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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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


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

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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!

Peace, love, and climbing! -Allison

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Stout Adventures Winter Gear and Trips

Allison Take2Winter is in full swing here in Menomonie. If you’re new to living in a winter wonderland, or if you’ve lived here your whole life, here are some great options to get outside, be active, and enjoy the snow.

Stout Adventures is your place to rent outdoor gear on campus, participate in awesome trips led by staff trip leaders, and explore the area. To see a full listing of equipment rentals and prices, check out

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Stout Adventures will take you exploring

There is no experience, equipment, or transportation necessary to go on a trip through Stout Adventures. They provide everything — all worked into the cost of the trip. A full listing of this semester’s trips and clinics can be found online at


Go Snowshoeing

Daily rates for snowshoe rentals are $5 for students and $8 for community members. In Menomonie, we have Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area and the Red Cedar State Trail, both of which are great options with miles of trails to explore. Stout Adventures is leading a Snowshoeing Trip on February 6th to explore and trek along the beautiful Red Cedar Trail.

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Try Going Cross Country

Daily rates for cross country ski package rentals, which include skis, poles, and boots, are $7 for students and $10 for community members. Both the Red Cedar State Trail and the Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area are great options. Stout Adventures is hosting a Cross Country Skiing Trip on Valentine’s Day, February 14. So if you’re looking for a fun adventure for you or you and your sweetie, sign-up and reserve spots to go on this trip. The cost is $15 for Stout students and $20 for community members.

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Try Some High Adventure

If you’re looking for some high-level adventure, Stout Adventures is partnering up with neighboring schools UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls for an Ice Climbing Trip in Sandstone, Minnesota on Feb. 20. The cost is $50 for Stout students and $60 for community members.

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Sleep Under The Stars and In The Snow

They have tents, -15 degree sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stoves, coolers, crazy creek chairs, and more. Plan a trip with friends and Stout Adventures will outfit your adventure.


Hike the Trail

If you’re a planner and looking ahead, Stout Adventures is leading a Spring Break Trip Backpacking the Appalachian Trail. It will be an amazing journey, traversing the scenic trail with great people. The cost is $500 for Stout students and $600 for community members.

For more information about Stout Adventures, you can stop by in-person, call, or go on-line today at

Happy trails!


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Tips from the Techies

BDDPhotosBenSchool is back in session and it’s busier than ever around campus. Personally, I would callit a good busy. It’s always a pleasant feeling when the university is over run with people. With everyone returning to campus, the Technology Help Desk (formerly known as ASK5000) is experiencing the usual back-to-school rush. To help you out, some of the help desk guys and I are going to give you some tech tips and basic advice to help keep your laptops and gadgets working.

I’m a senior in the computer engineering program with a minor in mathematics and computer science. I’ve been using and fixing computers since I was a small child. Most parents will tell their kids not to play with electronics because they are worried the child would break something. Me? I just waited until my parents left the house to do my tinkering.

The best tech advice I can give to anyone is this: know what you are installing onto your computer. When going through the install process, you’ll be given the chance to verify that you are indeed installing what you thought you downloaded. Take a minute to actually read what you are agreeing to by clicking “Install.”

I do not mean read the pages and pages of end-user agreements or any of that legal

I mean read what add-ons you are installing and ask yourself if you’re getting any “bloatware” (useless programs). Make sure the installation isn’t asking to change your default programs. I absolutely hate it when I do a Java update and all of a sudden there is an new, useless toolbar on my internet browser.

You can prevent these things from happening by reading what you are installing and unchecking the stuff you don’t want.

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I asked some of the workers at the Technology Help Desk what advice they had.
Here’s what they had to say:

Jacob Erickson


What’s your major?

Information technology management.

Best tech advice?

Back up often and turn it off every night. And if you have a problem, turn it off and on again.

How long have you worked at the Help Desk?

A year and a half.

Do you have a favorite technology?

I’ve dabbled a little in Pebble programming, which I think is pretty fun.

If you had a spirit animal what would it be?

Red Panda.


What’s your favorite season?

Winter, because snow is awesome, and so is ice hockey and ice fishing.


Tanner Vass

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How long have you worked at the Technology Help Desk?

Two years.

What’s your major?

Information technology management.

What’s your best tech advice?

Try turning it on and off again. Number two is; just google it.

What’s your favorite technology?

Smart phones, I just like the fact that I have an information portal in my pocket at all times.

What’s your spirit animal?

I used to have this decided, but now I can’t even remember any more, so I’m going to have to say Buffalo.

Chase Christensen


How long have you worked at the Technology Help Desk?

I’ve worked here 4 years, I think – ever since I was a sophomore.

What’s your major?

Game design and development with a computer science concentration, and a applied language minor. (He speaks French)

Top tech advice?

Back up everything all the time. People don’t back things up and then they are surprised that things break. But we live in a universe where things wear and tear, you may have noticed that your car gets rustier the longer you drive it. Same idea with your computer; time and age do affect it and we don’t know when it could break.

Favorite technology, what do you say?

Since Tanner went the selfish route I’m going to say the pacemaker. The EKG is also a good one. But if we talk in general, I would say the Internet is a good technology. If you look at how quickly we can learn now, like, if you look at the amount of technology inventioned since the internet came out… It’s cool.

What’s your favorite Season?

I like winter, I guess. I don’t know it’s hard. I think the appeal of the Midwest is that there are more than one season.

Well that’s all I got, if you can think of any other questions you want to answer?

Think of questions for me to interview myself? Isn’t that kind of your job?

Well yes.


Logan Graham

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How long have you worked at the Technology help desk?

Since my freshmen year here at Stout, three years total.

What’s your major?

Psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience.

Top tech advice?

Google things before you decide to ask; you can learn so much by Googling your questions. Otherwise, don’t install sketchy programs or go to sketchy sites.

If you had a favorite technology what would it be?

I like PC’s. Being able to connect to the Internet is awesome. You have so much information at your fingertips.

If you had a spirit animal what would it be? You don’t have to explain it.

let me search internally real quick….. *Long pause* *Logan whispers* There are over 9000.. *normal volume* Vegeta? I don’t know maybe a monkey. My curiosity gets the better of me sometimes.


Do you have a favorite season?

Anything that’s not winter.

Ben Nelson


How long have you worked at the Technology Help Desk? 

Almost a year and a half now.

What’s your major?

ICT (Information and communications technologies) with an emphasis on computer networking.

What is your number one tech advice you would give someone who is not technology inclined?

Google and YouTube everything first. There is always a how-to on the Internet. There is always documentation. Don’t go to your people before you do any research.

Do you have favorite technology?

Ignoring phones because I’m guessing everyone will say phone, I like Bluetooth headsets. They are really nice especially if you’re working out.

So… do you lift weights often?

No. Very lazy.

What is your favorite season?

Definitely summer. Got to go scuba diving.

You scuba dive?


That’s cool.

I know.

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Ride it, Repair it, Sustain it, Share it

The Sustainability Office will celebrate Sustainability Day Thursday, Oct. 22, with three activities on campus.

From 1 to 4 p.m. in Huff’s Lounge, lower level of Memorial Student Center, Sustainapalooza will offer information on ways to become involved in sustainable programs at UW-Stout, such as the improved Rideshare program, Bike Share bike rental and recycling efforts. Also, free, healthy snacks will be available from the UW-Sprout Campus Garden.


Did you know we have a garden?

From 1 to 2 p.m., at the west entrance to the student center, the UW-Stout Cycling Club will show students and staff how to use the two new Bike Fixtation repair stations. The other station is outside Merle M. Price Commons, and a third one is planned for north campus. The stations are equipped with various bike tools to help bikers perform routine repairs, as well as an air pump.


Pump it, wrench it, ride it.

At 7 p.m. in room 321 of the Applied Arts Building, there will be a free showing of the documentary “True Cost.” It examines the impact that the fashion industry has on workers and the world.