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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3rd Annual Qubies Gayla

Ryan BallweberOn Thursday, I attended the 3rd annual Qubies Gayla with my beautiful friend, Gabi. The Gayla is a banquet, dance, and award show devoted to honoring members and advocates of the LGBTQIA+ community. The event is put on by the LGBTQIA+ resource center known as the Qube and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA).

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The night started with a walk down the rainbow road, where there were red carpet-style photos being taken of all of the attendees. There was an amazing meal sponsored by University Catering. The real show began after dinner with the award ceremony.

The “Qubie” is awarded toLGBTQIA+ community members and allies who have made great contributions over the past year. Congratulations to the winners!

Qubie Awards and Winners

Fantastic Freshman

Brandon Schmidt

Faculty Ally of the Year

Markie Twist

Housing Ally of the Year

Meg Jenny

LGBTQIA+ Friendly Org of the Year

Peer Health Educaters

Qubie of the Year

Molly Harvey

Debra Davis Award for Transgender Advocacy

Gabbie Allee

Undergraduate of the Year

Sam Heutmaker

Staff Ally of the Year

Richard Lundequam (Custodial)

Community Ally of the Year

The Bridge to Hope

GSA Member of the Year

Hailee Nelson-Duranceau

Qube Staff of the Year

Tamara Pribnow

Outstanding Bisexual/Pansexual Advocate

Hailee Nelson-Duranceau

The Griesbach Award for Excellence in LGBTQIA+ Advocacy

Molly Harvey & De’Andre Jones


Fellow peers, Hailee Nelson-Duranceau, Ian Eltringham, and Jarena Everson gave breathtaking performances between awards.

Once all of the awards were given out, and all the recipients gave their acceptance speeches, the dance began. The dance was DJ-ed by Adam Ludwig, a former UW-Stout hall director. The rest of the night was full of dancing, laughing and good times with great people.


For more information about LGBTQIA+ resources on campus:

Visit the Gender and Sexuality portal on orgsync.

The Qube in Merle Price Commons.

Contact Julie Miller, LGBTQIA+ resource coordinator on campus.

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Take2 at UW-Stout – March 25

Here are the registration links we mentioned:

And our Shout-Out goes too…

Hannah Kuisle

A UW-Stout senior has good reason to update her resume and consider a career in the advertising industry.

Hannah Kuisle, from Rochester, Minn., created an advertising campaign that took Best in Show in the student division of the recent Minnesota Ad Fed contest in Minneapolis. She also received a Gold Award.

Kuisle, majoring in graphic design and interactive media, created the campaign in a fall Advertising Design class taught by Professor Nagesh Shinde.

SingleSpread2.png“I was super pumped to win the award. It’s a pretty big deal in the advertising community. It was humbling to see my name next to a bunch of top notch advertising agencies in the Twin Cities. It also is reassuring to know this is a niche in the graphic design world I could potentially be good at,” she said.

Kuisle created a concept advertising campaign, including indoor, outdoor and social media ads, for an existing company, Next Big Sound. The company provides analytics for online music providers, such as Pandora and Spotify.

“My intent with the campaign is to bring insight to the connection between music and social media and to the impact that it has on society and the future of an artist,” Kuisle said.

Many of her ads from the campaign feature well-known singers. One print ad shows Taylor Swift with the wording, “The music industry isn’t dying. The old way of doing things is.”

A video ad created by Kuisle, using Internet clips, features various people lip synching to the Swift song, “Shake it Off.” To see the video and other aspects of the ad campaign, go to her website.

“The concept of the video was to show how the song became even more popular when people started making their own videos to the song — the power of streaming and sharing, basically,” Kuisle said.

Kuisle is thankful for the guidance provided by Shinde. “I couldn’t have done it without him. He really pushed me and this campaign to where it is today,” she said.

The Advertising Federation of Minnesota, or Ad Fed, is a professional trade association. It was founded in 1906. The contest was judged by regional advertising professionals.

Watch Hannah’s commercial for The Big Next Sound:

Story and photos courtesy of UW-Stout News Bureau


Take2 at UW-Stout – March 4-10

Shout-out: Paige Spude, Cat Wrangler


UW-Stout student Paige Spude, majoring in psychology, feeds one of the tigers at the National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson, Mo.

Story courtesy of UW-Stout News Bureau
Typically, students have summer jobs. Some work at fast food joints, some mow lawns or some, as in the case of University of Wisconsin-Stout undergraduate Paige Spude, volunteer at a sanctuary for big cats. Really big cats, as in lions and tigers.

Spude, from Oconto Falls, volunteered for three summers and part of a school year at the National Tiger Sanctuary near Branson, Mo.

Her responsibilities included cleaning and building cages; cutting up meat for the animals and feeding them; and helping with tours.

The privately owned sanctuary opened in 2000 as a rescue center for tigers and lions. The sanctuary was established to create a safe and protected environment. Today the sanctuary houses approximately 25 big cats, including a mountain lion and a leopard.

The big cats come from private owners, magic shows, circuses and zoos. A Smithsonian magazine story in February 2015 said that more captive tigers exist in the U.S. than wild tigers on Earth.

The lion’s roar and tiger’s chuff

Spude learned about the sanctuary in a roundabout way. Her father had a construction job near Branson and heard one of his workers complain about the lions frightening his horses. Curious about this unusual complaint, he learned that lions who lived at the nearby sanctuary were roaring at night.

He went to investigate, and when his daughter came for the summer he took her for a visit to the sanctuary and gave her a choice: either work on the construction site with him or volunteer at the sanctuary.

She chose the sanctuary. “I loved it,” she said. “The owners are amazing people, and the opportunity to be around the animals was a great experience,” she said.

She also learned a strong work ethic. “The work is nonstop, and the animals always come first,” she said.

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Paige Spude, on left, cuts up meat to feed the big cats at the sanctuary.

Spude, majoring in psychology with minors in biology and chemistry, found observing the tourists interesting. People on the tours can feed the cats. Some were afraid and would stay in the back while others were right out front.

She also learned about tiger and lion communication and has decided that they are easier to understand than people.

“Tiger’s don’t purr,” Spude said. “They chuff.” It’s their way of saying “hi.” Harry, her favorite tiger, chuffs at her when she greets him.

She liked to put her hand up flat — it’s dangerous to poke your fingers through the wire — against the cage to feel Harry’s fur and to be licked with his big, rough tongue. When Spude’s mother came to visit, Harry also licked her hand. Tigers use their rough tongues to clean meat off bones, Spude learned.

The lions like to roar at each other. The sound can be heard five miles away.

Danger and games

The sanctuary has substantial barricades to protect animals and humans. The only time the animals are dangerous is when they are being transported, Spude said. When a mountain lion named Tiki was en route to the sanctuary, she was scared and tried to strike out at the handlers, Spude said.

One day when Spude was demonstrating to a visitor how to feed the big cats and was feeding Merlin, a male lion, he decided to give her a scare. With her back turned talking to the tourist, Merlin squeezed his paw through the wire and grabbed Spude’s leg. Luckily for her, he is declawed. “It scared me though,” she said.

Born in captivity, Merlin was part of a show in Branson. He had never been outside and was nervous. In fact, he was even afraid of a butterfly, she said.

Midnight, a black leopard, was one of Spude’s playmates. They took turns pretending to pounce on each other, with the heavy fencing between them. When Spude was walking along Midnight’s cage, the female leopard would stealthily creep along her side of the fence and when the time was right would pounce. If Spude had the opportunity, she would do the same.

Spude isn’t sure what her future will bring after she graduates from UW-Stout in two years. She may go on to medical school to pursue psychiatry and is interested in criminal psychiatry.

She doesn’t foresee working with big cats again, although she will never forget the experience. Who else can say they have conversed with a tiger and have pounced on a leopard?

For more information about the sanctuary, visit the website.

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Learn to love yourself with the Spreading Beautiful Body Summit

Ryan BallweberIf you are like me, or anyone else in the world, you may have struggled with some body issues in the past. For almost all my life there has been that little voice in my head that tells me that I am too fat, too skinny, too ugly and so on.

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You could imagine my excitement when I read about the Spreading Beautiful campaign. The Spreading Beautiful Body Summit is the brain child of the one and only, Katie Quinn. Katie Quinn had the idea of the body summit when she was in middle school. When she started working with Ally Initiatives, she realized her dream could come true.

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Katie Quinn, UW-Stout Ally Initiatives

“I thought it would be really cool if there was a place where everyone was taught how to love themselves and counter the voices in their heads telling them that they aren’t good enough.”

The Spreading Beautiful Body Summit is a half day workshop that was started last year. The purpose of the summit is to help eliminate bad body image, because all bodies are beautiful.

When I went to the summit last year, I was incredibly moved. The most powerful moment that sparked a change in how I thought about myself was one of the large group activities.

We stood in a circle in the room, and then we stepped forward if the statement that was read out loud resonated with us. Being intimate with others and seeing that I was not the only one to feel these ways was really moving. It really started a complete change in my thought process. The rest of the summit involved how to start to change how you feel, and also how to help others through tough times.

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This year there are some exciting new plans for the summit!

This year there will be a keynote speaker, Amber Krzys. Amber Krzys is the founder of the bodyheart campaign, Ted Talk presenter, and has been on Broadway.

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Amber Krzys, keynote speaker

Another change to come this year is the fact that the summit will NOT have a focus on any gender. This summit will be focused on everyone and anyone who identifies in any way and to help them find their beauty within and to help them with their struggles with body image.

To register follow the link below:

To purchase tickets visit or stop by the service center in the lower level MSC.

You must register by February 29th, so get you tickets now!

So you think you can college: DIY post

Ryan BallweberCollege students are notorious for being savvy and thrifty with their money. If you were to Google “college life hacks,” you would get a lot of interesting results. But are these life hacks affordable and easy to do? I set out to find out if the top college hacks were really all they were cracked up to be.

1) Cake-in-a-mug

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If you have never heard of cake-in-a-mug, you are in for a treat! (Get it? Treat? Like a dessert) Cake-in-a-mug is said to be an easy and quick way to make a mini cake. The directions are simple. You must first buy a box mix of angel food cake (has to be angel food), then a box of any other type of cake mix. Then mix both mixes together into a large plastic bag.

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When cooking the cake, the rules are simple. Follow the 3-2-1 rule. 3 tablespoons of cake mix, 2 tablespoons of water, and microwave for 1 minute.

The result, a delicious one serving cake that is cheap and simple to make.

Verdict? This life hack is 100% worth the effort (little effort).

2) Rice and Veggie dinner without pots or stove

Okay, I do have to admit this one sounds unlikely. But according to, you can make a full meal of rice and veggies with just a coffee maker. According to the website, the instructions are easy.


Fill a coffee filter with six broccoli florets. Load into the coffee maker. Run six cups of water through for tender but still crisp veggies.

Put 1/2 cup of instant rice per person in the coffee maker. Run the appropriate amount of water (check the box for instructions) through the coffee maker, then leave the machine turned on for 5 to 10 minutes until the rice is fully cooked.

Verdict? IT WORKS! It would have been easier to just rent pots from the front desk. In conclusion, this life hack is not worth the struggle.

3) Candy to study

What is better than studying? How about getting rewarded for studying with candy or your favorite snack?

To do this life hack, you just simply place a piece of your favorite snack on every paragraph of the study material. You are only allowed to eat it once you finish reading the paragraph (Time to elicit some self-control).

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Verdict? This life hack worked very well for me. I will be using this in the future for extra motivation. Warning: results may vary.

4) Dryer sheets on the AC/heater/fan

Does your room smell like there is a corner filled with stinky shoes? Then this college life hack could be the one for you! It’s very simple. All you need is dryer sheets and an AC/heater/fan. When your room stinks like leftover cake-in-a-mug and sweaty laundry, apparently all that you have to do is tape a few dryer sheets to your AC, heater, or fan.

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Verdict? This life hack was moderately effective. If you need a cheap way to mask smells, this is your go to. I will just stick with my wax warmer.

5) Coffee without a coffee maker

This life hack requires a little more effort than the rest.

You will need:

  • A coffee filter
  • Coffee grounds
  • To-go cup or plastic cup
  • Coffee mug
  • Microwavable mug
  • A rubber band

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Steps to follow:

1) Cut out the bottom of the To-go cup

2) Place the coffee filter into the cut out bottom

3) Put a rubber band around the filter to secure it in place

4) Pour the coffee grounds into the filter

5) Place the To-go cup on top of the mug you are going to drink out of

6) Microwave the water to the desired temperature

7) Pour the hot water of the grounds so that it can drip into the mug below


Verdict? If you do not have a coffee maker and will DIE if you do not have your morning coffee, this life hack is a good choice for you. It did require more work than just buying a cup of coffee from Brew Devils (Lower level MSC). In the long run, this is a very cheap but effort filled way to get your coffee for the day.

What’s your favorite college life hack?

Let us know in the comments!

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