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.

Paige Spude, psychology major at UW-Stout, preparing tiger food

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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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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Selling Grandma’s Sweaters

Student Org Shout-Out

The Industrial Design Society of America UW-Stout chapter is raising money by selling sweaters donated by treasurer Hans Fritze’s grandmother. They’ll be in front of the Furlong Gallery Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If your organization or club has an event coming up, let us know at socialmedia@uwstout.edu.

Take2 at UW-Stout – Jan. 22-28, 2016

Our shout-out this week goes to Sarah Schumacher, a 2011 Stout graduate and clothing designer working in New York. Sarah designed The LumberJack Onsie that’s now being sold by American Eagle Outfitters. Sarah says she was inspired by the “lumberjack hipsters wearing flannels and trapper hats” all around Brooklyn.


The product received positive national publicity just before Christmas. A website, Refinery29.com, named the Lumberjack Onesie one of the “top 30 gifts for any man in your life.”schumacher,sarah_onesie

“It definitely feels great when you put in all that hard work and get such kind words,” said Schumacher, adding that she posted the article on her Facebook page and Instagram accounts and “had huge reactions of support to it.”

Schumacher has worked for American Eagle Outfitters since 2013. She has been designing men’s underwear, graphic T-shirts and men’s woven shirts.

“I have loved my career so far. I could have never imagined I would be a designer living in New York City. I don’t know where my career still has to take me, but I am incredibly thankful for everyone who has helped me get to where I am today,” she said, noting that she works in Manhattan, just down the street from the Empire State Building.

To read the rest of Sarah’s story, visit the UW-Stout New website.

Do a Shout-Out


Leadership roles helped her mature

Take2 news team member and recent graduate Joy Baranick was recently featured on the UW-Stout News website. We’ve shared that article here:
Following is a Q&A with one of the 714 students who received diplomas Dec. 19 at UW-Stout. It was originally published on Dec. 29, 2015 by University Communications.
Name: Joylin Baranick
Hometown: Woodbury, Minn.
Major: Human development and family studies
Why did you choose UW-Stout?
I heard though other alumni that it was a great school, and it had the major I wanted.
What are the biggest challenges you faced in getting your degree?
For me it was learning to be organized. Once I figured it out, everything just fell into place.
What stands out about your college experience?
I would say all of the leadership experience that I have gained. I started here in 2012 as a shy and quiet person, and now I have done so much on campus that no one would use the words shy or quiet as a descriptor for me. I was the hall chair for Hall Events Committee in South Hall, resident adviser in Hansen-Keith, HDFS mentor for my major, a building manager for the student center, teaching assistant for one of my HDFS classes and team manager for the “Take2!” student news team. All of my experiences have helped me land me a job before graduation!
What’s next?
I was an Intern this past summer for Target and was offered a management position. I will be starting full time with Target in January.
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