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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UW-Stout Ride Share

Ryan BallweberSomething that I didn’t know existed here at the UW-Stout is the community of ride sharing. There are two different places you can go to to find a ride home. One of these places is the Stout Ride Share page on Facebook. The other place to go for a ride share is the university’s official ride share page.

Over the weekend I used the ride share Facebook page to get a ride to Milwaukee and back. Getting a ride was very simple.

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I followed these steps:

1) Join the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s ride share page on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/458408554204182/

2) Respond/comment to a posting in the area you want to go

3) Set up a meeting place and time

4) Enjoy your ride!

5) Pay the driver for gas

I have to admit, I had a lot of doubt about the ride share and how useful it would be. My experience was actually really nice. I sent a personal Facebook message to Jacey, a student who was driving to and from Milwaukee.

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We decided to meet at 4 pm outside my dorm and drove together all the way to Milwaukee. We had a lot of fun, we talked a lot and jammed out to some music. It was also very cheap compared to having to take a bus or driving alone.

I only used the Facebook page but there is also an official ride share sponsored by the university. If you are interested in going that route to find a ride, follow this link: https://www.uwstoutrideshare.com/public/home.aspx

Once you get to this page, click “get started” and you can set up your account.

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See you on the road, Stout!

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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:

https://orgsync.com/15455/events/1371536/occurrences/3109954

To purchase tickets visit http://uwstout.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp or stop by the service center in the lower level MSC.

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

Dog Lovers: Let’s Walk

BDDPhotosBenAlmost everyone has a four-legged friend they care about. Even if it’s not yours, spending time with animals can put a big smile on anyone’s face. I was recently fortunate to get to spend some time with my friend’s dog named Belle. She is 7 years old and tends to snort all the time, which I found rather amusing.

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Having a dog in town can be tough if your backyard doesn’t have a fence, and most of us students don’t even have yards. Conveniently for the residents of Menomonie, there happens to be an off leash dog park just west of town, over the river.

This dog park is quite the place. It has a very large loop for walking your prized pooch about, and a separate area for small dogs (less than 25 lbs). Both are fenced in, of course. From my experiences at places like this, the dogs love it.

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While at the park, you will be able to socialize with other dogs, and it also happens to be conveniently located about 20 feet from the Brickyard Disc Golf course. The recent spring-like weather really makes being outside pleasant again, and heading over to the dog park is a fantastic way to enjoy the change of the season. Be sure to clean up after your dogs!

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6 Ways to Make Your Last Semester in College Memorable

It’s finally here. It’s actually my last semester at UW-Stout, and as I think about the past three years I realize how much I have grown personally and professionally as a person. The thought of leaving this haven of collegJoylin Baranicke life and going into the real world terrifies me a little, but I am extremely excited at the same time.

First off, I assumed my last semester would be a breeze. It actually should have been, but I’m taking the final 15 credits of my major’s research and capstone project classes all in one semester (which they tell you not to do. I know, great going Joy!).

I am also working part time as a building manager for the Memorial Student Center, a newscaster for “Take2,” and as an extended-ETL intern for Target, so I have little time to just relax with friends or family. (But on a positive note, I am perfecting my time management skills.)

Now, enough about my life. You’re reading this because you are either in your last semester in college, about to enter your last semester, or you’re neither of those and you just want to know what the secret is. Let me tell you, it’s no secret.

Keep Working Hard

AwardThis semester wraps up everything you have been working for throughout your entire education. I know, senior year is stressful and you are probably really feeling senioritis hit hard, but you will be free from school in just a few months (or in my case 40 days). Don’t cash out just yet. You need to maintain your awesomeness until the day you walk across the stage to receive your diploma.

Enjoy Yourself

Like most college seniors, you are probably freaking out about your future right now. It’s OK; take a few deep breaths and relax. Even though this can be a scary time, you need to remind yourself to live in the moment. Attend some of the awesome events here on campus, explore Menomonie, try something different or just take time for yourself. These are the last months of your undergrad career, so enjoy them while you can.

Keep Your Friends Close

This is probably one of the last times that you will live within such close proximity of your friends. The people you have close relationships with right now will be a valuable support system throughout your life. Make sure you focus on strengthening those bonds and commit to staying in touch after graduation.

Befriend a Professor

This one is huge. If you haven’t already made some strong connections with any of your professors yet, you should really work on that. College professors are there to help you move ahead in your career. By making a great connection, a professor can provide letters of recommendation, connect you to potential employers and give valuable advice down the road. Remember, networking is key.

Land a job before you walk on stage

Now, I know what some of you are thinking: I’m trying. Yes, job hunting is hard, frustrating and can be a blow to your ego, but don’t wait until November or April to begin your job search. If you put in an honest effort into your job search, make the right connections (ah-hem, LinkedIn anyone?) and carefully apply for jobs you see fitting what you want, it is not out of reach to secure a job offer prior to graduation. You can do it and UW-Stout’s Career Services has an amazing staff to help you succeed after college. Make sure to use those resources.

And finally,

Focus on you

I know, cheesy right? But seriously, promise yourself this semester to focus on who you want to be as a person. Regardless of whether you know who that person is or not, you should definitely spend some time doing a bit of soul searching. Focus on what you want for yourself and what lifestyle you want to live after you graduate. This will really help you set a few goals this semester and in the future.

Your last semester of college can be scary and exciting, all at the same time. This is your chance to really make the most out of your time as an undergrad and find the path you will take upon graduation.

I know when I look back at my college career, as busy as it might have been for the last few semesters, it also has been amazing. I became an outgoing, very involved and recognizable student on campus who landed an amazing job offer through the Career Conference with Target. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to transfer to UW-Stout. You know what they say: When in doubt, go to Stout!

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Bike around Menomonie

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Last week during the beautiful 70-degree weather, my roommate Clay and I went on an invigorating bike ride through the rural roads outside of Menomonie. We rode our bikes from campus, to the red cedar, up into the nearby countryside, and then back to campus. The whole ride was about 45 minutes long, and it was wonderful.

If you want to try taking my path, but don’t have a bike, check out the StoutBikes program. It’s a great way to rent a bike while you’re at UW-Stout.

Here’s a picture of our route, starting at the Memorial Student Center.

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First, Clay and I rode to the intersection of 11th Avenue and Broadway street, and rode towards the Red Cedar river. After crossing the bridge over the Red Cedar, we turned left on County Road P, and rode through the winding country roads.
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We saw very little cars, and a few other bikers, and the hills weren’t too bad, either. There were several farms along the side of the road with cows, a duck pond, and some wild turkey. Clay told me he’s also seen deer on other bike rides he’s taken in the area. Then, we came to the intersection of County Road P and 400th Street, where we took a left, and sped down a big hill.
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After pedaling up the other side, we came to the top of a hill with an amazing view of the countryside surrounding Menomonie. You could just barely see the clock tower from where we were, and a bit of the smokestack. The air was fresh and clear, and the sun was shining through the clouds. I was on top of the world.
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After enjoying the view and the air, Clay and I took a selfie, as is appropriate in such occasions, and then continued on our way.
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We then biked downhill towards 410th street, where we took a left. This street runs along the Red Cedar river, and winds through more of the classic beautiful rolling countryside hills. I even saw a sign that advertised “SYRUP” so Clay and I stopped and bought some- it was some of the most delicious maple syrup I’ve ever tasted.
After biking for a while, we noticed that the Red Cedar trail was just to our left, so we went off-road for a moment and joined the trail. This carried us back to Riverside Park- a beautiful park just off campus next to the Red Cedar river. Then, we took a right on Hudson road, which carried us back to campus.
The ride was awesome, and really relaxing. I think a lot of people don’t realize the beauty and simplicity of the scenery surrounding us. There’s always so much happening on campus that it’s easy to forget about our natural surroundings. If you get the chance to take a bike ride similar to mine, I promise it’ll be worth it. Or, if you don’t have a bike just try walking along the Red Cedar trail, located 5 minutes off campus. 2 cute bikesThere are some beautiful sights out there just waiting to be discovered.
See ya later Stout!
– Gjerda

Uncommon Commons Eats: Hummus Schmeer

Barbara YoungAs the weather warms up, I start to reconsider all of the cheesy fries and burritos I’ve made myself. This generally leads to me craving something healthy, yet hearty. This year I settled on hummus, the health food craze of the 2000’s. However, I’ve decided the classic pita chips and hummus wouldn’t cut it for a fun new recipe for you Stouties. So instead, I smeared it on a toasted bagel.

Sounds kind of strange, I know, but trust me, this is the perfect lunch. I had to make it twice because my pictures went missing (seriously, no idea what I did with the first ones), but that just means I perfected the recipe.

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So here’s what you do. Go to the deli station, whether you’re at North Point or Merle Price Commons. Get a bagel, one slice of provolone cheese, and hummus. Make sure you get the hummus on the side! It’s very important for the next step that you don’t have hummus on your bagel.

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Place the bagel in the Panini press for a few minutes to get it nice and toasty. You can use the toaster as well, if you want a bit more of a crunch.

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While the bagel is toasting, gather sprouts, tomato slices (not wedges), and carrots.

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Once the bagel is nicely toasted place the provolone cheese on top of the bottom and close the Panini press part way. Don’t close it all the way or your cheese will get stuck all over the top of the press!

When the cheese is nicely melted on the bagel take both halves out.

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Now you just have to add the toppings. Smear the hummus on top of the cheese, add sprouts, tomatoes, and carrots, and viola, you have a delicious spring time sandwich.

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If you want the vegetables to be warmed up, you can also put the sandwich back in the press for a little while after everything is all put together. Just be careful not to turn it too high or it will blacken your bagel.

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A shout out to dining services for making these posts possible!

Enjoy Stout!