Take2 – Sept. 23-29

Shout-Out to Phi Upsilon Omicron

Our shout-out this week goes to UW-Stout’s Tau chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the honor society for family and consumer science. They will receive a Certificate of Merit during the organization’s bi-annual conclave Sept. 22-24 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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All 43 members of the chapter took part in the service project. Five of them will be attending the national event. The five students, their hometowns and majors are:

  • Brianne Hanne, of Mahtomedi, Minn., food science and technology
  • Jennifer Hinrichs, of Osseo, Wis., human development and family studies
  • Kaylee Jacobs, of Glenwood, Minn., dietetics
  • Tessa Ladsten, of La Crescent, Minn., dietetics
  • Heidi Lochen, of Kimball, Minn., 2016 dietetics graduate and graduate student in food and nutritional sciences
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Adviser Carolyn Barnhart, left, and CEHHHS Dean Bob Salt with students from the Tau chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron who will attend the national conference to accept an award. From left, Jennifer Hinrichs, Heidi Lochen, Kaylee Jacobs, Tessa Ladsten and Brianne Hanne.

The award is for the Tau chapter’s project Building Leader Traditions for a Lifelong Legacy, designed to develop leadership skills among the chapter’s members. The chapter’s main project was making and filling Birthday Bags.

Students collaborated with the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society for women educators, and the preschool at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. The Birthday Bags contained items to help needy children in Dunn County hold a themed birthday party, including books, toys, a cake or brownie mix with pan to bake it in, frosting, birthday plates, silverware, birthday napkins and candles.

The 100 decorated and filled bags were donated to Stepping Stones of Dunn County food pantry during fall 2015 and spring 2016.

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“This project is so important to me as these items are not common at many food shelters but are something that almost every family could need,” said Lochen. “By donating these bags, putting in a little of our own money and time, we really can make a huge impact on some kids.”

The students’ Tau chapter adviser is Carolyn Barnhart, professor emeritus and the 2015-16 president of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“I am Stout Proud of the award-winning leadership and service the Phi Upsilon Omicron honor students have shared with the local community and the Midwest,” said Barnhart, who will accompany the students on the trip.

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From left, Kaylee Jacobs, Brianne Hanne and Lauren Ruhr.

During the 2015-16 academic year, the chapter also organized other community service activities. Students made cards for hospitalized, abused or neglected children, Cardz for Kidz; donated ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal to a Dunn County family; and donated time and money to the Kids Against Hunger packing day. On May 1, they delivered May Day boxes to residents in cancer treatment centers in Minneapolis.

Great work, Blue Devils!

Story and photos courtesy of UW-Stout News Bureau

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Campus Resources: ARCs and Tutoring

Ryan BallweberDo you find yourself struggling with school work?
Have no idea how to solve that math problem?
Don’t know what to study?
Can’t find research for a project?

If these questions struck a chord with you, then you’ve come to the right place. Like you, I had questions of my own, so I turned to one of the best resources for on-campus residents – the ARC!

I interviewed the South Hall Academic Resource Coordinator (ARC), Nic Baumann to get the answers to all my burning academic questions.thumbnail_nic-baumann-2

What is an ARC?

Nic explains, “ARC stands for Academic Resource Coordinator. An ARC is a live-in resource in all the halls, minus Red Cedar, that runs study hours in your building and also academic related events within the halls.” Nic points out that although an ARC isn’t a tutor, they’re there to help point you in the right direction so that your academic needs are met.

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What are the different tutoring opportunities on campus?

“There are all sorts of tutors on campus,” says Nic. “There are math tutors, physics tutors, we even have the Writing center.

Nic mentions, “You can find their hours and locations using the University website. Use the search bar or use each department’s websites for their tutor information.”

Where can I go to get help with a research project?

“You can go to the library and ask a librarian. They will be more than happy to help you find the resources you need to get your research started.” Nic adds, “Don’t forget that we also have the writing center that can help you get started on your paper or even help you edit it.”

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Why is it important to use our campus resources?

“It is important because it sets you up for success here at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. You do not have to be alone during your time here. It can save you time and energy when struggling with your homework. The best part is……… IT’S FREE!”

Nic’s final words of advice: “I want everyone to know, you don’t need to be struggling to visit the tutor.”

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Take2: Sept. 16-22, 2016

Shout-Out to Ally Initiatives

Our shout-out this week goes to Ally Initiatives, who held their annual Unity March last week. The march brings together Stout student organizations who stand for a culture of respect, equity, unity and Stout pride. Ally Initiatives puts on a lot of great events centered around these themes throughout the year. Keep up the good work!

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Tell Us Who’s Next

If you know of someone who deserves a shout-out, visit our Do A Shout-Out page to find out how to let us know! The world deserves to know all the great things our students, faculty and staff are doing. Thanks for sharing!

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Take2: Sept. 9-15

A big shout-out to the Stout Sigmas

We’re featuring them this week because they do such a great job of showing their school spirit on social media. Thanks for being such great ambassadors for UW-Stout! Follow the Sigmas on Twitter @StoutSigmas and on Facebook.

Tell Us Who’s Next

If you know of someone who deserves a shout-out, visit our Do A Shout-Out page to find out how to let us know! We like to feature organizations and individual – whether students, faculty or staff – who are doing awesome things around campus. Thanks for sharing!

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Make the most of Your First Year

Annalise MarkAnnalise Mark is junior in business administration and a third-year newscaster for Take2 at UW-Stout Weekly News Update. She also loves pugs.

Hi freshmen!
I remember being bombarded with information coming in as a first year student. Even though there was a lot of new information and I felt like a deer in the headlights, every piece served as great reassurance that I could handle the next big step into the realm of post-secondary education.

Based on my first year experience, I’ve compiled my top suggestions to help you make the most of your first year.

Residence Hall Living

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Make your living space your own.

I’ve seen some really cool set-ups and decorations throughout my time here, so don’t be afraid to bring your cool posters and lights. Most of the dorms allow you to move some or even all of the furniture, so make your dorm however you feel most comfortable – just be sure to follow any guidelines.

You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate, but still get along or at least try to.

Some people get lucky and become best friends with their roommate and, on the extreme end, others make little contact with them because of their different interests. Either way, right off the bat, try to find common ground and try to get to know them.

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Befriend your RA – they are there to help you.

Your Resident Advisor is there to provide you with any support you need! Having trouble with a class? Chat with them. Not sure how to contact a professor? Chat with them. They want to help you succeed! On the other hand, your RA will set rules that are meant to be followed for your safety and the safety of others. If you break rules, that’s one way to get on the bad side of your RA and that’s not a place you want to be.

Take advantage of the study groups in your hall by getting to know your ARC (Academic Resource Counselor).

Every residence hall has a student staff member who is there to help you with your academic needs including study techniques, ways to help you stay on top of class work, etc. Don’t know who they are? Ask your RA!

Involvement

There are over 150 groups on campus, so try something out and figure out what you enjoy.

From Greek life to graphic design to religious interests to ultimate Frisbee, you have a lot to choose from. Browse the categories and then go find them at Backyard Bash, Sept. 6 from 5-7 pm.

Students representing dozens of student organizations gather in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center for the Involvement Fair Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 to show the campus what they stand for and recruit new members. (UW-Stout photo by Brett T. Roseman)

If your specific hobby isn’t an organization yet, you have the freedom to make one!

Does this sound like something you might do? Check out the Involvement Center’s website to find out how to start an organization and feel free to email with any questions- the staff in the Involvement Center are great!

My advice is this: pick one organization (or two) to join.

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Your first year is going to be filled with meeting new people. Chances are, a good chunk of the friends you’ll make will be from within an organization, so don’t miss out on those friendships and put yourself out there.

Employment

There are tons of great jobs on campus.

You can find job postings through the Career Services website or Campus Life Today (an email that goes out to all students daily). I’ve found that being employed helps me manage my time better and helps me stay on top of class work.11951542_10154254195674741_1384118843109869246_o

Find a job if you have time and don’t overwhelm yourself.

There are opportunities out there that allow you to pick how many hours per week you want to work, so even if you can only have five to 10 hours, there are still plenty of places that can adjust to your limits. However, if you just want to take the first year to get classes under your belt, that’s completely fine too.

Classes

First Day of ClassesYour professors are there to help you and want you to succeed.

The professors at UW-Stout do an excellent job to ensure you’re getting what you need, whether that be by making themselves available during office hours, providing study groups for the class, answering emails and phone calls, or sharing advice on how get the most from your education.

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I was worried about the rigor of college classes and the advice I received from other UW-Stout students was this: go to class and you’ll be fine.

The first step is going to class. Without mom and dad waking you up to ensure you’ve made it to school, you have the freedom to sleep in, but do not be tempted by this freedom. Going to class helps you understand the material more and some, if not most professors, only give certain information in class and don’t post it online. They expect you to be there to get the information, so chances are they won’t be too pleased if you skip and ask for the assignments.

Talk to and get to know some classmates around you.

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Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Start things up with some small talk with people you end up sitting next to in class. These people might become your support system throughout the semester. You can form study groups, ask for help or clarification on assignments, or if you have to miss class for a valid reason, they can give you the information you missed.

Pay attention to the syllabus.

This will be your saving grace. The syllabus has everything you need to know about the class, including contact information for your professor and their office hours, attendance policy, homework and test schedule, and grading scale. Most of the time, when students email their professors with questions about an assignment, the reply will be “It’s in the syllabus,” so check there first!

Stay Healthy

Make an initiative to stay healthy.

So this means basic things like trying to get enough sleep, wearing proper clothing for the weather and eating a healthy meal.

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Staying healthy will get tricky once someone on your floor or in your room gets a bug.

If you do end up getting sick, they have health services located right on campus. You can find their website here.

Make time for fun to reduce stress.

There are plenty of free on-campus activities to go to when you need a break from class and stress. For example, Blue Devil Productions hosts a concert every Thursday with a different genre; films every other Friday that are right out of theaters; comedy shows from talent featured on America’s Got Talent or Saturday Night Live, and open mic nights that you can sign up to perform in!

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Also, be sure to follow UW-Stout’s social media pages and watch our Take2 at UW-Stout Weekly News Video series. It’s a great way to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Good luck, Stouties! You’ll do great. #StoutProud

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