Dunn Rite Woodworks

Allison Take2As a senior, I am in classes that many students dread their whole collegiate career: practicums. As a business administration major, the class that I am taking to fulfill my practicum is Manufacturing Enterprise Practicum, or MEP for short. When I first signed up for this course, I was pretty nervous about how much work and stress it would be.

However, after my first day of class, many of my fears were alleviated and I became really excited about it. Overall, this class is about is developing, creating, and putting a product into production. In short, we’re charged with creating an entire business venture from scratch.

Our class was divided up into five small groups. We were assigned the task of generating a ideas for a product that we would eventually manufacture and sell. Each group then selected their best idea and created an actual prototype which we presented to the class. Our presentations included production costs, materials required, production plans, and market analysis.


Next, the entire class voted on which product they wanted to put into full production and sell. I was extremely proud and super excited when my product idea got the most number of votes! And so Dunn Rite Woodworks was born. You can check us out at our Facebook page.


My group’s product is a wooden Wisconsin-shaped picture frame. It is a 4×6 picture frame made from cherry wood, available in a light or dark stain. It’s available with a laser-engraving of the UW-Stout logo and a star over Menomonie, or left plain without engraving. This is makes a great gift for students and alumni alike as a way to remember some of the great times you’ve had in this state.


This class has been an amazing opportunity to put all the skills that I have developed throughout my career at UW-Stout to use in the creating a complete business venture.

See you next time, Stout!


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Take2 the People with Jade Beaver

Student newscaster Allison Rucinski presents “Take2 the People” with guest Jade Beaver, the student behind the upcoming “Be the Match” bone marrow registry drive. Jade shares the story of her father’s struggle with cancer that inspired her to bring the event to UW-Stout.

For more information about “Be the Match,” visit the event page on Facebook. the Kappa Lambda Beta Facebook page to watch for more of their activities.

See you soon, Stout.

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Take2 at UW-Stout – Feb. 19-25

Ben and Allison have fun bringing you the week’s rundown of events in the latest Take2 News Update, including the Dance-A-Thon, sponsored by Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, a film screening by the Honors College and a shout-out to a world-ranked design student.

Shout-Out: Keaton Van’t Hull

Keaton Van't HullIndustrial design major Keaton Van’t Hull’s coffee table design earned him third place out of 325 submissions in the 23rd annual Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Association.

“I wanted to design a nonintrusive way to store furniture, especially chairs, when not in use,” Van’t Hull said. “The table and lounge chairs are designed to allow for comfortable seating for guests without compromising what little space people might have.”

The table, 40 inches wide and 20 inches high, is made mostly of wood and steel.


Read Keaton’s full story

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University Recreation

Allison Take2Raise your hand if you know where the gym is on campus. Now, keep your hand raised if you actually go there to work out. Keep your hand raised if you know about all of the different areas and services that University Recreation has to offer.

A few of you put hands down? Don’t worry, it’s understandable. I’m here to give you a detailed look at UW-Stout’s most active student service department, University Recreation, also known as URec.

Fitness Center  


First off, URec has a Fitness Center which offers memberships to the workout gym, group fitness classes, and personal trainers, while hosting clinics and other special events. I interviewed Cory Kautz, a Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management major, who works at the Health & Fitness Desk.


Cory Kautz, desk assistant at Health & Fitness Center, HRTM major

Cory says he likes working at URec because “I’ve always liked being involved on campus and it’s an excellent way to meet people.” He adds that it’s important for students to be involved in URec because “It’s a great way for students to stay active, play on teams with friends, and achieve their fitness goals.”

He said his favorite part about URec is “the people. I love who I work with. All my closest friends I’ve met through URec. And the interaction with participants.” A favorite quote of his is, “Those who say they can and those who say they can’t are usually right.”

Intramural Sports

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Go out and have a ball with another favorite of mine, Intramural Sports. Intramural sports offers a huge variety of team sports. Get your friends together, pick a sport and sign-up for a team. Sports range from your classic volleyball and basketball to floor hockey, futsal, canoe battleship, wallyball, and more. Urec also hosts events and special tournaments if you don’t have a ton of time to commit. Check them out online, and make sure to be conscious of sign-up deadlines.

Stout Adventures

The next department of URec is Stout Adventures, my personal favorite. Stout Adventures offers two 30-foot indoor climbing walls, trips and clinics, equipment rentals, and the outdoor challenge course.

I interviewed Riley Filipovich who is a Cross Media Graphics Management major. He likes working for University Recreation because “it’s a fun environment, easy going people.”


Riley Filipovich, desk assistant at URec, CMGM major

He think it’s important for students to be involved in URec because it “Keeps them active, physically and emotionally healthy, and gives them something to do other than sit behind a screen.” And his favorite part of URec is “the variety of things to do in the whole building.”

My next interviewee was Marissa Popp, a student in the Applied Science program. She enjoys working for URec because “it has given me opportunities to develop professionally and personally, to connect with like-minded people and to teach others skills in the different areas of our outdoor recreation program.” She also said “I just love that it gets people active.”


Marissa Popp, desk assistant at URec, Applied Science major


Stout has a pool! It’s free to use to for all UW-Stout students with proof of your Student ID card. To access the pool, you go up through the locker rooms, past the showers. They have open swim time, lap swim time, and special events. Make sure to check online for the most up-to-date hours at http://www.uwstout.edu/urec/aquatics/index.cfm.


Sport Clubs

Last but not least, University Recreation offers a vast array of different sport clubs including Boxing, Dance Ensemble, Waterski, Paintball, Men’s Rugby and Women’s RugbyAlfresco Outing Club, and more. For a full listing of Sport Clubs check them out online at http://www.uwstout.edu/urec/clubs/currentclubs.cfm.

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With so many activities and facets to University Recreation, there’s got to be one that fits for you. Stop by in person, check them out online, or ask a friend today how you can get involved, get active, and have a ball! http://www.uwstout.edu/urec/index.cfm

Peace, love, and climbing! -Allison

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Take2 at UW-Stout – Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2016


Samual Weinberg, 2016 Art Grad

“My paintings are imagined situations, or struggles,
dealing with the nature of meaning and knowledge.”


Samual Weinberg’s paintings, with seemingly juxtaposed people and objects, are more beginning than end, virtually begging viewers to engage with them.

Samual’s work will be exposed to wider audiences in 2016, thanks to a $12,000 grant he received recently. The 2013 studio art graduate from UW-Stout is one of five people, of 220 applicants, named as recipients of the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists.

Read the rest of Samual’s story…

Samual Weinberg's painting