TEDx UW-Stout

BDDPhotosBenTED talks are one of my favorite ways to kill time. They are interesting, funny, and informative. I always find something fascinating to watch when browsing their catalog of videos. So, when I heard that TEDx was coming to UW-Stout I was more than excited.

The atmosphere of the event was a very “TED” like. The Great Hall was set up with the familiar red dot in the middle of the stag and background sign that proclaimed TEDx UW-STOUT.


Over the course of the night, seven speakers took their turns showing us some of the important issues they’ve dedicated their lives to. Their presentations, in turn, taught us a little about our world and ourselves.

Tedx Stage

I feel fortunate to have been able to attend an event like this in person. It created an entire experience being there instead of simply watching someone speak about spatial locking while I am lounging with my laptop.


A special thanks to the TEDx UW-Stout student design team!
Front: Sara Westman, Back, left to right: Alex Geller, Andrew benson, Tiffany Suen, Keller Grimmer.

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All photos courtesy of TEDx UW-Stout Design Team

Annual GSA Drag Show

RyanUW-Stout’s annual amateur drag show was held Wednesday, Oct. 21. Every year the show is coordinated by the Gender and Sexuality Alliance and is a collaboration between GSA, the Qube, MSC Event Services and the Involvement Center.

The show is a fundraising event for the GSA. Every dollar that is tipped to the drag queens and kings goes toward the group’s budget. GSA uses that money to put on other special events and bring speakers to campus.


This year’s show was phenomenal, thanks in particular to GSA’s events coordinator, Jacob Doherty. I had the opportunity to speak with the man behind the show.

Q: How many months of work do you think you put into this?

Jacob Doherty, GSA Events Coordinator

Jacob Doherty, GSA Events Coordinator

A: I made the first reservation for the room in July, and started recruiting performers. So I would say it was about three and a half months of work.

Q: What does the drag show mean to you?

A: I see the drag show as really important to people because it lets them express themselves in ways they normally can’t. It is also a very fun event that GSA and UW-Stout look forward to, to help support the LGBTQIA+ community and to help to diversify UW-Stout’s campus.

Q: What was your favorite part of the drag show?

A: My favorite part of the drag show was seeing everyone’s reactions during it. I got to see the whole ballroom get incredibly engaged and enjoy their time.

Q: How much money was raised and what is it being used for?

A: All $674 that was raised is going towards GSA and our yearly budget.

We can’t wait to see everyone at the spring drag show.




All photos courtesy of event photographers Allison Garrett, Laura Steiner, and Hilde Bakken

Take2 at UW-Stout – Oct. 23 – 29

Allison brings you a list of upcoming events and a shout-out to two student groups who recently helped out the Dunn County Humane Society in a big way.

Stout Shout-Out

Our shout-outs this week go to the Stout Student Construction Association and the Sports Event Management class.

Construction club majors are spending their weekends building an addition to the Dunn County Humane Society.

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Not to be outdone, the Sports Event Management class recently raised $575 for the shelter by holding a golf tournament. Nice work, guys and gals!

Allison was there!

Allison was there!

Ride it, Repair it, Sustain it, Share it

The Sustainability Office will celebrate Sustainability Day Thursday, Oct. 22, with three activities on campus.

From 1 to 4 p.m. in Huff’s Lounge, lower level of Memorial Student Center, Sustainapalooza will offer information on ways to become involved in sustainable programs at UW-Stout, such as the improved Rideshare program, Bike Share bike rental and recycling efforts. Also, free, healthy snacks will be available from the UW-Sprout Campus Garden.


Did you know we have a garden?

From 1 to 2 p.m., at the west entrance to the student center, the UW-Stout Cycling Club will show students and staff how to use the two new Bike Fixtation repair stations. The other station is outside Merle M. Price Commons, and a third one is planned for north campus. The stations are equipped with various bike tools to help bikers perform routine repairs, as well as an air pump.


Pump it, wrench it, ride it.

At 7 p.m. in room 321 of the Applied Arts Building, there will be a free showing of the documentary “True Cost.” It examines the impact that the fashion industry has on workers and the world.

Recent grad’s short film chosen for Flyway Film Festival

Check out the trailer for this short film produced by UW-Stout grad, Jacob Popek. Jacob’s short, experimental project has been chosen for the prestigious Flyway Film Festival Oct. 21-25.

Jacob Popek

Jacob describes “Outlier,” approximately 20 minutes long, as absurdist, focusing on identity, capitalism, filmmaking and artistic pursuit. One of his goals was to promote the feeling of “amble and lostness.”

Read the full story of Jacob’s success…

“Outlier” was created and filmed while Jacob was a student. He thanked friends from the UW-Stout School of Art and Design for help, including students who filled a performance hall to film the lecture scene.

Jacob is a May 2015 graduate of the entertainment design program at UW-Stout.

Take2 is Hiring!

University Communications, the central public information office for UW-Stout, is looking for an enthusiastic freshman with a passion for public speaking, an interest in event coverage and/or journalism and a desire to engage the campus community and become a “public face” of the UW-Stout student body.


In addition to reading scripts on camera, you will assist University Communication’s online media coordinator with student outreach, content planning and event coverage. Event coverage may include writing reviews, conducting interviews, and light video/photo work .

The position requires strong verbal and written communication skills, professionalism, punctuality, and enthusiasm.

Must be available 4 hours per week minimum, with flexibility to account for evening and weekend event coverage.

The position will begin immediately. The student will be paid a $500 stipend at the end of each semester. To apply, please provide a cover letter explaining why you would be a good choice to become a “public face” for UW-Stout, and a resume to: socialmedia@uwstout.edu.

Take2 at UW-Stout – Oct. 16 – 22

Barb and Ben bring you the upcoming week’s events including a few free films, great exhibits and BDP’s big show of the year.

Stout Shout-Out: Amanda Lafky

Our shout-out this week goes out to Amanda Lafky, a senior majoring in Professional Communication and Emerging Media who is also a Senior Airman in the Nat’l Gaurd. Recently, Amanda was one of eight U.S. college students featured in the annual Futures magazine, which is published by the department of Defense and distributed nationally. The article titled “Studies, Sorority and Service: A Perfect College Combo” describes how Amanda blends college life with military service.
Read Amanda’s full story….

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Amanda LafkeyPhotos (courtesy of Department of Defense)

Top: UW-Stout student Amanda Lafky, a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, is vice president of marketing for the Alpha Phi sorority on campus. She is majoring in professional communication and emerging media.

Middle: Senior Airman Amanda Lafky is in personnel for the 115th Fighter Wing based in Madison.

Bottom: Amanda Lafky, a senior, studies with friends at UW-Stout.