VIP Stout Experience

Discover how you can do more on day one with VIP access to our polytechnic advantage.
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Discover the Polytechnic Advantage

Join us for an exclusive day designed to give you a firsthand look at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin's Polytechnic University. Discover the unique advantages of our career-focused, technology-driven education and see how we do more on day one, preparing industry-ready students. This VIP event offers a blend of informative sessions, engaging activities, and opportunities to connect with our faculty, staff, and current students. Don’t miss this chance to experience what makes UW-Stout a leader in applied learning.

Event Date: Friday, August 23, 2024
Location: Memorial Student Center, UW-Stout

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Our Polytechnic Advantage

Applied Learning & Research + Business & Industry Collaboration + Career-Focused Experiences


Experience UW-Stout Through Hands-On Student Workshops & Sessions


Communication & Technology Workshop: Interactive Splash Photography & Video Production Studio Tour

Student performs splash photography and video production

Facilitators: Video Production Professors Keif Oss & Jonny Wheeler 

Capture stunning splash photography using specialized lighting to freeze liquids in motion. Then head to our advanced video/photo editing lab to refine your shots in Adobe Photoshop, guided by our expert instructors. When you're done, you'll have an edited high-resolution photo perfect for printing. 

Afterward, experience UW-Stout's video production studios, featuring professional cinema cameras and lighting equipment. Discover our hands-on learning approach and cutting-edge technology firsthand.

Engineering & Robotics Workshop: Foam Casting KeyChain Creation & Robotics Demo

Students creates keychain in the engineering lab.


Facilitators: Engineering Instructors Dr. Greg Slupe & Dr. Nate Spike 

Experience the world of manufacturing engineering processes through an applied learning experience. Observe the precision of the Yaskawa 6-Axis robotic welder in action and learn about the essential skills required to achieve high-quality robotic welds before getting a hands-on opportunity to create your own aluminum key tag through the lost foam casting process. This showcase exemplifies our commitment to applied learning and career-focused education. 

Art & Design Workshop: Design and Print Your Own Custom UW-Stout T-Shirt

Student performs relief printing technique.


Facilitators: Design Professor Rachel Bruya & Program Director Darren Tesar 

Pick a design that matches your vibe and discover the process of relief printing. Select your design, ink it up, and press it onto fabric to create your custom t-shirt. The raised parts of the block form the printed image, making your shirt truly unique.

This hands-on workshop lets you craft a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art while gaining insight into the craftsmanship and technique of relief printing.

Sessions Designed Specifically for Parents & Supporters

Menomonie desserts on display at the farmer's market


Downtown Menomonie Tour

Discover Downtown Menomonie to explore the community and businesses that form our commercial district. The heart of historic downtown Menomonie offers a lively atmosphere for commerce, culture, and entertainment. See what Menomonie has to offer students at UW-Stout, enhancing your university life with unique local experiences and opportunities. 

Women's basketball player takes a shot.


UW-Stout Women's Basketball Documentary: "Return Back to Glory"

Experience the rich history of UW-Stout Women's Basketball through this student-produced film, featuring Coach Hannah Iverson and the Blue Devils. They aim to recapture the glory achieved by Stout alumni 16 years ago and once again dominate the WIAC Conference. 

Mabel Tainter Theater Tour


Mabel Tainter Theater Tour

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mabel Tainter Theater is a charter member of the League of Historic American Theatres and a designated Wisconsin Historical Marker Site. Experience the grandeur of this architectural gem, where history and the arts converge. From its stunning Victorian design to its rich cultural heritage, the Mabel Tainter offers a captivating venue for performances, community events, and educational programs, making every visit a step back in time and a celebration of the arts. 

James Huff Stout Painting from Archives


Stout History & Institutional Repository

Led by UW-Stout’s lead archivist, Heather Stecklein, you'll uncover the fascinating history of UW-Stout and explore our extensive institutional repository. This collection includes full runs of the student newspaper and yearbook, numerous photo galleries, and thousands of pieces of student work. Discover the stories and achievements that have shaped our university, preserving the legacy and academic excellence of UW-Stout for future generations. 

View the Day's Agenda

9:15 a.m.Refreshments & Registration
Great Hall, Memorial Student Center
9:30 a.m.Welcome & Overview
Great Hall, Memorial Student Center
Schedule Splits:
Parents & Supporters
9:40 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.Icebreaker Activity
Various Locations
Meet & Greet Introductions
Great Hall, Memorial Student Center
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.Activity Rotation 1*
Various Locations
Admissions Overview & Student Panel
Great Hall, Memorial Student Center
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.BINGO
Menomin Lounge, Merle Price Commons
Commons Cafeteria, Merle Price Commons
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Lunch
Commons Cafeteria, Merle Price Commons
Menomin Lounge, Merle Price Commons
12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Activity Rotation 2*
Various Locations
Select Your Activity (1 of 4 Options)*
Various Locations
1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Activity Rotation 3*
Various Locations
Select Your Activity (1 of 4 Options)*
Various Locations
Groups Reconvene
2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Wrap-up & Next Steps
Great Hall, Memorial Student Center
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Optional: Campus Tour
Around Campus
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Optional: Assistance Completing Your Next Steps to Stout
Great Hall, Memorial Student Center
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We look forward to welcoming you to campus!