eight years at Appalachian State and 25 years at Kent State University.

Bryan Albrecht '84, '88, '08 , who retired this fall after 16 years as president of Gateway Technical College in Racine, has received the university’s highest honor bestowed on a former graduate — the Dis tinguished Alumni Award. Albrecht has three degrees from UW-Stout, a bachelor’s in 1984, mas ter’s in 1988 and Education Specialist in 2008. He earned a doctorate in education in 2011 from the University of Minnesota. A Fond du Lac native, he began his career as a career and technical education teacher in the Cornell and Kewaunee school districts, then in 1987 joined the state Department of Public Instruction in technology education. He was named Gateway Tech president in 2006. “It is an honor to receive the university’s DistinguishedAlumniAward. My career can be directly attributed to the experience I was gifted while attending UW-Stout,” Albrecht said. “My UW-Stout experience has extended beyond my time as a student. It has shaped my life’s work as an educator and industry partner. The fac ulty and university mentors challenged me to be a lifelong learner and to share my passion with every student served throughout my career.” In 2011, he was UW-Stout’s Career and Technical Education in Resi dence, giving a campuswide address, meeting with leaders and speak ing with students, saying, “Leadership is not a title; it’s a lifestyle.” “My career can be directly attributed to the experience I was gifted while attending UW-Stout”


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