“Nobody else in the country can make that testimonial. You did, and you’ve done it time and again. This polytechnic school called Stout is unique and one of the best, if not the best,” he said. “On this day we honor you, I come here to say thank you for the gift that you are giving to students.”
He noted that two of his family members, a sister and nephew, are UW-Stout alumni. “I love this school. I tell everybody — if you want a career, a good education, take a look at Stout.”
Prior to the reception, Thompson toured labs for the Bachelor of Science programs in packaging and in plastics engineering. He heard from professors not only about the nationally recognized programs, but also the university’s strong industry partnerships.
He stopped to speak with students, including prospective students on Admissions tours. Chancellor Katherine Frank noted that many current students spoke about their positive experiences at UW-Stout, be it their education or their interactions with faculty, staff, coaches and others.
Frank told employees that those positive student reactions are “because of all of you” and thanked them for their “hard work, dedication, and really your love for this institution.”
Frank also thanked Thompson for his support of UW-Stout and his unwavering support for the UW System. Thompson said he has called for more state funding for the UW System.