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Update on COVID-19 Coronavirus Situation

With the ever-changing COVID-19 coronavirus situation, UW-Stout continues to evaluate the situation case-by-case.

For UW-Stout students, their parents and families play an important role when it comes to attending college. Our StoutFam website focuses on the resources parents, families and friends need to help their children make one of the biggest steps in their lives. 

We hope these monthly articles will be a helpful resource for you as your student transitions to life at UW-Stout. If you have suggestions for articles or subjects that interest you, please email your ideas to us at

Students are photographed enjoying the warm temperatures on the South Lawn of the MSC.

E-News for March 2020

Spring Break Reminders

Your student has made it halfway through their spring semester, which means ... Spring Break has arrived! Spring Break is a great time for your student to find a balance of rest and relaxation, along with prepping for the rest of the semester.

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Katherine P. Frank speaks at a campus presentation

Chancellor-designate: ‘I want to be an inspirational leader’

Chancellor-designate Frank will become the university’s eighth leader when she takes over March 1, 2020, from interim Chancellor Patrick Guilfoile. Read more about her appointment here. Katherine P. Frank discussed a variety of topics in an interview when she visited University of Wisconsin-Stout recently for the first time since being named the new chancellor.

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#StoutProud Digital Swag

Life gets busy. Meetings abound. Dinner doesn’t make itself. A kid at college is another thing that gets added to the list to keep up with, support, and encourage. One simple way to support your Stout student is to upgrade your phone and computer wallpaper with these designs that will show off how Stout Proud you are!

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February 2020

Is Your Student Undecided?

Deciding on a college major can be challenging. Your student may not know what career direction they want to take or which interest they’d like to study. You may even find yourself wondering, what does my child want to major in? Read More >


Planning for Your Next Housing Experience

Believe it or not, it is time for your student plan for their 2020-2021 housing experience. All current on-campus students receive information from University Housing about housing and dining options when they return from the winter break. In that communication, we explain that the deadline for contracts is March 1, 2020. We know many families and friends are involved in this decision, so we want to make sure you are ready to have an informed conversation before the deadline. Read More >


Join Us for Family Weekend

Mark your calendar for April 3-5 for what is always one of the busiest weekends of the year – Family Weekend. Our campus hosts a variety of events that give you a glimpse into life at UW-Stout. The added bonus? Quality time spent with your student. Read More >


Time Management Tips

Managing a busy college schedule can be tricky. Some students take a full course load while working two or even three jobs. They juggle spending time with friends, student organizations, and home-life. Keeping track of it all can be stressful and as things pile up, it gets harder to stay afloat. Many students say time management is one their biggest challenges. Read More >


Back in the Swing of Things for Spring Semester

Perhaps you noticed a change in your student when they were home for the semester break. Coming off a semester of making their own decisions, choosing how to spend their time, and navigating their conflicts, can sometimes be challenging for parents and families. As a parent of a college freshman just two years ago, I remember thinking, “When did they start to think they were in charge?” Read More >

January 2020 Articles

Continuing Education for Adult Learners

Now that your student is deep in their studies at UW-Stout, maybe you’ve thought about starting, finishing, or returning to school. We think that’s great! Whether you want to transition to a new career or attain personal growth, Continuing Education has a learning option for you. Read More

Involvement Matters

Involvement experiences can make all the difference in your student's time at Stout, setting them apart and helping make Stout home. And with the spring semester approaching, there is still plenty of time for your student to make connections outside of the classroom. Read More

Staying Active Over Winter Break

While the weather outside is frightful, it's important your student stays active over winter break, whether they're in Menomonie or back home with you. It's easy to fall into a routine of watching a show, curled up on the couch under a favorite blanket, trying to stay warm. But there are many ways your student (and you) can get their heart rate up over the winter months. Read More

Five Things Your Student Should Know in Their Final Semester

After what may have felt like a lifetime away, your little first-year student is about to go across the graduation stage, diploma in hand, tassel above, and career ahead. They have grown into a well-rounded human, about to adventure into the next chapter of their life.

Before they turn that page, are you sure they’ve done everything they need to actually graduate? Here are some easy things to forget, important things to remember, and a couple of bonus tasks to ensure you and your student are prepared for the final semester in their college career at UW-Stout. Read More

Get Grandparents Involved in the College Experience

You work hard to support your Stout student. But you might have forgotten about another source of continued support. Gramma and Grampa.

Some grandparents support their student by offering financial help. Other students share how a grandparent has influenced their life by helping them make healthy choices and establish values and goals that led them to college. There are many meaningful ways your student and their grandparents can stay connected. Read More

December 2019 Articles

Scholarships are Abundant at Stout 

As parents, we want our children to attend college so they can earn the career of their dreams. But we know that a quality college education comes with a price.

One significant way you can help to offset college loan debt is by encouraging your student to take advantage of the various scholarship opportunities offered by UW-Stout. Read More

Explore the Opportunity of a Lifetime

With winter break on its way (we know…how did that get here so fast?!?!), now is the perfect time to explore an opportunity for your student to distinguish themselves in a way that will impact them for a lifetime. While the benefits of studying abroad are endless, one of the most common myths is that it’s too expensive.  Parents and families are often surprised to find out that in some cases, it can be the same (or even cheaper) as studying at Stout. Read More

Supporting Your Student's Mental Health

The Fall 2019 semester is coming to an end for students! As Win-Term break approaches, encourage your student to talk to you about how the semester went, how they coped with a new or busy schedule, and what goals they have for next semester. Encouraging your student to talk about how the semester went is a healthy way to also discuss their mental health. Maybe your student struggled with worries around meeting new friends, test anxiety, or potentially seasonal depression. Talking with your student about any of these topics can be beneficial, yet tough. Read More

Tips from UW-Stout's Career Services

Here at UW-Stout's Career Services, our mission is to educate, engage, and empower students and alumni in navigating career and professional development through employer and faculty/staff partnerships. 

At Career Services, we know helping your student make sense of the college experience and positioning them to be successful is a daunting challenge. Being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic, we want to give you some practical tips you can take to help make that happen. Read More

November 2019 Articles

Planning for Commencement 

December Commencement is just around the corner! If you have a student who is graduating this December, here are some helpful things for you to know. Your student needs to apply for graduation in order to receive their diploma. Students can apply for graduation on their Access Stout accounts.  Read More

Getting Around Stout and the Menomonie Area

We offer a number of sustainable transportation programs to help your student get around campus and Menomonie.

Your student has free access to the StoutRoute Campus Bus. The campus bus makes three stops on its route, with an optional stop at Student Health (for when your student might need a little TLC). And the Community Bus offers four stops on campus. The community bus route covers the Menomonie community, and its stops include the grocery store, the hospital, and Wal-Mart.  Read More

What is “Sophomore Slump?"

The “sophomore slump” is “a decline in academic performance during a student's second year of college.” It’s a phenomenon that affects many second-year college students. Is your sophomore student struggling to keep up their grades, find purpose in their major, connect with their friends and classmates, or find the energy to get involved on campus? It’s normal.

Here are some feelings your student may have during this time and ways you can support them.  Read More

Grown and Flown, But then They Come Home. Now What?

After a couple of months away, your college student has adjusted to campus life. They’ve been out on their own for a little while, meeting new people, adapting to new schedules, and navigating a new community.

This is the beginning of their adulthood. They’ve been living by their own rules. So what happens when they visit home and are back under your roof?  Read More

Gifts from Home

As the leaves change and the first signs of snow appear, the fall semester at UW-Stout is fully underway. These seasonal changes also mean the arrival of mid-terms and finals week. A busy class schedule could leave your student wanting extra support.

And although they'll never admit it, they may be missing home. Read More

October 2019 Articles

Encouraging your student to find their ONE

We encourage all students to be actively engaged in at least one thing on campus. We call that, finding your ONE. 

As parents and caregivers, it’s safe to say we want a lot for our kids when they leave for college. Of course, we want them to make good choices, do well in class, and be safe.  But we also want them to connect with others, explore their interests, and feel inspired.  We want them to find that thing that makes them feel like…. well, “them.”   Read More

Financial Aid Advice for Parents

Hello from UW-Stout's Financial Aid Office. We’re glad to have your student join our campus community. We know there’s a lot to think about and financial aid may be at the top of your list now, and every semester from here to the time your student graduates.

We know financial aid can be confusing. We’re here to help you sort it out. Here are a few things we thought you might want to know.  Read More

Residence Hall Safety Your Student Should Know

You’ve kept a watchful eye on your student’s safety their entire life. Now they’re on their own, off to college. But we know out-of-sight does not mean out-of-mind. Especially with your student. We’re here to keep your student safe. Because your student is our student and a member of our campus family.  Read More

Working for Blue Devil Productions

For many students, college is their first experience of freedom.  After high school graduation money runs out and parent’s patience with “help I’m out of money” emails wears thin, students often turn to on-campus jobs as a source of income.  Resistance to on-campus work is understandable, but what many students don’t realize is that there are more opportunities and a greater variety of jobs available than one may think.   Read More

“Mom, I don’t feel good”

UW-Stout's Student Health Services Office is committed to caring for your student’s physical, mental and emotional health. We see more than 6,000 students during the academic year. Chances are, your student will be visiting us. So what can you do when your student calls to say they don’t feel well?  Read More

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