Take2 – Sept. 30 – Oct. 6


Our shout-out this week goes to Patrick Lytle, a huge fan of take2 and just one of your fellow students sworn as a special registration deputy, which gives him the ability to register you to vote in the upcoming election. Please, please take the time to register by Oct. 19 so you can vote on Nov. 8!


The Stout Student Association will have registration tables set up at different locations and times through Oct. 19, so keep an eye out for them. You just need proof of residence, which you can get through Access Stout, and your student ID or driver’s license.

Stop by the SSA office on the lower floor of the MSC for more information.


5 Apps Every College Student Should Have

rachel-editWith the clutter and chaos of college and staying on track, I thought I’d compile the top five apps you should get right now so that you can stay organized, informed, and ready to tackle anything.

Official University Student App

Not only should you have this app because you attend UW-Stout, but because it also allows you to know what’s going on around campus. For example, the app tells you when your laundry is done, when the bus is arriving, what’s on the menu at the commons, and it even allows you to check your various accounts linked to the campus. The UW-Stout app is available for Apple and Android users.


Planner Pro

If you need help staying organized with classes, work, and all the extra activities you par-take in, then this is the app for you. This app allows you to keep track of everything going on in your life. The app connects to most devices and can alert you about activities if you so choose. Planner Pro is by far one of the best planner apps out there available for both Apple and Android users! This app is also free, which makes it even better.


Focus Keeper

Focus Keeper is a great app to help you study and retain class material! It works like this: the app has you study for 25 minutes straight then take a 5 minute break and after doing this four times you get to have a 30 minute break. This type of studying has been shown to actually work! This app, just like the others, is completely free! It is available for Apple users, while ClearFocus is the alternative app for Android users.


College is stressful enough as is, so you might as well have an app that helps you lessen the stress. This app allows you to listen to different music from different situations. Some of which can help you feel more motivated, less stressed, or even concentrate better. It is available for Apple and Android users.



Groupon is a great app to get you and your friends out doing fun activities around the area! Not only is the app free but also Groupon gives you great deals on all types of stuff, which means you SAVE money. For any college student this is essential since going out and having fun is something everyone does but how about you do it while saving money! Groupon is available for Apple and Android users.


I hope you find these handy apps to be helpful during your life on campus!

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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.


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

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.


“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.


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.

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.”


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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