Take2 – March 31 – April 6

Shannon and Eric are back to bring you this week’s events, as well as a preview of next week’s Family Weekend schedule.

University Theatre Presents:
Seussical the Musical

See the beloved characters of Dr. Seuss come to life in this magical and energetic musical.
7:30 p.m. March 30, 31, April 1, 7, 8
1.30 pm April 8
Tickets $12.00 for Adults, $6.00 Children under Twelve
Harvey Hall Theatre
Get Tickets Here

Family Weekend Schedule:

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Fantastic Stout Strangers and How to Meet Them


There are over 9,000 students on campus, but how many do you actually know? Probably not all of them. You see familiar faces around university grounds and in the halls, but imagine what it would be like to know them, to understand them, and heck, to even hangout with them!

On Tuesday, March 28, the University Library and SPEAK UP hosted a “Speed Friending” event, where students could actively engage with strangers. So, that’s what I did! Five minutes on the clock, a stranger in front of me and a jar of questions were all the components needed to connect.

Gretchen is fascinated with computers and Kristin loves the color periwinkle. Taasia’s passion for “The Lion King” is something beautiful, and Brandon enjoys the band “We the Kings,” although I have never heard of them until now.

There is so much to learn from our fellow students, and so many opportunities to find common ground with hobbies, favorite books, aspirations and even fears. However, there is also a chance to expose ourselves to new ideas, cultures and other interests.

Celine has a French name, but isn’t French, and Emma is very empathetic. Jun comes from a Chinese culture, and was teaching me some of her native language. Finally, Zarah must love pizza as much as I do, since we grabbed some as the clock was counting down.

I met more students then the eight pictured above, each one sharing something unique about them that I couldn’t help but admire.

Try opening your mind. Meet a stranger. Ask some questions. Five minutes is all you’ll need to connect.

Don’t know what to ask? Here are a few options (taken from the event):

  • What’s the best thing about living in Menomonie? The worst?
  • If you were going to write a novel under a pen name, what would you choose as your name?
  • Would you rather visit the world 100 years in the past? Or 100 years in the future?
  • Of all the books you’ve read, which one made the biggest impact on you and why?
  • What’s the longest you have gone without looking at social media in the past year and how did you do it?
  • What is one of the most difficult things to have happened to you so far in 2017?
  • If there is one thing you could change about how people relate to you, what would it be?

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Ally Initiatives becomes SPEAK UP

shannon-blog-tagFormally known as Ally Initiatives, SPEAK UP, or the Social Justice Programming for Engagement, Action, Knowledge and Understanding People, has changed their department name to better represent the team’s purpose and to highlight the new team and positions taking charge.

In addition, another motivation to changing what was once Ally Initiatives, was to differentiate SPEAK UP from the student organization, Ally Club. Ally Club is a student organization that represents students with a passion for social justice and creating a safe environment for all students on campus.


Megan Groose, the inclusion and peer outreach coordinator for the Involvement Center, oversees the SPEAK UP team. Groose has been the coordinator since September of 2016 and has continued to implement programs and advise the participating students: “I love that the SPEAK UP team is a phenomenal group of dedicated students who are creative, intentional, and passionate about creating and implementing programs related to social justice, and diversity.”

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Though under a different name, the SPEAK UP team continues to develop collaborations with other organizations and departments around campus.

“We hope that more student organizations reach out to us to co-sponsor programs, or to consider co-hosting one of our Social Justice Coffee Hour programs, which began this spring and will continue into the fall of this year,” added Groose.

One of the upcoming co-sponsored events, hosted by the University Library and SPEAK UP, is happening on the first floor of the library on Tuesday, March 28 from 2-4 p.m. The event is titled, “Talk to Strangers: Speed Friending Event.” The event allows students to engage in short conversations with people they don’t know, in order to learn more about the experiences and perspectives of strangers.

SPEAKUP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uwstoutally/

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Take2 – March 3-10

Speak out for Stout – use your experience to improve Stout for everyone. All students are invited to take this anonymous, 15-minute survey about Stout’s campus climate – our working, living, and learning environment. The survey does not ask for personally identifying information or capture traceable information; more information at PARQ website (www.uwstout.edu/parq). This is your opportunity to suggest changes that can enhance the Stout climate!

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