Support Theatre While Enjoying the Show for Free

Allison Take2The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts is a beautiful building, located in downtown Menomonie, with a rich history. I had the privilege and honor of being inside the grand, castlelike building Thursday, Nov. 12, for University Theatre’s production of Antigone. The play is a classic Greek tragedy and was beautifully performed, with some impressive monologues by the actors and actresses. Great show everybody.

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University Theatre puts on a production every semester, so if you are at all interested in showcasing your talents on stage, this is the niche for you. However, if you don’t have the time in your busy college schedule to be in a production and you still want to support UW-Stout theater, you can volunteer your time by ushering at a performance.

I’ve ushered for productions since my first year at UW-Stout four years ago. Ushering is a great way to support theater, and an awesome perk is that you get to see the show for free. They are always looking for volunteers. You can sign up to volunteer online at or get in contact with Paul Calenberg, director of University Theatre.

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Ushering is a relatively easy job; your responsibilities include showing up about a half hour before the theater doors open, greeting guests, handing out programs, showing them to their seats, closing the doors as the show starts and picking up discarded programs after the performance. I highly recommend it.

6 Ways to Make Your Last Semester in College Memorable

It’s finally here. It’s actually my last semester at UW-Stout, and as I think about the past three years I realize how much I have grown personally and professionally as a person. The thought of leaving this haven of collegJoylin Baranicke life and going into the real world terrifies me a little, but I am extremely excited at the same time.

First off, I assumed my last semester would be a breeze. It actually should have been, but I’m taking the final 15 credits of my major’s research and capstone project classes all in one semester (which they tell you not to do. I know, great going Joy!).

I am also working part time as a building manager for the Memorial Student Center, a newscaster for “Take2,” and as an extended-ETL intern for Target, so I have little time to just relax with friends or family. (But on a positive note, I am perfecting my time management skills.)

Now, enough about my life. You’re reading this because you are either in your last semester in college, about to enter your last semester, or you’re neither of those and you just want to know what the secret is. Let me tell you, it’s no secret.

Keep Working Hard

AwardThis semester wraps up everything you have been working for throughout your entire education. I know, senior year is stressful and you are probably really feeling senioritis hit hard, but you will be free from school in just a few months (or in my case 40 days). Don’t cash out just yet. You need to maintain your awesomeness until the day you walk across the stage to receive your diploma.

Enjoy Yourself

Like most college seniors, you are probably freaking out about your future right now. It’s OK; take a few deep breaths and relax. Even though this can be a scary time, you need to remind yourself to live in the moment. Attend some of the awesome events here on campus, explore Menomonie, try something different or just take time for yourself. These are the last months of your undergrad career, so enjoy them while you can.

Keep Your Friends Close

This is probably one of the last times that you will live within such close proximity of your friends. The people you have close relationships with right now will be a valuable support system throughout your life. Make sure you focus on strengthening those bonds and commit to staying in touch after graduation.

Befriend a Professor

This one is huge. If you haven’t already made some strong connections with any of your professors yet, you should really work on that. College professors are there to help you move ahead in your career. By making a great connection, a professor can provide letters of recommendation, connect you to potential employers and give valuable advice down the road. Remember, networking is key.

Land a job before you walk on stage

Now, I know what some of you are thinking: I’m trying. Yes, job hunting is hard, frustrating and can be a blow to your ego, but don’t wait until November or April to begin your job search. If you put in an honest effort into your job search, make the right connections (ah-hem, LinkedIn anyone?) and carefully apply for jobs you see fitting what you want, it is not out of reach to secure a job offer prior to graduation. You can do it and UW-Stout’s Career Services has an amazing staff to help you succeed after college. Make sure to use those resources.

And finally,

Focus on you

I know, cheesy right? But seriously, promise yourself this semester to focus on who you want to be as a person. Regardless of whether you know who that person is or not, you should definitely spend some time doing a bit of soul searching. Focus on what you want for yourself and what lifestyle you want to live after you graduate. This will really help you set a few goals this semester and in the future.

Your last semester of college can be scary and exciting, all at the same time. This is your chance to really make the most out of your time as an undergrad and find the path you will take upon graduation.

I know when I look back at my college career, as busy as it might have been for the last few semesters, it also has been amazing. I became an outgoing, very involved and recognizable student on campus who landed an amazing job offer through the Career Conference with Target. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to transfer to UW-Stout. You know what they say: When in doubt, go to Stout!


Humane Society charity golf tournament — Putts for Paws

Allison Take2On Tuesday, Oct. 13, my Sports Event Management class and I hosted a charity golf tournament called Putts for Paws. The tournament benefited the Dunn County Humane Society and was held at the Menomonie Golf and Country Club. At the end of the day, we raised $575 to help the shelter and its animals.  

Pictured above, Linsday Erstad and I presenting the check of $575 to Josh Dalton, a representative of the Dunn County Humane Society after the event.

Pictured above, Linsday Erstad and I presenting the check of $575 to Josh Dalton, a representative of the Dunn County Humane Society after the event.

A lot of work was done behind the scenes prior to the event. If you were a participant, you may not have realized this. My classmates and I had about three weeks to completely pull off this event. Our class meets once a week. Let me repeat that. We met only three times prior to hosting this event. Pulling it all together in that amount of time was a pretty daunting feat. 

In the first class period when we met, each student signed up for a specific job. These jobs ranged from soliciting donations from local businesses, creating a menu, formulating an evacuation procedure in case of bad weather, advertising the event by creating posters and a Facebook event page, writing a script for the master of ceremonies, keeping in contact with the Humane Society and the golf course, finalizing rules for the contest and many other aspects of the event.  


I was responsible for writing the MC script. This meant I had to coordinate with all other aspects of the event, in the planning phase as well as the day of the event. I was the person speaking into the microphone welcoming everyone and thanking them for coming out in support of the Dunn County Humane Society, thanking all of the local sponsors for helping make the event possible and announcing the tournament and raffle prize winners. I also staffed one of the hole games, all of which had themes centered around the shelter’s cats and dogs.  

Overall, this was an amazing opportunity to put my knowledge, skills, and teamwork into practice and successfully organize a professional event. It was also a great opportunity to bond with and contribute to the community that I have lived in and called home for the past four years. 


Halloween Window Decorating Contest

Barbara YoungPrior to Halloween, UW-Stout’s University Library hosts a student decorating contest on its front windows. Student organizations get the chance to work together to create a spooky decoration with their club’s own special twist.

On Friday, Oct. 30, the entries were judged by Chancellor Bob Meyer, Student Life Services Executive Director Scott Griesbach and Library Director Susan Lindahl. Each entry was judged on overall appearance, spookiness and best organization spirit.

The library staff also joined in the festivities by dressing up for their daily duties.

The winners of the third annual contest are:

  • First Place: Psychology Club
  • Spookiest: Hmong Stout Student Organization
  • Best Org Spirit: Comic Creators
From left: Student Life Services Executive Director Scott Griesbach, Chancellor Bob Meyer, and Library Director Susan Lindahl

From left: Student Life Services Executive Director Scott Griesbach, Chancellor Bob Meyer, and Library Director Susan Lindahl

UW-Stout Library Staff

UW-Stout Library Staff

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