MENOMONIE — While a student at UW-Stout, Derek Woellner said in a class assignment he planned to become a politician. He never believed at the time it would really be what he pursued, but at age 25 Woellner has become the youngest mayor ever elected in his hometown of Merrill, where he graduated from high school in 2011. A 2016 professional communications and emerging media graduate, Woellner said he used some of the marketing skills he learned as a student to help with the campaign.
A UW-Eau Claire faculty-student research project with important potential future applications in areas such as pharmaceuticals and water quality has received a three-year National Science Foundation grant totaling $217,330. The project builds on seven years of faculty-student smart polymers research led by Elizabeth Glogowski, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of materials science. It also continues Glogowski’s longstanding commitment to involving undergraduates in her research.
Noah Nelson struggled some in his first-ever attempt at climbing an electric power pole wearing the gear line workers depend on. But he had a couple of good teachers on hand during the April 19 Energy Open House at Chippewa Valley Technical College. One teacher was Kadin Westphal, of Fall Creek, who just graduated from CVTC’s electrical power distribution program. The other was his father, Aaron Nelson, of Chippewa Falls. “I went to school here to become a lineman back in
Computers are part of virtually every business setting throughout the Chippewa Valley today, but it wasn’t always that way. When computers started to break into the local business scene in a big way in the 1980s, it was a Chippewa Valley Technical College graduate who led the way. Now that visionary, Mel Jahnke, has been named CVTC 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner. Imagineering Computer Consultants founder Mel Jahnke was presented with the award Thursday, April 12, at the
MENOMONIE — A decades long dream came true for the UW-Stout chapter of the Club Managers Association of America recently. The student organization was named the Chapter of the Year, largest chapter, at the World Club Managers Conference in San Francisco, Calif., last month, earning $1,000 and a trophy. The UW-Stout chapter also won the Club of the Future contest by coming up with innovative ideas for a country club. The Club Managers Association of America, headquartered in Alexandria,
As an experienced fifth-grade teacher, Katie Albin is used to hearing her students complain about schoolwork. After all, many 10-year-olds prefer recess to a math lesson. So imagine Albin’s surprise when her students recently began complaining about having to stop too soon when doing their classroom work. Why the change of heart? With the help of UW-Eau Claire’s Blugold Beginnings program and community partners, Albin has added computer coding to her fifth-grade curriculum at
With a long plastic sleeve over her arm, Cadott High School senior Vanessa Hanson reached into the back end of a cow, all the way up to her shoulder. In this case, Hanson didn’t actually reach inside a cow but into a simulator at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Energy Education Center during the annual Ag Skills Competition. The simulated experience helped prepare her for the real thing, Hanson said. “I want to be a veterinarian, so most likely I will do
Think the research paper or science project that your professor assigned is challenging? Imagine if your homework is to change the world — or at least your corner of it. That is the assignment given to UW-Eau Claire students and faculty by their instructor during an immersion in West Africa, which included 10 days at the Tostan Training Center in Senegal. “A message Tostan’s founder, Molly Melching, stressed repeatedly was the power one individual can have to change their
MENOMONIE — Certain hockey fans at UW-Stout — and other sites around the U.S. — can be excused if they end up secretly cheering on an international team, Sweden, in the men’s tournament at the Winter Olympics. Sweden’s coach, native Rikard Gronborg, also is a U.S. citizen — he played, started his coaching career and lived in the U.S. for about 20 years. Along the way, he graduated from UW-Stout with a master’s degree and served as an assistant coach
An elementary education major, Annie Klecker is determined that all her future students will find her classrooms to be welcoming and inclusive. “As a future teacher, being able to make all of my students feel respected and safe in my class, no matter who they are or where they come from, is very important to me,” said Klecker, a UW-Eau Claire sophomore from Oakdale, Minn. To do that, Klecker knows she needs more experience working with diverse learners. A Winterim program that