This week I had the pleasure of meeting with UW-Stout’s Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Jacalyn Weissenburger. I learned a lot of things, including how she ended up at UW-Stout and what super power she would like to have.
Q: How did you end up at UW-Stout?
I think my family and I were in a good place for me to take this opportunity. The kids were in school, and it was just a one-year teaching deal … But then I loved it!
Q: What’s the No. 1 thing you wish you could tell every student?
No. 1, go to class.
No. 2, get to know your professors. They’ll be your biggest allies.
No. 3, make the most of your experience here. Do what you can to extend your learning.
Q: If you could paint the Memorial Student Center one color, what would you choose?
Wow … bright blue. Perhaps with an ocean-blue color scheme.
Q: What are your favorite movies?
“Gone With The Wind,” “Cool Hand Luke,” and “Dumb & Dumber.”
Q: If I had to pick a super power, I would pick flying. What would you pick?
Flying is OK, buy I just want the ability to detect deceit and dishonesty in any person and be able to zap it out of them! It would save so much time.
Q: What’s the best thing that has happened to you at UW-Stout?
I received a call from a graduate student I had taught in my classes, and I helped with his thesis. It was wonderful to hear back from him about how his education and career were going and how I had influenced his choices. Knowing, generally, that you’ve had a positive impact on the lives of your students is the best feeling. And I’m sure there are students out there thinking, “Gosh, I remember the day I had that Dr. Weissenberger for class, I rue the day I took her class!” But those students don’t call me very much. Anyway, knowing, overall, that I’ve had a positive impact is wonderful.